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Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Few Tips to Keep You Thinking

Here are a few tips to help you improve your golf, although they are not the most advanced tips, there are always things that you can learn, if you can pick up just one thing from every article, then you are on your way to a better round of golf! Hope you find something new. Good luck, and all the best.


Golf Tips from An Expert by Karl Smith

History of Golf

Golf first originated in Scotland (gowf in Scots) and has been played for at least five centuries in the British Isles. There were no golf schools present at that time but likely now there are millions even trillions of golf schools, golf channels, golf magazines and golf websites which provide very effective golf instructions, golf lessons and even very useful golf tips.

Well golf is a game of hitting a ball into a hole by an individual or a team. Golf doesn't need a fixed standard playing area and is mostly organized by the clubs. Some basic golf instructions are given below:

1 Always maintain your body balance before start playing golf.

2 Carefully watch the ball and focus on it.

3 The ball should be hit in the center of the club face.

4 After hitting the shot keep an eye on the ball if it miss then try again.

5 Be prepared mentally and physically for the achievement of your goal. 8 to 10 shots per round are needed.

If you are looking for golf schools or online golf lessons, go for a PGA (Professional Golfers Association) certified instructor. But that's not all, its very important that you should take a lesson or two from him before the final selection.

Below listed golf instructions are a must remember before starting the game and can help you to score even more.

1) Focus your Mind: This is a very important mental golf instruction which does not comes naturally and needs practice as well as time. You should keep your mind totally focus on the current shot.

2) Follow the 75% Rule: 75% rule involves making a 3/4 back swing and following through while focusing and controlling the direction and distance of your shot.

3) Watch your Posture:Your posture is very important. You should stand straight and keep your body still while hitting the ball. Certainly it requires hard work and practice but its worth it.

4) Be Careful with your Grip: The way you grip the club decides the good or bad shots. So, you should be very careful with your grip or it may leads to breaking.

5) Let your Arms and Body Swing: It is a very important golf instruction, you should let your arms swing freely during the entire swing process just like you might had swung the heavy ball tied with the chain in your childhood.

6) Practice Putting: Putting is very important for scoring. The best technique for putting is probably is to feel the stroke both in your arms and shoulders.

No matter how good you are at playing golf; there is always a room for improvement.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Golf Set Up and Ball Position

If you wish to succeed with your golf, then you have to get the basics right, set up and ball position is key to this. In this article these topics will be explained in a coherent and easy to read manner. Remember, as a golfer, you can never stop learning, even in the most mundane article/magazine, you may find that one idea that takes your game to the next level! So have a read, and you never know, you may find that key point!


Golf Setup - Ball Position by David Nevogt

Copyright 2006 David Nevogt

I have a great tip for you that's going to end all the doubt you had in your mind about golf setup and where the golf ball goes in your stance. It's called ball position.

A lot of amateurs, unfortunately, address the golf ball, what I call, backwards. They come in and they put their feet down and try to aim where they're going, either down the fairway or towards the pin, and then they just stand to the golf club that they're holding onto. Sometimes their golf setup is too far back and sometimes it's too far forward.

Other amateurs do this. They like to play all of their shots off their front foot. Some like to play all their shots off the middle of their stance. But let me tell you something, and I think this is really going to help you.

This weekend if you're sitting around watching TV, watch the tour players and watch how they come up and they grip the golf club first, they take a look at where they're going, and then they stand to the golf club that they're using.

For instance, put the butt of the pitching wedge across from your belt buckle, and stand to the golf club with the face square and your shoulders going where you want them to go.

What that does is put the golf ball in the middle of your stance for your pitching wedge. Now, keep that stance with your 7 iron.

Now, the 7 iron is three inches longer than the pitching wedge. If you just stand there and grip it with your shoulders square, look how the golf ball is just starting to move forward in your stance over towards your left heel, and it's about three inches apart.

Now, pick up your long iron and do the same thing. Keep your shoulders square, don't move your stance, and grip the golf club. And all of a sudden, the long iron starts to move even further forward.

Lastly, watch this. During golf setup, when you hold your driver in your hand. If you just put the butt of the club across your belt buckle, put the club on the ground the way it was built in the factory and stand across from it with your shoulders square, that puts the golf ball across from your left foot.

It's not complicated, but remember this: During golf setup, stand to the handle of the golf club. Don't address the golf ball first, but address the golf club to the ball and then take your stance.

About the Author

David Nevogt writes golf instruction material that helps golfers of all levels reach their full potential and lower their scores. David is the author of "The Simple Golf Swing" which guarantees to have you shooting 7 strokes lower in only 1 week from today. You can find more of his golf instruction by going to .


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Friday, August 25, 2006

Something Different for Today!

The Beginners Guide To Golf Attire And Style by Willie Jones

Golf is a major sport all over the world and is not likely to go away any time soon. It is often said to be the rich mans sport because it is an expensive hobby or occupation. But that doesn't mean anyone is excluded by any means.

If you want to learn this wonderful sport and meet people that have the same interests as you then golf is a great sport to take up. Like any other sport golf takes a lot of trial and error but it is through the bad grips and swings and landing in the dreaded sand pits or ponds that you develop your game.

At the same time that you are learning the game itself, it would be wise to learn about golf attire and style. In any sport you take up there is a distinctive style and code of dress. If you take up horse back riding then cowboy boots and hats are the order of the day. In English riding the code of dress is completely different. If you take up tennis then the short white skirts serve to maximize ones game.

Each code of dress is not just for style alone but serves a practical service. In western riding the hat keeps the sun out of your eyes. The English riding attire is designed for comfort and ease of movement but has extra padding where the most chaffing occurs. In tennis the short skirts allow for maximum movement while white or light colored fabric deflects the sun and keeps you cooler. So it is with golf as well.

The style and quality of fabrics for golf has changed over the years. You rarely see the knickers and the colorful knee length socks any more. But who knows, at some future date it may come back in style. Old styles are often brought back to fashion.

The current golf attire is designed for the most part for warm temperatures. For this reason a good golf shirt must keep moisture and perspiration away from the skin while ate the same time maximizing comfort and sanitary conditions. One is after all outside for hours at a time.

You've seen golf shirts in stores but just because you see it in the store does not mean that it is going to do you any good on the golf course. A good golf shirt can be expensive but is worth every penny. The less attention you have on your sweaty clothes, the more attention you can put on your game and your golf buddies.

When looking for a good golf shirt, look for 100% cotton. Not all cotton is the same though. There is regular cotton and then there is Pima cotton. Pima cotton is superior cotton. This yarn is longer, stronger and much more durable then regular cotton. The result is a softer, silkier and more durable fabric and is absolutely perfect for golf shirts and pants. Look for Pima cotton on the label of the garment before you buy.

Now that you have comfort covered you also want to look good on the course. There are dress codes that should be respected though. Jeans and spandex are generally a no no. As a general guide line for men, you might want; golf or polo shirts, tailored shirts, golf pants or Bermuda shorts. For women; golf shirts or blouses, golf pants, golf skorts or shorts (not short shorts), dress pants or dress shorts. There is no real color preference but due to warm weather usually lighter colors are worn to stay cooler. The opposite is true for golfing in cooler weather. You'll want to wear dark colors to capture the suns warmth.

Golf shoes are also very important. During a golf swing the golfer's weight is being transferred from the upper body to the lower body and at the same time weight is being transferred from the right leg to the left. If the right ankle is not stabilized, then your body can sway, you overcompensate, and the ball goes awry. A good golf shoe should cushion your feet while giving good support. The best place to go for golf shoes is not in a department store, but a sports store, or a specialty golf shop. They are more specialized and will be better able to help you in this.

A really good pair of golf shoes (and gloves) can improve your game. They also need to be comfortable for the long trek through the course. And of course you want to look your best and quality really shows. People will know you are not only serious about the game but they'll know you are also willing to play the part of a well dressed golfer. And believe it or not, people will not only judge you by how you play the game but also by how you look. We do this in all aspects of our lives, every day, judging people by how they look.

So spend the extra money for the quality. You'll see that it is well worth it in the long run.

Happy golfing!

About the Author

Willie Jones is a freelance writer, researcher, floral designer, and artist, for Art Inspires, Inc. Make sure you enroll in the free motivational poster drawing at


Today, I thought I'd give you something different. Lets face it, however good you are at golf, you want to look good on the course, especially if your trying to impress your boss, or a potential client. Ian Poulter is a prime example, although it can definetely be argued that he has taken it maybe one or two steps too far. Have a change of wardrobe, take your time, read a few tips, and enjoy your round of golf!

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Core and Balance in Golf Fitness Training by Tracy Byrd

Core strength is all the buzz in not just golf fitness these days. In fact, there is even a relatively new trend in the world of plastic surgery called abdominal etching. In the course of one procedure (liposculpture - a combination of liposuction and traditional instrument sculpting), a person can attain non-functional six pack abs that resemble the real ones that might take years to achieve in the gym. The emphasis on the superficial aspects of a strong core leads a person to wonder - will core strength be the next fitness fad or are there serious benefits? Increasingly, physicians and therapists seem to be touting the benefits and wondering why the medical community has not focused on it sooner.

From the age of about 3 years old, right after we finish learning to sit, pull up and walk, humans need to make a conscious effort to develop a strong core. A client once reported that a physical therapist had measured his core strength to be about that of a 4 year old. It was not a compliment, needless to say. Core muscles are more complicated to understand than say the quadriceps or biceps. There are layers of muscles within our midsections that overlap and run in different directions. Learning to isolate the core muscles is the first step to conditioning them. For starters, performing a pelvic tilt can help you to identify the muscle that people often refer to as "nature's weight training belt", the rectus transverse abdominus, which plays a key role in protecting your lower back.

Physicians are urging patients that a strong core is key to long term fitness and are recommending core strength training in addition to aerobics for cardiovascular health and weight training for muscle and bone strength. Research indicates that people with strong muscles in their abdomens, buttocks, low back and pelvises are less likely to incur injuries. That is good news for the Baby Boomers who desire to lead active lifestyles into retirement. And since the effects of aging are well known, the possibility of putting off some of the degeneration and injury that comes naturally with age is compelling to everyone, young and old alike.

But perhaps the least understood benefit of core strength is the link between core strength and balance that neurologists are now beginning to emphasize. Core strength and balance have a symbiotic relationship with each other. To reach some of those hard to get core muscles or to train more than one core muscle at a time, an unstable surface training aid such as stability ball, balance pad and balance disc is often utilized. If you don't use your balance when using one of these training aids, you won't be able to perform the core strengthening activity. And the reverse is true too - if you don't use your core while performing balance training, you won't have much success. Try standing on one leg and balancing while leaving your core muscles completely relaxed. It won't matter where you focus your eyes, you will find that the amount of time you can balance will greatly increase when you contract your core muscles. Although many factors can affect balance as a person ages, the brain's ability to transmit and receive the neural signals that lead to good balance is key. And as with many things involving the brain, neurologists are finding the "use it or lose it" mentality applies to balance. By challenging a person's balance on a daily basis, the nerves that fire those messages to the brain stay active and alive.

About the Author

Tracy Byrd is the Director of the Wellness Center and Spa, Tennis Program and Children's Activities at The BriarRose in White Plains, Georgia. Tracy is married to Carey Byrd, Director of Golf at The BriarRose.


Core strength is more and more becoming a key talking point in golf and other sports, its significance becoming more and more appreciated. That is why I have chosen to highlight this with todays article. Good luck.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Hitting Golf's Toughest Shots by Jack Moorehouse

Always going for broke can cost your strokes and inflate golf handicap. Still there are times when going for broke is called for--like when the club championship is on the line or you need a birdie to break 70 or 80 for the first time. If your luck's like mine, that's usually when you face a pretty tough shot.

The six shots described below are among the toughest going. They're extra difficult for amateur golfers who aren't accustomed to hitting shots under pressure, especially for those with high golf handicaps. But using your head and following the advice given below will improve your chances of making a successful shot.

Bunker Shot with Water Long This shot is among the hardest in golf. You need a really good lie; otherwise, play it safe and hit toward the fat part of the green. If the lie is good, however, go for it! Start with a full turn and don't be skittish about blasting out of the bunker. Remember you're displacing a couple of pounds of sand, so you'll need plenty of momentum. Don't try to lift the ball, as some students do in their golf lessons. Instead, hit down and through into the sand a few inches behind the ball.

Cutting the Dogleg I won't take a risk unless I'll gain a full shot in the process--a strategy I've discussed in my golf tips articles. So think before deciding. If the gives you a chance to make the green in two on a par 5 or to drive the green on a short par-4, then don't feel intimidated and go for the shot. Before hitting you need to know exactly how far to carry your shot or your tee shot won't reach the fairway, forcing you perhaps to take a penalty shot. Also, stay relaxed with this shot. Waggle your club a few times to relieve tension in your hands and take several fast practice swings. You'll slow down when it comes time to tee off.

Approach over Water If you're like the players who listened to my golf instruction sessions, you're probably terrified of water. Some years back a GOLF MAGAZINE survey of recreational golfers tabbed this shot the most terrifying. If you miss you not only lose the ball, you add a penalty stroke to your score. Here's how to hit it. Take several practice swings until you've identified the shot, then step up to the ball and repeat the swing. Don't hesitate. It lets too many negative swing shots enter your mind. Keep your posture steady, letting your shoulder pull you through impact. Picture your belt buckle facing the target--a positive image that will help you accelerate down and through the ball.

Escape through Trees Ever try to make up for a bad shot only to dig yourself deeper in a hole? Resist the temptation to hit a miracle, after you've hit a bad shot, like hitting into the trees. Instead, focus on hitting the next shot well. And the shot after that. And the shot after that. Hit enough good shots and you'll make up for the bad shot.

When you find yourself in a clump of trees, resist the temptation to hit a miracle shot. Your goal is to get out of the trees and put your ball back into play, even if it means hitting side ways. Examine your lie closely before hitting, then choose your club based on the lie. Choose carefully. If you need to hit a 140-yard low trajectory shot, don't play the ball back in your stance while using an 8-iron, hoping to keep it down. Instead, use the 3-iron or the 4-iron and make a long chipping motion. You'll stay relaxed and reduce the chances of a mis-hit.

Long Fairway Bunker Shot Long irons are probably the hardest clubs for recreational golfers to hit, especially out of a bunker. Instead, try the comfort of a fairway wood. The club's loft and wide sole helps the clubhead slide through the sand, making the shot easier. In addition, make two small adjustments to your swing to encourage a descending arc on the swing. Open the clubface slightly for a little extra bounce and play the ball back in your stance an inch or two. Also, dig your toes not your heels into the sand. Take a normal swing and you'll make ball-first contact.

Greenside Lob Over a Bunker This shot is my personal favorite. The lie determines how aggressive you can get with the shot. So take a close look. Try to get a sense of how much grass is behind the ball and how much air is underneath it. If the lie is tight, you won't be able to get the club under the ball. If it's its too fluffy, you might flub landing into the bunker. Make a nearly full backswing and then drop the club to the ball to pop it up. Keep the clubface pointing to the sky and use a short follow-through. Keep your head stable and centered.

You probably won't face these shots more than a couple of times a year. But you can bet that somewhere along the line, you'll have to hit one at crunch time in a round, match, or tournament. But if you keep your wits about you and commit yourself to the shot, you may be surprised how many times you'll pull one off.

About the Author

Jack Moorehouse is the author of the best-selling book "How To Break 80 And Shoot Like The Pros." He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicap immediately.


Fortune favours the brave as they say! I really enjoyed the above article, there is a lot you can learn from it!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Golf Swing Physics -- Incredibly Decrease Your Golf Score By Studying Your Golf Swing

The game of golf can be quite difficult. It looks so simple at first, but you will realize there are a lot more to learn than simply hitting a golf ball when you start analyzing it. It takes alot of work so that you can improve your game by dissecting this. Not everyone has natural but you can improve your golf game by seeing the mechanics and thinking how you can make better.

In fact, even though you cannot change the basic science behind the golf game, you can still make some little adjustments for improving your golf score. For example, the golf swing physics is a really funny thing to look at and is one of the main field of your golf game that you can easily improve by analyzing and a kind of the motions behind the golf swing.

Actually, the golf swing physics is based on how your strength as you can only make a shot with as much strength as you have and the best way to improve this is though exercise. Basically, you do not need to use each last bit of your strength to make a shot as you will hardly direct the shot along the right way or golf course efficiently. Instead, you can make good use of your energy by analyzing the golf swing physics which can then help you swing much easily and hit the ball much better with less effort.

The main thing that you can learn after studying the golf swing physics is that if you start your lower part of body earlier while the kinetics involved will then be transferred the energy from your hips and shoulders easily so that you will have much powerful swing which needs much less effort.

Apart from that, make sure that you are making full use of your club is a very important issue in order to improve your game using golf swing physics. You can easily achieve this by buying the great clubs that you can afford. Also, you need to use them well to get the best result from your golf game.

Another hot golfing tip is angle, you can play your swing accurately. However you will not get the lift as soon as you cannot get the angle right. This can affect the length of your drive and accuracy adversely. Many golfers too pay more attention to their golf swing for getting the perfect angle, but if you make sure that you get both right, then you can make real improvements to your golf game easily.

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