Golf Tips for Beginners

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Golf Tips
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An experienced auditor with a master of accounting science from Northern Illinois University, Tim Salvesen serves as the controller and vice president of accounting for GridLiance GP, LLC, in Chicago. Beyond dispatching his professional obligations, Tim Salvesen enjoys a multitude of hobbies, including golf. The following tips could prove helpful for beginning golfers.

Before getting into stance, it is important to align the clubface properly by situating it directly behind the ball and in line with the target hole.

Select the right type of club, depending mostly on the type of approach. Natural shot tendencies, wind, and obstacles in the landing area also affect club selection.

Modify your stance to accommodate the selected club.

Grip the club’s handle tightly.

When there is wind, hit the ball in the direction of the wind, not against it.

Try to hit the ball to the upper or pro side of the hole, as that increases the likelihood of hitting the target area.

When in a bunker, hit downward, striking behind the ball to let the sand lift it up and out onto the green.

Do not undermine chipping.

Running in Cold Weather

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Running in Cold Weather
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For more than a decade, Tim Salvesen has worked in the finance and accounting field. A licensed CPA, he serves as vice president of accounting and controller at GridLiance in Illinois. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys running.

Running in the cold requires a great deal of motivation and commitment. One of the best ways to keep this level of motivation is by finding a group of runners to hold you accountable. If this is not possible for your schedule, try making a deal with yourself. If you stay outside for at least 5 minutes, then you can go back inside if the weather is that bad. More often than not, you will likely just stay outdoors. If you have the motivation to run, then you also need the proper clothes and protection. Wear shoes that limit the water infiltration and dress warmly. A good rule of thumb is to dress for weather that is 20 degrees warmer than it really is. This allows you to stay warm without overheating once you start sweating.

Beyond motivation and attire, winter running can come with a few added safety measures. Since it usually gets darker during winter, try switching your runs to daylight hours. This keeps you from running in the dark and makes it easier to see cold-weather dangers such as large puddles or ice. If you see any areas that you suspect have ice, slow your run to a walk across the area. Finally, you can reduce the extra chill of wind by finishing a run with the breeze at your back.

A Quick Short Game Tip

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Golf Short Game
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With nearly 15 years of financial experience, Tim Salvesen currently serves as a vice president and corporate controller with GridLiance, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s accounting records. Outside his professional life, Tim Salvesen is an avid golfer.

The short game can be one of the most challenging aspects of golf. Difficult lies and atypical situations often call for deviation from a standard shot. However, there is one fundamental concept that golfers must keep in mind when trying to improve this aspect of their game. The most important concept is that the shoulders should always be parallel to the target line.

This is a universal rule for any shot in golf. While situations in the short game vary greatly from those of a drive or a fairway shot, the principle of keeping the shoulders parallel still applies. Instead of pointing your shoulders at the target, you should always keep them parallel to the target.