At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you and your family, health and happiness this holiday season.
Every good golfer needs a “go-to” shot, especially off the tee, that he can depend on to succeed in pressure situations.
Tour players rely on their go-to shot to help them win tournaments. For you, having a go-to shot could help you hit a narrow fairway on a tight par-4 in the middle of your round or find the fairway on the 18th hole to set you up to take that final skin.
When Tiger Woods was dominating golf, he often relied on his “stinger” off the tee to hit fairways under pressure. That’s what he called the low, piercing shot he hit with his longest iron that he seemed to have complete control over. Several of his major tournament victories were captured utilizing the stinger rather than hitting driver off many tees.
Hitting a long iron off the tee is difficult for many everyday golfers. Hybrids and fairway woods are easier to hit. If you can hit them straight consistently and they produce enough distance for you, one could become your go-to club.
The key to producing your own go-to shot is knowing your tendencies and playing to them rather than fighting them. For instance, if your natural shot shape is a fade, it makes little sense to try to make a draw your go-to shot. When the pressure is on, chances are you won’t be successful. Instead, build your go-to shot around your fade. Set up on the right side of the tee box and aim down the left side of the fairway. The ball will start left where you aimed and naturally curve back to the right. It should end up safely in the fairway, or at worst, miss by only a few yards.
Next time you’re on the range pay attention to your natural shot shape. Work on making shots that repeat that shot shape. Then when you’re on the course, you’ll have a predictable shot shape to use you for playing each hole and the foundation for your go-to shot.
There’s nothing worse than walking into your home and having a cluttered entryway. With shoes, jackets, umbrellas and everything else you may need right by the door for convenience, why not organize and add storage at the same time? There are several elegant and practical ideas to do this in any home:
- Open Wooden Locker System
This piece of furniture looks like upscale lockers without the doors. They are made with wood and come painted in a variety of colors to match your décor. The insides of the compartments have hooks to hang jackets, umbrellas, and purses or backpacks. Depending on the style, they can have drawers or additional cubby holes at the top or bottom for additional storage.
- Wooden Storage Bench
A wooden storage bench can have either a large door on the top which opens or have seating with drawers underneath. These benches can be a great place to store shoes or boots, scarves, or many other items. For additional storage you can install some classy coat hooks to hang jackets on above the seating.
- Unique, Narrow Tables
Searching antique and specialty furniture stores can turn up an eclectic array of unique tables which are narrow and long and can fit perfectly in a tight entryway. These can be used to place decorative baskets on that you can throw you keys or gloves into. Place a tall basket at the end for umbrellas and you’ve got a clean entryway that is also functional.
Although adding a piece of furniture may seem like you’re putting even more in the entryway, it can actually give you a more organized space and help to keep things off of the floor, allowing more room. When you take a little time to see what’s available, you’re sure to find the perfect piece for your home.
Friday and Saturday specials are Prime Rib dinner and Crab Stuffed Salmon. Super delicious!
fundraiser Christmas Concert with David Jorgenen and Laura Loundsbury
- When: Friday 18th @ 7:30 PM
- Where: Center for Spiritual Living 908 N 1400 W
- Cost: $20 per person
- Details: FUNDRAISER CHRISTMAS CONCERT at Center for Spiritual Living St. George presents David Jorgensen & Laura Lounsbury Friday, December 18 – 7 p.m. http://center-for-spiritual-living.ticketleap.com/fundraiser-christmas-concert/
The Nutcracker Ballet
- When: Friday 18th @ 7:30 PM
- Cost: @20
- Details: The St. George Ballet Company in association with Westside Studio of Performing Arts, under the direction of Sheila Bailey, has enjoyed putting on the annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet for 14 Christmas seasons in southern Utah. Grown-ups and children will delight in seeing the mice and soldiers in battle before Clara continues into the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dancers from around the world entertain the Nutcracker Prince and Clara along with bringing smiles to the faces of all involved. https://surfcrm.com/westsidestudio/
Ryan Shupe Christmas at the Cox Performance Center in St. George
- When: Saturday 19th @7:30PM
- Where: Cox Performing Arts Center 225 S 700 E
- Cost: $15
- Details: In the spirit on the Holidays, join us at the Cox Performance Center on December 19th for a fun-filled night, courtesy of Utah’s own singer-songwriter, Ryan Shupe. Ryan has been on the music scene since the age of 10. A fifth generation fiddler, Ryan has shifted from country music to a more rock-pop vibe. Come check out Ryan perform songs from his holiday album, The Gift, as well as from his upcoming new album, We Rode On, set to release in early 2016. For more info, go to Shupe.net.
It’s that time of year again, this Friday, December 18th from 1-4 PM you can visit all the SunRiver Railroad Models. This is a popular event every year and if you’ve never been you should check it out! And if you have been, come again, a lot of the railroads have been modified and are worth the visit. We’ve outlined the railroads you’ll get to see and added the addresses to help you find them.
There are 6 different models to check out and you don’t want to miss a single one!
First is Charlie Job at 4840 Festival Park.
Next is Dick and Evelyn Wilson at 4818 Festival Park.
Then is Tom and Amy Meyers at 4739 High Park.
After that is Byron Rasmussen at 1731 Whitestone.
Next up Larry and Peggy Schneider at 1681 Garnet Ridge Dr.
And last but not least Bob Mallory at 1942 Wide River.
For more information email Larry Schneider at LSandSRR@gmail.com
As 2016 fast approaches and the new USGA rules on putting take effect, golfers everywhere are trying to find a new putting method that works for them and complies with the new rules.
For many, putting with a long-shafted or belly putter is the only way they have ever known how to putt. So finding a method that’s comfortable, works and complies isn’t easy.
PGA Tour veteran Matt Kuchar holds the putter firm against his left wrist, called the “arm lock”, which isn’t considered “anchored putting” under the new rules. The new rule, 14-1b, states that a golfer must not anchor the club, either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point.” Though the arm lock putting style anchors the putter grip against a golfer’s lead forearm, the USGA has approved this putting method. Kuchar struggled throughout his career with his putting, but seems to have found the answer for him with the arm lock. It’s helped him win multiple times on tour including the 2013 Memorial Tournament.
Arm lock putting isn’t for everyone. For a right-handed golfer, an arm lock putter is anchored on the left forearm, so golfers who use their right hand/wrist/arm to dominate their stroke will likely struggle with the putting style. But for golfers who dominate the stroke with their leading side, the arm lock putter makes sense. It’s important to custom-fit the putter’s loft and lie angle to your specifications for best results. You can search online for videos and instruction on how to use the arm lock putting method. It might just be the right putting method for you.
There are many important ways in which you can protect your counter tops.
Some of basic ways are to use a cutting board to protect your counters when you cut or chop. Protect the counter from heat and from extremely hot pans. If you cannot put your hand on it, do not put it on the counter. Do not use counter tops as ironing boards and do not set lighted cigarettes on the edge of the counter.
Another way to extend the lifetime of your counter tops is to make sure there is a good seal. The caulking between the counter top and the wall, along the joint at the back splash, and around the sink may shrink, leaving a slight gap. Maintaining a good seal in these locations is important to keep moisture from reaching the wood under the laminates and to prevent warping.
Also, avoid abrasive cleaners that will damage the luster of the surface. Rubber drain mats can trap moisture beneath them, causing the marinated plastic to warp and blister. Dry the surface as needed. Wax is not necessary, but it can be used to make counters gleam.
By following these suggestions, you will be able to have beautiful counter tops that will last and shine for many years.
We need homes to sell! The inventory of existing homes is at record lows in SunRiver. We currently have less than 30 homes on the market. When you consider SunRiver has close to 2,000 homes completed that’s 1.5% of SunRiver for sale. A healthy market is 4-7%, so you can see why we need your home!
Now may be a good time to take advantage of low interest rates and upgrade to a home on the golf course, or purchase a new home to enjoy the larger garages and updated energy efficiency. We have some amazing view lots now available on the south edge of SunRiver.
Call the Real Estate Office (435-688-1000) today and get a free evaluation of you home value, also take advantage of our fantastic listing agents “Janet and Sue the power of two!”
The Redux Nut-Cracker by Odyssey Dance
- When: Wednesday, 9th @ 7:30 PM
- Where: Cox Performing Arts Center 385 South Unviersity Ave
- Cost: $30, $25, $20, $15 Check link below
- Details: Odyssey Dance Theatre does it again and will present its own version of the Holiday Dance Classic – The Nutcracker! As they have successfully done, to other great classics such as Giselle and Romeo and Juliet to rave reviews from across the globe, ODT will bring this production to life in the present day, with the original Tchaikovsky score re-imagined and arranged in a pop/hip-hop style! Imagine Clara as the young lady whose imagination is inspired by the technological advances of today and is drawn into her smartphone to a magical world where Drosselmeyer drives a DeLorean, the soldiers are actually robots, and the gangsta mice have a hip-hop swagga. If you’ve been to one too many Nutcrackers, then this is the one you will want to see–re-imagined, updated, and a visual feast full of surprises. http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21329&schedule=list&group_id=617837
Dixie State University Raging Red Semester Final Concert
- When: Thursday, 10th l@ 7:30 PM
- Where: Cox Performing Arts Center 385 South University Ave
- Cost: $5
- Details: Enthusiastic and talented Dixie students sing and dance celebrating life, freedom and the Dixie life.
Dixie State University Men and Women’s Choir Concert
- When: Thursday, 10th @ 7:30 PM
- Where: Eccles Concert Hall 225 S. University Ave
- Cost: $5
- Details: Enjoy talented Dixie students singing beautiful, melodic selections that is sure to inspire and move the listener.
Baker’s Dozen Half Marathon, Relay, &5K
- When: Saturday, 12th @ 8:00 AM
- Where: Three Falls Park 663 West 900 South Hurricane, UT
- Cost: Registration costs listed on website, check link below
- Details: The Baker’s Dozen combines the best things in life: running, friends, and sugar! Runners earn an ENORMOUS medal by eating a treat each time you pass the Sugar Shack (aid station) on the four loop course. The Sugar Shack is stocked with the foods you’d expect to find in heaven including donuts, cupcakes, and Twinkies. So let the training begin! (And by “training” we mean “Bring on the maple bars!”) http://www.bakersdozenhalfmarathon.com/
Dixie State University Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert
- When: Saturday, 12th @ 7:30 PM
- Where: Cox Performing Arts Center 385 S. University Ave
- Cost: $5
- Details: A Christmas celebration with Kristin Williams, narrator. Featuring the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, Also featured will be the Dixie State Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Roger Hale and the Red Mountain Elementary Children’s Choir directed by McKenzie Lee. Enjoy such holiday favorites as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “Sleigh Bells.” http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21329&event_val=MUSC&schedule=list