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How can I get better at golf?

I’m trying to get better at golf, what are some golfing tips a beginner should be aware of, especially for driving.

Apart from practice, practice and even more practice, you should check out the useful article tips and videos provided here…..

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Will Yoga really help….read more here….

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Love playing Golf? Boost your game experience by practicing these 7 simple yoga postures. The Art Of Living Global.

We all know mastering your golf swing is vital….

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improve golf swing 3 best balls for beginners 3 best balls for beginners article by jack brown if you consider yourself to be a relative novice to the.

Golf swing tips, putting tips and more…..

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This page focuses on how a golfing novice or beginner should correctly approach the ball on the tee and look at the golf ball in the proper manner and addressing the ball correctly. Beginners Golf Tips is the Best Resource for Golfing Tips Online. Beginners Golf Tips.

 

 

 

 

Your Questions About Power Point Golf

Donna asks…

Why cant i hit the ball farther?

I practice. I have new equipment. What is it that others have or are doing that I don’t?

admin answers:

Overview
Playing consistently good golf requires building a swing that delivers both power and accuracy. Not being able to hit the ball very far makes every course longer and puts more pressure on your short game. If you can’t reach par 4’s in two, your wedge shots have to make up for this lack of distance. Fortunately, golfers who are not reaching their power potential can learn ways to generate additional clubhead speed through improved physical fitness and better swing technique.

Tension at Address
Golfers who are tense or anxious when they address the ball have trouble generating maximum clubhead speed. Tight muscles cause the swing to be shorter and slower. Your goal is a long, loose swing not a short, tight one. Consciously think about relaxing your shoulders before you begin your swing. Make sure you are not gripping the club too hard. Grip pressure should be firm enough to control the club but not so tight that it builds up tension in your forearms and shoulders. Don’t begin your swing until your feel relaxed and comfortable.

Weak Legs
Good golfers have powerful leg drive as the swing approaches the impact point. Leg drive helps generate speed and power. You may notice that you lose distance near the end of the round, and tired legs could be the problem. Build your leg strength through a consistent program of walking, running or cardio training such as working out on a treadmill or stationary bike. It’s a good idea to consult with your doctor before getting started on an exercise program.

Poor Tempo
Some of the longest hitters on the PGA and LPGA tours don’t look particularly muscular and their swings look almost effortless. Their secret is good tempo. They know how to maximize clubhead speed at the impact point. Rushing the downswing causes you to dissipate clubhead speed. Make sure you swing back as far as you comfortably can, and pause at the top of your swing.

Lack of Flexibility
To generate power you need to make a full shoulder turn. By coiling your muscles going back, you build up energy that will be released on the downswing. A full turn requires muscle flexibility. Golfers increase their flexibility through stretching exercises. Take your driver and grip it on either end of the shaft. Extend the club out in front of you, and rotate your shoulders as you do during the swing. You will feel your shoulder muscles stretch and loosen up. This will help you widen your swing arc–and hit the ball farther.

Forcing the Swing
Swinging too hard can actually result in shorter drives rather than longer ones. A violent swing action throws your timing off, making it impossible for the arms, shoulders and legs to work in harmony to deliver maximum power to the ball. Extending the backswing beyond parallel can also disrupt the timing of the downswing. Great players deliberately swing with less than 100 percent force in order to maintain good swing rhythm.

Maria asks…

Does anyone know any info on Darrell Klassen the Golf teacher who sells dvds on golf ..?

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admin answers:

Never heard of Darrell Klassen

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Your Questions About Power Point In Golf Swing

Mark asks…

Need more distance on drives, how?

Ok, so I’ve started playing golf more seriously now, and most of my game is good to par… to sub-par.
My iron shots for the fairway are decent, and i assume they’ll get better with practice. My wedge shots are the best part of my game, I usually get 90-110 yds. with a full swing.

The worse part of my game is my drives… Usually I can match my drives with my 5 wood or 4 iron hits
Sometimes they’re the same distance as my freakin wedge shots!

I’ve tried everything i know with my swing, my shots are deadly accurate but i just dont think they have enough “oomph” in them. Every time i go for more power, i just lose accuracy.

I’m sure theres either something little i need to tweak, or perhaps my game’s just not there yet…

Stats:
17 y/o
5’8″
130 lbs
Typical drive – 150 yards

admin answers:

Its all in the coil – the torso.
But there is so much to doing everything right even before you start the swing. Sounds to me like you are using your arms too much by trying to hit the ball. Whereas with your wedges you are more realxed and probably using the correct muscles.
Get a good tutorial like Pure Point Golf which you can find on the website in the source box. They have a dvd dedicated to the drive.
Good luck

Susan asks…

Controls for Tiger Woods 07 (360)?

I got this game from GameFly and the control instructions on the site are not very good. It’s easy enough to swing, but how do I use “power” (A), spin, and in-flight stuff. Any help is appreciated.

I’m getting owned in driving competitions, and I don’t believe I should be.

admin answers:

Hammer the A button during your backswing you will see the golf ball at the bottom left tuen red and dont hesitate as soon as ur club gets to the point of full swing push it back forward and still hammer the a button and the left analog stick to create spin and you can gain a couple extra yards from that too.

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Robert asks…

Good golf strength exercises to improve distance?

admin answers:

What gives you distance is clubhead speed.
Having strong arms and shoulders does not necessarily mean that you will have great speed.
Read this article of what it takes to hit a golf ball like a proow to Hit a Golf Ball Longer
by Bill Herrfeldt, Demand Media

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Flexibility that allows a full shoulder turn will help your distance.

Many players think that swinging a golf club harder is the only way to increase distance, but that’s not true. The harder you swing, the shorter your ball will travel.
Step 1
Work on your flexibility. Ideally, at the top of your golf swing, your shoulders should have turned 90 degrees so they are perpendicular to the ground. That’s opposed to most amateurs, who rely mostly on their hands and arms to swing the club. In any golf tournament you see on television, there are professionals who turn their shoulders beyond that to generate more power and hit their drives consistently over 300 yards. If you increase your turn by as little as 15 degrees, you’ll increase the distance of your golf shots.
Step 2
Increase the speed of your club head by leading with your hips, because you’ll hit the golf ball further if your club head is traveling faster at the point of impact. To prove this point, try throwing a ball using only your arms, keeping your hips and shoulders still. Then throw the ball again; but this time, use your entire body. Undoubtedly, the second ball travels farther. The way you swing a golf club is no different. You increase your club head speed at impact by shifting your weight first, thus creating a whipping action with your arms.
Step 3
Start your downswing only after you have shifted your weight to the front foot by using your hips. By doing so, you increase the resistance between your lower and upper body, sometimes referred to as “torque.” That will result in hitting the ball farther because you will have increased the speed of your club head. It all comes down to how flexible you are, and doing exercises to improve it will pay dividends by improving your game.
Step 4
Practice these changes in your golf swing until they become second nature to you. Meanwhile, you can expect a lot of missed shots and frustration until you improve the timing of your swing. But sometime in the future, you will appreciate all of the work and your handicap will be lower as a result.

Ruth asks…

why can’t i hit a golf ball far?

when i hit the ball off the tee… it only goes 75-125 yards each time
i cant hit the ball of the grass with a iron because i miss … any help?

admin answers:

I am a beginner too…and I had the same problem, until some people at the driving range talked to me. Here is what you do. If this helps, tell me, because I think it will.

First, when you line up to hit a ball with one of your irons, bend over about 30 degrees and MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE LOW. THIS IS KEY. They should be clearly below your belt buckle before you begin your backswing. This may feel awkward at first but it will make it much easier to hit the ball if your hands are low enough. Knees should be slightly bent and feet should be SHOULDER WIDTH apart…no wider than this.

Next, when you start to bring your clubs back, make sure your left arm stays as straight as possible throughout the entire swing. Also, and this is extremely important… Try to keep your back at the exact angle it is bent from when you start your swing to when you connect. If you move your back as you swing, you will likely mishit the ball.

In addition, when you are at the top of your backswing, the front and top of your torso should be facing behind the direction you are hitting the ball. You need this shoulder turn to generate power.

And lastly, follow through. Your right foot (for a right handed golfer) should end up pointed into the ground after your follow through.

The most important advice in all of this though is getting your hands low before you start your swing.

Sharon asks…

how to cure golf hook?

I have just started off the year with a terrible hook in my drives. It is also with my irons, but not quite as bad. When I drive, I am hitting a low hooking shot , and I cant seem to fix it. Just wanted to get some tips on how to work this out… Im guessing its with the grip?

admin answers:

It could be lots of things, grip, swing plane, tempo…..
You can’t resolve something like this on Yahoo….I would suggest getting a lesson from a PGA teaching pro…Get video taped..this may cost a bit but you will know then not only where your flaws are but how to fix them…how to practice them…
When I hit a golf ball, I try to remember a couple of simple things..One, turn with your shoulders and not with your arms..this will help with bringing the club too far inside and thus coming over the top…When starting your SLOW back swing, begin by keeping your left arm straight thus turning with your body, then once you have moved your big muscles you can go ahead and cock your wrists bring the club even further back until the club is parallel to the ground and the head is pointing towards your target…Begin the down swing by just letting the club start to fall…as it gets to about the four o’clock position, pull with your left towards the target…Don’t Swing too hard…A proper swing should make a swoosh sound as the club rips through the air, however this should only occur at the bottom of your swing arc…Next time you are at the range, try not to hit it 300 yrds, but more like 80% power not 100% Take a LESSON !

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Thomas asks…

Did weight-lifting ruin Tiger Woods?

Golf fans,

Q 1. Tiger Woods’ off-the-course problems notwithstanding, did resistance training, to the point of considerable bulking-up, ruin Tiger Woods’ game?

Q 2. Back in the day when Tiger was up by say, 15, on any given course shredding the competition, he was a lean, mean, golfing phenom that exuded amazing flexibility in his swing and just the right amount of power. WHY did he ruin it with weights?

Q 3. We all know the benefits of resistance training, but Golf is probably the one sport that needs mild to moderate weight training given the flexibility this sport demands. Woods’ transformation over the years back when he was dominating to now, 2011, looks like comparing a swimmer to a NFL linebacker, figuratively speaking. WHY did he not see this?

admin answers:

That’s easy. He didn’t listen to the doctor’s that told him not to carry more than 170 lbs on his body. He’s 20-25 lbs over that number. He didn’t listen to the doctors that told him not to play in the U.S. Open in 2008. It was amazing that he won the tournament on one leg, but what damage did he cause in the process even though it was surgically repaired? He’s had multiple surgeries on the knee and probably should’ve given it more rest than he did this time. He has 1 top ten and a victory at the Player’s Championship in his career so he should’ve just waited until the Memorial where he has way more success. He hadn’t touched a club until Monday of this week. It would’ve been better if he experienced this at home as opposed to at a tournament where now everyone is speculating. To answer your question, no weight-lifting didn’t ruin him.

Paul asks…

How can I get more distance on my shots?

I have been into golf for awhile now and recently I have been very frustrated with not being able to hit that far of a shot both in drives and irons. I notice it when I go out and play with my friends and I see them hit long drives and are able to use a 9 iron from a distance I would practically need my 5 or 3. Ive gone out and hit countless range balls but I feel like I cant improve or gain any distance in shots. My major strong point is I do have a good short/putting game but its really frustrating hitting drives the same distance as old ladies who play on the course lol. I have some friends that are tall and skinny and built like me that can really hit awesome drives so it makes me think there has to be something im doing wrong. Any advice or tips? Or am I stuck with granny distance drives for the rest of my life?

admin answers:

A lot of the power you generate comes from your shoulders, hips, turn and your wrist speed through the ball…..

You need to work on the a bigger wider shoulder turn, creating a perfect straight arm at the top of your swing, and getting your wrists coming into the ball at the right time and quicker….

Go to the gym and build yourself up aswell… It will help mate…. Im 5ft9 but i can hit the ball over 350 yards no problem…. Longest drive is 373 onto the front of a green, and that was on a flat hole, no wind and only a warmish day in may here in the uk…

Go away and work on timing the ball, bigger shoulder turn and speeding your swing up 10-15%

Steven asks…

How to become more consistent in golf? shoot under 80 consistently?

I play high school golf. Never took a golf lesson in my life. I’m 17 and I shoot around mid 80’s. I’m 5’5 and 130 lbs.Pretty small for a golfer. I started playing golf during my freshman year. Now I am a junior. My drives are REALLY inconsistent! Most of them Slices but if I get lucky, I can bomb it 260 yards! My short irons are good but my woods and long irons are horrible. I just can’t hit them consistently in the middle! It’s so hard. My practice swing is good and the tempo is perfect UNTIL I actually hit the ball and my temppo is all messed up and I move my head and everything! How long will it take me to drop 5 strokes!? Does lessons really help?

admin answers:

Hi Michael, I have a couple of bits of advice which I hope will be of use to you. You can bomb a 260 yard drive albeit inconsistently, so you are capable of bringing the club head down square with a decent amount of power & good timing. Your problem is some technical flaw is getting in to your swing which is causing this inconsistency, this is were golf lessons would be useful.

A PGA professional should be able pin point this technical flaw & give you some drills to correct it. This gives you 2 advantages, you’ll still lose some drives, we all do but you should be able feel what went wrong with your swing after the advice the pro gave you, being able to know what you did wrong is a important rather then blindly swinging again. Secondly you’ll not only know what was wrong with the previous swing, you’ll know how to correct it. I’d really recommend lessons.

Another thing, you say your short game is strong. Like anybody it can be stronger & that’s the easiest way to drop shots of your round consistently. You play double the short then the long shots & although it’s not the glamour side of the game it’s probably the most important.

I practise religiously and make a game of it. I’ve always practised short putting & it really pays off, it gives you the confidence & ability to sink your 6 foot putts (let’s face it, we shouldn’t be missing putts inside 6 feet but many do). On the practise hole on my course I take 6 of the practise flag sticks, use them to surround a hole creating a mini green on the practise green with a 6 foot radius from the hole. I then hit 20-30 balls from 120 yards, 110, 100 etc down to 40yards. Only the balls inside the mini green are good shots, outside are fails (even if they are on the main green still). It really allows you to know your yardages & means you will get up & down from inside 120 yards more consistently.

Hope that helped & good luck

John asks…

I need help with my golf backswing?

I am a beginner and I am just learning the mid iron swing. When I swing back, my head seems to move however hard I try to stop it – This then lifts my body and I always seem to top the ball. Its getting on my nerves and I cannot seem to perfect it. Please help!

admin answers:

The backswing does not hit the golf ball, but this does not mean that executing a good backswing is not important. A good backswing will set the club in a position of power and control. Your body should feel like a coil, like a spring loading, getting ready to unwind. You can practice your backswing anywhere that you have enough space for a complete swing.

Steps
1. Start the backswing by sweeping the clubhead back smoothly. Be sure that your keep the clubhead low to the ground in this first step.

2. When swinging your club back, do not lose your balance. When your weight pressure presses down on your back foot, keep the pressure balanced to the inside of your foot. Although your clubhead is kept low to the ground, do not let this low swing pull you off balance.

3. As you swing the club back and up, you should feel weight pressure build up in your back leg; this is the beginning of feeling your body feeling like a tightening coil.

4. Continue to move your clubhead up, tightening the coil. Be careful not to press too much weight pressure onto the front of your back foot as you will not be able to complete your shoulder turn and you will lose clubhead speed.

5. For the advanced golfer, pay attention to the position of the clubface while making your coil. When the club reaches hip level, the shaft of the club should lay over the extended line of your feet. You can test this by laying a club back from your foot line. The toe of the clubface should be pointed up toward the sky.

6. Stay in your posture throughout the backswing by keeping the bend in your back leg throughout the entire backswing. Do not stand straight up with your body, but stay down so that you don’t move your body position.

7. Allow your shoulders to turn smoothly until your front shoulder is behind the golf ball. You should now be at the top of your swing and fully coiled.

James asks…

why do golf shafts bend forward?

I’ve seen photos where some is swinging (usually really fast) the shaft looks to be bending foreword, it looks like this letter j or is this the camera angle being slightly not face on and the shaft is bending down?

admin answers:

Dear Bob O, Great observation. What you are viewing is one of the dynamics which occur during the downswing. If you were to view a full sequence from the top of the swing when the club is set you will also see a slight bending of the shaft at the top of the swing and the blink of an eye time when the club is redirected during the downswing. The shaft depending on the flex, length and consequently which club bends the exact oppositee direction you describe in your question. Commonly known as the loading of the shaft. This load is compromised of the swing speed, weight of the head and the swing path the player is using. As the player continues the downswing with aresultingg increase in club head speed the shaft bends even more to a point where it has reached the maximum load possible. Midway through the downswing another dynamic comes into the equation. Centrifugall force of a 200 gram driver head for example, matched with the players ability to to create aleveragedd position with his or her hands and arms. Flash forward another eye blink and the weight of the driver head and the initiation of the “release move” creates a straightening of the shaft as the energy loaded begins to unload. The best of players are able toholdf this full release to theNoao second just at the point of tangency (or impact). A very curious dynamic you may also have viewed is the “toe droop” wher the forces of the head actually bend the shaft downward while at the same time beginning to bend in the direction you described. Every golfer has experienced the physics of this process. Release the hands too early and you wind up hooking the ball, too late of a release and a slice results. This is a bit of a reduction since there are so many other dynamicsoccurringg. In addition, let me add to the equation the torque where at impact the shaft twists. Players with higher swing speeds mostly play with low torque value shafts. This measurement is made by clamping the butt end of the shaft and putting onePoundd ofdown forcee one foot from the tip. Torque values are designated by degrees. Shaft manufacturers when setting a shaft profile play close attention to the flex, torque, bend points and tip strength as well as other factors in the design process. Just after impact you will view the deflection of the head and the vibration going up the shaft just above the hosel and what you so accurately described. The camera did angle did not give you a distorted view. If anything the camera angle didn’t give you enough of the dynamics of shaft physics.

Just a note. The release move described in my answer is the key for most players to maximize their driving distance even though they rarely swing full tilt during a tournament. Watch a swing sequence of Fred Couples for example and see a syrup like swing and pay close attention where his hands are and where the club head is. His hands are only 6 to 8 inches from the hitting position and the club head is still above his waist line. Hishandd speed during that moment of truth is where he derives much of his power. That’s also what makes golf so much fun. A 5′-9″ Camillo can drive it farther than players much bigger and stronger than him. It’s the great equalizer and when added to the proper shaft makes all those crazy bends and twists and droops result into a rocket right down the middle.

Best of luck Bob-O and look for more swing sequence photos. You will learn a great deal and you have a great start.

With Kindest Regards
H-E

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