Become a Better Golfer Today

Taking the hands out of the golf shot provides more consistency.

  • Explanation: The face of a golf club opens up, or rotates, during the golfer’s backswing. If a golfer is right-handed, the golfer should take the hands out of his/her swing by swinging left of the target, or 11:00, while leaving the hands open and fairly inactive throughout the swing (this creates a consistent shot that curves left to right).
  • A golfer who swings the golf club along a path directed right of the target, or 1:00, will have to flip his or her hands over to square the club face to the target before impact (this is difficult to do consistently and is, therefore, not recommended by me to be a golfer’s shot of choice).

A golfer should think about where he or she wants to hit their golf ball rather than where he or she does not want to hit it.

  • A common phrase states that golf is 90% mental and 10% physical. Therefore, the thoughts that go on in a golfer’s head contribute a significant amount to his or her scoring outcome.
  • Negative thinking, such as “do not hit this golf ball in the water to the left and do not hit this golf ball into the bunker on the right”, is the type of thinking that golfers must avoid and overcome.
  • Positive thinking is the only type of thinking that will help you on the course.

Regardless of a golfer’s level of experience, he or she should always remember to practice the fundamentals to the game.

  • Keep your eye on the back of the ball; focus on a dimple.
  • Keep your head still until after impact.
  • Keep your knees bent during your backswing (do not sway and do not lock your knees).
  • Have a fairly relaxed grip (as though you are holding a tube of toothpaste or a baby bird).

Tennis Side Stitches

The point is important so you think you can work through it. The pain worsens so you stop. Once you stop, the pain usually disappears. You have just experienced a side stitch.

The side stitch is caused by a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. When we inhale, air comes into the lungs and presses the diaphragm downward. When we exhale, the diaphragm moves upward. When you eat a big meal right before you play tennis or when air has gotten trapped below the diaphragm, a cramp (stitch) can occur.

How can you get past a side stitch? The best immediate action is to try to stretch out the cramping muscle. This can be done by alternating your breathing pattern. Take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds. Then force the air back out through puckered lips to restrict the air flow. Other professionals have mentioned that crouching down and stretching tall helps by flexing the abs.

Best way to avoid side stitches? Increase your fitness and conditioning training to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Make sure that you do not consume too much food or liquid prior to play because the added weight increases the downward pull, which can help to cause the stitch.

Golf Shafts

Now, this was the brief detail about golf and its governing rule. Let us talk about the other, but very important detail in golf i.e. the performance of the golfer. The performances of any player in any game make their career and define the future path. In Golf too, all the focus lies in hitting the ball appropriately and this hit all depends upon the characteristics of the club. The golf club is a Golf stick which is used to hit the ball as said in the above lines. It is a long stick with the club head at the bottom.

The Golf club is chosen on the basis of golfer’s need and playing strategies. The Club has a shaft and club head, which is individually important. Both of the things are important for players. Here we will see about the importance of Golf Shafts.

The Golf Shaft is the long stick or tube which reaches out to the club head. The Golfer’s hand is connected to the club head through this shaft. This shaft is really important for the players as it totally depends upon the quality and features of the shaft for hitting the ball according to the desired needs and requirements of the golfer. The flexible shaft would let the player hit the ball with less force applied to the club for larger distances while the rigid golf shaft needs more force to hit the ball for larger distances. The quality of the shaft means the material of the shaft also matters a lot. The steel shaft needs more strength to hold it while the graphite shafts that are made from Carbon fibers are much lighter compared to the former. The graphite shaft also reduces the jerk or stinging vibrations felt while hitting poor strokes. It is usually chosen by amateurs and starters who do not know much about the game and more importantly wants to play the game in a lighter note. Once a player gets experience than he or she can go for a heavy shaft or steel shaft.

Golf shaft’s weight also matter. As said above the Carbon fiber shaft is lightweight and it hits the ball lightly. And the heavyweight like steel shaft hit the ball hard. The other important thing that is missing here is that the material of the shaft also changes the twist of the club. The little difference in angle of twist at the club head changes the motion and direction of the ball to a great extent. It not only changes the game, but also affects the confidence of the player.

The golf shaft has kick points over the shaft which differs in few inches, but actually makes the club hit the ball in different ways. These “Kick Points” are actually the flexibleness of the shaft at a particular point which determines how the club will hit the ball and how much force will be required to strike. The low kick shaft is the ones where the kick points will be present at lower shaft i.e. just above the club head which makes the shaft bend above the club head. While the other kick points will go up and up afterward. The lower kick point will not allow the majority of the shaft to bend and therefore it happens to be good for the high launch of the ball at the start. For example, when a golfer wants to throw the ball at a greater distance with less force than the lower kick point shaft club would be used. Same is with the “medium kicks” and “high kick” shafts.

The golf as said at the start has not same playing territory at all places. It could be a small region or large ground. But the game of golf is totally depending upon the striking capabilities of the striker. The striker should be wise enough to decide and calculate accurately about the force, distance, and quality of the club. All these things will only work out if the golfer is able to decide wisely one more thing and i.e. golf shafts. The material, kick points and length, weight matters to the golfer when it comes to playing or striking the ball.

Every Golfer has its own style to strike the ball. Some golfer might be good at striking slowly at small distances while another golfer could be good at striking the ball to larger distances with great force. The golfer would definitely want to go for strength when striking and slower down on the weak points while playing golf. Isn’t it? Then the best decision to buy the club would be choosing the club with a shaft which can strengthen the positives and reduces the weakness in the player. That is why the graphite shaft with lower kick point would be chosen by a player who wants to launch the ball with great force without applying much energy. The steel shaft could be chosen by the golfer which can strike the ball with great force even at great distances.

So that is all about golf and golf clubs. Today we discussed how the golf shaft can make or break the game and why is it important to choose the appropriate golf shaft. The game of golf not only requires the wise decisions and strength while striking the ball, but it also needs a lot of patience and mental strength to play it cool.

Delusion of Perfection

We need solid fundamentals as a foundation, but the constant search for swing flaws, simply reinforces the belief that you’re not good enough to forget them. It’s a vicious circle.

Is perfection defined in terms of form or results or both? Can you name one professional golfer who has a perfect swing? Some swings are more aesthetically pleasing, but form and function are not always related. How many golfers do you know who have perfect form, but can’t hit the ball out of a wet paper bag?

How would you define consistency? The most consistent players have obvious swing flaws. Bubba Watson’s feet shift and slide like he was wearing rollerblades. Jordan Spieth’s left elbow has a definite “bend”. Look hard enough and you can find technical glitches in almost every swing.

Take a moment to visualize your last perfect shot. Can you recall what you were thinking or feeling? I would guess that you find it easier to recall the feeling, rather than the thought process that preceded the shot.

So what’s the point?

Consistency is a product of feeling; your ability to recall the feeling of your best shots is the secret to constant improvement. If you can hit quality shots on the practice range, then you have the ability. Instead of trying to constantly “fix” your swing, why not develop some techniques for anchoring in the feeling of your best shots?

Your swing, like your signature, is constantly changing based on how you feel. Let’s try a little experiment. Do you have a pen and paper handy? Across the top of the page, write your signature as fast as you can. Now move down to the middle of the page and do it again.

Can you see any differences in the two signatures? At first glance, they may appear identical, but take a closer look. Perhaps you dotted an “I” in a different place or some of the letters are more slanted.

Despite the differences, you would agree that they are consistent – both signatures are uniquely yours. Which one would you define as perfect?

Your swing is a by-product of how you feel. How you feel can change in an instant. Develop some techniques for recalling the feeling of success, and your degree of consistency will rise automatically.

This article is Part Two in the series devoted to helping the once-a-week golfer move beyond swing mechanics. Your ability to quickly recall the feelings of success, allows you to consistently re-create your best shots.

Be Safe in the Water

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water on a hot summer day. But there is also a lot of chance for a child, or a person can be in danger while in the water beach, pool, or the like. Here are some ways to ensure that your child is danger-proof while in the water. By taking note of these tips, you and your family can truly enjoy a fun day of swimming!

Obey pool rules. There is no substitute for following rules, especially in the swimming pool. Take this tip and you are sure to be on the safe side one step ahead.

Never allow your child to swim alone. There has to be adult supervision that you and your child can count on while the tyke takes a dip in the pool or the beach.

For adults, especially when you wish to swim farther away from the shore, you’ve got to have a swim buddy to accompany you.

Avoid prank plays in the pool like pushing people onto the water, or jumping on others in the pool.

Swim in the areas where the depth is just right for you. In swimming pools, there are indications of the level of depth. Do not go over board by going beyond the level of depth that is right for you.

Do not run in the pool area. Walk slowly to avoid slipping, and to prevent accidentally pushing people onto the pool.

Items in a Badminton Set

The first item is a badminton racket. Just like squash or tennis, badminton is a racket game. Many people are unaware of the effect a badminton racket has on the game. The two factors that are different from each racket are its weight and size. This is mainly influenced by the material the racket is made by. For example, carbon fiber remains as the best material as it is both strong and light. The size of a racket shall not exceed the length of 680mm or 230mm while the stringed area shall not be longer than 280mm or 220mm.

A badminton racket needs its string. The tension of the string affects the velocity and impact of the shuttle when struck. Therefore, the tighter the string is tied onto the racket, the better as its tension increases. Another item that is essential to the game is the shuttlecock. The shuttles in the past were made out of feather which is the same ones used in all major tournaments. Now however, shuttles are also available in plastic form. It has become popular as it can be used for a long period of time. Feathers, on the other hand, must be changed very often as they wear out faster. Although a plastic shuttle may sound good to you, there is a vast difference in feel as they are heavier when compared to the feathered shuttles.

The last item that is essential in a proper badminton game is the net. Yes, the net is important as it sets a height to where the shuttle must go over. There is not much to it when choosing a net as it is simply an indicator of height. With all these items above, you are now ready to go out and have a blast. There are several other items which are ‘add on’ items in the badminton set such as badminton shoes, headbands, wristbands, etc. Prices of these items are based on its brand and material.

Badminton Bags

Characteristics

Badminton bags are commonly rounded on one end and then tapered on the other side, mimicking the shape of your racket. That way, you can also squeeze in your racket inside so you can carry everything in one go. They are also spacious enough to accommodate up to 8 rackets, depending on their size and the way they are designed. You can also find them in varieties that have separate areas to hold shuttlecocks, water bottles, food, and others.

The bag for you

Badminton bags can be chosen according to how you want them to look, how much equipment or things you need to fit inside, or how you want to carry them. There are over-the-shoulder bags that are lightweight, slim, and can be slung over one of your shoulders. These bags can accommodate one to two rackets and they can also have additional compartments on the strap or outside.

If you wish to carry your badminton bag like a tote, choose a duffel-type one that also has the capability to house a lot of rackets that can be secured inside along with other things like extra clothes, your tennis shoes, and others. However, not every duffel bag is tapered so some of them may resemble typical sports bags.

The right one

In choosing your badminton bag, make sure that you can fit inside all your essentials for playing. This includes your racket, shuttlecocks, and others like a water bottle, shoes, towel, etc. Make sure that you can also pick up and carry the bag easily. Cushioned handles can make lugging your bag easier and more comfortable.

Achieve the Proper Golf Swing

If you have been trying to accomplish the proper golf swing through traditional ways and still aren’t happy with your results…you’ll need to keep reading this article to find out why.

You see…it’s your body that is keeping you from achieving the proper golf swing and playing your best golf! Doesn’t that make sense?

If your body is physically declining, and has limited golf-specific strength and flexibility…you will have a minimal chance at ever achieving the proper golf swing.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news…but this is a fact!

There are certain physical ‘musts’ to achieve a proper golf swing.

Here are just a couple:

  • Approximately a 90 degree shoulder turn with a 45 hip turn.
  • Golf posture with a slight bend at the hips and in the knees.
  • Start the downswing with the lower body first, maintaining your upper body coil.
  • Impact…you should be ‘behind the ball’ with your head and upper body as the hips are slightly open.
  • Follow through requires maintaining the spine angle you had at address, throughout the follow through.

Now…you don’t see how physical limitations in both strength and flexibility will limit or not allow you to attain the above requirements, I don’t think you’re really looking at it closely.

The golf swing puts the body under tremendous stress throughout the entire swing. Especially the lower back (due to the coiling and uncoiling of the upper body over a stable lower body), hips, wrists and even shoulders.

The ONLY way to achieve the proper golf swing is to physically improve your bodies limiting factors, so that you can finally achieve the proper golf swing.

Backspin Advice

Honestly, the first thing that you need to realize about creating backspin is that it’s a very tough shot to accomplish, let alone control.

The second thing that you should realize is that there are very few situations where this shot is actually needed.

In my opinion, the best shot to master is an approach shot that bounces once, and then stops on a dime. This shot is not easy to accomplish either, but is more realistic and much more effective in the vast majority of cases.

So I’ll get in to the basics of this shot now, but please realize that an entire book could be written on this subject, and it would still be very hard to incorporate into a recreational game.

Here are the basic conditions that must be met before the shot even occurs. If these factors are not in place, don’t try to create backspin.

Conditions must be completely dry – (the club face, and the ball included)

You must be on the fairway – (grass can’t get in between the club and the ball)

Green’s have to be very nicely kept – (very short)

Now, let me clarify. Those are the conditions that must be met before the shot even occurs. So hopefully, you are beginning to see just how difficult this shot is and why it doesn’t come highly recommended from someone who focuses on making golf simple.

I was thinking of ways to describe the action necessary to create backspin, and I came to the conclusion that the best analogy is one of placing spin on the cue ball in billiards.

Side Note: They say that good pool players are also good putters. So if you want to sharpen your putting skills, I would advise learning billiards as well. It will help you to develop steady hands, “learn to see the line”, and it will also teach you a lot about spin.

In Pool, to create backspin you have to hit downward on the cue ball with a significant amount of force. Notice that players chalk up before hitting a shot requiring a lot of spin (dry). They also go at the ball with a very steep angle. And they hit the lower portion of the ball.

All of this is necessary in golf as well. The ultimate goal is to “pinch” the ball between your club and the fairway. You must take a downward blow at the ball, you must add a fair amount of velocity to your swing speed, and you must make clean contact with the lower portion of the ball. It is all of these factors combined that make this shot so tough to complete with any accuracy.

It’s also essential to have a new ball (preferably a high spin/soft-cover ball), and a newer (clean) club that has some of the grip left on the face. As the ball compresses into the grooves on the face of the club, backspin is created.

On a final note; it’s important to realize that if you make course management the foundation of your game, you will rarely be in a situation where you need to use backspin. Course management is one of the true keys to golf. I’m going to publish a newsletter on it in the next few weeks as well, so be on the lookout.

Golf Swing Tips

Before you can make the decision to get yourself a golf coach, you need to define your goals and to what extent you are willing to pursue them and your budget for the activity.

One big advantage in hiring a coach is that your specific weaknesses will be addressed and corrected. Take that into consideration.

A Golf Coach will also be able to help you to get rid of any nasty playing habits which may lead to injuries like “golfer elbow”.

Talk to a prospective coach and learn how he might be able to help you before you commit yourself to him/her.

Consider the rate for a one-on-one lesson with a pro golfer. Often the range depends on the pro you will be working with and the golf club/school you will be joining

One option to consider if the golf lesson rates for an exclusive one-on-one type coaching is too expensive for you is to go with a group of other golfer so that you can share the expenses

If you choose to go with the expense sharing route, remember to join a class that is no bigger than 4 students in it with one coach. The reason being, if there are less students in a class, you get as much attention as a one-on-one session without spending too much.

One more thing to consider and always keep in mind when you are working with a professional coach is targeting quality over quantity. What I mean by this is that you need to focus on going for a goal of being excellent at a few good techniques than knowing so many that you are unable to execute them properly.

Any coach worth his salt will teach you things that you can ultimately do on your own even without his/her supervision. This includes both playing a better game on your own as well as proper warm-up and stretching routines.

Last, but not least, always try to improve on your game in your own time by watching other great pro golfers on television or tournaments or by watching tutorial videos of what makes them great at what they do