Consistency is the Key

May 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Professional Golf

The hardest part of golf is consistency. It is not possible for any human to hit a golf ball perfectly 100% of the time. That includes Tiger Woods. However, what very goof golfers is consistently hit the ball very well the majority of the time. They hit it nearly perfect quite a lot of time.

What sets them apart is consistency. Even those at the top of their game have days they don’t get their shots right too many times. Golfers can only get that consistency is through practice. This is the only thing that can really help.

Consistently bad shots are another matter that needs to be addressed. This is the major matter when it comes to gold consistency.  To make something a natural behavior you must do it consistently.

The also applies to poor technique.  Address poor golf techniques as soon as possible.  The sooner you start working on them the sooner you will be able to practice the correct methods. Then you can start making the new actions second nature.

The best thing is for everyone to get professional instruction before ever attempting to play a round of golf.  That way they won’t learn bad techniques and need to relearn them at a later time.

I would recommend before ever attempting a round of golf newcomers have lessons. Learning how to use one club well is an alternative to lessons.  You probably want to learn how to play with the 7 iron. Play the entire round or nine holes using just the 7 iron and a putter.

One player I knew I knew make dramatic improvements to his game by using this technique

This happened after he had been playing for years. He began playing golf with only the 7 iron and his putter. Once he perfected his swing, he introduced other clubs one at a time.  Once he perfected his swing with the 7 iron he went on to master the other club with ease.

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4 Pieces of Golf Equipment That Can Improve Your Swing

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Professional Golf

Your golf swing can be influenced by the quality of the golfing equipment you have. If you want to make some serious improvements in your game, then its time you looked into these 4 pieces of equipment guaranteed to shave a few points of your score.

1. Weighted clubs: A weighted club offers one of the best ways to improve your swing as it gives you the correct feel for the backswing and downswing by adding resistance. The added weight of the club helps to train and make your muscles stronger.

When you switch back to a regular club, you will be able to feel the difference in the power you have during your swing. Around a dozen strokes at a time is adequate with the weighted club to help improve your swing or to act as a warm up.

Work through the motions of a swing slowly when using weighted clubs. Doing so will help to create a wider arc on the backswing, and help with getting the right tempo of the swing down.

The use of the club will help improve posture and provide better swing consistency for golfers. A molded grip helps remind the golfer of the correct position for the hands as they swing the club.

2. Golf clubs: No two golfers have the same body type so to improve your swing it may be time to invest in custom fitted clubs. Though fitted cubs cost more, most golfers will tell you the expense is worth it.

Clubs can be customized based on your swing speed, age and handicap; the custom fit gives a better grip, improves club head speed and is fitted to be the perfect height for the golfer. A custom club can also prevent a sliced ball that occurs because of a club being too flat.

3. Golf swing gloves: If you tend to have trouble with balls veering off to the side, the grip and wrist are typically the problem. Beginning golfers tend to flick their wrist at impact causing a shot to go wide instead of sending it straight down the line.

Golf swing gloves function as a wrist guide, keeping the grip stable and giving more power since the golfer does not force the grip tighter. By keeping the wrist in the right position, golfers keep pressure off their wrist.

4. Golf balls: Regardless of what you may have heard, the price of your ball does not matter. The only difference between cheap and expensive balls is how much they affect your bank account!

Golf is not a cheap game to play and there are a number of worthwhile expenses that can help you improve your swing but the cost of a dozen high tech balls is not a necessary investment for a beginner.

Wait a few months before going out and buying $30 golf balls. This allows you enough time to get a better feel for your swing, taking you to the point where your expensive golf balls don’t end up in the water.

For more experienced players a high-tech golf ball can be sound investment for reducing your handicap by a few points.

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A Unique Putting Tip

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Professional Golf

To improve your technique use this simple technique.

You need to learn to putt on the flat before you can expect to putt well on greens with a slope.

By practicing this you will be able to swing your putter though a straight line. This will enable you to hit the ball squarely on the face of the putter.

There is another good technique you can use when practicing on the green. Mark straight lines with a builders chalk line in several directions from the center of the hole spanning out around the green.  You will want to do this to one that you have at home since this technique wouldn’t be appreciated in public.

To make the process easier you should get someone to hold the chalk line at the center of the cup.

To leave chalk marks along the ground you must move around the green flicking line.  After that place your golf ball on the line and leave some of the line on the ground visible behind the ball. Your swing will be guided by that.

Swing your putter using the line on the ground as a guide.  You should line up the putter itself to connect with the center of the ball.

You will manage to putt in a very short time. From a relatively good distance you will be able to get the ball in the hole most of time.

Consistency and correct posture will help start to putt better.

Move the ball off the line after doing this from a different position on the green. Visualize that there is still a line on the ground by creating it in your mind. Look from the ball to the cup and back again several times.

You should line your putter up as before and look at the line on your putter. To hit center of the ball with this spot on your club.

You should now retrain yourself to see an invisible line from the ball to the cup. This will help you be able to use it on any green you play on.

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Top Tips For Improving Golf Swing

April 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Best Golf Tips

Every golfer dreams of the “perfect” golf swing, able to move their ball the greatest distance every time they play. Spend some time watching the PGA and LPGA and you will see the consistency of the swing for professional golfers. Their swings are so spot on because they spend a lot of time emphasizing their swings when they play.

How did they improve their swings? Practice. Your golf swing is a lot like your fingerprint no two swings are alike, no matter how much we all might wish we could hit it like Tiger Woods.

The learning curve for golf can be a little steep. Golfers get the most out of the game by not being afraid to ask for assistance sometimes and learning what techniques work best for their individual body types. Consider these top tips for making your swing more effective.

1. Balance: Relax your muscles before you get ready to take a swing, tension in your muscles will only cause your balance to be off, making it impossible to get off a proper golf swing. Test your balance by getting in the address position, this is the position where you have opened your legs and have your club grounded in front of you. At stance, your weight should be evenly distributed between both feet.

2. Keep your body parallel:
Look at the shoulders and adjust your body so feet, knees and hips are all in line.

3. Close your eyes: When taking a practice swing having your eyes closed allows you to block out other stimuli. You can instead focus on your body and how each movement feels. Doing so will help you find your center of gravity to maintain your balance. Since you cannot see, you don’t worry about the moment of impact or over swing in anticipation of it.

4. Push the hips back:
Lean forward around a 30-degree angle to get in the correct position for swinging the club, originate the movement from your hips not your back. Your right shoulder on the club should be leading the left shoulder, for right-handed golfers.

5. Understand the swing:
The swing is two motions. First you move your body in a circular motion away from the ball, building speed and building up your bodies energy, hold this moment for as long as possible for help with making any adjustments.

You should swing back until your back faces the target, as you swing down, toward the ball, your chest moves past it. You should finish the shot with your arms and club over your head and most of your weight on the leading foot.

6. Invest in good equipment: No, you don’t have to have the top of the line equipment but good solid irons and club are essential, to keeping a good grip as you swing.

7. Practice regularly: Without practice, no tip can help you get better. To improve your golf swing, make golf a regular routine and spend time practicing every time you go out to a course. Golf training aids such as nets and clubs are a great way of getting in practice, some can even be set up indoors.

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Are You Better on the Front or Back Nine?

April 7, 2009 by  
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Paying attention to how you perform through the course of a game can provide you with powerful information. You will be able to analyze and transfer the results the next time you play.

A lot of golfers I have talked who relate their performance on the front nine compared to the way they play on the back nine in most tournaments. There seems to be some consistency in this evaluation method among golfers.

They do not say there is a consistency in their game. They say that the consistency is in the part of the game where they consistently fare worst.

The first nine holes are where some people struggle to get their game right. They then see improvement on the back nine. Still, others start off fine and then fade on the last nine holes.

Half way through the game, it’s like a switch gets flicked. All of a sudden their performance changes in one direction or another.

This always happens for a reason. By targeting that reason some excellent improvements to your score can be made.

Poorer performance most often comes with the second nine holes. This result can be due to a number of factors.

Fatigue and hydration can be some of those factors. Fatigue can also be a result of hydration itself. Addressing these simple factors is easy. Regular intake of water and foods containing some carbohydrates will work to keep your energy levels up.

The first nine holes is the challenge for some people. This is often form tension. People tend to relax later in the game and start playing better. Addressing the problem is easy. You just have to be aware that it is going on and make an effort to relax.

For many people’s game learning relaxation techniques is the best way to go. This will do much more for you than all of the advice in the world. This might be just what you need to take your game to the next level.

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