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17 Year Old Golfing sensation Carly Ray Goldstein answers your (and your kids!) golf questions!
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Hi, welcome to Carly Ray's Corner to all you ISUCKATGOLF.net visitors!
You can ask me any fun golf question, or school question, or really any question you would like to ask me. But save the golf instruction questions for my dad! (Top 50 teaching Pro Barry Goldstein.)
My name is Carly Ray Goldstein, I'm a 17year old junior golfer. My birthday is April 6th, 1995...I am in 12th grade .....I live in Coral Springs, Florida and love to compete in golf tournaments .....I also like, music (The Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift for example), swimming, hanging out with friends and being outside...and playing with my dog Winnie!
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ISAG Biography of Carly Ray Goldstein:
UPDATE 2013:(Stats on this page are through 2008, when Carly Ray first started answering questions here at ISAG! She's now a High School Senior and soon to be LSU Tiger! Congrats Carly Ray and LSU! She still will answer your questions, but her bio is a bit out of date. When Carly Ray has some time we'll get this all caught up and current!)
(2008- We decided to help Carly out with this abbreviated bio of her amazing young career. It can be difficult when you're 14 to talk about how great you are! So we'll do it for you Carly!
Fourteen year old Carly Ray is the daughter of Teaching Pro Barry Goldstein, one of the Top 50 Teaching Pro's in the country! (and soon to be ISAG contributor!) Barry had Carly Ray swinging a golf club before her second birthday! She struggled like the rest of us at the beginning, losing a lot of balls in her toy chest, unable to master the buried lie in the sandbox, we've all been there. But luckily for Carly she had 6 long years to practice before her first tournament, and at the ripe old age of 8 all that practice paid off as she won the very first tournament she entered with a 9 hole score of 53! (takes a little steam out of finally breaking 100 this year now doesn't it?)
Carly has since played in well over 100 tournaments and has won an amazing 84 of them! She's most proud of her victory in the "World's Largest Junior Golf Tournament", the Doral/Publix in '06, and at the FCWT National Championship for girls 14 and under in May of this year.(The Future Collegiate World Tour) Carly fired rounds of 77, 75, and a final round 73 to win by nine shots! Carly's low round in competition was a sizzling 4 under 68 in a state championship event in Orlando. We were afraid to ask about practice rounds!
Carly is a focused young lady who aspires to play collegiate golf for one of the top Universities. (Duke, Pepperdine, UCLA, Florida...) We're pretty sure she'll be teeing it up just about anywhere she chooses!
While those of us who "SUCKATGOLF" may not be able to relate to her amazing feats on the golf course, we do have one thing in common....Carly's favorite LPGA player is Natalie Gulbis! Carly describes Natalie as her "friend, role model, and just a great person". Natalie has had Carly as her caddy, has played golf with her, and even called in live to the Golf Channel when Carly appeared with her Dad on his national T.V. show! Way to go Natalie!
Carly get a good luck kiss from Dad!
Carly is quick to point out that her Dad takes a back seat to no one! Her mentor and best friend, Barry Goldstein beams with pride at the maturity, dedication, and accomplishments of his amazing 14 year old daughter. We're proud of you too Carly!
Hope you enjoy Carly's new column, we are pretty sure she's the only 14 year old in the country with her own golf column! But how many 13 years olds do you know with 63 first place trophy's on the mantel?
Carly Ray being interviewed by the Golf Channel!
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My name is Katarina and my dad is the owner of ISUCKATGOLF.net.
I read your column (which is awesome) and I have a question for you. How do you practice all the time even if you don't want to?
I know that this is kind of silly but I play guitar and piano and sometimes I just don't feel like practicing because I get tired of playing the same song all the time, it can get kind of boring! But I do like playing at recitals and stuff and I like getting new pieces.
By the way if you want to talk about the JONAS BROTHERS! email me. Byes write me back!
Thanks for being the very first one to send me a question!
Well, with golf it is always fun for me to practice because there's so many different shots and things to work on. If I get bored doing regular drills and practice...I can always think of some new shot to practice or something that makes it more challenging! I think its so cool that you play guitar and piano! Have fun at your concerts and recitals!
What is your practice routine? Do you feel it is more important to play golf or practice golf? (course vs. driving range or practice green)
Lets say i have 2 hours to practice, I would take 45- 50 minutes hitting on the range, 30 minutes n pitching and bunker play, and the rest on short game. I spend most of my practice sessions on around the chipping and putting green, because that's where you save strokes.
I think it is more important to play golf rather than practice. Although I think practice is important, playing lets you have shots that you cant always recreate around the practice green or on the range. You get a complete look at all of your game.
Have you ever had a hole in one? If so, how excited were you? If not, what was the best shot you think you’ve ever hit?
I have not yet made a hole in one! I have came reallllly close a few times but it never has dropped. The closest was when i was playing with my friend and his dad in upstate New York. I hit a nice high 6 iron and it was going right for the hole, but it ended up right BEHIND the hole! AWW MAN!
Just wanted to know what kind of equipment you use? (clubs, balls, etc.) Keep up the great work!
Well, Jason in Sunny California,
Thanks, and, I play TaylorMade clubs.
My driver is a SuperQuad with 10.5 loft and the pink shaft, in a mens senior flex.
I have a 3 and 5 wood, and a utility rescue club which is like a 4 iron.
I have a 5,6,7,8, and 9 iron which is the Burner model. All men's senior flex.
And a 48' Pitching Wedge, a 52' Gap Wedge, a 56' Sand Wedge, and a 60' Lob Wedge.
I have an Odyssey putter which my Dad made for me when I was 7 years old that I love.
I have always used a Tilteist Pro V1 ball. My bag is a Ping Lightweight carry bag that my Dad engraved my name on when I was 11 .
I also love California and luckily get to play there each year. As you know, Cali is great!
If you can choose any college to play golf at what would it be? Also, should the Kansas City Chiefs fire head coach Herm Edwards?
I would love to play my college golf at Duke, UCLA or Pepperdine...those are my 3 favorite schools.
I have visited all 3 of those schools and loved them. I think it would be a great college experience at any of those schools...
as for the Chiefs coach, to be honest...I have no idea who the man is! Haha...does he play golf?!
Hi Carly Ray,
My name is Amy and I’m in 7th grade. I think it’s really cool that you’re so into golf. My dad is really into golf, I play soccer and basketball. I was searching for a Christmas present for my Dad when I came across your website. My question is what songs do you like, and do you spend a lot of time doing “normal kids stuff” like texting? Do you like any online games? What is your room like? I guess that’s about it! I think what you’re doing is great, keep it up!
Thanks for being in touch.
I do tons of kids stuff like hanging out with my friends, and going swimming a lot as I live in Florida and it's always warm here.
I am on AIM a lot with my friends, but I don't have a cell phone so I don't text.
My room is mostly pink and I share it with my sister Aubrey so it's messy most of the time.
I love music and listen to mostly anything except rap.
My favorite stuff to listen to is The Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift.
I love playing Tetris online.
Thanks for taking the time to write to me, and I hope you and your family have a great Holiday.
XO Carly Ray
My question is does your dad ever make you practice even if you don’t want to and have you ever had long periods when you just don’t feel like playing or practicing and want to do other stuff. (get sick of golf)
I think that I take enough time away from golf that when I do practice, I am excited and ready to practice. My dad doesn't make me practice ever. I practice when I want to, which is often.
I spend a lot of time off of golf, like hanging out with my friends, and hanging out outside...so, when I get the opportunity to practice, I like it. My dad and I came up with a schedule where I am at the golf course 23 or 24 days a month. Works out just right for me. And, usually when I practice, it is because I have a tournament to get ready for.
Hi, I think it’s very cool that you’ve done so much with golf at such a young age. I hope to be a really good player myself one day. My question is how do you or your dad know when it’s time for a new set of clubs? How often do you replace or upgrade your clubs. Is it ok do you think to use my brother’s first set? (spalding executives) My dad says they are very easy to hit and no one gets fitted for clubs when they first start out. I’ve been playing about 6 months total, I’m 12. I’m a very good putter and can hit my drives pretty well. My irons not so great and I think it’s because the clubs are not right for me.
Thanks, I have been lucky in my golf life. Sounds like you are off to a good start too. :)
I think as you improve, it is very important to have clubs that are fit for you.
But...as new to golf as you are, it is more important to have clubs that in general, do not hold you back.
Too heavy, to stiff...this would be bad! Or grips that are too thick for your hands.
I have had the same set of irons for 3 and a half years, and I know my yardages and how they react on the golf course really well.
I get a new driver every year or two...and have the same putter since I was 7....
my dad keeps an eye on the fit, but, to be honest, we think most people tinker too much with their clubs.
Get your dad to take you to a golf store, and get your own clubs that fit great.
Til then, just do the best you can do with your brothers set.
Sorry it took me a few days to answer you, but, I was out of town.
My names Kriste I want to say what you are doing is really cool. I like to
play a little golf too. But my real question is there anyone you are
crushing on besides the Jonas Brothers and all those famous guys<3. Is there
anyone you are crushing on like in your area or school and who. By the way I
am 13 and I live in Orlando. Kind of a stupid question but i really wanna
know how you, a famous golfer thinks.
Actually not really...I am really busy with golf and school so I don't have time for boys right now! Thanks for asking me a question Kristie :) i hope you do well with your golf (and the boys too :P)!
Love your column, my names Kirbi, im a 13 girl & from the UK, i want to get fitter & stronger for golf, could you tell me your routine or any tips please.
I work out with a trainer twice a week, and when I am not working with my trainer, I workout on my own 5 days a week.
I do pushups, situps, ab workouts, light arm weights, squats, and some work with a fitness ball. (20 push ups, 40 sits ups, medicine ball throws with my dad and crunches on the fitness ball.)
Hope that helps!
Good luck and thanks for the question.
Hi Carly Ray,
Nice job on all of your success! I was wondering how far you hit your tee shots and how far the average women professional hits. I’m 16 and have been playing for about 4 years and I play on the boys H.S. team. I’m told I hit pretty far “for a girl” (250 with a Driver). Just wondering how that stacks up to someone who can go low like yourself and the pros you may have seen. I’d like to play in college and from there who knows if I can get a lot better! Hope to hear from you.
Talk to you later!, thanks,
Hi Jenny! Thank you so much...and good job playing on the boys team, that's great! :)
On average I hit it about 230-240. You are definitely a long hitter! Good luck with your golf game, Best of luck!
Hey Carly Ray,
My name is Maddie and I just started golfing about a year ago. I want to be on the golf team in high school and not be the worst on the team, i would like to be the best. How can i improve my game faster and what is the best thing that helps your game?
I better have my dad answer this question. Good luck with your golf!
Get a great golf coach first...and play with people that are better than you.
Take lessons from your teacher/coach once a week. And compete with those experienced, better players regularly.
Also, practice more chipping, pitching, bunker play and putting than full swing.
And, get on some kind of exercise program too Maddie..
Good wishes, and thanks for sending my daughter your question!
Hi Carly ,
I've seen you play before your amazing , I'm 12 and play golf myself .
But I was wondering if I could have some advice ? I'm not very confident , if anybody is watching me playing any sport I usually play bad. I don't know how to overcome this fear !
Help please ?:)
Hey Chloe! Thanks for getting in touch... I really don't like to get into instruction because I'm just a player, but I always just try to remember to have fun on the course. Golf is a great sport that is meant to be enjoyed! Bounce the question over to my dad, I'm sure he will tell you to have a good routine because that's how you can always overcome nervousness.
Good luck Chloe!
Hi Chloe, Barry Goldstein here,
First of all Chloe, I highly recommend you get a good teacher to teach you a great routine to deal with pressure. This will put you in a great frame of mind.
Breathing deep ...walking slowly ..staying positive ...visualizing your shot prior to hitting it.
These are all keys to thinking well and performing well rather than folding under pressure.
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