Many people credit Tiger Woods with bringing golf fitness to the game. However, there were players prior to Tiger realizing the benefits of golf exercise such as Gary Player. With all of the newer technology, research has given us clues on how to improve our game away from the course when we are working out. Depending on your goals, to be a top level player, doing golf exercises and watching your nutrition is a must. Below we will discuss a few of these different areas.
Golf Fitness Nutrition – Again, your nutrition will depend on your goals that you have set for your game. If you are a casual golfer and are out to have fun with your friends, have at it and enjoy yourself. However if you are playing a “serious” round of golf, what you put in your body can affect your performance.
Golf Fitness Workouts – This is an area that has really helped golfers become more efficient with their swings. Training the core muscles of the body are important as well as keeping flexibility within the muscles.
Golf Fitness Equipment – You may go to a gym to work out or you may do it in your home gym. Either way, the following equipment can help you reach your goals.
Swiss Exercise Ball – We have all seen these extra large balls at the gym. They are a very flexible piece of equipment as you can perform multiple exercises on them while strengthening your core muscles. Of course you can do sit ups on one of these balance balls, but you can also do a lot of chest and shoulder work while keeping your core engaged. The other good part about them is that they are inexpensive.
Medicine Ball – This term scares many people as they think that this is only for hard core workout fanatics. This is simply not true. Medicine balls come in many different weights such as five, eight, ten and twelve pounds. Many people are surprised how much work it is to take your golf stance with a five pound medicine ball and slowly go through their golf swing. This is actually strengthening the muscles that you will use during your golf motion.
Exercise Bands – Resistance bands are very versatile. Many people do not think that these bands can give much of a challenge. They simply have never used them before. Not only do they allow you to improve your flexibility but they can play a big part of building muscle as well. If you have to travel a lot, bands are very easy to pack as they do not take up much space and can turn a hotel room or a nearby park into a workout station.
Weighted Golf Club – This in conjunction with a medicine ball will really help you to build the core muscles needed for golf. You will want to make sure that the club is properly weighted throughout the entire club and not just a lott of weight at one end. Having all of this weight at one end will not feel like your golf swing and cause problems to arise with your current motion.
Golf Fitness DVD – For those of you with a home gym, using a fitness DVD is a great way to get in a workout. You can have the best personal trainers working you out on your schedule. Although many think that yoga is strictly for stretching, there are forms of yoga that will make you sweat and build strength as well as improve your flexibility. Keep an open mind and try new things as doing the same workout over and over will not only get old but will also not challenge your body to change.
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Golfers learn the game in various ways. A golf training aid is a great way to help you to learn to play golf as they can help you improve all facets of your game.
Students basically learn through one of three ways, by feel, by sound or by visual cues. Depending on which training aid you use, the product may provide all three of them for you.
This may not seem like a big deal but it is. Just imagine if you learn best by sound or being told what to do. However, the training aid that you are using does not make a sound but gives you the feel for what you are supposed to do? I am going to bet that you are going to struggle to improve with that particular practice aid.
So…How do you know which golf practice aid is right for you? If you are already taken lessons form a PGA Professional, then they should be able to help you find a product that matches your learning style. If you do not currently take lessons, you can find a golf webinar at Wireless Golf Coach that can help you.
We are going to break down the golf training aids in to three categories which are broken up by various parts of the game. The three categories that we have broken the golf training aids into are:
Putting Training Aids
Before selecting a putting practice aid, you should first understand what type of stroke that you are trying to make. Are you trying to make a stroke that goes straight back and straight through or are you trying to make a putting stroke with an arc? I have seen players with a natural straight back straight through motion purchase a popular putting golf training aid for an arc putting stroke. Needless to say, it did not work out well for them. Before you go out and try to buy the “Hottest” practice aid, make sure that what you are trying to do and what it will help you do makes sense. If you are not sure, again, ask a PGA Professional.
Full Swing Training Aids
If you follow what we believe, then you understand that there is more than one way to swing a golf club. You just have to find what works for you. As you are looking for a practice aid to help you with your full swing, again you will want to make sure that it makes sense with what you are already doing and the direction that you want your swing to go. The point is to understand why the practice device is good for you and how it is going to help you change your ball flight. It is ALL about the ball flight…right?
Golf Fitness Training Aids
The two most important things in your golf swing are the golf club and the golf ball. However, if your body does not physically allow you to get the club into the proper impact position for the ball flight that you want to produce, you will drive yourself crazy. I know I sound like a broken record but it is imperative that you find a golf fitness training aid that makes sense to what you are trying to accomplish through impact and not what the newest product is. TO find this you will need to consult your golf instructor (if they have fitness knowledge) or your personal trainer (if they have knowledge of the golf swing). You may even want them to talk so the best product can be selected for you.
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Golf tournament planning can be a daunting task if you have not done it before. There are many factors to consider and these factors will vary depending on the goals of your tournament. For example, are you hosting a charity event, a corporate event with clients or both? Although we simply cannot cover everything in one article, here is some information that will definitely be helpful to you and will help you plan a great event!
Golf Tournament Calendar or Timeline – Yes this is as it seems. You can do this even before you pick the facility or the date and add these items to the calendar. This will help keep you organized and meet deadlines as the closer we get the more hectic everything around the tournament will become.
Golf Tournament Committee Planning – Whether you need to create committees or not will depend on the size of your tournament and the goals that you have for the event. Many charity events, especially large ones, will create multiple committees. They do this not only to spread out the work load but to also spread out the networking to raise more money for their cause. You should also come up with a list of duties and/or responsibilities for the committees so communication and expectations are clear.
Golf Tournament Budget Planning – No matter what type of event you are running this is one of the things that you will want to do early and re-visit often is a budget for the event. Common items on the budget include but are not limited to: Green fees, cart fees, food and beverage (before, during and/or after) hole sponsor signs, tee gifts, tournament prizes and marketing of the event.
Golf Tournament Gift – No matter if you are preparing for a charity or corporate event, players will be expecting to receive a golf tournament gifts also known as a tee gifts or a tee favors. You will need to insert this cost into your budget. The level and cost of your tee gift should resemble to type of tournament in which they are participating. A quick example would be if the tournament has a high entry fee, the players will expect more than a sleeve of lower end golf balls. Keep in mind that the ordering of tournament shirts, tournament hats and the like take planning and time to order…but you will have that on your calendar! Also you will want to keep in mind how you will want to distribute the tournament gifts.
Golf Tournament Marketing – How much of this you do will completely depend on the type of tournament that you are operating. Obviously if you are holding a corporate tournament to thank customers, then no “real” marketing will be involved. However if you are hosting a charity event then you will want to look at many options including traditional methods of newspaper ads, radio spots and posting flyers in the area. Many tournaments now are taking advantage of social media and attracting players through FaceBook, Twitter and others.
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Depending on the type of event that you are running, a golf tournament shirt may be the best option for a tournament prize or a tee gift. Many events use the shirt as the base of thier tee gift package and include a hat and golf balls as well. What you give to the players will depend on your budget. However, no matter your budget there are many options availabel to you.
As it is becoming tougher and tougher to compete in today’s marketplace. Every business needs a way to promote themselves and to be more visible...even if ... it feels like you want to pull back the reigns. Corporate logoed shirts can give you the exposure that you need without breaking the bank. You can use this polos in many different ways. You coudl make them part of teh employee uniform, give them away as a promotional piece or as a tournament prize.
Golf promotional shirts have been a part of a corporate tournament since they were first created! They have almost become expected by the players at many corporate tournaments. As you do not have to spend a lot of money on the promotional shirts to make your clients, customers or guests happy. You just need to ask yourself a few easy to answer questions before you start to look at products so you know what your goals are. bY answering these simple questions you
When it comes to deciding on what kind of high school tournament shirts that you want your team to wear, it can definitely be more than just a little challenging. There are so many vendors and retailers that offer team uniforms that it is difficult to know where to begin to find a solid one to work with. In addition, the shear fact that you are trying to satisfy a group of teenagers and their parents is a whole different story. Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your search and find the high school tournament shirts that fit your team’s style and needs.
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Tee gifts, also known as tee prizes, are a part of almost every club, charity or corporate tournament that is held. We are often asked “What is a tee gift?” Simply put, it is what you provide to the participants for playing in your event. It or they are typically given out at the registration table prior to the event.
Depending on the type of event, the tee prizes will vary in what you give and how much customization that they entail. You will decide this while doing your golf tournament planning and developing the budget for the event. Here are some ideas to make a part of the next tee gift package that you create:
Tournament Shirts – Kind of goes without saying, does it not? Tournament logoed shirts are one of the most popular items in a package. Depending on the type of event, event coordinators can find shirts at various price points that will fit into their budget. Not only can you place the events logo on the shirt but any other sponsors that you may have as well. The participants will be advertising for you year-round when they wear the shirt form your tournament.
Tournament Hats – A shirt and I hat is a popular combination to give to participants. Almost everyone wears a hat at some point. Depending on the time of year of the event, they may wear it that very day to protect themselves from the sun!
Tournament Golf Balls – Especially in corporate or charity events, providing golf balls to the participants is a good idea. Many of them are not regular golfers and only play a few times a year but want to support the cause or it is a “work thing.” These players will need all of the balls they can get!
Ball Markers – Logoed ball markers are an inexpensive way to add a little thank you to the players for participating in your event. A tournament ball maker can not only be ordered with the logo of the course being played but you can provide a specific logo for your event.
Money Clips – Logoed money clips are another great way to thank the players. Tournament money clips can also fit into a variety of budgets depending on the type of event being hosted. Giving out tournament money clips could even become a yearly tradition where the participants can collect them.
Divot Repair Tools – These can be given as a goodie in a golf gift package. Even a custom divot repair tool does not cost much money and can be provided in the goodie bag for players in your event.
Tournament Umbrellas – Those in the Pacific North West may think about giving an umbrella more than in other parts of the country, however, they do make great gifts. Not only can you give them a customizable umbrella but it is an item that golfers do not often think about buying for themselves. With that being said your logo should be seen for a long time.
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Aimpoint is a new way to read putts is becoming more and more popular. It is not uncommon to turn on your television on a Sunday afternoon to watch the PGA or LPGA tour and see players holding up fingers in an attempt to find the break of their next putt. In this video, John Graham does a great job discussing how slope will make your ball react as it rolls to the hole.
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I recently heard a fellow professional tell a story about one of his students that kept complaining of getting headaches when they played golf. Although he is a veteran instructor and has given thousands of lessons, he had never had anyone come to him with this ailment before. So, he suggested maybe the student should go ahead and hit some practice balls and let him know if their head starts to hurt.
They student agrees and sets up over the first ball and takes the club back. The shaft gets to parallel at the top of the swing… and then… BOOM! Hits the students in the back of the head! They then proceed with their downswing, hit the ball and get into their follow through.
Immediately the instructor asks (keep in mind this is after one swing) is your head starting to hurt already? The student said “Yes… How did you know? He then showed them the video. Honestly, if I had not seen the video, I probably would not have believed the story. But… as they say, seeing is believing.
Why do players have trouble with over swinging the golf club? Actually, there are a couple of different answers to that and we will start to address of few of them in the rest of the article.
Ball Go FarWe might as well talk about this one right out of the gate. Many players believe that the longer that they swing the club back, the farther the ball will go. Although that sounds good, it is simply not true. If you want an example, watch JB Holmes from the PGA Tour swing and tell me he is at parallel at the top of his swing with a driver. He is nowhere close. The truth of the matter is that you must stay in balance and create a strike of the ball that is centered. If you get out of balance in your golf swing you will not be able to efficiently create speed to propel your golf ball.
Club WeightThis is common with junior golfers. They may have a set that is a little to long for them so they can grow into them and use them longer. The challenge with the extra length is that it in turn makes the club too heavy for the junior and you will see them struggle with it at the top of the swing and many times the shaft will go too long. The other scenario with juniors is that someone will take a regular sized golf club and simply shorten the club by cutting the shaft. The challenge with this is that the weight in the club head too heavy for the player and you will observe them not being able to control the club head and over swing.
As many ladies are playing with a hand-me-down men’s set of clubs, instructors will see a lot of these ladies that will struggle with over swinging. Due to some student’s physical strength and skill level, they have the ability to swing a senior shaft or a men’s regular shaft even though they can be longer and are typically heavier.
It is common to find that men that over swing are not playing the proper shaft or a shaft that is too heavy for them.
FlexibilityOk… Now that we know that we have a properly fit set in our hands, let’s talk about flexibility. Some players have it and some just do not. Believe it or not with or without flexibility, you can still over swing.
First, we will address those with too much flexibility. These players will usually really right to load away from their target on the backswing and end up taking their forward hip over their back foot. This turns their hips past 45* and allows their shoulders to keep turning and so on and so forth. These players can shorten their backswing by placing a little more weight on their target side foot at address and try to leave it there. This will not allow the hips to turn as far, which will not allow the shoulders to turn as far, etc.
Those players without much flexibility that still find a way to over swing tend to lift their arms to achieve that position. Depending on which theory that you follow, these players lose their connection or become disconnected. This simply means that their arms come off of their bodies. An easy drill to use to shorten your swing is to take your shirt and pull it under your arms or place a tee under each arm at address. Of course the goal is to not allow them to fall out during your backswing. This will feel very restrictive to you, at first. You will only be able to swing the club back if you start turning your torso.
BalancePlayers that over swing get out of balance during the motion. As discussed earlier, you need to be in balance to help create an efficient centered strike of the ball. Another good drill is to go to your set up position and then take the club back so that your target side arm is parallel to the ground and your arm and the club create a L shape. Ask yourself, “Am I in balance?” Keep in mind this means balance on all sides. Nobody should be able to give you a little shove and knock you off of balance from any direction.
The more I watch golf on television, read articles and listen to “popular” instructors, I keep hearing over and over again to “fire your hips.” This is a great if you understand what this actually means. Unfortunately, this term seems to be very misunderstood. So… how should your hips work during the golf swing?
The confusion comes with the term fire your hips. Many golfers think that this means that once you are at the top of your backswing, you should turn your hips as hard and as fast as you can. Biomechanics has proven that there is a bump or slide towards the target before the hips begin to turn.
For this golf tip, we are going to discuss this out of order. First we are going to talk about where your hips should be at impact, then, we will talk about how the backswing would affect that and finally the finish position.
ImpactAs previously said, most players tend to turn their hips from the top of their backswing. Actually your hips should not turn but slide towards the target from the top of the backswing. So how far do they slide? At impact, your target side hip should be closer to the target than your target side angle.
A good way to check this is to use an alignment stick and place it next to your target side foot. On your down swing, lightly bump the alignment stick and then turn your hips to the finish position. Moving your hips towards the target should allow you to keep your balance on the target side foot and you will not spin out in your heel, which happens to many of the players that are trying to “fire their hips.”
BackswingNow that we understand what position we want to get into at impact, let’s talk about how the backswing could affect how we get there. There is a lot of discussion in the world of golf instruction about the backswing and if your weight should stay centered or if it moves off the ball and over the right foot. Neither way is right or wrong. It would just be considered a preference as golfers have played well using both methods and many variations in between.
Obviously, they move you move off of the ball or place more weight on your back foot on the backswing the more movement forward that you will have to time to get into the proper impact position. Nothing is wrong with that. However, you will not only will you need to understand that concept, you will also need to be able to time that move.
FinishOnce in the finish position, you should have better balance and your forward foot should still be in place. Your balance should be so good that you can now count to three very slowly. For example, start slowly counting 1…2…3, once you are in the finish position. Meanwhile, you should be posing for the cameras. Some even call it the paparazzi pose! No matter, nothing should be moving. Your forward foot should not have spun out. No toes wiggling…nothing.
Many players struggle with the term “firing your hips.” If that term has been a difficult tip to implement, then you now should better understand what it means and how to implement it into your game to make better contact swings and shoot lower scores!
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How many times during a round of golf to you stand and ask, “Why does my driver hate me and the fairway that I am trying to hit?” Although I know you will not agree with me … but… it does not hate you. There are some things about this club that may make it seem harder to hit as well as some of your other “favorite” clubs.
Here are some things that you need to realize before you decide that your driver truly does hate you…
I know you do not want to hear this… but… everyone needs a little tough love every once in a while. I will even go easy on you by asking you to answer two simple questions. 1. What is your favorite club? And 2. Why?
I am going to go out on a limb and guess that it had something to do with the way it looks at address and how solid it feels through impact. Am I right? And these feelings give you a sense of confidence while setting up over the golf ball. In turn, you make a much better swing and enjoy a much better result.
It simply comes down to one of my favorite quotes “Whether you think that you can or you think that you cannot you are right” – Henry Ford. You first have to have a good attitude about the club in your hand before you swing it. If you do not, then grab a different club, like a 3-wood or even a hybrid if it is what it takes to get it in play… for now.
Ok, Ok, I can hear you while you are reading this… “So far you are telling me my driver does not like me but I have to like it?” That helps, however, there are a few other reasons that this club seems to be harder to hit for many golfers. Here you go…
Bigger is always better! Right? In this case, not really. As a new golfer or just a casual golfer, you may not have realized that several years ago, the USGA limited the coefficient of restitution, which is also known as COR in the industry. I know this may seem like a big confusing word for a golf professional to use but it simply refers to is the amount that a golf ball can spring or have a trampoline effect off of a clubface.
It is safe to say that all of the manufacturers are at the limit. If they were not, their clubs may not make the ball fly as far and then sales would go down the tubes. So looking for a driver to purchase is much like looking for a new putter. If the head does not fit your eye or look good to you when it is sitting on the ground… keep on looking.
One of the five laws to hitting a golf ball is centeredness of contact. If you are out of control from your Macho Outlook, you will more than likely not catch the ball in the “Sweet Spot” of the face. So until you can produce a swing that allows you to consistently use the sweet spot, you really are not doing yourself any favors others than feeling like you are going to take out some frustration. As we all know this does not work because you are just looking in the woods for your ball or re-teeing another one.
We have already discussed that bigger is not always better and it holds true for the length of your driver shaft too. In trying to gain more distance for the recreational golfer, many manufactures slowly started to lengthen the shaft. The reasoning was sound in that the longer the lever the more power could be created. However, there comes a point of diminishing returns (Another big term for a golf professional). It very well may go longer however it is more difficult to control. This equates to players just deeper in the woods and frustrated.
When looking for a driver, of course I suggest that you are custom fit with a launch monitor and a respected, busy club fitter. Ask to hit a 43.5 inch to 44.5 inch driver. Keep in mind centeredness of contact is the goal. You do not have to swing it faster because it is shorter as it is more efficient.
You will need a high-end launch monitor to measure this such as a TrackMan, FlightScope, etc. as a fitter cannot see this with their naked eye. These numbers are all about how you deliver the club in to the ball and are determined by many things such as ball position, spin rates, static loft on the club versus dynamic loft, etc. Long story short, the loft and shaft that you will need should optimize flight conditions for your swing speed and spin rates.
To me, it is too complex to throw a blanket statement out that if you have driver swing speed of 90mph then you should swing this shaft and this head with this loft. That is why you need the launch monitor and the experience of the fitter. My goal is to provide you with some information to ask the right questions and get the best driver for you and your game.
Too many times, a player will walk into a golf shop or discount store and want to buy what the hottest player on one of the tours is playing. This is a disastrous mistake. Odds are they do not swing the same, have the same physical conditioning and most importantly deliver the shaft and club head to the ball the same way.
Now you would think that I am only talking to the guys here but I have seen this just as much in the ladies that I have taught. They pull the driver and all of a sudden they think that they have to swing as fast a drag car moving down a drag strip! If you simply swing your driver the same speed as you swing your favorite club it will go farther due to some factors that we have previously talked about.
Keep in mind that the harder that you try to “HIT” a ball the tighter, shorter and slower many of your muscles get which only slows down your swing! That is you doing that to you, not your club! We will talk about this in future posts!
So... your driver does not hate you. Due to its length and lack of loft, there are many players that find it more difficult to hit. Hopefully with the information above, you can find a driver that you love… or… at least like a little bit!
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You have decided to play the great game of golf and take your first golf lesson. Great! Many beginners are worried and nervous prior to taking their first lesson. Guess what? It happens to me too! And I am a golf professional!
Although it can be intimidating, you have to remember that the professional is there to help you enjoy the game. You should not be scared to ask questions as this is your lesson and how you are going to learn. Keep in mind that you are the consumer and this is your golf lesson.
No matter if your first lesson is an individual lesson or in a group setting, there are still many questions that we commonly get and we will talk about a few of these below:
You will want to discuss this with the professional prior to your appointment or class. Instructors have different thoughts on how to start the process. Some will have you start on the putting green and some will take you directly to the driving range.
If you do not have clubs, no worries. Many professionals will provide you golf clubs from a rental set or a demo bin to get you started. If you do not have golf clubs it would be wise to let the professional know this prior so you are wasting your lesson time trying to track down or find a club for you to use.
This will greatly depend on the facility in which you take your instruction. As some facilities allow denim and t-shirts, others enforce various dress codes. Guys you will most likely need a shirt with a collar. Ladies, you can never go wrong with a collar but some clubs all you not to have a collar but require the garment to have sleeves. Again, it is best to contact the facility prior to your instruction to be clear on the policies.
We have written an article on this and you can access it by clicking here. The article tells you not only about how to go about finding a good fit for you but will also give you some questions to ask prior to your appointment to make sure the instructor is a good fit for you.
This will depend on whether you are taking an individual lesson or a group lesson. With that being said, more than likely the professional will give a short presentation on the key fundamental that you are to work on that session and then walk you through how to properly execute the motion or movement. Keep in mind that it is your golf lesson and if you have a question or do not understand the concept then you need to ask a question. Sometimes it is easy for an instructor to start rattling off golf terms as it is part of their regular vocabulary but the student may or may not have those words in their vocabulary yet.
The main point to remember about your first golf lesson is that you should have fun! If you do not understand something, do not be afraid to ask. It is your lesson!
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No matter what the golfer’s skill level is, they do not want to three putt any green. However, being human, many players have a hard time controlling their putting distance and it happens from time to time. In addition, modern golf course design lends itself to happen as many green complexes have severe undulation or humps on them.
As instructors, we tend to break the act of putting up into two elements, distance and direction. The good news is that both are easy to practice and it will not take long for you to eliminate three putting from your rounds. Here are some golf tips on how to better control the speed or your putts.
Golfers typically miss their putts long or short more than they do left or right, so, we will talk about controlling distance.
If you cannot strike the ball in the same place on the face then it will be difficult to control distance. Many amateurs swing the putter up while coming into impact and catch the ball on the bottom of the face of the putter. This will lead to not being able to hit two or more putts the same speed and your distance control will suffer. If you are having trouble determining where you are contacting the ball through impact, you more than likely have too much tension within your forearms. They need to “feel” tension free going through impact.
Many players that struggle with distance also have a poor shape to their stroke. What do I mean by that? You have seen them at the club or your local course. They will take this really long backswing and stop the club right after impact. You need to “see” your stroke as more of an underhand motion. If I was standing on the hole, what motion would you make to underhand me the ball? I guarantee you that you would not wrap it above your head to get it to me just 15 feet away from you! You would swing your arm back and slowly accelerate your arm forward. Your arm will likely go farther forward than it did on the way back. You can simply underhand balls while on the practice green to get a feel for this.
Once you can make solid contact and the shape of your stoke, a great drill to use that will help you to transfer it to the golf course. From 15 feet or greater, putt balls to the fringe. I would not suggest dropping five balls from the same spot as we are attempting to improve our feel or touch… so… spread them out. How does this transfer to the golf course since you are not using a hole? Once on the course, simply “see” the fringe about nine inches past the hole and putt to that. I think you will be surprised… in a good way!
Improving your lag putting distance is as simple as making sure that you are making solid contact, are accelerating through the stroke by using the proper stroke shape and simply practice putting to the fringe to ingrain your feel.
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Understandably, many beginner golfers have many questions about how to take the best golf grip that will allow them to strike the ball in the center of the club face and watch it fly through the air. You need to understand that choosing the proper grip is strictly a personal preference of what is comfortable and what gives you results. Successful players have used all three ways to hold a club to shoot low scores in the past.
No matter which method to hold the club that you select, there are two basics that you will want to follow. First, you will want the palms of your hands to oppose. What does this mean in English? You simply want your palms to face each other. Second, if you hold the club all of the way out in front of you at shoulder height with your arms and golf club shaft horizontal to the ground, the very bottom of the club face, also known as the leading edge, should be pointing towards the sky. In this position, your right hand (for right-handed golfers) should match or equal the leading edge of the club.
Now let’s briefly discuss the most common ways to grip the club that players use.
Ten Finger Grip
Yes, this is as it sounds. Using this method, a player will place all ten fingers on the handle of the club. Many refer to this as the baseball grip as it resembles how you would grab a baseball or softball bat. Many newer players, ladies and juniors use this method effectively. This method allows you to place more of your hands on the club than any other method thus helping those who may not be as strong as others. Some players just think that it is a comfortable way to hold the club and being able to feel more of the club gives them a sense that they are in more control.
This method is also known and the Vardon grip as it was named after Harry Vardon. Vardon won seven major championships. He won one US Open and six British Opens all in the late 1890’s and the first two decades of the 1900’s. Again, place all ten fingers on the club. Take the pinky finger of the lower hand off of the club and slide the lower hand up the shaft. The pinky finger should rest on top of the index finger of the hand on top of the shaft. This is known as the overlap.
Place all ten fingers on the golf club. Pick up the pinky finger of the lower hand on the handle and this time slide the index finger of the other hand in between the pinky finger and ring finger of the lower hand on the handle. If you are counting major championships, this method of how to hold a golf club has been the most successful as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have both employed this grip for their major victories. It has been said that this method works best for those with smaller hands or short fingers.
Keep in mind when going through this exercise that you are trying to find the best golf grip for you. Take what you hear about various grips with a grain of salt. If it is comfortable for you and you can complete the basics listed above, then go for it! This is about you and not what others are doing.
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Yesterday, a new golfer and student asked what the difference was between a cart bag and a golf stand bag. We did ask them a few questions on how they planned to play such as how often and if they were planning to walk while they played. They were looking to play twice a week and walk at least half of the rounds that they were looking to play for exercise and a fitness benefit.
Obviously if you are going to walk any rounds of golf at all a lightweight stand golf bag makes much more sense than a heavy cart bag to lug around. If you do ride in a cart, you can use your stand golf bag on the back of a golf cart without any problem. Here are some other reasons to purchase a golf stand bag:
1. You can create your own personalized golf stand bag. Not only can you personalize the colors on the bag, you can also have corporate logos or your favorite college team logos placed on the bag as well.
2. Possibly, you are looking to purchase a lightweight stand bag. Especially if you are planning to walk rounds, weight is going to be a concern for you. You may be looking to walk some if not all of the rounds of golf that you play for exercise and to enjoy the outdoors. Most manufactures make bags that weigh less than four pounds without any golf equipment in them. Again, this will be different for everybody as the fewer features that you demand the lighter the golf bag can be.
3. The stand golf bag that you purchase should also include a rain hood. Although we all think that we will not play in the rain, eventually we will get caught on the course in a rain. We may just be trying to get back to the club house or we could be trying to finish a round in a tournament but either way we need protection for our clubs so that they can stay dry.
4. As we are all different, we all want and need different things from our bags and the amount of storage that they provide. Some players may need to have a lined valuables pocket as a part of their bag while others will think that a pocket for their water bottle is more important to them.
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I am wanting to learn how to play golf. I have never played and I am wondering if there are different ways to learn how to play? Is one better than another?
Thank you for your question and we are excited that you want to play the game! Here are four different ways to learn how to play the game of golf. Your learning style as well as your comfort level in front of other people will determine which one will suit you the best.
You can see many benefits from an online golf school. Some of the advantages are that you can access the information when it is convenient for you, anytime of the day, and you and take them anywhere. As our schedules get busier and busier, time is precious. The same is true for yoru instructor. However in this format, your teacher is always ready to go when you are! Many business travelers find this to be a great benefit while they are away from home.
There are many other things that you would not attempt to learn yourself. However, everybody thinks that hitting a little white ball can not be that hard so they try it themselves or they have a friend teach them how to play. Just as if you are cooking or building a building there are some fundamental things that need to happen so the end result is reached. An individual lesson is the best way to get the most individual attention to your swing and you should see the quickest results. When first learning how to play the game, I would suggest taking thirty minute lessons and not an hour lesson. The reason why is that you will be hearing a lot of new information and you will only be able to process so much of it. The instructor should start with putting and gradually move farther and farther away from the hole. In addition, you will physically be asked to do things that you are not used to doing and you will tire quickly during the early lessons.
in a group is another way to learn how to play golf. Finding a beginner clinic will place you with other new golfers who are at the same skill level and can turn into your new playing partners. Typically during a group clinic, the instructor will give a presentation to the group and then allow everyone to spread out on the range tee and will spend some individual time with each student. If you like to learn at your own pace this is a good place for you to start. Before you sign up for the clinic, make sure that the clinic will cover all aspects of the game. The clinic should spend time on putting, chipping, pitching, full swing and the rules. This way you are exposed to all aspects of the game. A clinic that goes to the range every meeting is not going to do you much good once you get your ball up and around the green. What do you do then? Learning how to putt and chip is very important when you are first learning how to play golf as more than 50% of your shots will be considered short game shots. Learning these shots will be the quickest way to lower your scores.
A third way to learn how to play is to teach yourself the game through reading golf instruction books, watching golf instruction DVDs as well as actual trial and error. Depending on your learning style, this may take the longest to master. However, if score is not your main objective and gaining more exercise or spotting nature during your round is more important to you then this is (by far) the most inexpensive route to take.
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How do you prepare for a golf tournament? It does not matter whether it is your club's member-guest or the club championship, I will bet that with your tournament nerves, you are probably not going to be swinging as smooth as Ernie Els when the big day arrives. As you begin to train for a golf tournament, that is NOT the time to start changing your golf swing. I repeat. It is NOT the time to make any major golf swing changes.
As you begin to preparations for your tournament, remember, this is supposed to be a fun experience. You have created confidence in different areas of your game and now it is time to reap the benefits. You know your own tendencies.
Most of these types of country club tournaments are flighted. This means players with similar handicaps are pitted against each other. What you can do to prepare for a tournament is check your golf fundamentals. I know it does not sound sexy but it will give you the biggest return for your time. Review your posture, grip, alignment, and ball position and insure they are in the best shape they can be for your game. Hitting balls is fine but do it to gain confidence and momentum. The most effective thing you can work on is your swing tempo and insuring that your golf swing is in balance. You can do this by simply counting to three once you finish your golf swing.
Since the average of greens hit in regulation on the PGA Tour is only twelve, you will miss some greens during your round. Set up a practice schedule for your short game right up until the day of the golf tournament. You can go out in the evenings when the course is quiet. Go from green to green hitting multiple pitch and chip shots from all around the green. The trick is to only use one ball and go ahead and putt it into the hole. You are going to want to create a similar experience to actually playing that you can. In addition, choose a couple of "nasty" lies just in case you hit a good shot that ends up in a bad place. Although the ultimate goal is to hole the ball, sometime you may need to play away from the hole to be able to make the next shot easier.
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No matter the child's age, the putting green is the best place to introduce kids to golf by putting. Once an "understanding" is developed, close to the green chipping should be introduced. As the junior golfers get farther away from the green,the pitch shot will be introduced and finally the full swing. Sooner or later the junior golfers will want to play a round. Many parents, as well as other players, wince at the thought. They are afraid one bad golf course experience might turn their junior golfers off to the game of golf.
We are asked all of the time for suggestions on how to keep golf fun for kids. Below you will find just a few of our suggestions.
1. Go out with your junior golfer in "non-peak" hours. At some courses this is easier to do than others.
2. Depending on their age allow them to tee it up from the 100 or 150 yard marker on all the par fours and par fives to begin the hole. This is not as daunting for them and will help keep the group moving around the golf course.
3. Before you start, agree with the junior golfer on what the "max score" per hole will be. This can also make each golf hole fun by making it a game. It is very important not to make a big deal if the max is hit and making the junior feel inadequate. Both the adult and the junior needs to remember "it is just a game."
4. Before you start to play, determine what their "personal par" will be for every hole you will be playing. As the junior golfer improves obviously the "personal par" will go down.
5. Make the putting green the goal. This is a good way for the younger junior golfers to get started and as it reads only count the shots that it takes to get to the green to determine a score.
6. The hole does not need to be the end of the hole. What does this mean? Some smaller juniors find it more fun to hit it into a sand bunker than onto a green. This may seem counter-intuitive to many golf purists however, once you think about it, typically the sand bunkers or sand traps are smaller than the putting greens. This can only make them better later. In addition, they LOVE to climb into the bunkers and this gives us a chance to teach bunker etiquette.
7. Keep the game fun at all costs!!! Keep a junior golf journal to continue the fun at home as well as build memories that can be looked upon forever. With so many activities available to our young people, their interest may come and go. However, by keeping it fun they will always come back to golf.
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I want to begin a golf specific workout program. Do you have any tips to find a qualified personal trainer for golf? I want to improve my overall health as well as be able to improve my golf game.
We do have some helpful golf fitness tips for you. The first is do not forget to check with your doctor to make sure there are not any other complications prior to starting a new golf workout program. Other than that here are five tips that should help you find a fitness instructor that will help you achieve your goals.
1. Ask yourself if you will be more comfortable with a man or woman. It seems simple enough. You want to find someone who will listen to you but yet still push you and drive you to find new personal bests.
2. Before you begin looking around, know exactly what you want for your golf fitness. Have a set of golf fitness goals in mind, and find the trainer that will most likely fulfill those goals. Depending on your goals and your budget, you may be able to accomplish this in a class or group setting.
3. Make sure to find a personal trainer with a certification from at least one of the major national organizations, such as the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, or the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In addition, a personal trainer that has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is very well trained on how to use golf specific exercises to improve your overall fitness and golf game.
4. Narrow your search. After you have a clear idea, and have checked with the national organizations, find interview the trainers near you. Ask them for references and talk to their past clients. Talk to the trainer themselves prior to training. Understand how you are going to achieve your goals and what it will entail from a time standpoint. Your personal trainer should set up a series of achievable goals – a certain amount of weight lost, a certain amount of repetitions, etc. – or else the workouts will start to feel meaningless, which will lead to a loss of motivation.
5. The trainer selected should have experience with golf-specific training. A golf-specific workout program emphasizes strength, flexibility, and balance and should include each of these aspects in your golf workouts. Each of these categories will not only improve your game, but also help prevent injury.
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I am interested in taking golf lessons to improve my game. I have never done this before and I am not sure on how to go about finding a a golf professional for me. Do you have any advice on how to find the right golf professional to help me improve my golf game?
We will first assume that you are a high to mid-handicapper. I assume this only because this is “typically” where this question comes. In turn, this should help quite a few people.
Again assuming that you already have formed a list of a couple of teachers in your area, I would suggest calling them or setting up a brief meeting with them and find out the following:
In your meeting over the phone or in person, you need to find out how that person is qualified to teach golf lessons and who else have they taught. I would not be looking for them to run off a bunch of names that play on tour unless that is your goal. Instead, I would look for names of people that have a similar handicap as yourself and what their progress was.
Understanding that you are not taking golf lessons from them right then and there, you will still want to hear a generalization of their golf swing theory. This is very important. It is important because this will give you an idea of how the person communicates with you. If what he or she says sounds logical on top of creating an open communication with you, then even better. If the potential instructor only talks about working on the driving range and not improving the other areas of your game such as your short game and putting, choose another instructor. Period.
Another question to ask about golf lessons is if they will be using any training aids during their lessons. Many times training aids will help you get a feeling or a visual that is difficult to grasp. Training aids are made for all aspects of the game including the full swing, chipping, pitching and putting. Sometimes you are eligible for a discount on the various training aids because you are their student. It never hurts to ask!
The last thing that you will want to know in your initial conversation about golf lessons is how the golf instructor will be summarize the instruction or how will you be given your homework from the driving range. This will vary from instructor to instructor. Some simply end the lesson while some others will email you the notes that they had about the lesson directly to you. This information should also include how many times you should practice before the next appointment.
By following these steps, you will be on the right track on how to find the right golf professional to help improve your game
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As junior summer camps are a great way for kids to learn teh game of golf, we thought it would be a help to create a list of what you need to take with you to your junior clinic or camp. Here are five things to make sure that you have before you go:
1. You want to pack your golf clubs. This sounds obvious and sometimes that makes it the hardest to remember. If your child is looking to get a new set of golf clubs in the near future, you will want one of the golf instructors that they works with to give you recommendations for their next set as well as the specs or measurements that they will need.
2. You never know what kind of weather you are going to encounter during your time, so make sure you take the right kind of gear for rain, like a rain jacket, umbrella, or visor. In addition, campers have found it easier to pack solid colors so they can mix and match while they are gone.
3. Make sure you have comfortable shoes and socks with you. While at the junior golf academy, they will be hitting more balls and playing more holes than they are probably used to doing at home. Having fresh socks to put on at lunch may give their feet the breather that they need.
4. The more and more we learn about what the sun is doing to all of us, the more important that it is to pack plenty of sun screen. We are learning that this can be very crucial to your health. At our camps, we encourage our students to use it multiple times a day as the instructors do as well.
5. Packing the needed medications for the time your child will be gone is important. Try to think ahead as well. For instance, if they are traveling to another area of the country may kick in some allergy or sinus problem that she was not currently having at home. With this over the counter medicine not taking up much room it is much better to be safe than sorry.
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I have recently had a hard time with getting into the correct set up prior to my swing. I would like to know how to properly address the golf ball so my shots actually start on their target line again!
No worries. This is a very common problem throughout all skill levels of players. Here is how you can go about properly setting your swing alignment so you can start the ball where you want to and hit better shots:
1. Pick your target
Yes this is as basic as it sounds. You would be amazed at how many players of all skill levels on the practice tee do not select a target. How are you going to knwo the true results of yoru swing? When on the course, here are some questions that you should be asking yourself: Where do you want the shot to end up... in the fairway or on the green? What many mid to higher handicappers do not understand here is that does not always mean the center of the fairway or the target has to be the flag. Where will you be most comfortable hitting this shot to and what gives you an easy next shot?
2. Pick your target line
Your target line is the line that you intend to start the shot. This does not have to mean your target line should point directly at your target. For all of your right handed slicers out there, this will be left of your target because the ball will work back to the right. Of course, the opposite is true for those that draw or hook the golf ball. Your target line will actually br pointed to the right of your target (where you want the ball to land).
3. Pick a spot on your target line
As you start the process from behind the ball, pick a spot. This spot should be just a foot or two in front of the ball. It can be an old divot, ball mark or a change in the color of the grass. In your mind draw a straight line between this spot and the ball. Using this small distance you will be much more consistent with yoru set up as opposed to trying to line up with something that is 200 yards (or longer) from you.
4. Approach the ball
Now the important part is to not walk towards the golf ball but to circle around and walk into the ball so that you are parallel with this line that is made by the ball and your spot. At this point you should be attmpting to get yoru shoulders square or parrallel to the gofl ball and the spot that you selected just in front of the ball.
5. Address the ball squarely
Again, seeing the line that you created from selecting the spot just in front of you, you shoudl be manuvering your body so that it is parallel to this line to create yoru proper set up position.
Following the above steps should allow you to properly address the golf ball so your body is parallel to your target line which again is where you want the ball to start.
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I really want to lower my handicap this year. I really would like to learn more about the fundamentals of the golf swing including the proper grip. I know that my hands are not currently on the club properly and it is costing me accuracy and distance. Can you give me some help with where to get started?
In order to lower your handicap, it is important that you begin with the proper golf grip fundamentals and make sure that you know that you are taking the best golf grip for you. With this being said, you are on the right track!
The way that you grip your club is your only connection to your golf club. The grip is considered a basic fundamental of golf. Bad or wayward shots are often a result of the bad grip that the player uses. The grip is the start to a good golf swing and to the start of you starting lowering your handicap. Ben Hogan believed that anybody could have a good repeatable golf swing by implementing a few fundamentals and performing them in a proper sequence. Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf written by Ben Hogan is still used by many PGA Golf Professionals as their "bible" of golf instruction. If you have taken a golf lesson, more than likely you have been taught something from Hogan's book.
Most amateurs golf grip is too weak or neutral. What does this mean in English, right? Well most hold the club too much in the palm of their left hand and not enough in their fingers. In addition most believe that it is natural to place their thumb on top of the shaft. Although it may seem natural to do this, your thumb on your left hand (for right handed golfers) must be to the right of the shaft to create a proper grip. It still goes back to getting the webbing between your index finger and your thumb to create a V and have it point at your right shoulder.
With all of this being said, the main key is that once you take your grip, you should stand up straight and straighten your arms out in front of you at shoulder height as much as possible. From this vantage point, you should be able to look down your arms and your shaft and the club head should be pointing up towards the sky. This is important as your arms should be fully extended while going through impact. This should be your proper grip.
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I have what is probably a silly question. I am a very new golfer and I am wondering what exactly is a driving range and how should I go about using it?
If you are wondering it, others are probably doing the same. Believe it or not...most people that use a driving range, which is also referred to as a practice facility, do not know how to use it properly either! Thank you for the question.
Basically, a golf driving range is land set aside to practice your full golf swing as well as half shots while hitting real golf balls. You do not have to take your own golf balls every time you visit a driving range. Normally, the club or the course provides the balls to be used in practicing session. You can purchase them at the facility or with some country clubs, the range balls are included in the membership fee.
You do not have to feel uncomfortable while on the driving range, as there will be many targets available and you do not need to tell anyone where you are aiming! You can use the range to warm up prior to your round or you can have a specific practice session.
If you are warming up prior to your round on the driving range, you should be just trying to stretch your muscles. This is very true of the first few balls hit. Always start by hitting short shots with a wedge or nine-iron. This way you will start small, get some rhythm and protect yourself from injury.
If you are going to the driving range to have a specific practice session, have a plan. You should set up alignment tools and have any practice aids ready to go. It is easy to let your mind wonder while you hit a couple of shots that do not meet your standards. However you will need to remember, golf is a process and trying a new idea on every different swing.
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I am a beginning golfer. I am reading about having a custom fitting done for your equipment to better your swing. Since I am shooting 100 to 110 and just getting started, do I need to be custom fit for my equipment? Will it really help?
As we are promoters of the game, we will answer that with the answer, it depends. If you are happy with shooting those scores and you enjoy the game, keep using the clubs that you have. If you want to lower your scores then properly fit clubs along with some newer technology could help you do just that. We say this as most beginners start with used clubs.
The rules of golf state that you can carry up to 14 clubs. Notice that this reads up to 14 clubs. If you are a beginner or a higher handicapper and you are purchasing new equipment you may not need to carry all 14 clubs. Most manufacturers will now price their clubs individually. This allows you to pick and choose the clubs that you currently need and can add other clubs as you improve.
No matter your skill level, you really do need to focus on your putter and wedges. You will want to find golf equipment that you like to look at when you are addressing the ball. If you do not like what you are looking at, it will be more difficult for you to hit a good shot.
If you are playing the game for score, playing golf without the right equipment can be very frustrating. With the available club fitters and options from the manufacturers, there is simply no reason to put yourself through that. Why would not you make it as easy on yourself as possible?
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As the golf season is in full swing all over the country now, many players are wondering how they can improve their games. We receive many questions at our academy and through our blog about golf lessons. Below are a couple of the most common questions that we get about taking a golf lesson. If you have any other questions feel free to submit them to the WGC Golf Blog and we may use it as a post.
Do I need to take a golf lesson?
Technically, no. You do not have to take golf lessons or golf instruction. With this being said, it will take you longer to learn the game and could bring un-needed frustration to you. Especially as you begin to learn the game it is a good idea to take golf lessons & instruction. Would you try to sky dive or ski without first having lessons or would you just try to figure it out? You will be able to learn the proper golf swing fundamentals from your golf instructor and this will give you a good foundation to build on as you learn to play the game.
So many people claim that they have the answers to how to play better golf. How do I find a qualified golf instructor?
There are many ways to find a qualified golf instructor. It is a lot like finding a new doctor or accountant after re-locating to a new city. Ask your co-workers, friends and fellow golfing buddies for the experiences that they have had. You can locate a local golf instructor through PGA.com that is close to you. The PGA offers certifications in teaching and these instructors are few and far between. If you are close proximity to one you are lucky and should take that opportunity.
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It seems like I am always encouraging my students to work on their short game and in particular their putting stroke. You can hit a bad drive and make up for your mistake but you cannot to the same with a poorly struck putt. If you have followed us for any time at all, you knwo that that the quickest way to lower your golf scores is to improve your putting. How many times have you been flying the couch on a Sunday and they post a stat about one of the leaders along the lines of Joe Pro is 43 of 45 from inside of 10 feet this week? There is a reason that they are among the leaders.
Here are a couple of online golf tips that will get you making everything inside of 10 feet just like the pros...
The Putting Grip
The grip you take on your putter should be different from the one that you take with your iron or your driver. First of all, the putter grip typically is flat on one side. Both of your thumbs should sit on top of the putter grip. In effect, this will allow the putter shaft and your forearm to create a fairly straight line or just one lever to move back and through.
The Putting Stroke
The rate of the putting stroke is very important to the distance control of your stroke. You can easily do a putting drill that you can take out onto the golf course. As you stroke your putt, simply say 2, 1 just as you would normally speak in a conversation. Not faster and not slower. This is your personal rhythm. At first, do this putting drill with your practice strokes and make the stroke match to your cadence. Once this is done, hit a few putts on the practice putting greens.
Acceleration is a must during the impact position of any putting stroke. It is very important that the shaft of the putter goes past your left leg for right handed golfers. This is a result of you accelerating the putter through impact. This is key to being able to hit putts the same speed and control your distance.
The main thing that needs to happen in the finish of the putting stroke is that once your putter shaft is past your front leg, you need to be able to hold it there for a count of three seconds. This will give you time to evaluate what has happened during the stroke and what you have felt.
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What are my options to learn the game of golf as a beginner golfer? I need to learn how to play for my job. I have been very athletic in my past but have no idea how to hit a golf ball. I would like to know the different avenues that I could take to learn the game.
Having played other sports will help you learn the game. Here are different avenues that you can take listed in what will more than likely be the quickest way to learn for you:
Depending on your financial situation, you may want to take private beginners golf lessons. Typically, you can take just one or you can take a series. There is usually a price break for the series. In addition, there is only so much information that you will retain from one thirty minute or one hour golf lesson. Again, you will want to do your homework on the instructor and make sure they are qualified and are priced reasonably for their qualifications.
A great way to learn how to play golf is by attending a beginners golf clinic. You will be able to learn the fundamentals at a slow pace with a real live golf instructor. Many times, the newer instructors are used for the beginners golf clinics. With this being said, you will want to call ahead and make sure that some of the instructors are PGA Members or have other teaching qualifications.
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Reading a beginners golf instruction book is more valuable than more people understand. As you learn more golf instruction, understand the end goal is to find what works for you. You will take a little bit here and a little bit there and in the end will have a lot of little pieces from many different theories that will create the whole. Remember, the goal is to find what works for you to get the ball put in the hole in as few of strokes as possible.
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There are many different facets to a golf tournament that many of the participants do not realize must go on in order to have a successful event. Here is some information on a few different golf event topics. If you have any questions feel free to contact Wireless Golf Coach.
Tee Gifts –
Participants in a corporate golf outing or a country club tournament such as a Member –Member or Member-Guest want to take away a memento from the event. This is true whether they won their flight or not. A tee gift or tee gifts can give every single player in your field a keepsake to take with them of their day or weekend. The proper type of gift to give will be based on things such as the type of event (is it a charity event or a corporate event) as well as the allotted budget for the tee gifts. The gifts for a corporate event are typically more extravagant as they corporation is trying to “woo” customers or suppliers that are playing in the event.
Tournament Shirts –
Golf tournament shirts come in the form of polo shirts, mock shirts, performance shirts and button down shirts. They are stylish, come in short or long sleeves, can be worn by men or women. Giving away tournament shirts will take your golf event to another level and give the participants something to remember the event. In addition, when they wear it after the tournament, they will be advertising for next year’s event. Having a great time on the golf course as well as receiving their tournament shirt will insure that they will become a sales person/recruiter for your next event!
Tournament Hats –
One of the benefits of a golf tournament hat is the fact that they can be easily outfitted with logos for easy promotion. This is where you can get very creative. You can have your own logo embroidered onto the hat and wear it yourself, distribute hats to your employees, make them a part of your employee’s uniforms, hand them out to customers and vendors, or you can use them as prizes. No matter how you do it, exposing your logo to the public can be profitable in that you are giving your business exposure that it would not have otherwise.
Golf Tournament Planning –
There are many aspects to golf tournament planning. Many players show up and play and never realize all of the planning and organization that has gone into making the day enjoyable. Depending on the type of tournament you are running, you will need a calendar of events leading up to the event, create a tournament check list, an agenda for duties the day of the event, select tournament committees, create a tournament budget, buy tournament tee gifts as well as select and buy tournament prizes.
You can find golf tips anywhere on the internet, on TV or your buddies usually full of information. You need to make sure that you are receiving and implementing good information into your golf swing. Reading or watching golf tips from the top instructors or from a PGA Professional is your best bet to get good information and improve your golf swing. Here are 4 golf tips from PGA Professionals that will help you improve your game:
1. Balance is an overlooked part of the golf swing. You must be in balance at address or else you will need to manipulate the golf club during the swing. If you begin the swing out of balance, you are making swinging the golf club more difficult than it really is. To find your balance, take your stance and simply feel your weight go back and forth between your toes and your heels until you find your center. Once your center is found you may need to move closer or farther away from the golf ball with your feet.
2. Staying on the theme of balance, once you are in your finish position, you should be able to hold your finish without wiggling on your feet or being so out of balance that your feet move.
3. The best way to find your alignment is by the line created by the tops of your thighs. This is much easier to monitor than you shoulders or your feet. Using the tops of your thighs allows you to align your base correctly with your target line.
4. Golfers usually make the mistake of trying to take the club to the top of their swing. The challenge is that with your spine being bent over, you do not need to take the club up. You need to take the golf club back or away from the target and not up. Taking the golf club up, will result in you becoming out of balance and taking the golf club too far back.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced golfer, it seems we are always trying to find the best online golf tips for another golf swing hint, a golf tip or a golf lesson. It is one of those funny things that when you are not looking for online golf tips they are plentiful and when you are looking for them, online golf tips are hard to find. When you do get a free golf tip or golf lesson from a buddy and not a real golf instruction book, sometimes you need to take it with a grain of salt. You want to be positive that the information is coming from a reliable source such as a published golf instruction book or PGA Golf Professional. Obviously, the more you learn about the golf swing the more you will know about your golf swing and the better player you can become.
There are all kinds of great places for you to find the best online golf tips. One of the first places that you should look for the best golf lessons is on the internet. There is a wealth of knowledge out there for the taking. So how can you benefit from the golf instruction on the web and where do you find the best online golf tips? First, think about what exactly it is that you need help with and as with any search, the more specific the search the better matches that will appear. Proceed to Google or your favorite search engine. Type your thought in the search bar and then you can obviously search the results for exactly what you want. You will be able to find some help online and get the answers to some of your biggest golf swing questions to
The local library or bookstore is another great place to look for some golf instruction books. The best part of visiting your local library is with a library card all of the available golf instruction books are free and in many cases you can take as many books as you would like. If you do not have a library card, although you can not take the books out of the library, you can still read them in the library. In addition, you can take notes on the golf tips that you do read.
If you have multiple libraries in your city, you can find some different golf instruction books at each library. Suggestions for authors to look for in your local library or bookstore are Ben Hogan, Bob Rotella, David Leadbetter, Stan Utley or Dave Pelz.
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As I am always struggling with my physical golf fitness can you give me a couple of advantages to using a Swiss exercise ball?
As the abs or your core is very important to the golf swing, they also play a very important role in everyday life as well as your overall health. Whether sitting or standing, your core muscles play a large roll in your posture in everyday life. Strengthening these core muscles will take an amount of the work load off of your back which in turn will decrease the probability for a back injury.
Core stability exercises can enhance your body’s mobility and flexibility. A bridge between mind and body is created while working these particularly designed exercise moves. Being able to get in-tune with your body can only promote, not hinder, your overall health. Core stability involves all of the muscles of the mid-section and provides you with the support necessary to properly complete activities from minor daily activities to more advanced activities.
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An added bonus to incorporating the Swiss exercise ball to your workout program is the weight loss that accompanies targeting your body’s core. When you perform exercises that strengthen your muscles, body fat is burned in the process. The results are lean, well-defined muscles. Any exercise performed with the ball ensures efficiency which means your workouts will produce better results quickly.
The benefits to using the Swiss exercise ball are vast. The feeling of working out is replaced with a sense of play and the results are amazing. You don’t need to be an expert to perform the moves designed for the ball which allows beginners and advanced users to enjoy the ball equally. The Swiss exercise ball is versatile and valuable despite its inexpensive price tag.
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Walking is the most fundamental part of all golf fitness programs. With this in mind, it makes sense that walking a golf course with a push cart instead of riding in a golf cart would help you to achieve your programs goals. Over the years, there has been much discussion on whether the start and stopping that happens during a round of golf and not all of it has been positive. These people will argue that even with using a push cart, this exercise is not beneficial to your golf even with using a push cart, this exercise is not beneficial to your golf exercise program.
These people must hang out in their lab coats all day and never leave the office or lab. Let's think about this for just a second. In walking an eighteen whole round of golf, you basically are taking a 4-5 mile walk. Hmmm. Not beneficial to a golf exercise program, huh? Keep in mind that most golf courses have many elevation changes up and down and you have extra weight on your back if you choose to carry your golf clubs. The Web site WalkingGolf.com states, "According to Golf Science International, researcher Gi Magnusson calculates that four hours of playing golf (walking) is comparable to a 45-minute fitness class."
Those of you who have walked eighteen holes before know that the round of golf is a different experience than when you ride from shot to shot. Not to sound funny but walking a course gets you closer to the golf course. Not only do I realize the golf exercise benefits of walking a golf course but I have also found that I am able to learn more about a golf course that I have walked as opposed to those that I ride. Walking with a push cart allows you to gain an appreciation for the nuances of a golf course that just are not visible from a golf cart. This is an advantage if this happens prior to a golf tournament round and it adds to my golf fitness program.
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There are a couple of ways that this could go and I will address both of them. I believe your answer will fall somewhere in between your golf equipment and a swing fix. Here we go:
1. Swing FixA. Covering the ball – Many times when I see an initial flight this high, the student is not what teachers call “covering the ball.” Typically the handle or grip is back closer to even with the ball at impact. This can happen for a couple of reasons ( as everything thing else with a golf swing).
First make sure that you are finishing with your weight on your left side. An easy way to check this is by making a swing and making sure that I can see the entire bottom of your shoe as I stand down the line behind you. An example would be the guy on the left. Once done be able to count …s l o w l y… to three while maintaining balance.
I would also suggest what I call the “gun drill” or “pistol drill” to improve your impact position. This should help you square the club face thus placing less loft on the golf ball at impact and bringing your flight down. Pick a target and address the golf ball as you normally would. Now for a right handed golfer, take your thumb and index finger of your right hand off of the golf club. Making your thumb and index finger to look like a gun will return the best results. Do not get lazy and let these two fingers start to curl back around the grip of the golf club. This will defeat the purpose and in essence shoot yourself. Now place your left hand on the club as well and take a few practice swings. Notice how much heavier the club feels and where your hands are at impact. With a six iron, yoru hands should be covering yoru left toes. It will feel weird as it will be very different from what you are doing 2. EquipmentI know you are probably thinking that there is no way that I am going to buy another club. Since you would not be buying the club from me, please hear me out. This possibly could be a much easier fix than you think.A. Golf BallWhat type of golf ball do you play? The spin rate of a ball can greatly affect the initial launch of a golf ball. Many times facilities will host free ball fittings at their facilities throughout the season. You may want to look at some of the lower spin rate balls form Bridgestone or Titleist as it would not be any real cost in simply comparing them. B. ShaftBeing a six handicap, I am going to assume that you have some clubhead speed. If you do create some clubhead speed, you may need a little stiffer shaft. I do not really mean going from an S300 to an X100. I am talking more about tipping the shaft which will make it stiffer. Tipping is simply cutting the end of the shaft that is inserted into the head. This, in turn will make the club play stiffer. You would have to go through a fitting to properly determine this.C. The final aspect of your equipment to consider is the club head. With all of the perimeter weighted heads in the market, you may have one that is “too game improvement” for you. Again, a proper fitting on a launch monitor by a PGA Professional can help you with this.
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When hitting and iron, how do I lower my launch angle? It is too high and I am not getting the distance that I should. I am a 6 handicap that typically starts the ball to the right of my target and then the golf ball fades to the right…but…I launch it very high when hitting a draw as well. I have a 32 degree launch angle with a six iron.
Thank you for your question and the info you provided. With this being said,There are a couple of ways that this could go and I will address both of them. I believe your answer will fall somewhere in between your equipment and a swing fix. Here we go:
1. Swing Fix
A. Covering the ball – Many times when I see an initial flight this high, the student is not what teachers call “covering the ball.” Typically the handle or grip is back closer to even with the ball at impact. This can happen for a couple of reasons ( as everything thing else with a golf swing).
I would also suggest what I call the “gun drill” or “pistol drill” to improve your impact position. This should help you square the club face thus placing less loft on the golf ball at impact and bringing your flight down. Pick a target and address the golf ball as you normally would. Now for a right handed golfer, take your thumb and index finger of your right hand off of the golf club. Making your thumb and index finger to look like a gun will return the best results. Do not get lazy and let these two fingers start to curl back around the grip of the golf club. This will defeat the purpose and in essence shoot yourself. Now place your left hand on the club as well and take a few practice swings. Notice how much heavier the club feels and where your hands are at impact. With a six iron, your hands should be covering your left toes. It will feel weird as it will be very different from what you are doing. 2. EquipmentI know you are probably thinking that there is no way that I am going to buy another club. Since you would not be buying the club from me, please hear me out. This possibly could be a much easier fix than you think.
A. Golf BallWhat type of golf ball do you play? The spin rate of a ball can greatly affect the initial launch of a golf ball. Many times facilities will host free ball fittings at their facilities throughout the season. You may want to look at some of the lower spin rate balls form Bridgestone or Titleist as it would not be any real cost in simply comparing them.
B. ShaftBeing a six handicap, I am going to assume that you have some clubhead speed. If you do create some clubhead speed, you may need a little stiffer shaft. I do not really mean going from an S300 to an X100. I am talking more about tipping the shaft which will make it stiffer. Tipping is simply cutting the end of the shaft that is inserted into the head. This, in turn will make the club play stiffer. You would have to go through a fitting to properly determine this.
C. The final aspect of your equipment to consider is the club head. With all of the perimeter weighted heads in the market, you may have one that is “too game improvement” for you. Again, a proper fitting on a launch monitor by a PGA Professional can help you with this.
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As the golf season is in full swing all over the country now, many players are wondering how they can improve their games. We receive many questions at our academy and through our blog about golf lessons.
Below are a couple of the most common questions that we get about taking a golf lesson. If you have any other questions feel free to submit them to
Do I need to take a golf instruction from a pro?
Technically, no you do not. You do not have to take golf lessons or golf instruction. With this being said, it will take you longer to learn the game and could bring un-needed frustration to you. Especially as you begin to learn the game it is a good idea to take structured lessons and /or instruction. Would you try to sky dive or ski without first having lessons or would you just try to figure it out? You will be able to learn the proper golf swing fundamentals from your golf instructor and this will give you a good foundation to build on as you learn to play the game.
Let us know how your game is progressing.
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We are always getting questions about golf tournament gifts. Of course, deciding what to select as the giveaway is dependant on many things such as your golf planning budget, vision of the event and what the players really want. To make the best decision for your event, here are some examples that are used as gifts at many golf outings:
One of the most popular tournament golf gifts is a golf cap or a golf hat. Almost everyone wears a golf hat when they are playing golf or just bumming around town. Placing the tournament logo on the front of the golf cap can not only make for a great looking hat but will prove to be a marketing tool as it is worn in the future. In addition, you can personalize each golf cap by placing the name of each player on their own golf cap.
Another popular gift for a golf outing is a polo golf shirt. After determining your budget, a golf polo shirt can be purchased at many different price points. A golf tournament shirt has multiple places to place a logo from the golf tournament or the golf tournament sponsor.
Although many golf outings use a short sleeve shirt as a tee gift, it is not out of the question to offer a long sleeve polo as a gift as well. Obviously, you will be more apt to go down this road depending on the location of your golf outing as well as the time of year in which it is held. This is a better idea the farther north that you go. Nobody wants to be handed a long sleeve polo shirt while in Phoenix in July!
A golf tee package can put both a golf polo shirt and a golf cap. Many companies offer pre-determined packages. These packages are great for tournament directors as they determine how much money that can allocate form their budget to this expense and they can have several options given to them to choose from. Once the choice is made, the tournament logo is applied where applicable and can even be packed before being sent to the tournament site.
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Walk up and down any range and you will find golfers that are looking for a quick golf tip. Amazingly enough, it really does not matter who it comes from either. If something is working for their friend then thier logic is that it must work for them too. Usually not true. Since all of us are becoming busier and busier. With businesses scaling back the workforce, we have even less time than before for ourselves and our families, let alone with our golf. Below you will find some tips that are pretty universal for all golfers.
Balance is an underestimated part of the golf swing by most amateurs. In your setup, you will need to check your balance from side to side (left to right) as well as from front to back. You can do this by simply swaying side to side until you feel balanced and do the same from front to back. This will allow you to find your perfect balance. Now the key is once this is found you may need to move closer to the ball or farther away from the ball to stay in balance.
is something that all golfers should monitor during every single swing. Your shoulders and your forearms should not feel like they have any tension in them at all. To give you an example, if you take your grip and hold the club out in front of you with the shaft parallel to the ground. If your shoulders and forearms are relaxed enough then the golf club should drop to the ground. This is the feeling of how relaxed your shoulders and forearms should be during your golf swing.
Once you start playing your round of golf, leave your ego at home and make and aggressive swing at a conservative target. What does this mean? Do not always go flag hunting on every hole. With not playing very often you are not going to hit every shot where you are looking. Increase your chances of playing better by aiming at the largest part of the green or the part of the green you are most comfortable with trying to hit a golf shot.
As we deal with many different types of golf tournaments, some think that all you do is tell a subordinate to order golf tournament shirts and show up. Unfortunately if you are the one that is placed indirectly but directly in charge of the golf tournament (those of you who are put through this know exactly what I mean), there is much, much more to it than that!
So if you have been selected to be in charge of a tournament or if it is something that you enjoy doing, selecting the best golf tournament shirts for your outing or event is vital to how the participants will remember your event. Keep in mind that you will not be able to please everybody, however, in a perfect world that would be the goal.
Before looking for the golf tournament shirts for your event, you need to have completed your budget. I know that sometimes takes the fun out of it! However, depending on the golf events goals, selecting the proper golf shirts could literally make or break the event and the bottom line.
This is where many charity golf events need to do a balancing act. They want to give their participants the best garments. However, the goal is to raise money. If you go really el cheapo, then the players feel slighted and may not play in the event the following year. If the most expensive shirt is selected, then the overall amount of money donated is very small or none at all.
So what goes into the price of golf tournament shirts? Many people who have always played in tournaments and never actually have had to run one simply do not understand the juggling act that goes on to satisfy everyone’s goals.
Of course it goes without saying that you have the raw cost of the shirt. This can vary from under ten dollars to as much as you would care to spend depending on the type of event that you are holding. The price will depend on the type of material in which the shirt is made. You can still purchase a regular cotton shirt for cheap. However, many of the new technical performance materials have come down in price as well and you may be surprised that they fit into your budget.
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We have received a lot of questions for internet golf tips about hitting solid iron shots from our golf blog. Many amateurs do not realize how much tempo and moving in the correct sequence can not only add distance but allow them to control the direction of their golf ball as well. Here are a few mobile golf tips to help you with your golf swing:
1. The rate of your golf swing will usually mirror your personality. That simply means if you walk and talk fast, the overall tempo of your swing will be quicker as well. Examples of this can be found in professional golf. Nick Price is usually used as the example of someone with a faster tempo and Ernie Els as the example of a slower tempo.
2. You will really want to monitor the first six inches to a foot of your golf swing. Especially when we are nervous, many players will be quick right from the start. This gets many players out of sequence and then compensating moves must be made in order to hit a good golf shot as the player will never feel like they are properly loaded.
3. The other place in the golf swing that players seem to get out of sequence is what is referred to as the top of the swing. We like to refer to this position as taking the golf club back and not up. If the club is not back or not loaded, the golfer typically will grab the golf club and make the move that is usually referred to as coming over the top. This is when our right shoulder (for a right handed golfer) comes towards the golf ball and not down towards the ground. This move will happen naturally if you are in proper sequence and turn your core or hips towards your target on the downswing.
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Chipping Basics - The Fundamentals Of The Chip Shot
As we are getting into the heat of the summer in most parts of the country, the grass is thriving on golf courses, especially in the rough. How do you get out of the rough? This is a very popular question this time of year. Here is how you make this trouble shot a lot easier:
As with any trouble shot, a player's first goal is to get the ball out of the rough. The player's second goal is to get the ball back on the fairway or on the putting green. The player's third goal would be to get the golf ball close to the hole.
The trouble shot you are able play from the rough totally depends on the lie of your golf ball. At this point, you need to ask yourself, "How much grass will be in-between your golf ball and your golf club face." The answer to this question will tell you what kind of trouble shot will be appropriate to use.
The more grass that would come between your ball and the club face, the higher lofted club you will need to use to get the ball out of the rough. This may mean a club that will not allow you to get all the way to the putting green. Long grass typically has the effect of closing the face of the club which decreases the loft of your club face. For this reason, the player should use a more lofted club than if the ball were in the fairway.
Around the putting green, the player must again use a more lofted club. Due to the bounce of the club, these shots are custom made for a sand wedge or lob wedge. The effect of the long grass will once again decrease the loft of the club and decrease the spin on your golf ball. The ball will therefore fly lower and run more than if it were in the fairway-cut grass.
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You do not have to look past the PGA, LPGA or Champions Tours to see there is not one conventional way to take your golf grip on a golf club. The tours have all types of grips from an overlap golf grips to interlocking golf grips to ten finger golf grips and even cross-handed grips. Ben Hogan outlined his thoughts about the grip in his classic book, The Modern Fundamentals. Your proper golf grip should feel comfortable to you. However, there are fundamentals for your proper golf grip. By simply clapping your hands together you can easily test your golf grip fundamentals. Here is how you do it.
When you are ready, allow your arms to hang naturally. Now take your regular golf stance without a golf club. Since your do not have a club to grip, stand with your palms flat together. Notice how the palms of your hands are parallel. Now that you are in you proper set up with your palms being parallel to each another, this results in a good grip fundamental. If your hands are not parallel to each other, your hands with fight against each other trying to get back to impact. With your palms of your hands being parallel to each other, your hands will now work together as one unit.
Now, take your grip on your golf club. Straighten out your fingers while still holding the club in your hand and open your palms just wide enough to reveal if your palms are parallel. If your palms are parallel, then you have this grip fundamental conquered. If your palms are not parallel to each other, you need to work your hands around on your club until your palms are parallel. Now retake your golf grip. You need to realize that this new feeling should be your new grip.
The palm of your right hand as well as backside of your left hand will be facing your target if you choose to assume a neutral grip. A higher handicap player typically needs to use a stronger grip to release the golf club. For a stronger grip, the back of your left hand would be tilted towards the sky with the palms still parallel.
This article about how to properly hold a golf club gives you a quick way to test a fundamental part of your proper grip. Once you are able to insure that your grip includes that your palms are parallel to each other, you should be lowering your scores soon. Your golf handicap will be falling as a result as well.
The Wireless Golf Coach gets asked all of the time about how to stop the putting yips. In reality, the challenge is usually not a mechanical problem, but a mental hitch. A lack of confidence is typically the reason why golfers get "the yips" while putting. If you are suffering from a case of the yips try these putting drills below to improve your stroke.
This first putting drill can be done at the golf course, home or at the office. We will start without a golf ball and by simply making some putting strokes. Lighten your putting grip pressure until you can feel the weight of the putter head back and through. On each stroke, hold your finish position for a count of three seconds. In addition, if you are at the golf course, make some strokes with your eyes closed with no target. This will allow you to feel your putting stroke.
Get a pre-shot routine. Routines are used in other sports so the players can relax themselves. Golf is not any different. Baseball batters have their routines as they step into the batter box and basketball players have their routines at the free throw line to relax themselves. Read How To Develop A Pre-Shot Routine and you will be able to implement it the very next time that you are on the putting green. Your pre-shot routine can begin with something as easy as lifting your right thumb off of the putter grip and then placing your thumb back on the grip. Your pre-shot routine should also include the number of times you look at the putting cup. On paper, your routine may look like this: thumb up, thumb down, look at hole, look at ball, putt. As you use this routine, you will gain a rhythm. You will use this rhythm to flow into your putting stroke.
Putt with your gut. Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia have gone back and forth with using a belly putter as wellas a regular length putter in order to beat the yips. Why use a belly putter? A belly putter will create a true pendulum putting stroke by eliminating the small muscles in your hands from the motion. This lack of hand motion will create consistency for your putting stroke and shun the putting yips. To use a belly putter, anchor the putter to a point on your midsection or "belly." Everyone likes their belly putter in a different spot, so go ahead and experiment with different lengths as well as where you exactly put it on your body. Take your set-up allowing your arms to hang naturally and make your regular putting stroke as you would with a "standard" length putter. When you finish your stroke, hold your finish until you can count slowly to three.
Overhaul your putting stroke. As you have practiced for X amount of years with the putting grip you have. It may be the time to overhaul your putting grip as a last resort. Since your brain is currently programmed to "yip" using your current putting grip, simply change your putting grip. These days there are no rules on putting grips. You can go from the over-lap to the ten-finger to the claw grip. By radically changing your putting grip, your brain will need to reprogram all of its circuits and will start with a clean slate.
Now you can go to the putting green and putt your way to lower scores. See you on the practice putting green.
Are you looking to get some more exercise, spend more time in the great outdoors or maybe you are looking to spend more time with your spouse. There are three basic ways to learn how to play golf by taking beginner golf lessons.
Take An Individual Lesson - There are many other things that you would not attempt to learn yourself. However, everybody thinks that hitting a little white ball can not be that hard so they try it themselves or they have a friend teach them how to play golf. Just as if you are cooking or building a building there are some fundamental things that need to happen so the end result is reached. An individual lesson is the best way to get the most individual attention to your swing and you should see the quickest results. When first learning how to play golf, I would suggest taking thirty minute lessons and not an hour lesson. The reason why is that you will be hearing a lot of new information and you will only be able to process so much of it. The Professional should start with putting and gradually move farther and farther away from the hole. In addition, you will physically be asked to do things that you are not used to doing and you will tire quickly during the early lessons.
Take A Group Clinic - Learning in a group is another way to learn how to play golf. Finding a beginner clinic will place you with other new golfers who are at the same skill level and can turn into your new playing partners. Typically during a group clinic, the instructor will give a presentation to the group and then allow everyone to spread out on the range tee and will spend some individual time with each student. If you like to learn at your own pace this is a good place for you to start. Before you sign up for the clinic, make sure that the clinic will cover all aspects of the game. The clinic should spend time on putting, chipping, pitching, full swing and the rules. This way you are exposed to all aspects of the game. A clinic that goes to the range every meeting is not going to do you much good once you get your golf ball up and around the green. What do you do then? Learning how to putt and chip is very important when you are first learning how to play golf as more than 50% of your shots will be considered short game shots. Learning these shots will be the quickest way to lower your scores.
Golf Instruction Books and Golf instruction DVDs - Third way to learn how to play golf is to teach yourself the game through reading golf instruction books, watching golf instruction DVDs as well as actual trial and error. Obviously this will take the longest to master. However, if score is not your main objective and gaining more exercise or spotting nature during your round is more important to you then this is (by far) the most inexpensive route to take.
Which way do you learn the best?
Golf Fitness Equipment To Improve Your Golf Swing
Are you looking to become a stronger, more accurate golfer? Golf fitness equipment just might be the missing link in your golf game. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes, but no practice was ever complete without exercise to back it up and make your motions stronger. What’s great about golf is that the sport has become increasingly athletic. The more we learn about the intricacies of a swing, the more specialized your exercise can become. When you work specific muscles that you know will improve your game, you are sure to be a stronger and more successful golfer in practice and in play.
The core muscles are essential to the game of golf. When you swing, the way your body turns depends on your core muscles. Golf fitness equipment has therefore been tailored to increase strength, flexibility, and range of motion for this important part of your body. Balance balls and discs are an excellent way to strengthen these muscles. Many people also use medicine balls (which are quite popular in all areas of exercise, not just for golfers) because of their many benefits to strengthen the core muscles as well as the arms.
To work on your upper body strength, which actually includes everything from your hips to your shoulders, you may want to consider resistance training with resistance cords. These simple cords can help you strengthen not only your hips and shoulder blades, but your arms, rotator cuffs, stomach, and back as well. The stronger these parts are, the easier your swing will be when you head back to the course.
And one of the most exciting developments in golf exercise is the amount of golf fitness equipment that can be used in a golf-specific workout. A product like the GolfGym Powerswing Trainer uses golf-specific exercises and techniques to helps strengthen the muscles your game needs most. These developments make it easier than ever for golfers to strengthen their muscles, and thus their whole game, in the comfort of their own home.
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Everyone is in love with hitting the long ball and trying to get as much distance as they can from their driver. Some players are even obsessed to the point, it hurts their scores. A test with tour players was done years ago on this subject. They had them hit their drive. If it was in the fairway, fine. If it was in the rough, they had them play that ball. In addition, they put in play another ball that was in the fairway but thirty yards behind their tee shot in the rough. Believe it or not, these players scored better from the fairway thirty yards behind the original ball in the rough! That proves how important hitting it in the fairway is for all of us. Here is how you can hit better drives:
1. Make sure your ball position is correct. Many amateurs play their driver to far forward in their stance in an attempt to help the ball in the air.
2. Use a full swing but only swing 80%. This means if a full swing is normally 100mph then you are looking to stay in balance and swing at 80mph.
3. Make sure that you have the correct shaft in your driver. Many players have pre-conceived ideas that they need to hit a certain flex shaft. In turn, they are swinging shafts that are way to stif for their swing. I would make my decision strictly based on the ball flight.
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Many players do not believe that they can improve their iron play by slowing down and making sure they have the proper club in their hand. Remember the closer that you are able to hit your irons the shorter your putts will be and then you will look like a better putter! Improve how you hit your irons with these 3 golf tips:
1. As simple as it sounds most players do not know the average distance that they hit each golf club. The key word here is average. How long you hit your seven-iron one time (downhill and downwind) simply does not matter. I would rather brag about the low score I shot after the round than the long seven-iron that I hit on the eighth hole!
2. Take the time while you are on the golf course to find the yardage to the front and back of the green as well as the distance to the hole.
3. Choose the club that allows you to make a full swing. This takes away many variables that can go wrong during your swing.
By using these three golf tips you will be able to hit better iron shots!
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Improving your chip shots and your overall short game is the quickest way to lower your scores behind improving your putting. Many players do not practice it as much because it is not as glamorous as trying to bang out the long drives. Even the best players miss greens so if you cannot chip the ball around the green, you will not be able to ever score very well. The short game of golf is where you really need to practice, so check out the following 3 tips:
1. Any time that you can hit a low shot that runs the ball up to the hole as opposed to flying it all of the way there, do it. This gives you more room for error and percentage-wise you will get you closer to the hole for the next shot, unless you make the chip shot! Do not be scared to use an eight, seven or even a five iron to get the distance that you need.
2. Hold your finish until the ball has stopped rolling. Use this time to monitor your balance and evaluate the shot.
3. Know without a doubt where you would like the ball to land. If you claim to have trouble visualizing shots then explain where you want to land it out loud. This will accomplish the same thing.
Implement these golf tips into your game and you will see your scores go down and you will have something to talk about in the locker room!
We often are asked the question about how to set goals for your golf game. We always relay that when you set your goals the goals must be quantifiable. Your goal cannot be to “be a better putter.” Instead you should focus on making 10 or 20 (whatever your number is) three putt putts before you walk off the practice putting green.
For many just setting goals that are more about why they play the game have better results for them. Here are three reasons why many people play the game of golf:
1. Play for relaxation, exercise or pure pleasure No matter what level you play the game, this is by far the best reason to play the game. It is very easy to remember as we are playing well and hard to believe this is why we play when we are playing poorly. However, if you set goals about relaxation, exercise or simply finding pleasure, then you are more apt to find the good in what you are doing no matter how poorly you perceive that you are playing.
2. Lower your score This is what gets many of us is simply the challenge of the game itself. I have heard it said that the game is the world’s largest rubick’s cube ever invented. Golf has driven many people half-crazy trying to “figure” this game out. If lowering your score is your end goal then how are you going to go about doing this? Set goals that are quantifiable such as: I am going to make 20 three foot putts in a row before I leave the putting green or I am going to hit five drives between two markers on the range before you leave.
3. Win a tournament As you set goals, be careful with this one! Here is my point. If you play the best golf that you can and lose, then what happens? You have not accomplished your goal so does that mean that you failed? I have found that setting other goals that would result in winning a golf tournament is a much better idea for most players. For example, create a plan by yourself or with your golf instructor and completing that in full would be a goal that is quantifiable. Once this goal is achieved then the chance of you winning the tournament is much greater without everything being a total pass or fail grade for yourself.
Implement on of these three goals in to your golf goal setting plan for this golf season. Remember, as you set goals for this golf season, it is important to set quantifiable goals that are focused more on the process than the end result.
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We get asked a lot for a full swing drills to help players create lag in the golf swing. For a lot of the average players, there is quite a bit of confusion about lag in the golf swing. As a result, not many people asking this question even know what lag is or what they are really trying to ask us. This should help you better understand…
So, what in the world is lag in the golf swing? Lag in the golf swing is the act of pulling the golf club as opposed to pushing the golf club during the full swing. Why is this important and why would I want to do this? It is important so that you can full swing the golf club in the most efficient manner to gain the most distance while also retaining accuracy.
The best picture that I can give you pertaining to lag is to imagine that you are trying to swing a bucket of water. To keep the water in the bucket, you will start turning your bigger muscles to make it happen. This will allow you to keep the water in the bucket. If you try to use your hands and arms to make this happen the water will start to come out of the bucket and get you wet!
An easy full swing drill that can help you create lag in the golf swing is what I call the gun grip full swing drill. Pick a target and address the golf ball as you normally would. Now for a right handed golfer, take your thumb and index finger of your right hand off of the golf club. Making your thumb and index finger to look like a gun or a pistol will return the best results. Do not get lazy and let these two fingers start to curl back around the grip of the golf club. This will defeat the purpose.
This will feel out of control at first but it has helped many of my students. Pay attention to the golf club at the top of the swing. It should feel like it is dropping and not moving forward. With this you will create lag in your full swing.
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We are always getting asked for our opinion on what the best putting training aid will be for a student. Below is a short summary of some practice aids that we really like a lot and have helped many of our students.
Putting Training Aid - Putting Laser
The EyeLine Putting Laser Line makes lowering golfers scores much easier. The Putting Laser Line quickly attaches to the putter shaft and immediately allows you to see a line square to the putter face and on the target line and will insure that you are setup squarely to every putt. The Putting Laser Line is delivered with an instructional DVD. With the Putting Laser Line, a golfer can track your stroke perfectly during your backswing and follow-through.
Putting Training Aid - Putting Square System
This putting training aid is perfect for someone who believes the Dave Pelz straight back and straight through method of putting. The mirrored Putting Square System allows a golfer to monitor that their eyes are over the ball and monitor that their shoulders are lined up with the face of the putter square to the target line. The Putting Square System has changeable side rails that force the player to practice a perfect back and through stroke.
Putting Training Aid – Putting and Chipping Brace
The Putting and Chipping Brace from Eyeline Golf is a helpful golf training aid. The changable strap allows the putting and chipping brace to fit all golfers. The putting and chipping brace goes on your leading wrist and it will keep your forearms at a consistent distance from each other, keeping you in "one piece." Improve your putting stroke and short game with this golf training aid today!
Again, these putting aids have helped many WGC students and can help you improve your putting stroke and lower your scores.
Although it shouldn't, it still amazes me how many people think that the top of the golf swing is parallel to the ground with every golf club in their bag! Do these people not read or watch any golf at all? Here is the low down on where the top of the golf swing should be...
The first question I would ask is: What club is being used? Swinging a driver to parallel at the top of the golf swing is a different ball game from swinging your nine iron to parallel. Think about it or go to the garage and grab both and try to do it. With the shaft of the nine iron being shorter, the club does not need to get to parallel to achieve maximum results.
The second question would be: are you getting properly coiled or loaded in your golf swing? ON YOUR BACKSWING, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU NEED TO BE PROPERLY COILED OR LOADED. Coiled? Loaded? What does that mean? It simply means that you are stretching muscles away from the target so they will want to move in the opposite direction which should be at your target. Imagine stretching a rubber band. If you do not pull it tight enough, it could go anywhere and not very fast. If you pull it correctly, it moves where you are aiming it and fairly quickly. Finally, if you pull it too far, the rubber band can not handle the tension and breaks. OUCH!
The third question that gets asked is: where do you think the top of your golf swing is? Ninety plus percent of the time, the student will take the club to parallel. In order to do this, the student will over turn their hips or move their right knee to allow their body to turn far enough to get to parallel. Is this a powerful move? NO! Think about pushing something heavy like a golf cart. Stand away from the cart and attempt to push the cart with your arm(s) extended. Now get closer to the cart and put your weight into it. Is this not easier? It makes it easier to hit a golf ball as well.
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As I am watching the PGA Tour players get stronger and stronger and what seems bigger and bigger through golf fitness, I thought that golfers did not need strength training. I as started the game it was ridiculous to think about using golf fitness techniques or more specifically lifting weights to improve your golf game. You would literally be made fun of if anyone knew what you were attempting to improve your golf game through golf fitness. What has changed to make the "experts" change their minds?
To answer your question of what has changed is simple. I can answer that in just one word, technology. With the science that can now be applied to golf fitness and the golf swing, PGA Professionals as well as golf fitness experts have much more information at their disposal. You also see this happening in all major sports such as football, basketball and tennis.
Flexibility, balance, stability, strength, endurance, and power are all required skills that are needed to perform an efficient golf swing. Your body is the support of your golf swing. You can imagine each as a beam in a foundation for a building. Some beams may bear more weight than others however, they all combine to come up with one of two outcomes, the building will stay up or the building will fall. You are limiting your potential if you do not have the golf strength but do have flexibility, balance and the other factors. You can see it while walking up and down any practice facility. Golfers are struggling to make "the perfect move" because they are limited by their body and hard as they try they just can not make it happen. A weighted practice club can help you with your strength, flexibility, balance and stability and get you closer to performing the correct golf swing mechanics.
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Like most people, I really want to improve my golf game this spring with golf lessons. I am not sure where to start. Do I start at the driving range or on the putting green? Can you give me some help?
Well we would need to know a little more info in order to get specific. With that being said, here is some info for you and others in your position that may get you started on the right foot. If you have any other questions just email us at
1. Full Swing - To improve your golf full swing it makes sense to take a golf lesson from a PGA Professional. This may be an individual golf lesson a series of golf lessons, online golf lessons or even a golf clinic. Concentrate on the fundamentals of the full swing. It always amazes my higher handicap students to find out that the lower handicap players are working on trying to improve the same things that they are. Like anything thing else, a good golf swing still relies on proper fundamentals.
2. Putting Lessons - Putting practice is the fastest way to lower your scores. Yes I said it correctly. Putting practice is the fastest way to lower your scores. If you are like most amateurs most of your practice time is spent on the driving range with your driver. You can improve your golf game rapidly if make a small goal of making 10 or 20 (you come up with the number best for you) three foot putts before you play a round of golf or to end a practice session. This is a specific quantifiable goal that will make you feel the pressure of actually playing. If you do not believe me wait until you only have to make one more!
3. Short Game Lessons - Most professionals will call the short game any shot within 100 yards of the hole. If you are just starting to play it may be everything within 50 yards. For our purposes we will call it any shot that is not a full swing. The short game will include chipping and pitching of the golf ball. Whether you take a real golf lesson or read an online lesson to understand the fundamentals of the short game, you can play the same type of game to improve. In this game, you will need to get the golf ball up and down from five different spots before you can move on to your round, the next part of your practice session or end your practice session and go home. Again this will make you feel the pressure but yet keep it fun for you.
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I have been playing for quite awhile but I have never taken an individual golf lesson and am a 23 handicap. I have friends suggesting that I should take a series of private golf lessons. Will an one-on-one private golf lesson really help me?
Yes it will as long as you find a qualified golf instructor in which you have good communication. There are many ways to find a qualified golf instructor. It is a lot like finding a new doctor or accountant after re-locating to a new city. Ask your co-workers, friends and fellow golfing buddies for the experiences that they have had. You can locate a local golf instructor through PGA.com that is close to you. The PGA offers certifications in teaching and these instructors are few and far between. If you are close proximity to one you are lucky and should take that opportunity.
In an individual golf lesson, you are one on one with your golf instructor and he or she can give you his or her undivided attention. The golf instructor will have time to completely explain any part of the full swing in which you are having trouble.
If you take golf lessons in a series, make sure that you are learning all aspects of the game. This means that your one on one golf lessons will include spending time on the practice putting green as well as in the short game area if it is available. If this area is not available, any golf instructor worth their weight will take you out onto the golf course to learn these shots.
Make sure to arrive early for your individual golf lesson so you can properly warm up prior to the session. You will be wasting time that you are paying for if the first part of the lesson is spent getting you warmed up.
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As spring is here and many people are beginning to play the game, they supply us with plenty of questions about the game of golf. One question that we get asked every spring is how to keep a scorecard.
In order to help these newer golfers, we are reprinting the article How To Keep A Golf Scorecard below. If you still have any questions feel free to email us at
We will begin with explaining the scorecard. Obviously, not all scorecards are alike. However, they all have some basic components. To start with, every scorecard has a wide column for the names of the players. This is purely for your reference. The order the names (or nicknames) appear on the card does not matter. Although golf is typically played in foursomes, you may find more than four spaces available for names. Sometimes, a scorecard will have par (we will discuss later) as a colored bar running across the card and this will allow for you to show teams more easily if needed.
Next, par on the scorecard refers to the expected amount of strokes that it may take to complete the hole for a scratch golfer. With exceptions to the rule, par is determined by distance. Par is always determined by assuming it would take two strokes once on the putting surface in regulation. For example a hole that is a "Par 5" should take 3 strokes to reach the green in regulation and two more strokes to complete. If you can reach a par five in two shots and two putts that would be a four or one under par or also known as a birdie. Conversely, if it takes you four strokes to reach the green on a par five and two putts then you would have made a six or be one over par also known as a bogey for that hole. After the round you may hear someone refer to their round as ten over. This means they were ten over par. On a course with a par of 72, they would have been telling you that they had shot 82 that day.
Sometimes players will use a golf handicap for scoring. The handicap is the amount of strokes that can be subtracted from a player's actual score to produce a net score. If your handicap is a 20 for the course you are playing that day and you shoot a score of 85 or thirteen over, 85 would be your .gross score. and 65 or seven under would be your .net score.. This is why sometimes you will see two tournament scores posted by a name at your local club. One is a gross score and the other is a net score.
You will also find a column to record a score for each hole played. Each time you make an attempt to hit the ball it will count as one stroke. The total strokes for each hole are added up and the total is entered on the scorecard. The first nine holes that you play are referred to as the out nine and the last nine holes are referred to as the in nine. Old links golf courses went straight out for nine holes and then turned and came straight back in. Once you have completed eighteen holes you will add your scores form the front and back nines for your total golf score.
To properly complete a scorecard, you will sign the card as well. All scorecards have a place to sign as the scorekeeper or to attest the scorecard as well as to provide the date. This will become more important to you as you begin to play tournament golf. Your club may require this for the scorecard to be valid for handicap purposes as well. Check with your local club to make sure.
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As we are getting ready for summer junior camps, we thought it would be a help to create a list of what you need to take with you to your junior golf camp. Here are five things to make sure that you have before you go to your junior camp...
2. You never know what kind of weather you’re going to encounter during your golf camp, so make sure you take the right kind of gear for rain, like a rain jacket, umbrella, or visor. In addition, stay with solid colors so they can mix and match while she is gone.
3. Make sure you have comfortable shoes and socks with you to junior camp. While at the junior golf camp, they will be hitting more balls and playing more holes than they are probably used to doing at home. Having fresh socks to put on at lunch may give their feet the breather that they need.
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Many players go to a golf school to try to improve their game. It is great that they are trying to improve their game, but many times they are not sure what to expect and therefore, they have unrealistic expectations of their experience. Golf instructors are not magicians! No doubt will they provide you with the information for you to improve your golf swing but…some things will still take time for you to learn and make a permanent part of your game.
A golf school is a good beginning to start your improvement. When you set your golf school expectations you will want to make sure to include the plan to sustain your strengths and improve your weaknesses after the golf school is over. This should be a comprehensive plan for all aspects of your game. Upon you return, you will have a good base or plan to go to work on with your local PGA professional.
In figuring out your expectations, what should you do prior to your arrival to your golf academy? Depending on how much time you have until you depart for your trip, begin to stretch on a daily basis as soon as possible. Many people will find themselves sore as they will be hitting more golf balls than you typically do. Also be sure to pack the following nine things before you head off to your first golf school:1. Sun block (and plenty of it)2. A large comfortable hat with proper sun protection3. Sun Glasses - polarized4. Band-Aids or athletic tape5. At least a dozen golf balls6. Insect repellent7. Rain jacket and rain pants8. Umbrella9. Comfortable golf shoes and extra pairs of socks to change at lunch.And here is an extra golf tip... Bring a great attitude to learn something new!
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Due to weather conditions, you will never play two rounds of golf that are the same. That is just one of the many things that makes golf great. Students often ask in private golfing lessons about how to play golf in the wind. Many players, when playing in weather (wind, rain or extreme temperatures), get away from their usual routines and struggle to shoot low scores.
Here are a few quick golfing lessons that will help you manage windy conditions the next time that you face them…
1. If it is a cold day and the wind is blowing, walking to your next shot can serve two purposes. Walking can warm you up and help keep you loose for your next shot.
2. While playing in the wind, one of the most difficult things to do is to keep your balance. The wind can blow hard enough that it is difficult to keep your balance on full swings, chip shots, pitch shots and even putts. This golfing lesson will vary from player to player. By widening your stance, you lower your center of gravity and make keeping your balance a little easier.
3. Windy conditions can even become a factor in the short game. If you are trying to pitch the golf ball into a strong wind, the wind will help to stop the ball faster on the green. Depending on the strength of the wind, you may be able to pitch the golf ball all of the way to the hole and have it stop immediately. As with most things in this game, it will just take you some time to test out conditions and gain a feel for what you need to do.
4. Ever notice that on days when the range is down wind you hit it great and days when the wind is blowing into you it is very difficult to keep a ball online? This is because the harder that the wind is coming from behind you, the more difficult it is to curve the ball and vice versa.
The next time you are playing in a difficult wind just remember, so are your opponents. Stay positive and use the golf online lessons above to help you shoot the best score that you can that day.
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It does not matter whether you are a serious golfer or one that just likes to go and have fun and socialize on the course, one thing is for sure, you will definately need a golf bag. To get you started, here is a list...
Golf Bags - Once you have selected the right golf bag for you and your game, you will have more time to focus and concentrate on your game and having fun.
Best Golf Bag - The more you play golf, the more selective you are likely to become to find the best golf bag that you choose to use for your game. You can choose golf equipment that meets a variety of practical needs, while also selecting from a range of styles that express the correct tone for who you are as a golfer.
New Golf Bag - Purchasing the correct new golf bag can be critical to how much you will enjoy the game of golf. Nobody wants to struggle or fight for eighteen holes with their golf bag by trying to find the right golf clubs or if the bag does not fit you correctly.
Discount Golf Bags – Discount golf bags serve many functions during your round of golf. No matter whether you are using a golf stand bag or a golf cart bag the bag needs to make you comfortable while you are practicing or playing your round of golf. In addition, discount golf bags can be a statement of style.
Discount Golf Bag - Your discount golf bag allows you to carry all your other golf equipment with you such including your clubs, tees, markers, rain suit, umbrella or towel.
Purchase Golf Bags - As you have made the decision to play golf this spring, you are wondering what type of golf bag that you will need for the new golf season.
Golf Club Bag - The golf bag is a very useful thing rather than just a fashion statement. You should find a golf bag which is comfortable for you. You need to check the straps if they perfectly fit your body frame and if they can be easily carried.
Golf Bag Types - First, there are two types of golf bags, carry golf bags and cart bags. Carry golf bags are bags that are used when you are planning to have a lot of walking on the golf course. Cart golf bags are those that you use when walking is not possible (as some golf courses prohibit walking), and riding a golf cart is your option.
Beginner Golf Bag - Whether you are walking the golf course or riding in a golf cart, there are many items that you should carry in your beginner golf bag. We will get right to it. Items to carry in your beginner golf bag include:
Golf Cart Bag - Is it time to replace your golf cart bag? Depending how much you play, the golf cart bag is a very important piece of golf equipment. The reasons are simple:
Cart Golf Bag - Certain things may determine the kind of choice you make when it comes to a cart golf bag
Ladies Golf Cart Bag - It is very easy for you to find specially made ladies golf cart bag in market these days. A ladies golf bag not only allows you to carry your golf clubs but also many other golf accessories such as a golf umbrella, golf balls, tees, snacks, etc.
Ladies Golf Bag - When it is time to purchase a ladies golf bag, you will need to know the basics and pick a ladies golf bag that will not only complement your fashion sense but also how you play golf. Here is how to go about doing just that:
Ladies Golf Bags - The first question you must answer is do you walk some of your rounds of golf or do you ride in a golf cart when you play?
Carry Golf Bag - A carry golf bag can lessen your worries on the golf course and allow you to focus on your swing.
Golf Carry Bag - Before choosing which golf carry bag will best serve your needs here are some things to consider:
Stand Bag – A stand bag is a valuable piece of golf equipment to any walker. Not only is a stand bag much lighter than a cart bag, but it also has ample pockets to carry all other golf equipment that you may need such as golf balls, golf tees and even a rain suit.
Stand Golf Bag - Using all of today's technologies, a manufacturer can create basically any color in the rainbow for your stand golf bag. With that being said they can even make your carry bag look like a rainbow if that is your desire.
Golf Stand Bag - Keeping certain factors in mind while buying a golf stand bag will give you a better result. Some of the factors to keep in mind are: 1. the type and quality of the material the walking bag is made of, 2. the space availability of its inside so that it can accommodate some additional things like towels, 3. the size and weight of the bag to make sure it can be carried easily.
Golf Stand Bags - If you walk any rounds of golf at all then you will need to own what is called golf stand bags or golf carry bags. A cart bag is way too heavy to carry around the course and enjoy your round.
Hybrid Golf Bag – A hybrid golf bag is very versatile in that you can use it as a carry bag or a golf cart bag. These golf bags come in every color of the rainbow and can make you look great on the golf course even if you do not play great.
Personalized Golf Bag – A personalized golf bag can show your personality on the golf course and around the clubhouse. When creating a personalized golf bag all of the colors of the colors are available to you and the possibilities are endless.
NFL Golf Bag - A NFL golf bag will show your allegiance to your favorite NFL Football team on the golf course.
Collegiate Golf Bag - How can you support your college on the next level? Whether you go to the school, are an alumni, or just love a particular team, using a collegiate golf bag is a great way to show your team spirit. No matter what your favorite sport is, there are many different schools to choose from, no major sports fan is left out in the cold.
We are asked often about what are the golf practice aids that we would recommend for our students. Obviously, the best golf training aids can be different for everyone depending on what part of your game or your swing that you are trying to improve. Here are a few suggestions...
No matter how you swing the putter, a laser putter is one of the golf practice aids that can improve your game. Depending on which laser you employ you can use it indoors or out. The laser putter will allow you to monitor and improve your alignment before you even make a stroke. As you make a putting stroke with the laser pointing at a wall, the laser should not run up the wall on the forward swing. If it does, this means that your left wrist has broken down through impact. When this happens in a putting stroke it is impossible to strike a putt solidly and the player will struggle with distance control.
One of the most popular golf training aids that we use with our students for the full swing is a weighted golf club. Doing golf drills with the extra weight, our students can fix multiple challenges in all parts of their golf swing. A weighted golf club is more difficult to manipulate for the student and will swing on a more natural path on the backswing as well as the forward swing. In addition, many students are able to feel the transition at the top of their swing for the very first time.
One of the other golf practice aids that we employ with our students is a putting arc. Now before we get started, if you tend to stroke your putts with a straight back and straight through putting theory, this putting aid is not of you. If you believe that the putter should swing in an arc then this is by far the best training aid to improve your putting. The deluxe model is very durable and can be taken anywhere. It will allow you to practice while you are on the putting green, in your office or at home.
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During my golf lessons, my golf instructor tries to get me to visualize a golf shot before I hit it. I keep telling him that I cannot do it. It is getting frustrating for me. What should I do in my next golf lesson when he asks me to try to do this again?
First of all, mot all golfers are created equal in that we all have different learning styles. Sounds like you know that you are not visual so you must be auditory or kinesthetic. Try the golf tips below. The first couple of online golf tips will have you practicing visualizing techniques. If those do not work, then the third online golf tip will work for you (it is what I use).
The great part about this is that you can do this anywhere. Look at a picture (any picture) or golf print that you have. Now close your eyes and explain the picture in as much detail as possible. While your eyes are closed zoom into the picture and zoom out to make sure you can catch all of the details.
Another way to improve how you visualize a golf shot is to picture something outside such as your car. What color is it? Is it clean? What about the particulars of your new rims or how the interior is laid out? Where is it parked right now? Can you "see" yourself opening up the door and sitting in the seat and turning the key and driving out? You get the picture (haha). Again, get as picky and descriptive as you can. Practice with items that you know very well and have good recall on these items.
So now that we are the golf course how are we going to visualize a golf shot? As we go through our pre-shot routine, we will gather all pertinent information such as lie of the golf ball, wind direction, obstacles in our landing area, etc. As we gather this information, we will need to pick out a golf club that will allow us to hit the shot needed. Will we need a draw or a fade? Watch it! You are starting to visualize a golf shot. Once the proper club is chosen, then see yourself hit the golf ball from you swinging the club until the ball has finished rolling.
Okay, so you are still screaming that you cannot visualize a golf shot. Here is the easiest way to do it if the other tips have not worked. Simply tell yourself, your caddy or the little guy on your shoulder what you are getting ready to do. Actually say outloud where the ball will start, on what trajectory, where it will peak, how it will curve (if any), where it will land and what it will do when it lands. Many do not see this as visualization because you are talking through the golf shot. Talking through the shot that I am about to hit has helped me immensely as I used to be one of the players who could not visualize a golf shot.
My buddies tell me that I have a chicken wing in my golf swing. I understand what that means but I am having a hard time fixing it. I have tried and tried to correct this move but have not been able to manage it yet. I am looking for some online golf drills to fix my swing!
No worries...This is easier to fix than you may think. When this happens typically there are a couple of things going on in the golf swing.
First of all the chicken wing is a result of having too much tension in your left shoulder blade and left arm. Here is an easy golf drill that will give you the correct feeling.
Place a tee in the ground as you would for a tee shot on a par three without a golf ball on it. Take your grip and your stance with an eight iron and make a swing at the tee. With a chicken wing, you will probably have a hard time hitting the tee and you will swing above the tee. Relax your left shoulder (including the whole shoulder blade area) and repeat until you can hit the tee. You will notice the tension in your left shoulder and arm will be much less than what is was on the previous swings when you missed the tee.
Once you can hit the tee a couple of times in a row, now place a ball on the tee. The "game" has not changed. You are still going to try to make the tee come out of the ground. Once you are able to hit the tee with a ball on it, you will be amazed at how little effort is needed to move the golf ball.
The other part of this is that you are more than likely not rotating to the target on the forward swing. On a practice swing, swing through to your finish and rotate so that you come up on your right toe (assuming you are right handed). Once in the finish position you should be able to count slowly to three without falling out of balance. The "game" here is to hide all of your spikes from the flag or target. This will force you to rotate.
This is a lot of info so take it a piece at a time and let us know how it goes for you. Hopefully, the weather is good for you today and you can try to implement these principles on a driving range!
Let us know how you are doing!
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Many golfers (not just beginners) struggle with properly setting up to the golf ball. Below are three questions that we constantly address in our golf online lessons with our students of all levels. Use this information to make better golf swings and lower your scores.
How far away from the golf ball do you stand?
Obviously this will change depending on the golf club that you have in your hand as they are different lengths. However, what should not change is that your arms should hang down while in the address position. Men, you can pretend that you have a tie on and let it hang to the end of the club. Ladies you can imagine that you have a long strand of pearls on that will fall and hit the end of the golf club. With this as well as finding your balance, you should be in a good address position.
Where should the ball go in your stance?
If you learned to play golf back in the day you were told that the ball must go into a different position for each club. Modern instruction has made that a lot easier for you. To place the ball correctly in your set up position, simply place the middle of the club head in the middle of your feet. If it is a wood or hybrid, find the center of the club head and it will go in the middle of you stance and the ball will be place right in front of the club head.
Where should your weight be?
This is probably the most overlooked fundamental by high handicappers as well as lower handicappers. This question really relates to balance. You will hear teachers briefly say that balance is important in the golf swing. However, it is usually brushed over and not explained. Balance comes in two forms, side-to-side as well as front-to-back. You can check your balance by simply moving your weight around from your heels to your toes or side-to-side. You will want your balance to end up underneath the middle of your shoe or underneath your shoe strings.
After a round of golf when my student's come to me about their putting woes, they want a putting lesson to fix the problem. I always ask them the same question to get to the real problem. Did you miss the majority of your putts due to distance or due to direction is the magic question. Typically when answered honestly the answer is due to distance and not direction. Having a putt from 30 feet, the typical amateur will miss that putt more long and short than they will miss the putt from side to side. We head towards the practice putting green a I give my students a simple putting drill to help them control their speed which results in better lag putts and fewer three putts.
The easy putting drill that I give to many of my students to improve the pace of their putts starts with five golf balls and three tees. Stick the tees into the putting surface 20, 30 and 40 feet from a hole. The goal is to putt five balls in a row from each tee to within three feet of the hole. You want to have all five balls stop within the length of your putter from the hole. With most putters being 34 to 36 inches this will give you approximately a six foot circle around the hole.
The trick is to not hit two balls form the same spot. You typically do not have the same length putt twice in a row while on the golf course so why practice it that way? For example, Start at 40 feet, then go to 30 feet and then to 50 feet. This will not allow you to groove any one location and will force you to improve the speed of yoru putts. The other thing that this putting drill will help you with is as you get the third and fourth ball into the circle the pressure will mount to make a good stroke on the fourth or fifth putt. This is a good thing. Again, this is how it will happen on the golf course.
I want to take private golf lessons to improve my scores. As I have watched friends take lessons, it seems like they will buy a series of lessons and all of them will be on the full swing. I do not think this is what I want. Would it not be better for my game if the lesson series is spread out on the full swing, putting and short game?
Yes you are correct! As I have given thousands of golf lessons in my career, students always want to know how to lower their scores. These students are always asking the question "How can I improve my golf game the quickest?" The challenge is that they really already know the answer and do not want to hear the truth. The truth is that your scores will improve the quickest by improving your putting. Below is the order I would suggest that you work on your golf game to lower your scores the fastest:
Most professionals and better golfers will call the short game any shot within 100 yards of the hole. If you are just starting to play it may be everything within 50 yards. For our purposes we will call it any shot that is not a full swing. The short game will include chipping and pitching of the golf ball. Whether you take a real golf lesson or read an online lesson to understand the fundamentals of the short game, you can play the same type of game to improve. In this game, you will need to get the golf ball up and down from five different spots before you can move on to your round, the next part of your practice session or end your practice session and go home. Again this will make you feel the pressure but yet keep it fun for you.
Putting practice is the fastest way to lower your scores. Yes I said it correctly. Putting practice is the fastest way to lower your scores. If you are like most amateurs most of your practice time is spent on the driving range with your driver. You can improve your golf game rapidly if make a small goal of making 10 or 20 (you come up with the number best for you) three foot putts before you play a round of golf or to end a practice session. This is a specific quantifiable goal that will make you feel the pressure of actually playing. If you do not believe me wait until you only have to make one more!
What is an effective putting tip or golf putting drill that I can use on the practice putting green so I can practice like a pro? I struggle to start my putts on the correct line and would like an easy putting drill that will help me to hit putts on the same line every time.
Here is a cheap golf putting aid that you can make yourself.
You will need two extra long golf tees, eight to eleven feet of kite string or yarn will also work and a Sharpie and/or a range ball.
1. Identify a putt of ten feet or less that is a straight putt. It can be slightly uphill but preferably the flatter the better.
2. Place one of the 3-inch nails behind the putting cup and on the line with direction you'll be putting. As you push the nail into the ground, make sure the top of the nail is high enough for your putter blade to fit under the string or yarn that will be attached.
3. Place the other 3-inch nail up to 10 feet on the other side of the hole from the other nail. The string will create a shadow on top of your intended line of your putt.
4. Tie the string or yarn to the top of both nails. Insure the string or yarn is tight enough so that the string doesn't sag.
5. With your Sharpie, draw a straight line completely around the center of your golf ball. Any of the tools for creating a line on your golf ball works best. A range ball will also work for this as well.
6. Set your golf ball down anywhere underneath the string. The line that you drew or the range ball stripe should be parallel with the string or yarn aiming at the putting cup.
7. Last, strike the golf ball. The goal is to have the ball roll underneath the string as the string shadows the line on your ball or range ball. This will require your putter head to slide underneath the string to be able to strike the golf ball solidly. If the line on the golf ball goes from side to side, then you did not hit the ball with the putter head moving at the target with a square face. If the stripe or line stays straight with deviating, your putter head did hit the ball with the putter head moving at the target with a square face.
This putting lesson online will provide immediate feedback. If your not striking the golf ball correctly, then you will know it immediately as the line or stripe will become larger as the ball rolls on its side.
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We get asked a lot for online golf swing lessons to help players create lag in the golf swing. Not many people asking this question even know what lag is or what they are asking us. So, what in the world is lag in the golf swing? Lag in the golf swing is the act of pulling the golf club as opposed to pushing the gofl club during the full swing. Why is this important and why would I want to do this? It is important so that you can full swing the golf club in the most efficient manner to gain the most distance while also retaining accuracy.
The best picture that I can give you pertaining to lag is to imagine that you are trying to swing a bucket of water. To keep the water in the bucket, you will start turning your bigger muscles to make it happen. This will allow you to keep the water in the bucket. If you try to use your hands and arms to make this happen the water will start to come out of the bucket and get you wet!
An easy full swing drill that can help you create lag in the golf swing is what I call the gun grip full swing drill. Pick a target and address the golf ball as you normally would. Now for a right handed golfer, take your thumb and index finger of your right hand off of the golf club. Making your thumb and index finger to look like a gun or a pistol will return the best results. Do not get lazy and let these two fingers start to curl back around the grip of the golf club. This will defeat the purpose.
My kids have shown interest in playing golf. I have played for many years and look forward to being able to spend time with them playing golf in the future. My kids are still pretty young and golf cannot keep their attention for 9 holes. How would you suggest I get them introduced to the game?
My first response is get them introduced to junior golf any way that you can...including...
This could include kids golf classes or just taking them to the course whiel you play. With this being said make sure that it is their idea and that they want to play. This may mean cutting some practice sessions short for you.
1. In addition, before you start to play, determine what their "personal par" will be for every hole you will be playing. As the junior golfer improves obviously the "personal par" will go down.
2. Go out with your junior in "non-peak" hours. At some courses this is easier to do than others. This will take the pressure off of everybody at a certain pace.
3. The hole does not need to be the target to end the hole. What does this mean? Some smaller juniors find it more fun to hit it into a bunker than onto a green. This may seem counter-intuitive to many golf purists however, once you think about it, typically the bunkers are smaller than the putting greens. This can only make them better later. In addition, they LOVE to climb into the bunkers and this gives us a chance to teach bunker etiquette.
4. Depending on their age or skill level, allow them to "tee it up" from the 100 or 150 yard marker on all the par fours and par fives to begin the hole. This is not as daunting for them and will help keep the group moving around the golf course.
5. Before you start, agree with the junior golfer on what the "max score" per hole will be. This can also make each golf hole fun by making it a game. It is very important not to make a big deal if the max is hit and making the junior feel inadequate. Both the adult and the junior needs to remember "it is just a game."
I want to improve my putting stroke this year and do not know how to efficiently go about it. Like most people, I am very busy and have little time to practice putting. I would like your suggestions on I can go about improving my putting without having any more time than I have had before.
Thank you for your question! We would like to compliment you on your determination to improve yoru putting fundamentals on a tight schedule. Our hats off to you! First you just need to put together a plan.
We would suggest using the information below and split your putting practice time into thirds. The two most important parts of a putt are distance and direction. You can improve both putting D’s in a short 15 minute practice session two or three times a week working just five minutes a piece on the points below. You do not even need to be at the golf course to do these easy putting drills.
After deciding if you will be following the thoughts of Dave Pelz (The Putting Bible) or Stan Utley (The Art of Putting), when you practice your putting stroke, then practice your putting stroke. Since you are solely working on a putting mechanic, you will be able to focus on the putting mechanic easier without using a putting cup. Without the putting cup, you are not worried about the result of the putt, just the feeling of the mechanic.
Now that you have the putting mechanics squared away and are starting your putts on the correct line, we need to make sure we are hitting our putts the correct distance. Stroke putts of distance (over 20 feet or longer) to the fringe of the putting green or to another club on the putting green that you have placed on the putting green. Your goal is to stroke your putt so that it barely touches the fringe or club. Again, this takes the putting cup out of the equation and allows you to use your natural senses.
An easy way to learn how to start the putt on the correct line is to hit two foot putts. Literally. Sounds silly and easy enough but let me tell you what it will do for you. In this short distance, you can see the original line of the putt. You can see if the ball is pushed, pulled or on the correct line. The other advantage to this putting drill is you will see the ball go in the hole time and time again. You have to hit a pretty bad putt in order to miss the putting cup from two feet. Watching the ball go into the hole time and time again feeds your brain positive images and builds your confidence.
Again, it will not take long and you will begin to hole more putts and watch your scores and your handicap go low. Are you ready for it?
I need the fundamentals of a chipping lesson. I am tired of hitting the ball good enough during my round of golf and then wasting away countless shots trying to chip the golf ball. I would like info on the set up position as well as what I should be doing with the club. I am ready to start from scratch if in the end I will be better at chipping the golf ball.
We hear you loud and clear! As you go to practice you should be working on the following chipping basics:
Your set up position should also have your hands closer to the target than the golf ball. In addition, you should have a little more weight on your left side for a right-handed golfer. This is where most golfers start to feel uncomfortable as this tends to feel a little awkward at first.
Now that you have a good chipping set up position, how should the club travel? As you practice place two clubs down aiming at your target line. The two clubs should be parallel to each other, should look like railroad tracks and just wider than the club head of the golf club that you are chipping with. As you practice, your club should not hit either shaft on the ground as your club works back and through.
Most amateurs do not understand how important the finish position is on every golf swing. It is no different while you are chipping. To be in the proper finish position for a chip shot, you need to make sure the shaft of your golf club moves past your target side leg. For right-handed golfers, this means the club must move past your left leg. In addition, you will want to be able to hold it there for a count of three seconds. Finishing in this position insures that you were accelerating the golf club through impact. As you watch the pros on TV, you will see each of them hold their finish position with the club shaft past heir forward leg.
I want to improve my putting. I want some putting drills to help me improve my short putts as well as my lag putts. My trouble is a get bored fairly easy on the putting green so any putting drills that can be incorporated into games with my buddies would be great. We will find a way to create a little wager on it.
Here are some of the best putting drills that we often use to help our students improve their putting:
When it comes to putting for distance, we all tend to miss longer putts more short and long as opposed to right and left. This is one of my favorite ptting drills. Place a tee anywhere where the putting green and fringe meet. Begin by hitting putts from varying distances from 10 to 50 feet towards the tee. The goal is to stop your golf ball as close to the fringe as possible. Challenge a friend or challenge yourself by continuing the putting drill until you can stop so many balls in side of a certain distance. This will be determined by your current skill level.
Pull back drill
The pull back drill is one of the great putting drills or games to play with friends. Pick a set number of holes to play. Flip a tee to see who gets to pick the first location. Each player will keep track of their strokes. The catch is that when you miss any putt, you pull the ball back away from the hole the length of your putter. You next putt is to be stroked from the new distance. Obviously, this will make the short putts during your next round seem much easier.
The ladder drill is one of those putting lessons that you may already do and not even know that you do it! You can do this drill on the practice putting green or on an indoor putting mat. Take five golf balls and drop them in a straight line every three feet from the hole. So every three feet you will have a ball from three feet to fifteen feet from the hole. Now start at either end of the line and work your way up and down the ladder. If you miss a putt, start all over. Again, this drill will put some pressure on you as you get closer to the end and will make the putts on the golf course much easier.
I want to take golf lessons to improve my scores. As I have watched friends take lessons, it seems like they will buy a series of lessons and all of them will be on the full swing. I do not think this is what I want. Would it not be better for my game if the lesson series is spread out on the full swing, putting and short game?
Short Game Golf Lessons
Putting Golf Lessons
Golf lesson video changed how golf instruction has been taught over the last few years. The technology of the cameras have allowed us to learn more and more about ball flight including launch angles and spin rates as well as how they affect the golf ball. Golf video lessons currently come in many forms. Here are just a few that could benefit you…
This is where many people turn to first. Unfortunately, anyone can post a video to sources such as YouTube. You will want to do some research on the instructor before you take it as gospel. In addition, the information should make sense to you and you should feel like it is something that you can do. This simply means that the information should make sense with the theory that you have been building for yourself and you should feel that you physically can do what is being asked. We are all different sizes with different amounts of flexibility.
You can find videos in an online golf academy. What it takes to become a member will vary from academy to academy. Many times you can gain access to a large video library by simply entering your email address or by paying a monthly nominal fee. Again, you will need to be careful to find videos that make sense to you and match your learning style, auditory, visual or by feeling.
Wireless Golf Coach provides personalized online golf lessons for you. You can simply answer a few simple questions about your ball flight and you will get a personalized golf lesson sent to you via your smart phone, tablet or laptop computer. As your ball flight changes, so will the drills that are given to you. With being able to use these devices, you can take these mobile golf lessons anywhere.
“Can you really learn anything and improve your game from using online golf tips?” The simple answer is yes, but, here are some helpful hints to make sure that you are getting the best information for you and your game.
What do you really need help with first? It is fun to go to the driving range and pull out the driver and whack away. Sometimes, it even seems needed just to keep out mental health in order. Haha Depending on your current skill level, this answer will be different for each of you. Most of you need to find some good putting drills and go to the practice putting green and improve your putting stroke. The goal is to get the ball into the little white hole in as few as strokes as possible…not to knock the hell out of it one time and talk about it all day. If that is what you want to do and that is fun for you (and there is nothing wrong with that if that is what you enjoy), then why are you looking for online golf tips?
What are the best online golf tips to improve the fastest? This will depend on your learning style. If you are auditory, then you can simply listen to a golf lesson online and go out and change your motion. However, if you are visual, you will be better off watching a video before trying to make a change in your swing. If you learn by feel, you may be better off finding which golf training aid work best for the challenge that you are having. We all do not learn alike.
If you understand what type of learning style that you have and what you really need to improve in order to lower your scores, you can use golf tips online to improve your game and have more fun while playing it.
Many golfers want putting drills to help them improve their stroke and get the ball in the hole faster. Many golfers will hear that a friend used a golf putting drill that helped them and make the mistake that the same drill will help them too. Here are a few reasons why it does not work that way and what you should be looking for to find the best putting drills to improve your game.
There are three major learning styles auditory, feel and visual. Auditory would be that the way that you best consume information is hearing it. For example, an instructor can simply tell you to do something different, you hear it and you can do it. Learning through feel you have to be able to feel the new movement before you can begin to learn it. Most golfers are visual and like to be shown something and then try to repeat it. One is not better than another, it is simply that we are build or wired differently. The putting lesson your friend may have received was for a visual learner. However, if you are an auditory learner, the golf tip will probably not help you very much.
There is more than one way to skin the cat known as putting. There is definitely more than one way and various golf drills to be successful! Some are successful swinging the putter straight back and straight through while other golfers prefer to make the stroke with an arc. If you go straight back and straight through and you want to know the new putting tip from you arc-putting friend…guess what? You are probably not going to like it very much as it more than likely will not improve your stroke. You need to find putting drills that match what you are doing in your current putting stroke.
Do you know your particular learning style? Do you know if you stroke your putts with an arc or do you swing the putter straight back and straight through? This is great information to have as you wade through all of the online golf lessons available to you as you try to improve your game.
Online golf lessons are becoming a popular way to learn the game of golf. Since many golfers literally have technology at their fingertips. It is easy for them to find information on what ails them. But being curious, you are right to still want to ask a few questions such as 1. What are the benefits of online golf lessons? 2. How do I know that I am getting information form a good golf instructor? What do they really cost?
Here are some quick answers to these questions. If you want more information, you can click the links below to learn more!
What are the benefits of online golf lessons? One benefit to taking mobile golf lessons is that you DO NOT have to be a technical computer wizard in order to take them. Typically if you can surf the internet, you can find golf lessons online. If you wanted to take it to another level, you could film your golf swing on a camcorder, smart phone or tablet. This would allow you to send it to various instructors for them to review and give helpful instruction.
How do I know that I am getting information from a good golf instructor? Since literally anyone can put up information on the internet, you will want to do some research on the “instructor.” How to find a golf instructor online is a very popular article and will get you on the right track to finding the best fit for you to improve your golf game.
What do golf online lessons really cost?Once you find a golf instructor that is a good fit for you, typically you will be able to take advantage of better pricing. The average golf lesson in the US is $80 per hour. Many golfers do not have that type of discretionary income to let go of to take a golf lesson once a week. Do not think that taking an online golf class will be your only option, either. You can also find personalized internet golf lessons that will help you improve too!
WGC is often asked if IPhone golf lessons are good to take. Of course, that is a loaded question for us. As with any type of instruction, you will need to find a qualified golf instructor. Once you feel that you are getting good information from one source you should be off to the races. Unfortunately, many players try to use every quick tip or instruction that they hear. Guess what…it is not all good for you! You need to have personalized online golf lessons in order to make it work.
The great part about learning golf on your IPhone is that it is on your terms. You can read articles, watch videos or watch a golf webinar. The format of the webinar will change from instructor to instructor. However, most of the time you can be as anonymous as you want to be. Many times you will be typing your question and the instructor will read and answer it on camera. If you are a social butterfly, you will be able to meet other golfers and start up new friendships while talking about golf.
If you are reading this, then you probably already understand that you will need an IPhone. You will simply access the internet from your IPhone. You can read articles, watch videos or watch a golf webinar. It is going to come down to personal preference as you can use the format that best fits your learning style.
The Iphone has changed many things in our day to day lives and how we take golf lessons is no different. Of course, many players read articles as well as watch videos via their IPhone and consider this to qualify as mobile golf lessons. There are barrels and barrels of this type of information to consume using these mediums. But…How do you know which article or video will fix you and your golf swing? That is where the golf webinar has changed the landscape. You can literally interact with the instructor during the live webinar. The instructor may decide to have a presentation at the beginning of the webinar followed by a question and answer period or the whole webinar may be a direct question and answer.
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If you are looking to take control of your golf game, mobile golf lessons can help you do just that. As it sounds, you can take them with you anywhere, have access to more instructors than ever before and you can take them on your schedule! Simply by using your smart phone, IPad or laptop, you can access Here are three sets of people that could really benefit from taking internet golf lessons that allow you to be mobile.
I know, you are probably thinking, no duh, mobile golf lessons for travelers. However, if we have learned anything while teaching it is that the obvious is not always the obvious. By being able to personalized online golf lessons with you, you will be able to use golf drills in the hotel room or at the nearest golf course. You will be able to pull out your smart phone or IPad right on the practice facility and work on specific areas of you game by watching videos or watching recorded golf webinars.
Do you ever see a teenager that is not looking down at a piece of technology? If you are on a school campus, I would bet a lot of money that you cannot walk very far without one of them crashing into you because they are looking down at their device. This generation has also grown up consuming a lot of information from various forms of technology so it is no big deal for them to learn from an online golf academy.
Mobile golf lessons are very convenient for those of us that are busy and who is not busy these days? If you are having trouble with a particular part of your game, you can simply watch the videos on your own time or go back and watch a golf webinar covering the subject. In addition, internet golf lessons allow you to learn at your own pace and not feel like you should understand something if you really do not.
Member Question: I have a hard time with hitting two putts in a row the same speed. Even on the practice green, my putting speed is horrible. I can try to hit a ball about 15 feet and try to hit a second ball to barely touch it. The second ball rarely comes close to being close to the first ball. Sometimes it is long and sometimes it is short. The result is just not consistent. Any putting tips to help me with my putting speed?
Thank you for your question. When students are that inconsistent with speed of putts or distance control, it is typically because they are not hitting the putts solid.
Now, what does that mean in English? In hitting any shot solid it means that you hit the clubface in the same spot on every stroke. If you need to know how to find the sweet spot on your putter, it is easy to do. Simply let take your putter by the grip and let it dangle using only your forefinger and thumb. Next take a golf ball and start tapping the putter face. Once the club head goes straight back without twisting the face, you have found the sweet spot of your putter.
There are various putting aids that you can use to determine if you are striking the ball in the same place on the putter face during each stroke. Some are very inexpensive. An example would be taking baby powder and placing some on the face of your putter before you make a few strokes. If you already do not have some in the house, a bottle of baby powder is very inexpensive. You will not only want to notice if you are missing the center towards the heel or the toe of the putter but you will also want to watch where the ball is making contact top to bottom of the putter face.
You can also purchase some golf putting aids that resemble rails that you can attach to your putter face. You simply attach it to your putter face with the adhesive on the back of the training aid. These usually come in groups and will vary in size which varies the difficulty. Obviously the closer the rails are together, the more difficult making a stroke that propels the ball on the correct line is to do. If you end up hitting one of the rails, the ball will jump in a crazy direction because the ball hit one of the rails.
Many times students that struggle with putting speed do not have a good shape to their stroke. When students struggle like this, they are usually taking the putter back a lot farther than they are taking it on their through stroke. This means the putter is decelerating or slowing down through the impact zone. This makes hitting two putts the same speed very difficult.
If you are struggling with their putting speed, make sure that you are hitting the ball in the sweet spot and that you are accelerating the putter through the impact and you will improve your game and lower your scores.
We get questions all of the time regarding how an online golf class works. The good news is that you do not need to be some technology gorilla in order to learn in this environment. Basically, if you can surf around the internet, you have the skills to learn from an online golf clinic. Here are the main questions that we get and we answer in our article:
1. What makes up an online golf class?2. Who is in a golf class online?3. What devices can I use to take an online golf class?4. Who teaches a golf class online?
There are many benefits to taking online golf instruction here are just a few.
1. You will typically find this type of instruction a little less expensive than regular one on one golf instruction. As in many other industries, technology allows us to do things cheaper and cheaper. Since the instructor does not have to trade his or her time for direct dollars, the cost can come down and make golf instruction more affordable to all golfers. 2. You are now able to reach many more instructors than ever before. This does come with a caveat. Keep in mind, anyone with an internet connection can post a couple of videos or some content to the web. Do your research and make sure that the instructor is qualified and his or her theories make sense to you. In addition, you think your body can go to the places that they are asking it to go!3. Being online, you now have mobile golf lessons. For those of you that travel, this is a big deal. You do not need to be frustrated with trying to find time in your schedule and trying to match that with the busy teaching professional’s schedule. You can access your information at any time…anywhere!
For some reason students seem reluctant to take putting lessons. I do not quite understand this as improving your putting is the fastest way to lower your scores. I think that students do not want to take putting lessons for a couple of reasons…
1. Doing work on the range trying to hit the ball far and straight feels and sounds sexier and more fun than improving your putting with a putting drill. Many players like to compare themselves by how far they can hit not only the driver but also their irons. I always preferred to have the lowest score at the end of the round and collect my winnings. I figured that was impressive enough!
2. People in general do not like to do things that they are not good at. I am guilty of this myself with my putting. Why go and get frustrated on the practice putting green when I can go to the driving range to hit good shots that I know that I can hit? Many times ego gets in the way.
3. Another reason is one that actually does not fall on the student but the instructor. As they meet their students on the driving range, many instructors have stations with tents, training aids, etc. set up daily on the driving range. It is easier for them to stay there and teach than move to different parts of the practice facility as many are pretty spread out. I also think that many instructors (not all) assume that is what the student wants to do for their lesson and does not conduct a proper opening lesson interview.
What do you think? When was your last putting lesson? Do you feel that you are not learning as much as you would in a full swing lesson? If that is the case, I suggest that you change your attitude. As stated earlier, improving your putting is the fastest way to improve your scores. Is that not the goal?
I am a new golfer and really want to improve by taking beginner golf lessons. What are the different ways to learn how to play golf? Should I take private golf lessons or should I start by taking group golf class? In addition, how do I know which one is best for me?
We will talk about the differences between a private golf lesson and a group golf clinic, but, first let me answer the last question. The answer to which will be best for you will be determined not only which format that you may be more comfortable in. Simply meaning, some people that are a little self-conscious do not want to have anything to do with a group setting. On the other hand, taking a private lesson and be intimidating for other individuals. In addition, you will want to take into consideration your personal learning style. Sorry so vague but that is the real answer.
The traditional way to take a golf lesson is by taking a private golf lesson. You meet the professional typically on the driving range and pay them to work on the challenges that you may have in your full swing. Keep in mind that there are other aspects to the game other than the full swing. Although it is easy for a golf professional to stay in one spot on the driving range and have their students show up one after the other, the student may need help on their short game, putting or golf course management.
Learning in a group is another way to learn how to play golf. Finding a beginner clinic will place you with other new golfers who are at the same skill level and can turn into your new playing partners. Typically during a group clinic, the instructor will give a presentation to the group and then allow everyone to spread out on the range tee and will spend some individual time with each student. If you like to learn at your own pace this is a good place for you to start. Without question, there are benefits of taking beginner golf classes to learn how to play the game. The cost to you will be lower in the long run as the pricing for golf classes is considerably lower than that for a private golf lesson. In addition, you can attend with your friends or make some new friends. Either way it will make the game more fun for you.
We are getting a lot of questions about golf classes. You guys are wanting to know what they are and if they will benefit you. Using the term golf class is interchangeable with terms such as golf clinic or group lesson. You may or may not know, with all of the new technology available, golf instruction (via golf classes) has taken on many different forms. You can now learn the game with an instructor online or in person. Here are some options...
It is not a new secret; many golfers are taking advantage of an online golf class. As technology has changed by leaps and bounds over the past few years, taking your golf lessons online is now a viable way to learn how to play the game. Still, many others still have questions about taking a golf class online. Here are some of the questions that we get quite often:
You have recently decided to learn to play golf and are looking for some beginner golf classes. Since you are just starting out, why should you take a beginner golf class? Many people that are just starting the game wonder about the benefits of learning the game in this format. Here are some the benefits that people like as well as the topics that the instructor should cover.
In the past, parents would simply look for a local camp or clinic to get their child started playing the game. Now with the majority of teenagers glued to a mobile device such as a smart phone or an IPad (we will not even count a laptop or desktop computer), there are not only many options to learn the game but also more quality instructors to learn the game from.
What are my options to learn the game of golf by taking beginner golf lessons? I need to learn how to play for my job. I have been very athletic in my past but have no idea how to hit a golf ball. I would like to know the different avenues that I could take to learn the game.
Depending on your financial situation, you may want to take private beginners golf lessons. Typically, you can take just one or you can take a series. There is usually a price break for the series. In addition, there is only so much information that you will retain from one thirty minute or one hour golf lesson. Again, you will want to do your homework and find a qualified golf instructor and that they are priced reasonably for their qualifications.
A great cost-effective way to learn how to play golf is by attending a beginners golf clinic. You will be able to learn the fundamentals at a slow pace with a real live golf instructor. Many times, the newer instructors are used for the beginners golf lessons. With this being said, you will want to call ahead and make sure that some of the instructors are PGA Members or have other teaching qualifications.
I want to improve my putting. I want some putting drills to help me improve my short putts as well as my lag putts. My trouble is a get bored fairly easy on the putting green so any putting drills that can be incorporated into games with my buddies would be great.
Here are some of the best putting drills that we often use to help our students improve their putting:
When it comes to putting for distance, we all tend to miss longer putts more short and long as opposed to right and left. This is one of my favorite putting drills. Place a tee anywhere where the putting green and fringe meet. Begin by hitting putts from varying distances from 10 to 50 feet towards the tee. The goal is to stop your golf ball as close to the fringe as possible. Challenge a friend or challenge yourself by continuing the putting drill until you can stop so many balls in side of a certain distance. This will be determined by your current skill level.
Pull Back Drill
The ladder drill is one of those easy putting lessons that you may already do and not even know that you do it! You can do this drill on the practice putting green or on an indoor putting mat. Take five golf balls and drop them in a straight line every three feet from the hole. So every three feet you will have a ball from three feet to fifteen feet from the hole. Now start at either end of the line and work your way up and down the ladder. If you miss a putt, start all over. Again, this drill will put some pressure on you as you get closer to the end and will make the putts on the golf course much easier.
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