There are many things that a golf stretching program will do for a golfers’ game. Firstly a golf stretching program will tremendously improve the golf swing in terms of the power as well as helping the golfer to control the direction. These are two key aspects that will help to spectacularly reduce the score of any golfer. A golf stretching program will also help a golfer significantly reduce on the risk of injury which can keep them away from the course for a long time. In a few unfortunate cases, injury has even rudely and permanently halted the game for some golfers. Yes, injury has often ended some golf careers that were showing great promise. Usually golf stretching programs improve on the strength of the muscles as well as the endurance levels. The result is that a golfer is able to enjoy their round of golf much more than was the case prior to their entering the golf stretching exercise program. This is the reason why golf stretching programs have considerably risen in popularity amongst various levels of golfers. Usually golf stretching programs are part and parcel of a golf exercise routine that will also include weight training. The weight training is for strength but the golf stretching program greatly helps the golfer consolidate the gains in strength they get from using dumb bells. The other factor that has favoured the golf stretching program is the fact that many effective stretch exercises can be done form the comfort of the office or the home. One does not really need to go into the trouble of finding a gym or special exercise area. This has meant that even busy executives can participate in the golf stretching program more frequently and do them with the same frequency that other golfers with more time in their hands can. They are therefore able to reap the full rewards of a golf stretching program.
In watching the PGA Championship this year, I marveled at how Tiger came from nowhere and finished in 3rd place at 2 under par (2 shots off of the lead). If Phil Mickelson hadn't hung on, this performance of Tiger's could have tied or even won the championship. It's Tiger's unbelievable perseverance that's lead me to write this tip. Tiger's Perseverance Have you also noticed that just when you think Tiger is totally out of it, he's back in it? Do you ever wonder why this is? It's because Tiger never gives up. He knows that anything could happen in this game. He knows the pressure that is associated with this game and the pressure that is put on the other players who are in the lead. Tiger can withstand this pressure, whereas, other pros cannot. He knows that in major tournaments, the field will usually come back to him. So if he can grind away and just get a couple of shots back on the field he's right back in the hunt. If Tiger was someone who gave up when he was playing poorly, he wouldn't consistently be in the top ten in the majority of tournaments he plays in. The Difference Between You and Tiger The major difference between how Tiger can grind his way back from a poor round, and you can't, is that Tiger has the ability to re-focus and re-group. After his poor play, he has given himself a reality check and has realized that he has to re-focus and re-group if he wants to get back in the game. If you watch him when he's in "grinding mode", you will see that he totally slows everything down. He thinks about what shot he is going to hit longer. He stands over it longer making sure he is 100% committed before pulling the trigger. He visualizes the shot and focuses on the target longer. All of these things combined gets him back in the game. When finding yourself in a sticky situation like this, you tend to do the opposite. You dwell on the past. You get mad at yourself. You start over analyzing your swing. You swing harder and harder. All of these things tend to speed you up and hamper your ability to get back in the game. This loss of focus sometimes ends up making you play even worse or play so poorly that you end up quitting which is something Tiger would never do. How to Switch to "Grind Mode" Like Tiger As you continue to play this great game of golf, you will always have your ups and downs. You will never be great all of the time. With this in mind, you really have to have a game plan the next time you lose your game. In order to flip the switch and get into the "grinding mode" like Tiger, just follow these steps: 1. Never quit - tell yourself that you are not a quitter in life so you shouldn't quit while playing golf. 2. Give yourself permission to make mistakes - realize that you will never be perfect while playing this game. 3. Forget the past - think only about the shot at hand. 4. Forget swing mechanics - think about swinging at an easy pace that you can handle. 5. Focus even harder on the target you are trying to hit to - isolate the exact spot you want to hit to. 6. Choose the right club for the situation - if in doubt, always take more club not less. 7. Be 100% committed to the shot before you pull the trigger - you have to eliminate any doubt in any shot including putting. 8. Take your time - slowing down calms you down and allows you to think more clearly about the shot at hand. Now that you have a few ideas of how to "grind it out" or "re-group" try to take them with you the next time you go to play. Who knows that bad stretch of holes may be closer than you think. Until next time, Paul Wilson
The ability to hit a particular shot when under pressure. It doesn't matter what type of shot it is but every player MUST have this ability if they want to improve and stop the "bleeding"! I was lucky enough to have spent time with the late Gardner Dickinson and during our times together we spoke a lot about pressure situations. Gardner was one of the few people that Ben Hogan spent a lot of time with and actually worked for Mr. Hogan during the off season of the Tour as a Teaching Professional at Tamarisk, in Palm Springs California. One day Mr. Hogan asked Gardner what his "GOTO" shot was. Gardner didn't have an answer so Mr. Hogan told him that every player has to have a "GOTO". Mr. Hogan then told him that his was a punch shot. Gardners swing was modeled after Hogan so he decided to incorporate this shot into his own game. As Gardner and I were talking I suddenly realized that I didn't have a "GOTO" either so being a Hogan disciple I decided I would "master" this shot as well. Looking back it was one of the best things I could ever do for my game. I know that I can hit this shot under any pressure, in any condition, from any lie. What a great feeling it is to control your golf ball! When I am teaching short game, and especially wedge play, there are only two shots that I teach. A "stiff-arm" pitch and the "knockdown" wedge. These are both reliable and accurate for the top players as well as the average player. There are virtually no moving parts so there is less risk of hitting poor shots. I personally am not a fan of trying to hit "lob" shots with a big high swing and a bent left wrist...it takes too much timing and practice. Even the best players in the world only hit these type of shots perfect 50% of the time! You can still hit a "lob" shot with a "stiff arm" pitch with much more accuracy and reliability. I recently had the privilege of working with a college player that was #1 on his team. From 100 yards and in he was getting the ball up and down 30% of the time. He used a lot of moving parts, big swings, flip the clubface, etc. After a Boot Camp on short game and learning the "stiff arm" and "knockdown" wedge play we charted his progress. His up and down percentage went to 80%! Remember, wedges are for accuracy, NOT distance they are the scoring clubs. In fact, if you have ever seen video of Hogan and some of the "old time" players their wedge swings were quite different than their full swings. A much shorter motion and more of a "punching" action.
Vintage golf carts are unique and sometimes can seem to be a rarity. However, there are quite a few that exist mainly due to two reasons. Either the owner has taken great care of them over time, or a vintage golf cart enthusiast has restored it. Although it may seem difficult, parts for vintage golf carts can be located online. Vintage Golf Cart Parts ( vintagegolfcartparts) claim to be the number one online source for 1979 and earlier vintage golf cart parts. This may well be true – in fact it appears to be near impossible to find anywhere else online! There are many sites are listed as sources for vintage golf cart parts, but almost all of them refer to this one. A wealth of information can be found on this site. Not only is it a catalog, but it contains various information about vintage golf carts and manufacturers. Club Car. Cushman, E-Z-GO. Harley Davidson, Marketeer/Westinghouse, Melex Pargo, Taylor-Dunn, Yamaha and the Miscellaneous section. Pictures and a summary of the history can be found listed for each manufacturer. There is even wiring diagram details and a guide for serial numbers. Vintage golf cart pictures, articles and advertisements can easily be found in the museum gallery on the site. For the vintage golf cart enthusiast, there is even a classified section to help you locate parts for your vintage golf cart. If you have a question about a vintage golf cart or vintage golf cart parts, a support section is available to assist you. You can either call them on the phone or email them. No purchase is required for this support, which is a nice feature that is offered by the site. Other options online, Vintage Projects has the 1958 plans for building vintage golf carts ( vintageprojects/go-kart/golf-cart-plans. html) written in two parts for Popular Mechanics magazine. If you need a quick repsonse regarding vintage golf carts, an online forum may be of use to you. A plethora of manufacturer specific forums plus tips and tricks and 'Ask the Cartfixer'. While it is not limited to vintage golf carts, there are discussions about them and it is frequented by knowledgeable golf cart enthusiasts. Using the above mentioned resources, you too, can become an avid vintage golf cart enthusiast. Whether you are looking to restore your own golf cart, or purchase one already restored, the internet can provide you with the information you need for vintage golf carts.
Why is it that women/wives etc intend not to take much interest in their spouse's past time of playing golf. How many ladies have sat back and denied themselves a game due to the fact that they feel that this game is not for them? Don't knock it till you try it there are great many women who enjoy swinging a golf stick on the green but sadly the female species consider retirement age is the best time to take up this sport. How wrong they are. This is a game that provides the young and old with a mixture of emotions, happiness/contentment/peace/tranquillity and at the same time a guaranteed feeling of satisfaction. Men and women who love the game to an extent where they reach a certain level love the fact that they are now in a position to qualify and play in tournaments. Having confidence on the green is a great start for any novice. Learners can become paranoid where they experience a bout of nerves believing other golfers are there to poke fun. Believe me other avid enthusiasts on the golf course are to busy setting there sights on a hole in one and can not afford to be distracted by the next up and coming Tiger Woods or Mrs Woods Women starting out will benefit by visiting the local driving range to brush up hitting the ball. Why you ask? Simple, it is not as easy as it looks therefore adding more fun to the game for beginners. This Sport is enjoyed by millions worldwide so why not add you're self to the list. The next time your husband/partner invites you to join him in a game/round of golf go for it. Ladies ever felt something is missing in your life, do you have regrets of never snatching opportunities that passed you by. Ever had the feeling what your life was all about. Well let me tell you life is about fulfilment and achievement. Depending on the individual the answer to your wish list of finding happiness may well just lie on a golf course. Terms used in a game of golf relate to the names of our feathered friends Like Birdie an Eagle. Well let us kill two birds with one stone. Number one you get to play golf and secondly the most important is the quality time you get to spend with your spouse/partner. And fingers crossed that the husband can keep his concentration on the birds that give him points not the chick he would most love to score with.
There are good golf tips and bad golf tips. The question is, “how do you decide which golf tips to listen to?” This question has been brought home to me recently because a good friend took up golf about two years ago. He has really caught the bug and plays several times a week. He also has lessons and practices frequently. Whenever we play together he is constantly asking for tips and advice about his swing. It is my belief that you should only give a player a golf tip if you are sure that it will fit in with the rest of his swing. I have seen far too many players lose their swings when trying to adopt a golf tip which simply does not fit in with everything else that goes on when they swing the club. OK, I know, there are certain golf tips which are universally sound, like, “keep your head still.” But equally there are plenty of other golf tips that can be ruinous even when given with the best of intentions. In particular I recall a good player with whom I'd played many rounds who always drew the ball right to left, usually with good control. One day when his draw was a bit exaggerated, his partner suggested this perfectly sound golf tip: “You know, if you were to keep your right elbow well tucked in on the downswing you would lose that nasty hook.” The suggestion was well meant. However, for a player who had a well grooved habit of swinging slightly over the top of the ball, as Arnold Palmer was wont to do, it proved to be one golf tip too much. He became so conscious of his right elbow that it threw the whole of the rest of his swing out of shape and it took him months to get it back again. The point is that the golf tip didn't fit in with the rest of his swing. This is a mistake that many golfers make. They listen to all the golf tips out there and try to adopt them all in their desperate search for a good swing. It is my belief that your aim should be to groove a golf swing that will give you streams of straight and long golf shots by modelling your swing on one set of advice. Then you should develop a mind movie of that swing so that you can reproduce it whenever you play a shot. Think how long some of the most famous partnerships between players and their swing coaches have lasted. Think of Jack Nicklaus and Jack Grout, Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon, Nick Faldo and David Leadbetter to name but a few. All these great players relied on one coach's vision of their swing to keep their mind movie in shape. They did not go asking for golf tips from other players.
What part of the body contributes the most to generating the maximum speed of the club head? This single answer allowed me to make a huge leap in my understanding of the golf swing, and in everything I had seen and read about the golf swing none of it emphasised it enough. I carried out a survey on the Internet over several weeks and asked visitors to my web site the question:- What part of the body contributes the most to generating the maximum speed of the club head? Only 20% got the answer correct – That’s only 1 in every 5 golfers! And these golfers had a wide range of handicaps down to single figures. Interestingly this figure corresponds to another golfing statistic - Did you know that only around 20% of golfers have a handicap of less than 18? It made me wonder whether the misunderstanding of the fundamental aspect could be the one thing that is holding so many golfers back. Which part of the body do you think creates the maximum speed of the club head? Is it: Shoulders Arms Hands Hips Legs Torso wrists ....So the answer to the question that I posed above is that it is the hands (or wrists) that contribute the most to generating the maximum club head speed. The club is moved through over 180 degrees whilst the arms move through less than 60 degrees – all of the rest of the movement of the head of the golf club is generated by the movement of the hands. Unfortunately the large majority of golfers think that it is with the shoulders and arms. I’ll come back to this point later as even when you get everything else right in your swing this can be a real good swing killer!
A golf stretching dvd can and would be a very effective way to improve your golf swing technique, power and overall performance…but you can’t forget one very important factor to make these results lasting! The main reason you can’t just look for a golf stretching dvd is the critical component of strength specific to your golf swing. You see…improving your flexibility with a golf stretching program, without the implementation of golf strength exercises will not warrant long-term flexibility gains. Picture a rubber band for a second. Keep stretching it and stretching it. What happens? It breaks down and eventually snaps in two. You muscles are the same thing. You can keep stretching your muscles, but unless you improve your strength in those newfound ranges of motion, they won’t be permanent results. In fact, just doing a golf stretching dvd could be detrimental to your performance by exposing your muscles to injury. The wisest purchase would be a golf exercise dvd that incorporates both stretching AND strengthening exercises. Now you will see permanent results! You won’t be wasting your time in hopes of a better golf swing. You’ll see a much higher level of power, accuracy and overall consistency. I am always surprised when a senior golfer says he/she needs to work on their flexibility, and the term strength is not put in there. We know from statistics the human body loses range of motion AND strength every year that you don’t maintain it. The “use-it-or-lose-it” phrase comes to mind and it’s a true one. Your muscles were meant to be used, not just lay dormant and inactive throughout your later years. When you start to really understand how the human body works, you’ll have a different outlook on your golf performance program. You will no longer think that the answer is a golf stretching dvd.
Gone are the days when a golf training system mainly involved going over to the course and practicing your swing. This was hardly effective and for many unprepared golfers in poor physical condition often led to injury. These days golf training systems have become more sophisticated and the key objective is to get results. Modern golf training systems usually involve golf-specific exercises designed to strengthen muscles that are used in the game. Modern golf training systems also incorporate the use of exercise machines and equipment. The most effective of this seek to strengthen particular muscles and parts of the body that are critical to golf. Stretching exercises are also important in any good golf training system. The right stretch exercises, sometimes incorporating the use of dumbbells, can help dramatically improve a golf swing and the distance of the drive on the course. And stretching exercises do not have to be limited to the gym or exercise area. There are a number of stretch exercises that can be performed in the office, even while still seated on your chair. These have proved to be especially useful with many amateur golfers who hardly seem able to find the time to play golf, let alone spare a few hours at a crowded gym. Golfers however need to be extremely careful because not all golf training systems are designed by qualified people. The wrong golf exercise can be even more harmful than no exercise at all. The ideal situation is to have a golf training system that starts off dealing with the particular golf weaknesses you have, or at least emphasizing on them. As you see the positive effect the exercises are having on your game, it will then be the perfect incentive for you to stay on the exercise program and your golf training system.
No matter where you go on this great big planet of ours you are bound to come across at least a few golf courses. These days golf courses are the must have for all countries and that is because now more than ever, golf is a major tourist attraction. People travel far and wide to visit the best and most talked about golf courses. That is why so much time and effort, not to mention money is poured into these projects each and every year. If you love to play golf then you know how great really good golf courses can be. Playing on world class golf courses is very different than playing on a poorly designed one. If you are like me, and like most true golfers, you search for the golf courses that will provide the most amazing game play of all. The world would not be such a magnificent place as it is if not for great golf courses now would it. And who do we have to thank for these fantastic golf courses? Well here, we usually thank the USGA. They are the ones who have come up with the most amazing guidelines for golf course designers to follow. All of the best golf courses have been built to their find standards. Since way back in 1960 those who design golf courses have been building the most fabulous of all courses according to the ideas set out by the USGA and people from all around the world have been thanking their lucky stars. The perfect golf courses are not only designed to provide the best golf game, they are also designed in a way that will look gorgeous. All of the greatest golf courses are a wonder of design I that they look glorious and they play like a dream. To live in a place with a view of these kinds of golf courses is something that most people dream of, that is how great they can look. There is much more to the design of good golf courses though. Such as the number of slopes and waterways. Good golf courses will have plenty of both. These kinds of obstacles are necessary for any good and challenging game. No one wants their golf game to be too easy and that is why these types of things are added into the equation when designing golf courses. The intrigue the eye and provide you with amazing opportunities to outwit and out play your opponents. Most of us take for granted the golf courses in out area. We just play there and have fun but we do not take into consideration the amount of work and planning that goes into each and everyone of these fantastic golf courses. It takes years to plan the best golf courses and it is about time that we recognized this fact and game the appreciation that they designers of golf courses deserve to them once and for all.
Injuries occur in all athletic events quite frequently, certain sports more so than others. Golf is no different than any other sport. The severity of injuries in golf usually are not as severe as in other sports. The scenario of a 300 lb. defensive lineman slamming into the side of your knee tearing every possible ligament structure in the knee will never happen in the sport of golf. An interesting visual if you combined the sports of football and golf onto the same playing field, but inappropriate for this paper. There are two types of injuries classified by professionals in the fields of athletic training and sports medicine. The two types of injuries are: 1) acute and 2) chronic. The above example of the football player is classified as an acute injury. An acute injury can be defined as the trauma in the body occurring immediately after the injury. Refer to the football player example above for a reminder. (For us older golfers, remember Joe Theisman of the Redskins and Lawrence Taylor’s leg breaking tackle? Acute injury.) Relating an acute injury to golf is a little more difficult. Probably the easiest, and maybe most the common, acute injury in golf, occurs while swinging and you hit a rock or something that creates an injury to your wrist. That would be the best example in the sport of golf of an acute injury. Overall, acute injuries tend to be rare in golf because contact by the body with external forces is rare. My back is always killing me! The second type of injury, chronic, is much more prevalent when it comes to the sport of golf. A chronic injury is one that occurs over time. Think of it as a “wear and tear” injury. These are usually the result of the body breaking down over time. A great sports example outside of golf is when you hear about a baseball pitcher having tendonitis in the elbow. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the elbow resulting from the stresses placed upon it from throwing. Over time the elbow becomes tired and eventually injured from the number of pitches thrown. If you are a runner and, after a certain amount of time, your knees begin to hurt, this is usually a chronic injury. When we talk about golf, the majority of injuries are chronic. They tend to be a direct result of the golf swing (just like the pitcher’s elbow). Usually the chronic injuries in golf show up in the lower back. If chronic injuries are caught soon enough in the cycle, rest and proper treatment (i. e. massage, chiropractic care) will heal them. But if you wait too long the body is going to “break,” and then you will not be playing any golf for a long time. This is where the unfortunate situation of surgery and other invasive procedures are considered. So a couple of questions we must ask when it comes to chronic injuries in relation to golf are: how do they occur, and how do we prevent them? Chronic injuries occur as a result of the body becoming fatigued and eventually “breaking down.” The muscles, ligaments, and tendons of your body are required to perform the activity of swinging a golf club. Over time this activity causes fatigue within your body. As the body continues to fatigue, or get tired, the body gets sore. This is the first indicator of a developing chronic injury. If you continue with the activity you’re participating in, with soreness in the body, eventually your body will break down. This “break down” will be in the form of maybe a pulled muscle, muscle stiffness, tightness, or some other type of inflammation. All of the above examples are a result of structures in your body breaking down from fatigue and overuse. Even if just on one swing you feel “your back go out,” nine out of ten times it is a chronic injury, and that last swing was the “piece of straw that broke the camel’s back.” How to Prevent Chronic Injuries in Golf We all know that the golf swing is a repetitive movement, meaning the body is performing the same activity over and over again. This creates fatigue in the body over time. And if over time our body can’t support the number of swings we are taking, it is eventually going to break down. There are three variables we have when it comes to the prevention of chronic injuries in golf. Number one is workloads. Workloads can be defined as the number of swings that the body takes with a club over a given period of time. That time frame can be seven days or an entire tour season. Number two is efficiency of your mechanics. When we say “efficiency of mechanics” we are talking about how biomechanically correct your individual swing is. “Why is this important?” you ask. Let me tell you. I think most of us would agree that the tour players have very “efficient” swings; their swings are smooth and look almost effortless. A swing like this asks less out of the body to perform and requires less effort from the muscles; hence fatiguing levels in the body are lower. Some amateur swings look like they take a lot of work to perform, and in reality they do! These types of swings ask a lot more out of the body and fatigue it more quickly. The final variable is what we term “golf strength.” Golf strength is a measure of the required levels of flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, and power to successfully support the mechanics of the swing. Large amounts of golf strength allow the body to support an efficient swing. Low levels of golf strength do not provide the support needed for the swing. Workloads, Swing Mechanics, and Golf Strength All three of these variables work together to determine if you are a candidate for a chronic golf injury. Golf strength is essentially the foundation upon which your swing is built. This variable indicates how many times you can swing a golf club with your current mechanics before you come up injured. If you have high levels of golf strength then regardless of how efficient of a swing you have, you will be able to play for quite awhile before you get sore. The flip side can also be said. If you have low levels of golf strength, regardless of your swing mechanics, you will come up sore in a shorter amount of time. Secondly, let us look at swing mechanics. If you are a player that has a very efficient swing that places very little stress on the body, you will undoubtedly be able to play many rounds before your body starts screaming at you. Again, if you have poor mechanics, it is going to take its toll on your body and your game. Finally, we have workloads (i. e. number of swings). The number of swings one makes must match up with levels of golf strength and swing mechanics. The golf swing is a “stressor” of the body and breaks it down over time. If you have an efficient swing, each swing does less “damage” to the body. If you have a poor swing, the body has to work harder, thus fatiguing it more quickly. In addition to this is golf strength. If you have high levels of golf strength, you can swing the club more (i. e. workloads) before you get tired. Low levels of golf strength present the situation of the body’s fatiguing more quickly. “So what is the magic formula?” you ask. My first suggestion is twofold: 1) work on your swing to improve the efficiency of it, and 2) increase your levels of golf strength in order to support your swing. For the time being, match up your swing and golf strength levels to determine what workload levels you can get out of your body.
Most golfers have had dozens of opportunities to receive coaching golf tips from numerous sources. However the most interesting aspect of it all is that many are not able to benefit much from these coaching golf tips. What could be the reason? Is it that the coaching golf tips are not explained in enough detail? Or is it that most golfers fail to grasp them? All these possible reasons are highly unlikely because most coaching golf tips are given and explained in a very practical manner. If we have any hope of solving this mystery then we must start looking for the answer in the area of implementation. The mind understands but the body is unable to execute. Weak flabby and therefore tense muscles have a problem keeping up with stress and pressure exerted. Golf still has many players who have stuck to the good old days when exercises were unheard of amongst golfers. When nobody could hear of strength exercises for golf to strengthen muscles and help the golfer dramatically improve on their golf swing. Those are the days when stretch exercises were very minimal and almost non-existent. These kinds of golfers would obviously have a serious problem implementing most coaching golf tips and adopting them to their game. There is yet another reason why many golfers do not benefit from coaching golf tips. It emerges from the fact that not every coaching golf tip will work for every golfer. Some tips will suit the styles of certain golfers more than that of others. The problem here is that many golfers quickly get discouraged when they find that they cannot use the first few coaching golf tips and abandon all the rest. This is really sad because in all probability the coaching golf tip that best suits them is somewhere in the long list just waiting to be discovered.
As the new golf season rolls around, you may find yourself saying the words, "I think I've got it". Why? Because for most of us, the beginning of the season brings us some surprisingly good rounds of golf. It's funny how you haven't played golf seriously in about 4-6 months, yet right out of the gate, you end up playing some of the best golf of the year. This, of course, leaves you scratching your head because you remember how last year wasn't so great. So what happened over the course of the winter that is allowing you to play so well now? Maybe your new found skill occurs because you took a break over the winter months? Maybe it's the new clubs you received for Christmas? Maybe you read a tip in a golf magazine? Or maybe you are taking the game less seriously? To be honest with you, it's a little bit of all of these things. Here's what I mean ... Taking a Break When you take a break for a few months over the winter you seem to forget what you were working on at the end of last year. The things that were important to you then, aren't so important anymore. This not only eases your mind but it also allows you to lighten up a little and stop you worrying about your swing. Because of this, you may play a little better at the start of the year. Excuses ... Excuses Starting a new season gives you a great excuse if you play poorly. What is it? Simple ... it's the beginning of the season! Typically, the beginning of the season allows you to be a little more care free. This care free attitude allows you to have more fun and minimize your expectations. If your expectations are low you may be pleasantly surprised at how well you play. Golf Tips How does a golf tip make you play better golf at the beginning of the year? The obvious reason is that it may actually help to improve your swing. Secondly, it gets you thinking of 1 swing thought instead of 10. This concentration on only one thing allows you to remain focused instead of confused. This kind of clarity can help you play quite well at the beginning of the season as well. New Equipment When you try a new driver or putter it feels different versus your old club. Because of this, you're thinking so much about the new feel of the new club that you forget about your swing. When you don't think about your swing, you usually hit the ball quite well. So this too can add to some great rounds at the beginning of the season. Summing It All Up To sum it all up, all of these things I mentioned stop you from thinking too much about the mechanics of your swing when you go to play. If you aren't thinking about the mechanics of your swing, you can think about getting the ball in the hole which is what you should be always thinking about every time you play, not just at the beginning of the season. Until next time, Paul Wilson
Who doesn’t want to pound the golf ball 300-plus yards? We see PGA Tour players all the time ripping it down the middle of the fairway, and we would all love to do it too. Take a look at the long drive champions pounding it well over 400 yards. Amazing if you ask me. How do they do it? Everyone’s got an opinion on that question, but lets take a look at one part of the equation. The shoulder turn is an integral part of what allows these guys to crank on their drivers. Take a look at Tiger, Phil, or Vijay on tour. Watch what they do with their driver on the backswing. All these guys take a monster of a shoulder turn, coiling their bodies, and just waiting to unload it on the downswing. This allows them to flat out rip the golf ball off the tee! So how can the amateur emulate such a swing, increasing the distance of their drives, and feeling pretty good about themselves and their game? There are two concepts to focus on: § Increases in distance are related to increased Clubhead Speed. § Clubhead speed is contingent upon Developing more Power in Your Golf Swing. Developing more power in your swing is directly related too: 1. Your Golf Swing Mechanics 2. Your Body Efficient golf swing mechanics will allow for the greatest amount of power to be transferred to your clubhead. The generation of this power lies within your body. It is your body swinging the golf club, not the other way around. Your body develops the power that is transferred into clubhead speed during the swing. In order to develop more power in your swing you must develop more; § Flexibility § Strength § Endurance § Power Improving in all of these areas will translate it into a much more powerful and athletic golf swing (if they are efficient), and end up with more clubhead speed. Like I said, a little more complex than first thought, but very doable. Developing more power in your golf swing begins with your flexibility. Increasing your flexibility will improve your power. This is where the idea of a larger shoulder turn comes into play. Increasing your flexibility allows you to take a larger shoulder turn. A bigger shoulder turn (resulting from your improved flexibility) allows the body to coil more, store more energy, and translate it into clubhead speed. Increasing your shoulder turn is a result of improving your flexibility. In the bigger picture flexibility adds to your entire swing. In addition to an increased shoulder turn, improving your flexibility allows you to take the golf club through a larger range of motion. Why is this relevant too more power in your golf swing? It becomes a simple equation in physics. If you are able to draw the club through a larger range of motion in an efficient manner, the ability to generate more power will be available. Simple! Next question; how do you develop more flexibility relative to your golf swing? Golf Specific Flexibility Exercises are the Answer! Golf specific flexibility exercises develop your flexibility around the golf swing. This will enhance your ability of your body to take the golf club through a greater range of motion, and take a bigger shoulder turn allowing you to generate PGA Tour like clubhead speed. Now understand, developing flexibility for golf is not simply performing a toe touch stretch. That is not going to get it done. You must develop flexibility in the areas of the body that are integral in swinging the golf club. In addition, you must develop flexibility through the ranges of motion that are required for the golf swing. These are the reasons it is necessary to use; Golf Specific Flexibility Exercises Golf specific flexibility exercises develop your body around the golf swing. Focusing on the muscles incorporated in the golf swing. Developing the ranges of motion required of the golf swing. Improving the shoulder turn in your swing, and increasing the power in your golf swing. Take a look at Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Vijay Singh. They will all show you the same in their golf swings. Flexibility and a full shoulder turn are needed to develop power. Sean
Achieving the correct golf swing is the magic key that will open all the doors to better and more enjoyable golf. However the correct golf swing becomes very difficult to pull off for one simple reason. And that is the fact that the body usually violently resists it. The reason is because the correct golf swing is a set of movements that the body finds extremely unnatural and uncomfortable. Thus the muscles all struggle to find comfort in the body and in the process a golfer finds it extremely difficult to achieve the correct golf swing with any degree of consistency. Exercise has a tremendous effect in helping the body and all the muscles involved to find more comfort in the unnatural correct golf swing movements. In fact any exercise that will strengthen the numerous muscles necessary for the correct golf swing will have an impact. There are quite a number of muscles that are used in the correct golf swing. They range from muscles in the feet to the lower leg and right up to the hamstring and hip muscles. The lower back is an extremely important part of the body in executing the correct golf swing. We then move up to other muscles in the back arms and neck. A golf specific-exercise program will be much less strenuous and much more effective in helping a golfer to achieve consistent execution of the correct golf swing. This will usually involve both strength exercises as well as stretch exercises. Another aspect that tends to interfere with the performance of a golfer is tiredness and fatigue after a brief session on the course. Golf is actually a sport that demands a lot of energy contrary to what many people believe. If your body is not conditioned, what will tend to happen is that your game will deteriorate as you continue playing. Playing good golf will only happen when the body has enough endurance to last a long session of golf. Exercises play a major role in helping to achieve this and ensuring consistent correct golf swing techniques.