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Shilah Sarkissian teaches yoga at area studios, partners with Monarch Beach Golf Academy in Dana Point and leads retreats for golfers and wellness seekers.

Golf yoga instructor wants to stretch your mind ... and body

AL PETERSEN
The 18th hole at Whistling Straits is but one example of all the sand spread throughout the Wisconsin course.

Playing site of PGA Championship takes a bunker mentality

RANDY YOUNGMAN
Roger Fredericks has a book and DVD that focus on stretching tips.

Keeping it loose

Sticking to a stretching and fitness routine will free up your swing
ERIC TRACY
Picture the green or fairway as a bulls-eye to narrow your focus and hit better shots.

Narrow your focus if aiming to improve

JAMIE MULLIGAN, PGA

Equipment

A fitting conclusion

Getting clubs for your swing is easier with today's technology
AL PETERSEN
Bob Lamkin and Bob Lamkin Sr. have had a hand in the golf grip industry for many decades.

Coming to grips

The Lamkin family has had a hand in the golf industry for 90 years
ERIC TRACY
Dave Musty displays the six basic head designs he uses for his company's custom putters made of wood.

Dave Musty carving a niche in the putter world

GREG MELLEN

Just when you're used to your clubs, here comes more!

AL PETERSEN

Travel

The nine-hole Bear Mountain Golf Course is relatively short, but the long views are second to none.

On the prowl

A buddy golf trip to Big Bear can be cool, calm and collectively fun
JUDD SPICER
The par-3 seventh hole at Makai Golf Club at Princeville is a cliff-side beauty.

Island stopping

The only trouble in paradise could be deciding where to play golf
AL PETERSEN
The third hole of Chambers Bay.

Northwest passages

Chambers Bay one of several beautiful courses in Washington
HAL QUINN

Quiet nature

The serenity at CordeValle is a perfect getaway for golfers
AL PETERSEN

Courses

Salt Creek Golf Club in Chula Vista is considered the most links-like layout in San Diego.

Quirks of nature

Salt Creek hopes a links golf revival leads players to its alternative layout
COREY ROSS
Balboa Park has been around for 100 years. Plans are in the works to keep it relevant for many years to come.

Old faithful

Balboa Park has had a loyal following in area for 100 years
COREY ROSS
Birch Hills Golf Club in Brea has a fresh look thanks to renovations done by noted architect Casey O'Callaghan.

Back in play

Birch Hills reopens with an updated focus and a renovated look
JOHN DUNPHY
Reducing turf at Carmel Mountain Ranch is a nod the environment and water conservation.

Fringe benefits

Turf reduction at Carmel Mountain Ranch seen as nod to the future
BERNIE D'AMATO

Instruction

Consistently practicing with good alignment will enable to hit straighter shots when on the course.

Pointed advice

You can't straighten out your swing if you're always out of alignment
SETH GLASCO, PGA
Standing on a two-by-four and pushing another back on the takeaway and forward on the through swing will help your balance and rotation.

Balancing act

A drill with wood blocks will help your rotation and keep you centered
JOE SIMONDS, PGA
Chipping with a utility club or hybrid will pick the ball smoothing off of tight lies near the green.

Ground game

A lower trajectory chip with a utility club is right when lies are tight
SCOTT ASHWORTH, PGA
To chip it close, use a putting stroke with your club of choice.

Different strokes

A putting setup and motion will improve chips from just off green
TONY BROOKS, PGA

Apparel

Callaway's blue macro plaid shorts are among several offerings from manufacturers this season that combine comfort, flexibility and technological advantages.

Short story

More functionality in the bottom-wear market is starting to get legs
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
Sundog's Clutch model is one of the eyewear company's TrueBlue options that are being touted as a breakthrough in eye protection, comfort and style.

Hidden benefits

Sundog's TrueBlue technology takes style to a protective level
HAL QUINN
Bolle's Sixth Sense sunglasses have photochromic lenses and exterior and interior coatings to cut fog and reduce glare when on the course.

Seeing is believing

Sunglasses are pairing style, technology and better vision
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
Anisul Huq and Ryan Merriman are golfing buddies and business partners at 19th Hole Swag.

Setting sales

A new golf apparel site is geared toward saving on name brands
BY JAMIE LOBEL