Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Improve Your Golf Swing

The significance of your posture goes far beyond daily life. Your posture can change, how you play your favorite sports. Actually, most sports require numerous types of posture in order to successful achieve, the goal of winning the game. The sport of golf is not different, if you have bad posture within your golf game, than this will have a negative effect on your golf swing.

One of the best golf swing tips that anyone can receive is how to correct, their posture to improve their golf game. The power, intensity and accuracy of your golf swing lays within your posture, however, if your posture does not meet proper guidelines, than your overall game will be affected.

Now that you recognize the importance of posture in your golf game, how can you attain the ideal posture? More importantly, what is the ideal golf posture? While many people feel that splendid golfing posture is simply lowering their chin to view the golf ball, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Never has there been a golfing method that has the ability to be interpreted in such a wide variety of ways. While some feel that keeping your body drastically relaxed and unrestricted will give you perfect golfing posture, other believe that a firm stance and stony upper body movement is the ideal posture. However, both of these beliefs are half true and half false.

The optimal golfing posture is notably easy to find, all it takes is an awareness of how your body is positioned. To set your body up for good posture, you must remember three key elements. The first is always keeping your back straight. This will allow you to actively involve all of your core muscles that are found in your torso.

Never allow your back to bend, or hunch over. This will actually weaken your golf swing, and throw your accuracy completely off. Next, always make sure that you bend your upper body at the hips. How you can accomplish this is by sticking out your backside as if you are going to be sitting in a chair and then bend slightly forward. Make sure that you don’t arch your back, always keeping a strong and aligned spine. After performing this, allow your arms to hang down in front of you.

Always make sure that you evenly divide your weight throughout your legs. Keep your knees bent, but allow them to be flexible enough to give your legs a spring to them. It is common for this posture to feel unrefined at first; however, appropriate posture always feels more dynamic than it really is. Although, if you are feeling any pain in your lower back, make sure that your quadriceps are absorbing all of your body’s weight. Keep your feet extremely sturdy, and your shoulders and arms unconstrained and in a natural state.

Golf swing tips are a dime a dozen, however, here comes a tip that many people aren’t aware of, and that is what do you do with your head? Never allow your head to stay focused on the ground the entire time. This will ruin your golf game, and cause you to have horrid shots. Instead, always let your head follow the ball. Whenever the ball leaves the ground so should your head. Your head is attached to your body, thus allow it to be as free as your arms, legs, hips and feet. It’s okay for your head to move with the golf ball, actually, it’s recommended.

About the Author

Ron is a big advocate of being physical fit to play your best golf. Visit his website for Golf Swing Advice that can take your Golf Swing to a whole new level... Learn some surprising Golfing tips and tactics for FREE. Whether you are a low handicap golfer or just average, you will find helpful tips from his site.

St Andrews Golf Vacation

St Andrews is one of the most favored places where those enjoy a game of golf will want to visit when going to Scotland. In fact, St Andrews vacations that incorporate the chance to play on its world-renowned golf course attracts visitors from all around the world.

Sometimes it is not actually that difficult for someone to actually get a tee off time at St Andrews as long as you would like to play any of the other five courses situated around this town. However if you wish to play on the famous Old Close currently there is around a 2 year waiting list for you to do so. However, below we offer a few tips, which may help with you getting the chance to play on this and other courses in St Andrews.

1. If you want you could enter into the Old Course's daily lottery draw that takes place for tee off times the next day. But the chances of you getting the chance to play here are very slim. If you can arrange your vacation in August as this will provide you with a 1 in 4 chance of being able to get to play on the course by entering the daily lottery.

2. Another month that is well worth considering for visiting St Andrews and which may provide you with the chance to play on the Old Course is in June. If you can check out the Andrews Links Trust website where you can find out on what dates the course is not open for the general public to play on it. Currently for the Month of June the 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 21st and 28th are all dates that the public are unable to have a game of golf on this course.

3. If you can avoid days such as Thursdays and Saturdays as these are the days when local golfers will have reserved their own tee off times. Instead try for days earlier in the week if you can although the chances of you getting a tee off time that you want and when you want is still highly unlikely as many people will have reserved their tee off times weeks and months in advance.

4. The best day in fact you may find of getting a greater chance of being able to play a round of golf on the Old Course is on the Monday. However, if you are intending to enter into the daily lottery draw you will need to submit your ballot on the Saturday before. This is because the course is in fact closed on Sundays.

5. Another thing that is worth considering doing in order to increase your chances of being able to play a round of golf at this superb course is by agreeing to split up from those you intend to play with. So that you will play as singles rather than as a group.

If you keep the above pointers in mind you may well find that getting the chance to play on one of Scotland's world-renowned golf courses is going to be much easier than you first imagined. This will further ensure that your St Andrews vacations break is one that you can enjoy to its full potential.

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For help finding somewhere to stay in St Andrews check out this list of St Andrews hotels and guest houses.

The Golf Swing

I have just finished posts on My Seven Step Swing Checklist. The one KEY ingredient to all of the seven steps is "Relaxation". It is a natural tendency for most of us to try to muscle or power the ball toward the hole. I did it for many years with sporadic success. I was tired of hitting one good shot in five and not scoring the way I knew I was capable of. I am an avid reader of Golf Magazines and have more than once come across articles stressing the relaxing of the muscles, especially in the hands, forearms, shoulders and chest used during the golf swing in order to attain better results. I decided to go to the range and see if I could try this relaxed method of the golf swing. It was an immediate improvement. Once I incorporated "Relaxation" into my golf swing the percentage of successful strokes increased proportionately with the greater distance achieved. I was amazed at how much farther and accurately the ball traveled with my new found relaxed swing method. Let me pause here for a minute and explain my definition of "Relaxation". Relaxing during the golf game and golf swing, does not by any means mean to fall asleep while addressing the ball. It does mean however, to rid your self of stressful thoughts and tense muscles to whatever degree possible. It means to let the club drop into the power slot naturally and let the speed of your swing thru relaxed muscles help you to achieve the desired result. I found that the club released and accelerated more on line when I maintained a light grip and little upper body stiffness or tension than if I tried to power the ball toward the target. The only thought that should be in your mind is the proper execution of the swing to produce the desired result for the particular golf shot at hand. Whether it be a drive off the tee or a finesse shot over a bunker to a tight pin placement just focus on executing the shot and achieving the result you want.

I was always very competitive at sports and wanted to hit the ball the best and the farthest in baseball and golf, which is a natural inclination when you are used to competitive play. The tendency for many of us is to try to rip into the ball with all the power we can muster. In baseball you can get away with it more easily, but the speed and timing of a relaxed swing even in baseball will achieve better and more consistent results than tight muscles and a forced swing. This is most especially true for the golf swing. "Swing easy and hit hard", that is my new motto ! There are different methods for relaxing before and during a golf round. During the round I have found that a deep slow breath ( inhale and exhale on about a seven second count for each ) as I line up my shot from behind the target will help promote a relaxed swing for me. I then make one rehearsal swing utilizing that technique and then step up and hit before over contemplating the swing. Too much time over the ball allows negativity and too many thoughts to creep into your mind and almost always results in a poor shot. The player who is confident in his / her abilities will address the ball, perform their set up routine and proceed to swing without taking an inordinate amount of time over the ball. Practicing the various golf shots you will come across during any particular golf round will also help build confidence when that situation actually occurs during play.

Another technique I have utilized as of late to reduce stress and tension is derived from a product called Maxximind. It consists of musical tones and AudiNeuro Technology on recorded CD's which provide the most relaxing sounds to promote a stress free, relaxed and peaceful mood. It works best with Stereo headphones and a quiet, dimly lit atmosphere with the least amount of outside interference possible. I normally listen to them the night before my golf round or in the early morning before I leave for the course. They work great for me and I would recommend them to anyone who is trying to relax, whether for golf or just to chill out and listen to some soothing sounds to reduce stress and promote relaxing of the body and the mind. All it takes is about 20 to 25 minutes a session and as I am taking in these melodic sounds I visualize myself in some beautiful setting, maybe on a Hawaiian Island, another island paradise or anywhere that promotes a soothing, calm and serene atmosphere for you. If you would like to try Maxximind click on the right side of the page below Blogroll and check out the demo. Happy Golfing and Relaxation To All !

About the Author

My name is Mike and I grew up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, N. Y.. I started playing golf when I sustained a severe hamstring injury while playing softball almost 30 years ago. I have enjoyed the game immensely ever since and have never looked back. Happy Golfing To All ! Also, for access to Maxximind including a demo ( Right side Below Blogroll )and more tips and golf info go to

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Golf Course and Golf Club Guide

To lower your golf score, you�ve got to put some time in. This is the main reason golfers quit the game. Golf is a very challenging game that requires intense concentration, skill, and many physical attributes.

One approach to lower your golf score is one that is off the course and does not involve swinging a club, taking lessons or buying more gimmicky training aids.

The approach I�m talking about is working on your �machine� to produce a repeatable golf swing for 18 holes. Are you currently capable to maintain a mechanically sound swing for the entire round? If you are honest in answering that question, I�ll bet your answer is no.

The biggest frustration I hear from golfers all over the world is they hit balls, take lessons and have the latest/greatest equipment and still can�t lower their golf score. In regards to golf improvement, the above scenario has eliminated everything but the MOST important component.

Your BODY!

Golf is an athletic movement that requires strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, stability, timing and many other elements. If your body is physically limited�you�ll have a minimal chance at playing to your potential.

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