Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Golf Swing

Golf Swing and Grip Tips

It seems there are a hundred different things that you can do to send your golf ball off it's intended course often never to be seen again. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind before and during your golf swing.

1. Your grip should have both V's (the line between your thumb and index finger) pointing to your right shoulder (for a right handed golf swinger)

2. The bottom 3 fingers of your left hand should maintain a firm grip throughout your swing.

3. Keep your right hand grip relaxed throughout the golf swing.

4. Make sure to extend your left arm all the way and keep it firm during your golf swing.

5. Turn your left knee inwards.

6. Remember to turn your hips during your golf swing with the exception of pitch and chip shots.

7. Try to maintain a constant balance of your torso throughout the golf swing.

8. Keep your knees flexed and your stance comfortable.

9. Don't reach for the ball during your swing. Instead let the golf club's length determine your distance from the golf ball.

10. Always keep your eye on the ball throughout your entire golf swing and until you make contact.

11. Stay focused and try not to think about the foresome behind you waiting to hit.

Golf Swing

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Golf Swing

Golf Swing - Exercises you can do to help your game

The game of golf requires a certain range of motion from players. It demands flexibility as well as strength. To improve your game and lower your score, body conditioning of the specific muscle groups used in the golf swing range of motion and endurance for being on your feet for extended periods of time will better prepare you for the game and in all actuality will most likely improve your score.

Torso Conditioning
The body’s most important movement in the swing is torso rotation. The torso muscle group is critical to the success of your golf swing. When these muscles are weak, there is a loss of strength and flexibility needed to precisely and powerfully launch the ball towards the intended target at a high velocity. Being physically fit with a strong torso allows the golfer to build up club head speed by quickly turning the torso. This controlled action becomes energy to launch the ball towards the target at a higher velocity. Due to the quick winding and unwinding of the swing action, injuries can occur if the body is not properly conditioned to engage in this very specific muscle activity. Being in shape for the rigors of golf can prevent athletic injuries.

Avoiding Injury
Strengthening torso muscles is a matter of resistance to the torso muscle group. Exercises can include crunches that are rotational from side to side to develop stronger strength in twisting during the golf swing and increase flexibility. Rotating a medicine ball or weights in the same pattern as your swing can also improve your strength and flexibility. These are two specific ways to exercise your abdominal muscles and improve your
golf swing.

Increasing Stamina
Additional conditioning can include other factors that are part of the game. Golf is about being on your feet. Exercises that are designed to strengthen leg muscles and cardio fitness will improve your ability to stand for long periods of time, walk for various distances without being totally depleted of your energy when the game is finished, and give you the enery to maintain a controlled golf swing throughout your round.

Getting in the Game
Instead of waiting until spring to begin playing and getting into shape, why not be ready for the season to begin. During the off-season, you can position yourself for a better game from the beginning by body conditioning before the season begins. You’ll be ahead of the game from the very beginning and have increased stamina which will just get better as the season progresses.

Golf Swing

Monday, April 10, 2006

Golf Swing

Golf Swing - The Power of a Controlled Swing

You may be surprised how little effort it can take to bring your golf swing to the next level. Consider the following question. What makes a good golf swing? Why do some guys have it while others don’t? Well it turns out a big part of the answer comes down to what you do off the golf course. Below are some simple golf tips to follow that are guaranteed to improve your golf swing and drop strokes off your score. They could mean the difference between shooting triple digits or shooting in the 90s or even 80s.

Golf Swing Tip 1) Warm up and stretch your muscles before you tee off. If you have ever been to a live pro golf event you will notice that the golfers don’t just arrive at the course and immediately head to the tee box. Instead they go to the driving range, stretch for awhile and then hit some balls. It is a fact that when your muscles are warmed up they perform better and in turn positively influence your swing. So try to arrive at the golf course a few minutes early to loosen up and take a few swings. You’ll be glad you did.

Golf Swing Tip 2) Exercise your golfing muscles when your’re not on the course. To become a good golfer you need to develop a simple workout plan for the muscles used during your golf swing. Getting into the habit of doing this even 10 minutes a day can have a huge impact on your game. Having fit golf muscles will lead to a more comfortable stance during your setup as well as increase your balance and control throughout your swing.

Golf Swing Tip 3) Don’t swing for the fences just yet. It is true that a big part of golf is mental toughness and resisting the temptation to give your swing that little extra is not an easy thing to do. But the fact of the matter is that a good golf swing is a controlled one. Giving that little extra is great if you can control it, but if you can’t chances are you’ll never see that ball again. What you need to realize is that you can consistently hit the ball well over 200 yards with a nice and easy controlled swing. With regular exercise like described in tip 2) a faster controlled swing will come in time.

Golf Swing

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Golf Swing

Zen and the Art of the Golf Swing

Finding Your Center
Your golf swing starts inside before a grip on a golf club is ever realized. Preparing inside for your golf swing begins with finding your center. First, concentrate on your midsection, the pivotal swing point inside where your swing will flow through. Relax and let your center open up. Tense muscles here will impede the flow of your swing. You should be able to rotate side to side smoothly and evenly as if on an axis from shoulder to shoulder. Tense muscles will prevent seamless rotating. Remember to let your arms and wrist do the work. Relax your mind with deep breathing and letting go of any impeding thoughts. Focus on being in the moment.

Getting an Even Grip
Once you have selected your club and are centered over the ball, notice how much pressure you are applying to the golf club. If your club was a raw egg in the shell, would it still be intact in your hands or a fractured, runny mess? Your golf club should rest in your hands comfortably. A death grip on your club means the certain death of your golf swing. With your golf club in front of you, hold it away from you at a 45 degree angle. The grip begins with the left hand. The golf club grip will cross your upper palm and lower index finger with your 3 bottom fingers maintaining a snug grip throughout your golf swing. The right hand is then placed on the club above the left hand and kept fairly relaxed. If your grip is correct then both V’s between your thumb and index finger should be pointing to your right shoulder.

Let Your Golf Swing Flow Through the Ball
With your golf club head behind the ball stand with your feet a shoulder width apart and bend your knees slightly while keeping your back straight. Check your weight distribution. Is it evenly balanced and on the front of your feet? Don't reach for the ball, instead let the club's length determine your distance from the golf ball. Check your feet. Are they perpendicular to your goal? Now extend your left arm fully and keep firm throughout your swing. Breathe deep, relax, and remember your center. Turn your hips from your center to load your golf swing. Begin turning from the upper arms and shoulders away from the target. On the down stroke, keep a smooth and steady down swing that essentially flows through the ball.

For more golf tips please check out my other blog at Golf Tip

Golf Swing

Friday, March 10, 2006

Golf Swing

Golf Swing - Welcome to my new blog!
As we all know your golf swing is pretty much what defines your game. On this blog I will discuss some common golf tips that other golfers, including myself, have used to improve our golf swings and lower our handicaps. Alot of the tips I will be discussing are no secret to the avid golfer, but can greatly improve the golf swing of a beginner in a matter of days. I will also talk about some of the online material that I have used that has helped me better my golf swing and win more skins when I'm out with my buddies.