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Kris Hart

Kris Hart is the CEO of Co-Founder of Nextgengolf. A former varsity golfer, Kris has a passion for helping college students and young adults stay involved in the game of golf. Kris is a graduate of Bryant University.
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Golf Help / December 20, 2016
Spring Break Golf Trip - 7 Items You Need to Pack

Spring Break Golf Trip - 7 Items You Need to Pack

By Kris Hart

Going away on a spring break golf trip? Being a last minute packer myself and forgetting items on trips often, I thought this list of 7 items golfers forget to pack would be helpful for anyone taking a spring golf trip. If your spring golf trip involves some competition, Jack’s words about being prepared may inspire you too-  “I couldn't control Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson or Lee Trevino. The only person I could control was me. The only person I could prepare for events was me. And if I didn't play well, I didn't play well, and I wasn't going to compete.” -Jack Nicklaus.

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Topics: spring break

Golf Help / December 1, 2016
4 Tips for Planning a Golf Trip

4 Tips for Planning a Golf Trip

By Kris Hart

Planning golf trips can be a lot of work. Between booking travel, getting the right tee times at good golf courses, and coordination of who can go on the trip, it becomes a lot to handle.

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Topics: golf trip spring break

Golf Help / August 3, 2016
5 Questions to Consider Before Joining a Private Golf Club

5 Questions to Consider Before Joining a Private Golf Club

By Kris Hart

As the CEO of Nextgengolf, I often get emails from young adults in our community asking me about the best private golf clubs to join in the Boston area, which clubs are looking for junior members or if we have any tips for joining a private golf club. I’ve never been a member of a private golf club, but am fortunate to have many friends who have invited me as their guest.

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Topics: Private Golf Clubs

Golf Help / July 25, 2016
The Top 3 Traits in a Solid Best Ball Golf Partner

The Top 3 Traits in a Solid Best Ball Golf Partner

By Kris Hart

We all love team golf! Whether you are playing with a partner against two other golfing buddies on the weekend, or part of a larger team playing in a Ryder Cup format event, team golf is a lot of fun. Just ask Brian Costa from the Wall Street Journal who recently wrote a great piece about team golf.  

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Topics: Golf Tips

Golf Help / July 7, 2016
4 must dos every time you practice on a golf driving range

4 must dos every time you practice on a golf driving range

By Kris Hart

 

Do you love going to a golf driving range? Banging balls at the range is fun especially if you are doing it at a Topgolf where you are listening to music and enjoying some drinks. For the range goers who are serious about their practice sessions and more importantly the average golfer that is going to a golf driving range for fun, below are 4 simple must dos for every practice session.

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Golf Help / May 10, 2016
3 steps to find the best golf ball for your game

3 steps to find the best golf ball for your game

By Kris Hart

The average golfer spends a lot of time working on their swing, finding a club that can hit the ball 5 yards further, and getting new wedges annually to put extra spin on the ball. Golfers rarely get fit for the right golf ball and often do not know how to find the best golf ball for them. It’s pretty easy for a single digit handicapper to figure out they need a premium ball, but is the Bridgestone, Srixon, Titleist, TalyorMade, Callaway or Nike the best premium ball for your game?

Before you keep reading, I need to confess that I’ve never had an official golf ball fitting. As a junior golfer I played the Titleist Tour Balatas, and then the Titleist Pro v 1’s since those were the balls I often found while caddying at Oyster Harbors on Cape Cod. The price was right, but was it really the right ball for my game? I, like many of you, probably do not think as much about the golf ball I play, and will most likely purchase whatever ball is stocked in the pro-shop.

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Golf Help / September 14, 2015
7 reasons anyone in their twenties should learn to golf

7 reasons anyone in their twenties should learn to golf

By Kris Hart

Learning to play golf is really hard.

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Golf Help / July 22, 2015
How to get a golf handicap –traditional or online?

How to get a golf handicap –traditional or online?

By Kris Hart

At Nextgengolf, we get a lot of questions from 18-34 year old golfers about the best options for getting a golf handicap. Although we do not offer handicaps and we do not use or require handicaps in any of our summer tournaments, below are a couple options you may want to consider if you are looking to start tracking your scores and keeping handicap. Each option has its own pros and cons, and the best fit varies depending on the golfer and expected use. Looking for summer golf tournaments?

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Golf Help / March 25, 2015
5 Reasons New Balance Golf Shoes are Awesome

5 Reasons New Balance Golf Shoes are Awesome

By Kris Hart

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Golf Help / March 18, 2015
Indoor Golf: 5 Places to Play Around Boston

Indoor Golf: 5 Places to Play Around Boston

By Kris Hart

Boston has experienced the worst winter in history in 2015. As a result, the golf market has suffered given its non-existence with so much snow on the ground. Over the last couple weeks our team has been getting the itch to swing a club so we decided to explore indoor golf opportunities in and around the city.

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Golf Help / January 27, 2015
Top 3 Companies to Work for in Golf

Top 3 Companies to Work for in Golf

By Kris Hart

It is amazing to me how many people want to work in the golf industry. Given the passion behind the sport, it is not too surprising, but each year I attend the PGA Merchandise Show down in Orlando, Florida, and am shocked at how many golf companies (or maybe a better term, “golf concepts”) exist. Ranging from equipment, apparel, media, training aids, and everything in-between, there's a lot of different organizations and opportunities for everyone.

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Golf Help / December 9, 2014
5 Best Practices for Traveling with Golf Clubs

5 Best Practices for Traveling with Golf Clubs

By Kris Hart

If you are traveling with golf clubs, you know how much of a pain it is lugging your bag around the airport and getting your clubs to the course. There are 3 main options available to you if you are traveling to play golf and need a set of clubs.

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Golf Help / October 1, 2014
Play Ready Golf - 9 Characters Who Slow Down the Game

Play Ready Golf - 9 Characters Who Slow Down the Game

By Kris Hart

Ever think about how to play faster golf? Nothing is more enjoyable then playing a great round of golf quickly with pleasant people. I really enjoy meeting new people if I go to the course by myself, but cannot stand playing with slow golfers. Below highlights 9 characters I have personally witnessed on the course which make it hard to play faster golf.

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Topics: pace of play

Golf Help / September 23, 2014
3 Tips for Getting a Golf Job: Start as a Caddy

3 Tips for Getting a Golf Job: Start as a Caddy

By Kris Hart

Being the CEO of Nextgengolf, you can imagine how many students and young adults reach out asking for a job or introduction to friends at other golf companies. It is amazing how many people send the same email saying “I love golf, this is my passion, I currently work in sales, and am the best candidate for the job.” Golf is a passion for millions of people in the US, but working in the game is much different than loving to play it.

Although everyone wants a golf job, these jobs are few and far between given the economic realities of the golf industry. Below are a few tips which can help prepare you for golf job.

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Topics: Golf Jobs Career Advice

Golf Help / September 12, 2014
10 Essential Items for Your Golf Bag

10 Essential Items for Your Golf Bag

By Kris Hart

There are a number of articles about learning how to play golf, swing tips, what courses to play, and where to learn. I have found that when new golfers start playing, they have no idea what to actually put in their bags. In no order of importance, below are 10 essential items you need in your bag the first time you hit the links.

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Topics: Golf Tips

Golf Help / June 17, 2014
5 Tips for Young Professional Golfers in Cincinnati

5 Tips for Young Professional Golfers in Cincinnati

By Kris Hart

Are you a college student or one of the many young professional golfers in Cincinnati? Are you an experienced golfer or even someone just interested in learning about the game? If so, then you have found one of the top cities for golfing opportunities. With golf ranges and courses located throughout the tri-state, golfers of all calibers have the opportunity to get out and enjoy the game. This guide provides an overview of how to get involved.

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Golf Help / May 27, 2014
5 Tips for City Golfers in Boston

5 Tips for City Golfers in Boston

By Kris Hart

Being a Boston public golfer is tough. If you have ever searched for golf in Boston, you will find the majority of the courses close to the city are private, there are only a few public courses accessible by public transportation, it is difficult to find where to get a lesson and getting to the closest range will take 20+ minutes with no traffic. What should you do?

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Golf Help / September 20, 2013
How to Understand FedEx Cup Scoring

How to Understand FedEx Cup Scoring

By Kris Hart

As I type, the Tour Championship is under way at East Lake in Atlanta, GA. On the line of course is the $10 million cash payout for the FedEx Cup Champion. If any golfer inside the top five wins this weekend, they are automatically the FedEx Cup Champion.

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Golf Help / August 29, 2013
Bubba-Licious!

Bubba-Licious!

By Kris Hart

2012 Master’s Champion Bubba Watson is currently--as a typical college student might say--“killing it”. While unfortunately, his 2013 PGA Tour campaign may not be up to par with what he had hoped for, off the course Bubba has been living the dream for the past few years and apparently doesn’t want to slow down any time soon.

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Golf Help / August 25, 2013
College Golfers Focused on Academics

College Golfers Focused on Academics

By Kris Hart

Every year competitive high school golfers need to make choices. Do I go play varsity golf at a small school that will accept me on the team or do I attend my dream school where I cannot make the varsity golf squad? Unless you are one of the top collegiate players in the country, the chances of making the PGA Tour and playing golf professionally are slim to none.Why not have your cake and eat it too?

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