Outdoors / Recreation

Take the simple-is-best approach when deciding on a short game strategy, starting with putting and working your way back to wedge play.
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Simple Is Best When Considering Short Game Plan

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How do you go about selecting what type of short game shot to select? Is it a pitch shot, a chip shot, a bump-and-run or something more? It’s like creating an appetizer menu of food for an Independence Day party and guessing what everyone will enjoy. Knowing which short game shot to play and when can be confusing and stressful. Follow these simple guidelines when you have a shot from the grass around the greens. Whenever you’re faced with a greenside shot, make your decision from which shot is the easiest to perform to the most difficult. The easiest short game shot to execute from …

TSAC’s Thompson Wins

Thursday, July 2, 2015

South Burlington, Vt. — Everything Thor’s Stone Athletic Club competitor Valerie Thompson touched turned to gold — medals, that is — during last weekend’s Vermont Senior Games track and field meet at South Burlington High School. Thompson, 57, won four events, setting a personal best in one of them. Thompson won the 50-meter dash in 9.56 seconds, the 3-kilo shot put with a …

Summer Journal: If a Giant Boulder Sits in the Woods, People Will Go to See It

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

S ometimes you just want to look at a really big rock. In pursuit of which I traveled recently to Madison, N.H. , in the White Mountains to gaze upon the Madison Boulder. It is in a stretch of woods, just off Route 113 a few miles from Conway, a short walk from …

Benefit Golf Event at Crown Point

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The second annual Million Dollar Shootout to benefit Upper Valley Sports will be held at Crown Point Country Club on June 14, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The $85 entry fee covers golf, cart and food. Each player that wins a closest to the …

A Spark of Brilliance: Groups Team Up for Rail Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Spark! Community Center co-founder Lisa Green prefers flat, easy trails when she goes hiking while her autistic and epileptic son, 23-year-old Patrick, favors more vigorous climbs. It’s mom who’s getting the desired terrain for the …

Recreation Briefs: Eastman Seeking World Golf Scramble Competitors

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grantham — Eastman Golf Links wants to send somebody to Las Vegas … at least four somebodies, actually. Eastman will hold a qualifier for the World Golf Scramble on June 14, starting at 8 a.m. The event is open to golfers of all abilities, foursomes that will be …

Amen Corner: Learn Angle of Attack for Greater Distance Off the Tee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

West Lebanon’s Golf & Ski Warehouse has their big manufacturers demo day on Saturday. All the big-boy and big-girl equipment companies and their goodies — delicious. Can’t wait. I want a new driver, and I want more distance. …

Time to Play on a Holiday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Despite the presence of light rain, Sean Plottner, of South Strafford, takes advantage of the Memorial Day holiday as he tees off on the par-3 first hole of Lake Morey Country Club in Fairlee on Monday afternoon.Valley News …

A Good Hike Spoiled? Not at All: Storrs Pond Opens 18-Hole Disc Golf Course

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hanover — Pars and birdies were rare on the first day of league play Thursday, but you know what’s said about a bad day of golf. It’s better than a good day of most anything else, and that’s …

‘A Different Mud Season’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants “muck it up” while going over wooden walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate various other daunting obstacles. It’s also …

No Waiting Required

Sunday, May 24, 2015

With one foot on the pedal of his bow-trolling motor, Bob Turgeon eased his boat quietly into a narrow bay of this lake recently. Viewed by any of the many Canada geese that traded back and forth over …

Recreation Briefs: Windsor Comets Heading to Ohio for AAU Nationals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Essex Junction, Vt. — Riding big games from Olivia Rockwood and Hayley Fortin along with solid team shooting from the free-throw line, the Windsor Comets U13 girls basketball team swept through five foes to win its Vermont AAU state championship on May 2-3 at Essex High School. Windsor …

Amen Corner: Where Ball Lies Can Give Clues to Its Destination

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Let’s play a game of Clue. You’re the investigator. You’ve approached the scene. You’re supposed to approach your golf shot systematically and thoroughly, like any good detective. You determine you’re 150 yards from the green, so you pull …