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Playing Golf in French Riviera

When talking about golf travel, countries that most commonly come up are : Scotland, Spain and many different spots in US and around the world. Today, i wanted to discuss severely underrated place that i think is perfect destination for golfers looking for a good vacation. That place is France, more specifically, south France. When people think of traveling to France, the first things that come to mind are beautiful streets of France and top notch food. Those things are great, and another few reasons for why France is worth checking out, but in this article, i will stick with beautiful golf courses in southern coastline of France.

  Depending on where you are flying from, there are many options. For me, being from UK, flying from London to Nice airport is the most convenient route. It is only two hours by airplane from here, and it costs less than what it would cost me to go to Scotland. Southern part of France is usually a warm place, but still, i wouldn’t recommend visiting it with purposes of playing golf in winter. It may be a bit cold. The best time to play golf in southern part of France, for me, is autumn and spring. I don’t like to travel there for golfing in summer because it’s a bit too hot for my tastes. The other two seasons, except for summer and winter, are just perfect for me. Basically, March through June, and September through November are my favorite times to visit the place. It is also  smarter to visit french Riviera in off-season months like these. First off, you won’t have to deal with swarm of tourists that go there during the summer, and second, you won’t have to pay extra to make up for high demand for accomodation that these tourists cause. To avoid further delays because of large number of tourists, try to fly during the week as well. That way, you won’t be stuck at airport for hours and you will be able to get straight to business of playing golf. You don’t have to stay in Nice though – in fact, most of my favorite golf courses are far away from this beautiful city. In order to get around, i usually rent a car right at the airport when i land. It’s much cheaper and convenient than taking buses or using other ways of transport.
I wouldn’t recommend staying in Nice for long. Most of the time, i choose smaller city in middle of the coastline, so that i have better mobility and options to go wherever i want. My favorite city is Cannes, as it is small, beautiful city and offers lots of options for accommodation and having fun. Prices are also reasonable.

 As i’ve mentioned before, France isn’t famous for its golf courses, so don’t expect any world class facilities there, but there are plenty of excellent spots. Local people are more than welcoming, totally different from stereotypes about french.

 You can start packing your golf clubs now, but just keep in mind – there are rental options available locally as well. They are solid clubs for all levels of experience, so i don’t see the point in spending a fortune on shipping your set. Best of luck and have a good time!

How i found perfect game improvement iron

Before i get into my story, i want to make things clear about my background. I have never wanted or tried to be professional golfer, i’m just the guy who likes to golf in his free time on weekends, that’s all. I’m not even very good at playing golf. I have high handicap (can’t give exact number, because it tends to fluctuate) and considering how little i spend on improving myself, it doesn’t seem likely to ever change.   My handicap is 14 and I have never been lower than 13. I don’t think i have natural talent for golf, yet, if i played and practiced more, maybe i could get a whole lot better. This post won’t be about importance of practice in golf, though. It will be about amazing game improvement irons that i discovered.
My biggest problem always has been making slices and similar mistakes. I thought it was because of my swing, which isn’t perfect even now, but i didn’t realize equipment could have such a big role in how often you slice your golf shots. But that’s not to say that i didn’t try different golf clubs. I did experiment with various irons over last few years, but none of them were remarkable enough to truly make a difference. I don’t know, they might have been useful for solving problems that i didn’t have, all i know is that they couldn’t help me. On the other hand, i never tried latest release golf clubs with fancy designs and high prices. I thought releasing them was just a ploy by golf manufacturers to make golfers hand over more money. I still think that it’s better to spend money on instructors and use basic clubs when you’re beginner, but at this point, i wasn’t beginner anymore. I had few years’ experience, and wasn’t going anywhere.

 That was when i first heard about PXG irons. Rumors had it that they were trying to make perfect game improvement iron, one that would help everyone. I was naturally curious, but high prices of their irons scared me a little bit. I kept hearing good things though, and read some reviews on online golf portals, so decided that it was worth the try. I didn’t go out to retail store though, as i still had budget concerns. Instead, i stalked craigslist listings for PXG clubs, and eventually, one became available for sell. For those who are in similar situations like mine, this is excellent way to save money on golf clubs. Just wait few months after they are released, and they are going to start to be sold at half or even less the original price. Getting good utility clubs for rare occasions when you need them is also very good idea. Here are few tips to help you in process of choosing them.

 Back to PXG irons. When i first held them, i had a feeling they were different from any other club i’ve tried before. After taking first shot, i was sure of it and fell in love with these clubs instantly. I had never before enjoyed hitting golf club so much. PXG irons had excellent feel to them and results were remarkable as well. My problems of bad shots like slices instantly disappeared and my handicap started going down as well. Not as far down as i’d initially like, but still, results were there. Plus, you can’t really blame golf clubs for not improving your handicap significantly, equipment alone can’t really fix your game. You have to put effort yourself, and i understand that.

When i read golf club reviews in the past, i always thought that reviewers were exaggerating feel or game improvement effects of this or that club. I didn’t believe golf clubs could make such a difference. After trying PXG clubs though, now i know what it feels like. They are consistent, feel well and distance has increased compared to past golf clubs. Even when you make dire mistakes in hitting the golf ball, forgiving nature of these clubs evens out the effect. If i knew that this was possible, i might have even paid hundreds of dollars for new pair. But used set seems to be holding up pretty well too.