New things to try during the Golf Off Season – TheGrint

One of the good things about the Golf Off Season (not that we like it!) is that there is a lot of Free Time (“Range Time”) that you can take advantage to keep up your Golf Game or Golf Handicap.

This is the best time to look around the industry and see what is new out there… either Golf Clubs, new Workouts you can do at home or at the Gym or new Practice Equipment you can try at Home or at your Gym as well.

So we looked around, and there is a lot out there. From traditional stuff to more creative items. On the creative sides we have seen things like a Golf Chute that you can use to work on creating more speed, or even a Driver with Vertical grooves that claims to reduce side spin among other things…

On the more traditional side this is the best time of the Year to see all the new stuff from the big brands… but you won’t be able to hit most of them until January. Everyone is trying to make a splash, coming out with strategies like Wilson’s Triton Driver, creating better versions of their products like Taylormade, or even coming up with concepts like the Ice Cube Putter?  Yup, you read that right…

But this is not all… There is one more thing you can try… If you really want to go crazy on this “trying new things”…

Maybe a New Putting Technique?

A total “Game Changer”? or just another bad idea? What do you think?

It can’t be that crazy when Sam Snead used this Method once in his career. Just in case you are wondering, this is totally legal according to the USGA, so… are you going to try it?

Here’s a video showing Bryson trying it and also Mr. David Fay (Former USGA Executive Director) with a variation of the Method (click here).

So, we can given you 3 different things you can try during this Off Season… Which one are you going to try?

Let us know how you do!

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TheGrint – Golf Games

TheGrint – Golf Games

Facebook Live on December 1st at 12:30 PM.

In this Facebook Live Discussion, we want to talk about our Games Feature that many Grinters may not know about.

Before we explain what we are going to talk on the Discussion, if you don’t know much about the Games feature take this opportunity to learn more about it. We launched a while back on iPhone, and COMING SOON on Android (we already started working on it).

To learn more click here.

During this Facebook Live Discussion we would like to share more insights about our Games feature, which Games are available and how can they be more enjoyable. Most importantly we want to know which Golf Games you would like us to add in the future… so, think about it and feel free to comment on this Post or during our Facebook Live Discussion.

As of now, these games are only available on iOS, but coming soon on Android. We currently have 6 of them,  - Medal, Stableford, High & Low, Match Best Ball, Skins and Niner.

These Games are located on the Players Setup Screen on the App, before you start your Round; some of the Games can be played between 2 to 4 players per Foursome.

If you are not sure how one of these Games is played, you can read the instructions for each of them by Tapping on the “Explanation” option on the Players Setup Screen.

We will continue working on improving this Feature and we hope to hear from you for new Games in the future. So far, we have the following suggestions: 1) Traditional Stableford Points System, 2) Side Bets and 3) Multiple Games at the same time. Let us know if you have other suggestions.

We hope to see you on Thursday December 1st at 12:30PM.

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TheGrint Golf – USGA Compliant Clubs

TheGrint – USGA Compliant Clubs

Held November 17th at 12:30 PM.

We are taking this opportunity to talk about our Clubs because not too many Golfers know that by having a TheGrint Account, you will have a USGA Compliant Handicap plus many of the other Features we offer.

The way Grinters get a USGA Compliant Handicap is only possible because of the help from our Grinters themselves. They volunteer to be the Club Chairmans of the Club they were assigned to by the system (according to their Zip Codes), and all they have to do is fill out the USGA Application and complete the Online Seminar.

After they are approved and ready to go, everyone in that Club will have a USGA Compliant Handicap as long as they comply with the other Requirements as well (At least 5 Scores uploaded and 1 of those has to be within the last 365 days). As a courtesy, we give the Club Chairman a Pro Membership for Free for as long as they are the Club Chairman.

By completing those Steps and by organizing a Club event at least once a year, their TheGrint Club is USGA Compliant; allowing all the Members to be able to compete at any USGA Sanctioned event using their TheGrint Handicap.

We now have hundreds of USGA Compliant/Licensed clubs; within those Compliant Clubs, we cover over 95% of our Grinters. If you happen to be in an area that is not covered, please consider volunteering.

We have to mention that the MOST Active USGA Compliant Club is Fort Worth TG GC in Texas. These guys are always playing Tournaments and using the USGA Club Section Tool to the max. They are always talking to each other, reviewing Members’ Scores, welcoming New Members and most of all, having fun on the Golf Course.

The USGA Clubs are not just a way for us to provide a USGA Compliant Handicap, but also an opportunity  for Grinters to meet new people around their area, play New Courses and play competitive if they want as well.

Now that you know what a Club Chairman does and the Steps needed to be one, we want to have the opportunity to have a Live Discussion with all of you. We will answer all the questions you have about this Topic and maybe expand on some other things.

It is important to us that you all know what it takes to be a Chairman and what you get from it. We want ALL Grinters to be part of a Compliant Club, and we can’t do this without your help.

We hope to see you all at Lunch (12:30PM) on November 17th during our Facebook Live Discussion.

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TheGrint – Golf Scorecard Penalties

TheGrint – Golf Scorecard Penalties

Golf is not a game of perfect… therefore Golfers are meant to make mistakes and suffer the consequences when showing their final Score.

We have all said it at one point or another: “If I could have avoided that OB I would have shot a 79…. If my driver had passed that bunker, I would have… if I had… if … if…

And while many complaint that that’s just golf, we wanted to be able to track that “What if…” feeling. So we designed a simple system to track strokes lost, so you can know how many Strokes you “could have saved” if you didn’t make those mistakes and had those Penalties.

Below we have Mr. Bob Grint… this is an example of those Penalties we are talking about:

TheGrint Scorecard

As you can see Bob Grint shot 80 on a Par 72 Course. Our system gave him 4.5 lost strokes.

In this case we want to say that most likely if Bob Grint wouldn’t have made those mistakes, he would have shot 76 or 75 (80 – 4).

However as you can see Bob was able to get the Par in 2 of those Holes where he had a Penalty, meaning that those Penalties didn’t or wouldn’t have hurt his Score (in this case), but these penalties can give you an idea of how many shots you could save if you were to avoid those miss shots.

Besides showing these Penalties on the Scorecard itself, we take those Penalties and use them for your Stats as well, so you can see how many Sand Saves you have in a Round or how many putts you usually have after a Water, Bunker, or even Out of Bounds.

The Graph below would be one of the Stats you would get when taking into consideration the Penalties you track while you play:

TheGrint Stats

If you track as much information as possible, your TheGrint App will help you understand your Golf Game, your weaknesses and show you what you should be working on to lower your Golf Handicap and enjoy the Game even more.

All this information can be very useful. Please let us know if you have any feedback or ideas of what we could do to make them even more useful.

Thanks again!

Blog written by: LadyGrinter
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Golf Off-Season – TheGrint

It’s this sad time of the year again… The Off-Season is coming real soon

So we want to remind you how the off-season works and how to mark your Scores in TheGrint so they count or not towards your Golf Handicap.

First of all, remember that the Golf Season depends on where you Play at a particular moment and not on where your Club (the one providing you with a Handicap) is established. This means that if you live in Colorado; for example, and you come down to Florida for vacations during Winter and play a few Rounds of Golf, those Scores would count towards your Handicap because in Florida the Golf Season is Year-Round. Even though, in Colorado the Season is between March 15th and November 14th.

Just in case you don’t know your States’ Golf Season Dates, here they are: Golf Season Dates

The good news is that if you keep your Handicap with TheGrint, you will always have an Active community. If you live in a year-round warm weather state, you can keep inputting scores. But if you are in one of those States where there is an Inactive Season you should mark your scores as “Off Season”. Here is how:

On iOS and Android that option is on the Round Setup Screen before you start tracking your Score, under the Tracking Options. Select that option and then continue setting up your Round.

You can also upload your Score through the Website and select the Option for Off-Season at the bottom of the Box where you upload your Score. Select that Box and then click Submit.

Those playing in an area that is inactive should select this Option (Off-Season) before entering/uploading a Score. So if you live in a State that has Off-Season Golf, make sure you know the Dates of that Off-Season so you can be aware of your Scores and don’t mess your Handicap.

You can always get more information on the USGA Website.

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TheGrint Stats at Hazeltine National Golf Club – Ryder Cup 2016

Ryder Cup 2016

Hazeltine National Golf Club

The Ryder Cup has started and we can’t wait to see how it will end!

Played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

In 2014 the Ryder Cup was played at Gleneagles in Scotland after 40 years. The USA Team thought they had a great team… good enough to beat the European, but it wasn’t enough and ended up loosing 11 1/2 to 16 1/2.

Europe has won 8 of the las 10 Ryder Cups played. This year, it is at a very tough Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones that opened in 1962. Ranked 2nd in TheGrint and 3rd in Minnesota by GolfDigest.

This time, at Home, the US Team believes they can win it. They have Tiger Woods as Vice-Captain and are certainly hoping he can give them something they have been missing in order to win.

We have had a few Grinters play Hazeltine National and as expected, they give them 97.7 points over 100 for Overall Experience and they give them 98.2 Points over 100 for Fun.

But we have something cool to show you… We got the Stats for Greens in Regulation, Tee Accuracy and Scoring Over Par Average by Handicap Groups.

Below are the Golf Stats plus incredible Photos of this amazing Golf Course.

 Score Over Par Average

Greens In Regulation Average

Tee Accuracy Average

Don’t you want to grab your Golf Bag and run to this incredible Golf Course? Do you think you can bring your A Game to this Course?

Go, play the Course and track your Score and Stats with your TheGrint App. Make sure to Rate the Course and give us your Feedback!

Enjoy your Golf!

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TheGrint – Scorecard Picture Service (SPS)

Scorecard Picture Service (SPS)

Do you like to keep your Score on a traditional and Paper Scorecard while you play? Do you still want to keep track of your Score, Stats and Handicap in TheGrint?

That’s no problem. Keep track of your Score using your traditional Scorecard and at the end of your Golf Round, take a Picture of the Scorecard using TheGrint App and send it to us.  We will upload your Score and Stats as soon as we receive it.

It is that simple!

How it works? Easy…

After your Round:

1. Go to TheGrint App

2. Tap on Play

3. Tap on Scorecard Picture

4. Select the Golf Course. Date (on the Top right). Tees and how many Holes you played.

5. If you played with another Grinter and kept his/her Score as well and they want us to upload their Score as well, tap on Select Player and find them or type their E-mail Address.

6. Tap on Next and then Tap on “Camera” so you can take a Picture of the Scorecard.

7. If you have to take Two (2) Pictures in order to get the 18-holes, tap on the Option “Two”

Then take the Picture.

8. Rate the Course and Tap & Press “Upload”…

Then leave it up to us!

If you send us your Score within these Hours, we typically upload your Score within 5 Minutes:

Monday – Thursdays between 10am and 6pm. Eastern Time.
Friday – Sundays between 12pm and 8pm.  Eastern time.

This is how you should write down the Score and Stats so that our Team is able to upload your Score and Stats.

The clearer you write everything down, the faster you will get your Score in your Account.

Wondering what all those letters are on the App? Those are the Penalties… Here is what they stand for:

Now that you know you don’t have to upload your Score yourself while playing… You can relax, play your Game and leave us the hard work of transcribing your Score for you.

Feel free to ask a question on the Comments Box or e-mail us at contactus@thegrint.com

Enjoy your Golf!

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How Is My Golf Handicap Calculated?

How Is My Golf Handicap Calculated?

We have had many Grinters asking the same questions over a long period of time. For example, “Why is my Golf Handicap so low if my Score Average is around 88?”. So, here you go, this is short and sweet what you need to know about the Handicap System.

To begin, you should know that the Handicap Index is intended to represent a golfer’s potential ability.  Therefore, it is not calculated using the Score Average. The Handicap is calculated using the Handicap Differentials of your best rounds.

The Handicap Differential is:

(ESC Score – Course Rating ) *113 / Slope Rating

So, the more Scores you have uploaded to your TheGrint Account, the more accurate your Handicap Index will be. And once you have 20 or more Scores uploaded, the Handicap will use only the Lowest 10 Handicap Differentials out of your last 20 Scores you uploaded. After those Differentials are calculated you average them and then Multiply them by 96% (.96)

And there is your Golf Handicap Index!

Just in case you don’t know what ESC is, the USGA establishes a maximum score per Hole, so the Total Score after applying those Maximums is your ESC (at the bottom of the blog we show you the ESC “Equitable Stroke Control” Guidelines).

What if you have less than 20 Rounds uploaded?

Well, the USGA has a Table that shows the amount of Differentials are used depending on the amount of Rounds you have posted (see below):

And how do you know the ESC Score? You have to use the below table to limit the max score allowed per hole.

But remember, we do all those calculations automatically. All you have to do is upload your Scores to your TheGrint Account. We do the rest.

To show you an example, we will use Mr. Bob Grint’s scoring record! The easiest way for you to see the Scores that are being used to calculate your Handicap is to go to the Trends Section on the Website and see the Green Bars (those are the lowest Handicap Differentials out of all of your latest Scores).

This is Bob’s Trends Section:

His Handicap Index is 2.0 (pretty good, right?).

Also, you have the Handicap Card, which highlights the Scores that are taken into consideration towards the Handicap with an asterisk (*); it doesn’t show the Handicap Differential, but it does show the Scores (see below):

At the end, you don’t have to know all this, we do the work for you anyway… so, all you have to do is upload your Scores or send them to us through the SPS Service and we will upload them for you (learn more about the SPS Service here).

Any questions, you can e-mail us to contactus@thegrint.com, we will help you out as fast as we can.

Enjoy your Golf!

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TheGrint – Golf Badges And Trophy Room

Golf Badges And Trophy Room

If you play often or maybe just a few times using TheGrint, you might have seen our Badges/Milestones and Trophy Room with different Numbers and Colors. And maybe wondered, why are they different colors? How do I get one of those Pink badges?

Recently we have gotten those questions from many of you, so we figured it would be nice to let everyone know the meaning and stats behind it… and how to earn them.

Before I start explaining the meaning of each of them, keep in mind we created these based on the average performance of golfers at different handicap ranges. Using approximately 150,000 rounds worth of data. However, we know these are not perfect measurements of levels and ultimately these lines are arbitrary.

We golfers are always looking to improve our Game and because Golf is a Game of many Stats and Numbers, we wanted to give each stat and accomplishment a Badge or Milestone to show progress.

So, lets start with the basic ones, the Bronze Badges. If you are getting these you are no longer in the “Learning the Game” category, and you are getting closer at becoming an intermediate golfer!

Bronze Badges

 Now, the Silver Badges! Which show a lot of progress in your game. If you are getting these you are what people call a “Bogey” golfer (10-18) but getting closer to single digits handicap range.

Silver Badges

 Then the Gold Badges! if you are getting these badges you are probably a single digit golfer and can deal with most challenges…

Gold Badges

 

 Finally, the rarest of the rarest! Pink Badges are rare feats, and when you get them you should brag about them. Even Scratch Golfers never get to achieve some of these… and yes, a Hole in One gets you a Pink badge!

Pink Badges

As Golfers we are always trying to improve and lower our Golf Handicap; this is why we created these Badges and Milestones, to set up Goals and reward us when we achieve them.

You can check your Badges on the Trophy Room, either on our Free Golf App or on the Website.

We are always open to suggestions about these Badges and Milestones, so if you feel we are missing one, feel free to contact us either through e-mail (contactus@thegrint.com) or leave a comment below.

Enjoy your Golf!

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New Foursomes Feature – TheGrint Golf App

New 4Somes Feature Available Now!

Have you ever been through a Weekend without Golf because you can’t find partners to play with? We have… Are you tired of organizing your foursomes with emails, chats and a bunch of different things? We are…

That’s why we are making it way easier to find playing partners! Anytime, anywhere.

All you have to do is set up a “Golf Date” using our 4Somes Feature and share it with friends OR anyone within your area (your TheGrint Club).

Wanna know how it works? Pretty easy…

1) Login on the App. Tap on the Menu on the Top Left and then Tap on 4Somes (see below)

2) You will then come across these screens (below). You can see what others have posted under the Feed Tab which is the 1st Screen.  Then you can see your Posts and then the 4Somes you have already Joined.

3) Now, the most important part is, how do I invite others to play with me?

Well, just tap where it says “Post” (on the Top Right) and it will take you to the Screen below:

This Screen allows you to Post a 4Some to find Golfers to play with. If you have the Tee Time reserved, make sure you mark the “Tee Time is Reserved” at the bottom. Fill out all the information and then Tap on Next.

4) Now it is time to invite Friends or let anyone Join your 4Some!

You can select friends who have already confirmed, or you can leave those blank and post your 4Some to specific People (by invite), to Friends only or make it a Public post (anyone in your USGA Club will see your Post).

After you post it, you will see the Screen below:

5) After a Friend or anyone else confirm they are going to play with you or they send you a Request to play with you, you will receive a Notification on your App as well as on the Website.  You be able to manage a Waiting List, and Accept or Decline anyone into your 4Some.

6) Also, on the receiving end, it is very simple. When a friend creates a 4Some post you will see it in your Activity Feed. Click the “Request” button to ask to join. The organizer will then decide to accept that request or not.

7) FINALLY VERY IMPORTANT… If you are looking for a game and have no one to play with, you can also go to the 4Somes section and see what other people in your area have posted. This is a great way to meet new golfers and visit new courses.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to contactus@thegrint.com if you have any questions or comment in the box below.

Enjoy your golf!

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