Golf Digest Article – Hitting Over and Under Trees

The vice president of operations at Active Release Techniques in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mark Fretta has also been an attorney, world-ranked triathlete, sports agent, and consultant. Mark Fretta also participates in a wide range of sports, including golf.

In a recent Golf Digest article, professional golfer Kevin Kisner explained how to hit under and over trees, a common and challenging obstacle on a golf course. Kisner explains that hitting under the tree is typically the best option, and recommends selecting a longer club than required for the distance and gripping it about an inch down. This well help to achieve enough distance, but with a low ball flight. With the chest positioned over the ball and feet shoulder-width apart, the club should travel on a more horizontal plane and with less vertical movement.

To hit over trees, Kisner suggests using a more lofted club and aligning the ball with the front heel, as if hitting a driver. The spine should also lean away from the target, and the right shoulder should dip to facilitate a more lofted shot. During the swing, Kisner recommends hitting up on the ball with a shallow swing that lightly skims the ground before and after impact.


The Manitou Springs Incline – A Challenging 2,000-Foot Climb

Experienced attorney Mark Fretta serves as associate vice president of operations at A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques), Inc., in Colorado Springs, Colorado. An avid hiker and accomplished athlete, Mark Fretta currently holds the record for climbing the Manitou Springs Incline.

Known to locals as the Incline, the Manitou Springs Incline is a one-mile hiking trail that rises 2,000 feet in elevation. Originally, the trail was carved out to provide a track for a cable car, but a rock slide forced it to shut down in 1990. Locals in Colorado Springs soon began using the Incline for a challenging workout, despite the fact that it was illegal to climb portions of it up until 2013.

Today, hikers can legally climb the entire trail, and a renovation project that took place in 2014 has made it much safer to do so. Avid hikers of the Manitou Springs Incline can win rewards and compare their climbing times to other users on the Incline App.

Petra – One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Colorado-based attorney Mark Fretta leads A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques), Inc., as the firm’s associate vice president of operations. An avid traveler, Mark Fretta has visited every continent except Antarctica. Listed among his favorite destinations is Petra in Jordan.

An ancient city, Petra was inhabited for thousands of years. It offers modern-day visitors a wealth of archaeological sites carved into the pink-hued rock mountains that surround the area. The city first came to prominence in the first century B.C., when it served as the capital for the wealthy Nabataean Empire.

Although an earthquake destroyed a large portion of the city in the fourth century A.D., visitors to Petra can still view the archaeological remnants, including intricate tombs, temples, and a theater, left by the Nabataean Arabs. Tourists can experience these sites, and many more, up close by hiking one of Petra’s several established trails, which range from easy to difficult.

Due to its rich archaeological offerings, Petra was listed by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 28 places to visit before you die. A designated World Heritage Site since 1985, the city was also named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

United States Brings Home Silver for 2015 Pan Am Games Men’s Triathlon

A graduate of the Willamette University College of Law, Mark Fretta works as associate vice president of operations at A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A former number-one ranked triathlete, Mark Fretta was a member of the 2011 USA men’s Pan American Games triathlon team.

Established in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and assists almost 500,000 members each year. The largest multisport organization in the world, it supports athletes at international events, including the Pan American Games.

In July 2015, USA Triathlon sent six athletes to the Pan American Games in Toronto. These athletes participated in a 40-kilometer bike ride, a 10-kilometer run, and an Olympic-distance 1,500-meter swim. At the 2015 Pan Am Games, the United States’ men’s team finished in second place, bringing home a silver medal. Since the United States debuted at the games in 1995, it has earned 11 medals, including 5 gold.

TED Talks Share Presentations on Art, Science, and Global Conflict

The vice president of operations at Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) Inc., Mark Fretta resides in Colorado. When he is not overseeing the daily operations of A.R.T., Mark Fretta makes time to enjoy personal interests, such as hiking the area around Colorado Springs and watching informative lectures from TED.

In August of 2015, TED published 14 previously recorded talks on topics ranging from curing life-threatening diseases to phone wiretapping. The following is an overview of a few presentations.

1. Wendy Freedman, who spearheaded the development of the Giant Magellan Telescope, shared insight into the universe at TEDGlobal 2014. She spoke about the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope, and its ability to generate clearer images of celestial bodies and potentially planets with life outside of earth.

2. A Secret Memorial for Civilian Casualties, presented by new media artist Matt Kenyon, is available in seven languages. Filmed in March of 2015, the showcase discussed how the artist who created a memorial to U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq War secretly built a companion monument to remember civilians who lost their lives during the war.

3. International policy analyst Benedetta Berti shed light on how terrorist groups, such as ISIS and Hezbollah, remain powerful through the social work they provide. She stressed the importance of understanding the work they do in the community to develop strategies for eradicating violence.