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Invest In The Right Equipment And Take Your Game To The Next Level
Golf is a $60 billion per year industry. Much of that staggering figure comes from money spent on new "technologically advanced" equipment. Equipment the manufacturers claim will let us hit the ball farther and straighter than ever before. Another large area of spending is golf instruction. Today's golfer has access to a vast number of highly qualified PGA teaching professionals to correct swing faults and give cues on how to make better ball contact. With all this high tech equipment and expert instruction, the average golfer must be playing better and shooting lower scores than ever?r...(related: Golf)


Is Golf Conditioning Exercise Too Strenuous
Is golf conditioning exercise so strenuous that most people will have difficulties going through them? Most amateur golfers and people who have not been through any golf exercise program in their lives definitely believe so.Especially when you start to mention such terrifying exercise equipment as dumb bells and the likes. They quickly get a picture o a crowded gym filled with much younger fitter people making fun of them.Yet the truth of the mat...(related: Golf)


Is The Golf Ball The Real Reason For Longer Drives ?
A Little History FirstTo determine this point, we have to travel back in time and see how the original golf ball was formed.The original golf balls as most of us know, were made from goose feathers stuffed into a round leather ball. It is estimated that those could be hit as far as 170 yards with the modern club.The next technological advance was the gutta percha ball. This was made from tree ...(related: Golf)


Its Not About The Bicep Curl When It Comes To Golf Fitness Training
How many of you have read, "It's Not About The Bike" by Lance Armstrong? What we learned about Lance's life is that his mission is all about survival, digging deep from within, honoring your goals and commitments, and following your dreams in spite of the o...(related: Golf)


Junior Golf Is Becoming More Competitive?why?
How do you get the edge when you're playing junior golf? To keep up with the top junior golfer's means getting stronger both physically and mentally; and almost perfecting your golf swing. That's how competitive it's become.There are big bucks at stake. Full scholarships are now worth up to a hundred thousand dollars,...(related: Golf)


Junior Golfers Gain A Competitive Edge By Building A Stronger Body
Strength training for juniors is supported by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Each of these organizations encourages children's participation in appropriately designed training programs as long as they are competently supervised.Many research reports conclude that juniors can benefit from strength training programs through the improvement of motor fitness skills, self esteem, overall strength and physical and emotional well being.For those juniors who are anxious to get an early start with strength training as a perfect compliment to their golf game, let's review the importance of form, function and good nutrition. These principles s...(related: Golf)


Learn How To Correct A Golf Slice
How to correct the golf slice? If that's a question you are asking yourself, this article will provide you with some places to get help.If you need to learn how to correct a golf slice you can go about it in several ways. When you want to figure out how to correct a golf slice you may want to get some instruction from a golf pro. A golf pro at the course may be able to show you how to correct the golf slice problem.Another way to learn how to correct a golf slice is to take lessons. Lessons may be offered for this very golf dilemma.There is information available online if you are trying to figure out how to correct a golf slice situation. This information is usually free and sometime...(related: Golf)


Learning The Correct Golf Instruction Swing Sequence
There are three segments of the golf instruction swing sequence. They are namely the back swing, the down swing and thirdly the impact and follow through.The first golf instruction swing sequence is the back swing, which is very important to the entire golf swing. This is because if the technique is not correct at this early stage, the other parts of the golf instruction swing sequence will not matter and the result will be a very poor drive.The main focus at this stage of the golf instruction swing sequence should be on body rotation and club and arm extension.The downswing golf instruction swing sequence actually starts with the legs and hips rather than the arms, which does the actual swinging of the golf club. There should be a clear transfer of body weight from back to front w...(related: Golf)


Learning To Play Golf With Fitness
Learning to play golf has now become the pursuit of both men and women of different ages. Right from the very young golfe...(related: Golf)


Left Handed Golf Tips
Where do you find left handed golf tips? You find right handed golf tips in every golf magazine available but it is nearly impossible to flip the instructions around to fit you. In addition, let's not even talk about trying to flip the diagrams and pictures! How do you learn to play golf left handed? Here are a few golf tips for left handers.

Making Your Program Golf Specific
"Golf-Specific" means different things to different people. One of the things I have learned from my education and experience in working with elite trainers and golfers is that in order to improve someone's performance you must know where their strengths and weaknesses currently exist. This is, of course, the real value of assessments. If you look at the requirements of the golf swing itself, a golfer needs adequate spinal rotation, hip rotation, shoulder rotation, core engagement, some degree of cardiovascular endurance, and some degree of strength and stability.You don't need to be a bodybuilder or powerlifter for golf, just enough strength to produce a powerful swing. So, in evaluating a golfer you simply look at the rotational ability of the joints that most affect the golf swing. It is also helpful to look at a golfer's cur...(related: Golf)


Master Flexibility Training And You?ll Conquer The Playing Field In Golf
Is it difficult to rotate your body through the full range of motion in your golf swing? Do you stop short on your back swing? Lack of flexibility can adversely affect not only your golf game, but your health as well. Different muscles are called upon at different points in the golf swing. If you are not flexible you are more prone to injuries. Your body will try to overcompensate by engaging other joints and muscles that are not ready...(related: Golf)


Mental Concentration, Golf, And You
All players, when they are concentrating on a stroke, are in some respects mad; for a second they become monomaniac; you are possessed with an idea that is fixed in your mind; your singleness of purpose is absolute if you really are concentrating. And I cannot imagine how anything can disturb them unless they allow it to. If this does happen, then, in my opinion, you cannot be giving your whole mind to the stroke, you aren't concentrating.When you are out on the course there are many minor distractions that you may encounter, from coughing or sneezing, all the way up to load and obnoxious crowds or players. But once a player gets into the habit of being put off their game by these little worries,...(related: Golf)


Mental Toughness For Golfers: Avoiding Comfort Zones In Golf
A comfort zone becomes a problem whenever a player is playing better than expected or is breaking new ground. I teach golfers how to break out of self-limiting expectations and preconceived beliefs. Comfort zones don't limit great players on tour, such as David Duval, Tiger Woods, and Davis Love, III. Comfort zones actually benefit pro golfers when they can...(related: Golf)


Mental Toughness Training For Golfers: How To Conquer Pre-game Jitters
The first tee shot can often make or break a round because it sets up your performance on the first hole, which can have a bearing on your attitude and score on the opening holes. Retief Goosen, who won the US Open, said that most good players get the first tee jitters and a good shot can settle you down quickly.Goosen stated, "Well, you're always nervous on the first tee. Today with the way the wind was playing, you had to hit driver while the other three days I hit 2-iron off the tee. Those first tee nerves are always the hardest to get over, and it was nice to get off to a great tee shot and obviously making a birdie." Even the best players in the world get nervous, but they still can perform.Players can experience two different types of jitters. The first is the friendly kind of butterflies characteriz...(related: Golf)


Mental Training For Golfers: Attitudes That Sabotage Commitment
Plateaus in performance sometimes occur when you don't see any measurable improvement in score even though you are working hard. "I'm practicing more than ever, but I don't seem to be shooting better scores," many players tell me in frustration. Thus, when you don't see gains in performance or have a coach pushing you daily, it is difficult for golfers to stay committed to their training. In this issue of Peak ...(related: Golf)


More Muscles Than You Think Are Used In The Golf Swing
While most golfers are aware of the fact that the muscles in the lower part of the body are used in the golf swing, many are not aware of just how important these muscles are to the consistent execution of the perfect golf swing.Many do not even realize how imperative it is that muscles used in the golf swing are exercised and kept in tip top condition. Actually, if this is not done, it becomes extremely difficult to for anybody to enjoy the game as too many factors stand in the way of a golfer who does not exercise.For example a common complaint amongst many golfers on the course is tha...(related: Golf)


My Golf Buddies Belly Laugh Watching My Stiff And Choppy Golf Swing - How Can I Fix It?
We would all like to have a fluid, beautiful swing like Adam Scott, power off the tee like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, and the ability to repeat that swing round after round, day after day.But what is holding back most amateurs from that silky smooth and powerful swing?Most likely, it's your hamstrings and your low back.We are going to explore the connection between your hammies, your low back and that less than PGA pro, Golf Magazine type golf swing.Let's start with your hamstrings. Most of us think we know where our hamstrings are located and what they do, but do we really? We're...(related: Golf)


My Golf Disaster
Although I was never picked for sports teams as a kid, I always thought that golf would be far easier than all the...(related: Golf)


Myrtle Beach Golf Packages - What To Know Before You Go
There is a lot of money in the Myrtle Beach golf package market. Unfortunately, like any other opportunity, this can bring out scam artists and bad business practices.Don't get stuck with hidden charges on your golf packages. Myrtle B...(related: Golf)


Myrtle Beach Golf - Quality And Quantity
Myrtle Beach is the best of both worlds for every golfer, QUALITY and QUANTITY. The Grand Strand has over 120 courses designed by the best in the game: Dye, Jones, Nicklaus, Palmer, and Fazio to name a few. Over 1 Million golfers played there in 2004. You will find the largest assortment of quality courses to test your game, both mentally and physically.Ten years ago, our group of relatives, friends, and friends of friends, began our now yearly trek to this golf capital of the world. Although our line-up of players and courses alters slightly from year to year, one constant remains, that is the great golf bargains we have found in this golf mecca. Planning for the next years trip begin...(related: Golf)


Myrtle Beach Golf Vacations And Hurricanes ? How To Weather The Storm
Hurricane season in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina runs from June through November each year. The peak months for hurricane activity are August and September. If you are planning a Myrtle Beach golf vacation during these times of the year, yo...(related: Golf)


Myrtle Beach Tee Times ? A Quick Glance
Planning a golf vacation in Myrtle Beach? Here are six things to know before planning your next golf outing to the Grand Strand.Flights - Golfers vacationing in Myrtle Beach can choose to tee off during AM or PM flights. Usually the morning f...(related: Golf)


Natural Golf Tips
Golf tips are often welcomed by the most avid of golfers. This article will suggest some natural golf tips. Natural golf tips will help you with the game mentally as well as physically.The first of these natural golf tips has to do with the mental aspect of the game. If you think you can do it, you are right and if you think you can't do it you are also correct.The second of these natural golf tips that is in the mental attitude area is to learn how to play even if you are not relaxed. You may not always feel or be relaxed but you need to learn to play through th...(related: Golf)


Need Some Help With Your Golf Swing?
What should you do if you need some golf swing aids? Where do you find golf swing aids? What golf swing aids are available?There are many golf swing aids to choose from. Golf swing aids will help improve your golf game.If you are looking for golf swing aids you might want to look at your local golf course. They will have golf swing aids for sale or will be able to recommend some of the best.You can find golf swing aids at a golf shop. The people who work there may have some favorites.Golf swing aids can be purchased at sporti...(related: Golf)


One Out Of Two Golfers Will Have A Golf Swing Related Injury - Can You Prevent Yours?
I have a friend who blew out his ACL in his left knee while playing old man basketball. Old man being relative. A bunch of guys playing rec ball in their 30's. We all get out there and play hard, sometimes harder than we should. The mind says yes, the body says no way! Mike's ACL zigged when it should have zagged. Shortly after the s...(related: Golf)


Online Golf Instructions Are Cheap But Effective
The number of online golf instruction programs on the net has grown tremendously in recent times. And yet they still continue to grow in leaps and bounds.One of the reasons for this phenomenal growth is that many of these online golf instructions have had very positive effects and helped many golfers improve their handicap.You have to understand that one of the wonderful things that the World Wide Web has done is make a wide range of consultancy and training programs more affordable to many. Golf is no exception and online golf instruction programs have proved to be very affordable when compared to offline equivalents.For example the cost of personal instructions on the course is way beyond the means of many. But when the same instructions are delivered via online golf instructions, the cost is redu...(related: Golf)


Online Golf Lessons Save Time And Can Be A Great Help
Online golf lessons have grown tremendously in popularity, for the simple reason that they address a problem faced by most golfers. The problem is that of finding the time away from their golf game to take golf lessons.Not everybody is a professional with all the time between tourneys to brush up on their skills. Most gol...(related: Golf)


Online Golf Program Features And Benefits
There are many features and benefits to look for when it comes to choosing an online golf program over a personal gol...(related: Golf)


Par And Beyond: Secrets To Better Golf
You've bogeyed your last hole, you are about to hit your next drive. As you take your practice swings, your mind is still on the last putt that you blew. You take your swing and it's a ...(related: Golf)


Perfect Golf Swing Is Within Reach
The perfect golf swing. Aren't we all look for it? Now the educating part. The perfect golf swing is not attainable! Did that get your attention? Let me say it one more time. The perfect golf swing is not attainable! Unless?you have a higher level of strength and flexibility specific to golf.I know you've probably heard this before?but the question is?did you take it to heart? Or did you just shrug your shoulders and continue on the same frustrating path to your hopeful golf improvement?When we break down the golf swing mechanically and physically?it's amazing to see what the body goes through when a near perfect golf swing is performed. There is an enormous amount of core strength and flexibility. Upper spine and low back strength. Then hamstring strength and flexibility. Shoulder stabil...(related: Golf)


Perform Better Golf By Training Your Body
What will it take to get you to perform better golf? I'll bet you've tried the gimmicky golf t...(related: Golf)


Perform Better Golf In 30 Days
So you have decided to improve your golf game? You are ready to make a commitment and stand by it. If you are looking for a way to improve your game in a hurry, then we have the answer for you; it's our 30 day solution to better golf. In order to get in the best shape of your life and experience the overwhelming benefits for your game, you must be willing to make compromises and concessions on things you usually do in favor of things you need to do to change your lifestyle.StrengthLet's start with strength. First of all you need to understand that to build your strength you have to build your muscles. Erase your mind of ladies in leotards and men with tank tops. We are moving away from the old style bodybuilding and aerobics routines to stimulate an environment of rapid growth and change for the better. Here are three things you c...(related: Golf)


Perform Better Golf Right In Your Home
To perform better golf, you need to take a different approach. I have seen and heard time after time how much money golfers will spend in hopes to perform better golf. But according to statistics, the average USGA Handicap hasn't gone down in over 30 years!I have researched the golf improvement mark...(related: Golf)


Perform Better Golf With These Fitness Tips
Everyone wants to be able to perform better golf, and with these three tips you'll be on your road to becoming a better golfer.Each well-kept secret centers on fitness and ensuring that your body is up to the task of playing an exceptional round of golf. With a high level of fitness ? which can be accomplished in just a few short fitness sessions a week ? your bo...(related: Golf)


Periodization Training For Golf
The idea of periodization has been around a very long time for athletes at all levels. The concept is simple. If you started with the goal in mind, let's say it was to win the Club Championship or place in the top 3 in your next Amateur event, then you would plan accordingly.Generally, an annual plan is used, although it is not uncommon to use longer periods of time especially when working with a younger developing athlete.Periodization occurs when you break down all of the segments into actual manageable parts, always keeping the long term goal in mind. Your master plan may be broken down into which phase you are in, for example, are you in your competitive stage or pre-competitive stage? This information is then used to determine which strategies offer the most benefit at any given point in time.If you...(related: Golf)


Picking Your Golf Equipment Picking Your Golf Equipment
Looking for quality golf equipment but not sure you want to spend a ton on it? Are you new and starting out and need some new golf equipment but don't know where to begin? Finding the right golf equipment may seem like a challenge, but it really does not have to be. In fact, if you know what you need, your task could be quite easy.

The first step in purchasing golf equipment is to determine your budget. Once you get to that golf store and get the best club in your hand, you may just overspend. Knowing how much you can and should spend on golf equipment will keep your wallet as happy as you will be with your golf equipment. After determining this, you w...(related: Golf)


Play Better Golf Through Exercise
Play better golf. Isn't that what every golfer thinks about 24/7? Golf can be the most humbling game you will ever play?but we keep coming back for more. To play better golf consistently you need to look at the source.Do you really think it's your equipment? How much money have you invested on new equipment only to see the same game show up on t...(related: Golf)


Play Better Longer - Peak Performance For Golf!
The golf swing is a dynamic movement that demands precise coordination of muscle contraction and relaxation, postural stability, strength, balance and body awareness. That is not to say that we cannot swing a golf club without these elements. The body does a great job in compensating for weakness and faulty movement. However, there is a downside to this compensation. The downside is inconsistency, loss of power, and muscle and joint pain. A well developed golf fitness program will help you develop the physical skills needed to consistently repeat a good golf swing, add power and distance to your shots, and help prevent, reduce and possibly even eliminate golf related pain and injury.Since countless PGA professionals have proven the benefit of strength and conditioning, the demand for golf fitness trainers and training programs ...(related: Golf)


Play Better Longer: Reducing Golf Related Injury
On the surface golf may look to be a slow paced low impact sport with little risk of injury. However, as many golfers have ...(related: Golf)








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Top Of The Mountain: The Masters, Augusta, Ga
If you're a stockbroker, the center of the world is New York. If you are a commodities trader, it's Chicago.But if you're a golfer, the center of the world is?a little further south."You actually feel it...(related: Golf)

Golf Fitness Dominates The Pga Tour
Have you been curious why some golfers seem to take control and rule the tournaments these days? Tiger Woods is the golfer who is widely acknowledged with starting the revolution in fitness training, although many players before him like Gary Player are known exercise enthusiasts. While Tiger made it not only acceptable, but preferable, to train for golf, the majority of players are now taking their fitness levels very seriously.Do you have to be fit to play good golf? You may be surprised to hear me say "no". However, if you want to be able to place at the top of the leader board on a consistent basis from tournament to tournament, then the answer changes to absolutely ...(related: Golf)

Simple Tips For Improving Golf Swing
There are loads of resources both on-line and off that you can turn to for easy tips on improving golf swing. More than likely, you are looking for simple pointers on improving golf swing that you can start with yourself, because you are not in a position to hire a professional to help you improve your swing.These are tips on improving golf swing that you can use every single time you are out, whether you are playing nine, eighteen or are just brushing up on the driving range.The first tip for i...(related: Golf)

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