A Note From Friends

by Big Cedar Lodge 13. February 2013 09:52

Dear Big Cedar Lodge,

Thank you for the opportunity to share our wonderful experience at Big Cedar Lodge.  We loved the entire resort, how well thought out it is and how it absolutely has something for everyone.  We truly enjoyed the décor with all of the animal mounts and rustic charm.  It was quite evident that you truly care about those clients who stay with you and want to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible in this “home away from home” environment.  We enjoyed the horse-drawn carriage ride and the driver was so personable and knowledgeable.  Dogwood Canyon was breathtaking!  As fellow business owners, we admire and appreciate the use of the Big Cedar logo in everything from the wrought iron railings to the entertainment centers to the cookies left in our room each night.  We are excited to come back because there is so much more that we want to see and do “next time,” which we hope will be very soon!


Thanks for providing such a first class resort for everyone to enjoy!

Paul and JoEllen Gonzales

Longmont, Colorado  


Check out our Spring Break 2013 Activities!  We have some exciting things planned for families, kids, and over 21. 

Go to: http://www.big-cedar.com/Page/Spring-Break-2013.aspx

How Many Putts Should You Make?

by Big Cedar Lodge 23. July 2010 13:33


Keeping track of how many putts you have after a round can be misleading.  You can have 36 putts for 18 holes and shoot even par, or you can have 18 putts in a round and shoot even par.  A more accurate guide to how well you are putting would be to look at how many putts you make from a certain distance.  Below are the PGA Tour stats from 2008 and 2009 on percentage made from a certain distance.

Distance          Make % 2008      Make % 2009
Less than 5’    96.1%                   96.1%
3’ – 5’              86.5%                   86.8%
5’ – 10’           55.4%                    55.6%
10’ – 15’         29.7%                    29.9%
15’ – 20’         17.9%                    18.6%
20’ – 25’         11.9%                    12.3%
Over 25’          5.5%                      5.4%

As you can see the percentages of putts made drop off when the length gets outside six feet, and they dramatically drop off outside of ten feet.  The next time you go out, keep track of the putts you made and what distance you made them from.  Calculating the putts you made from a certain distance will show you exactly where you are throwing strokes away during a round, plus it will force you to focus on the “money putts”, putts inside ten feet.

Controlling the Direction and Curvature of the Golf Ball

by Big Cedar Lodge 9. July 2010 08:11

In Part 1 of The True Fundamentals of the Golf Swing I talked about being able to strike the ground in front of the golf ball every time.  In this part we are going to tell you the truth about ball flight so that you will have a better understanding with what is going on with your golf swing.

The truth is the golf ball leaves at 90 degrees to the clubface at impact and not from the swing path of the golf club.  Curvature of the golf ball is a result of both the clubface and swing path. 

In the picture to the right you can see that the direction the ball takes off is the direction of the clubface.  Although, you can also see that the swing path is moving from out to in, across the ball.  This swing path is going to produce a clockwise side spin, aka a fade or slice spin.  This particular shot would start at the target and curve to the right. 

In order to hit the ball dead straight we would need to have our swing path traveling more along the target line.  For a draw/hook, or a ball that curves to the left, all we need to do is change our swing path to a more in to out motion.
If you can get a general understanding about what determines the direction and curvature of the golf ball, then you can very quickly turn into your own swing coach.

Golf Drills

by Big Cedar Lodge 2. July 2010 07:42

Here are two drills to practice that will have an immediate positive impact on your game!

Impact Drill
Find an old duffel bag and fill it with towels.  Then set up to the bag as if it where the ball. Swing the club back until your left arm is parallel to the ground then swing down and strike the bag.  After striking the bag keep the club head on the bag and verify the alignments mentioned above.

Low Point Drill
Place a tee about an inch on each side of the ball.  Make your normal swing and see where your divot is in relation to the tee line.  Keep using the tees until your divot starts in front of the tee line.  The divot will not be in front of the ball if you don’t have the impact alignments.

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Impact Alignments

by Big Cedar Lodge 18. June 2010 08:00

The following are the alignments that you should strive to achieve (Right handed golfer):

Flat Left Wrist
o A must in every swing.  This is the #1 alignment in golf.  If the left wrist is not flat at impact then it is nearly impossible for us to get the club to low point.
o If the left wrist is flat then there is also a good chance that the clubface is pointing at the target.

- Clubshaft slightly ahead of the ball
o Clubs are designed with the shaft leaning forward.  That is the true loft of the golf club.
o When we contact the ball with the shaft leaning backwards we are adding loft to the club.  We have just turned a 6 iron into a 7 iron.

- Left arm extended and connected to the left chest
o With the left arm extended this ensures that we have maintained our swing radius and with the left arm connected to the left chest this keeps the body and arms working together.

- Majority of the weight on the left leg
o Remember the low point of the swing is under the left shoulder.  If the weight is on the right leg at impact then our low point has moved back and we will hit behind the ball.  I have never seen a great player with more weight on their right foot than left at impact.

- Right forearm and clubshaft for a line
o From a view down the target line, the right forearm and shaft should make one line.
o This alignment provides support into and through impact and helps us keep the golf club on plane.

- Head is between the feet
o When our head stays between our feet this allows us to have the proper amount of axis tilt with our spine during impact.

- Shoulders and hips slightly open.
o Hips will be open more than the shoulders.  How much they are open will depend on the type of ball flight you are wanting.

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The True Fundamentals of the Golf Swing

by Big Cedar Lodge 9. June 2010 16:36

This is Part 1 of a series of posts.  We will be explaining what we feel are the true fundamentals of the golf swing.  These are part of the foundation that we try to get our students to focus on for their golf swing.

Grip, aim and posture are a few of the “so called” fundamentals that golfers always hear.  If these are supposed to be the fundamentals of the golf swing, then why have you seen so many different types of variations from so many of the game’s greatest players?

Tiger Woods, the number one golfer in the world, uses a weak left hand grip, while Boo Weekly, considered one of the best ball strikers on tour, uses a strong one.  Sam Snead, winner of 82 PGA Tour events, set his feet closed, yet Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships, set his feet open to the target.  Dan Forsman, who recently won a Champions Tour Event, bends way over from the waist when he sets up to the ball while Ben Hogan, considered the best ball striker of all time, almost stood straight up.  With so many different variations of the “so called” fundamentals it is no wonder golfers are confused on what to do.  Hopefully we can help!

Here is the first true fundamental that you see in all good players. 

1. The ability to strike the ground in front of the ball every time

Watch any good striker of the golf ball and you will notice their divot is always in front of the golf ball.  How can that be?  It happens because they are able to get the golf club to the low point, or the true bottom of the golf swing.

The low point of the swing is the same for everyone, underneath the left shoulder (right handed golfer).  If we strike the golf ball correctly then our divot will always be in front of the ball.  The reason for this is because the left shoulder is the true center of the swing.  Therefore, until the club gets to our left shoulder it is swinging downward.  Once the club gets to our left shoulder the only place the club can go is up, unless of course we have poor impact alignments.  If a player can learn to achieve the proper impact alignments, then they will have a much easier time getting the club to low point and striking the golf ball more solid.



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