More Muscles Are Used In The Golf Swing Than You Think

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 that of pain in the lower back which is usually aggravated by golf. This pain is especially evident after longer sessions on the course. How can any golfer improve golf swing, let alone have any hope of enjoying the game with such a nagging, persistent pain? Yet this problem is easily solved by simply strengthening lower back muscles used by doing certain exercises. The result is that there is

How To Get Rid Of Tension In Your Golf Swing

I think we have all been there. You are staring down a long par 4 from the tee box. The fairway is lined with trees on both sides. The landing area is tight and hitting 3 wood or iron is not an option, the hole is too long. You pull out driver and tee up the ball, knowing to win the skin with your buddy you have to land this tee shot in the fairway. You take a few practice swings, address the ball, look down the fairway (it looks a little tighter than before), begin your backswing, and bang! Your body tightens up. You hold onto the club and hook it into the tress. You think to yourself that bogey will now be a good score. You are upset at yourself and watch as your playing partner swings a smooth driver that lands the ball on the left side of the fairway. You begin to grudgingly walk towards your ball, hoping you will find it, saying a few things under your breath, and questioning your swing mechanics. What just happened? A situation that most of us have encountered at some

How Do The Best Professional Golfers Practice and Train?

Before any golfer, pro or otherwise, picks up a club, they look at the capability of their body versus the requirements of the swing. What exactly does this mean? Most of us are aware that golf requires rotation at the hip joints, shoulder joints and spine. So, what if a golfer has a very tight low back or any restrictions in their shoulders? Well, the obvious answer is that any loss of range of motion creates swing flaws in addition to injuries. This is a fact based on human performance and movement. It is also necessary to create a fluid and natural golf swing. Not only does golf require good rotation at each joint, but it must be efficient and explosive. I have had the opportunity to visit such a human performance center where some of the more famous tour players train. I was able to explore the same tests they take as part of their initial assessment period. Remember since we are all built differently and have different strengths and weaknesses, we all test differently. The

Preparing for a Round of Golf

It's a beautiful day for golf.  Before heading out to the course, it is important to go through a checklist of items you will need to ensure an enjoyable round.  Before leaving your home, it is important to check the latest weather conditions so you can dress appropriately and bring any necessary items to deal with adverse conditions.  On a day that conditions are forecasted to be clear and comfortable, it is appropriate to wear clothing appropriate for conditions. Some players may choose to wear walking shorts if they are allowed by the golf club.  Some sort of hat is always recommended to protect the playerís head from the sun, and golfers should always wear sunscreen.  On a day when rain is anticipated, an umbrella and rain suit is desirable.  A golferís bag should be equipped with certain necessities, besides the clubs and balls that may make the day more comfortable.  These items would include towels to wipe away sweat and mud, a rain suit or an extra shirt, a spare p

Elements of a Golf Swing

There are some basic elements of the golf swing that the golfer should use as a mental checklist when taking a shot.  The first element is the body's alignment toward the target.  Stand five to ten feet behind the ball, with the ball directly between your body and the desired target.  Locate guidance targets on the ground (leaves, blades of grass, dirt, etc.) inches in front and behind the golf ball that should be on a direct line with where you are standing and the target.  Keep your eyes on those ground targets as you approach the ball.  Align the clubface behind the ball, with the center of the clubface on a direct line between the two ground targets you have selected.  Grip the club with just enough tension to keep it from slipping in your hands throughout the course of the golf swing.  Align your feet on a parallel plain with your ground targets, shoulder width apart, and the knees slightly bent.  The front foot should be pointed slightly outward, toward the target, to

Golf's Mental Game - A Journey To Confidence

What would you say is the most important aspect in becoming a better player? How can you get complete fulfillment from the game? What aspect of this sport is the key ingredient to having the most fun? Some people say that patience is the answer. Others point out that practice & repetition is the key to success in golf. And it is. Some players even think that having the right golf clubs is the "magic potion." A. Great Answers... Confidence. A generally good feeling about the strength of your abilities can be a priceless asset. Having confidence in yourself is important in golf & practically everything else too. How you feel about yourself will carry over into the quality of your game & elsewhere. Thousands of golfers have lowered their scores & increased their relative happiness by just reassessing how they view themselves. B. Performance Similarly, there is also "performance-oriented" confidence which is based more upon the

20 Ways Of Training The Mind On Positive Thinking

1. Start the day with cheers and smiles. Your whole day depends on how you greet the morning. Therefore, as long as you welcome it with energy and high spirits, everything will go okay. You don’t want the rest of the day to get ruined, do you? Come on, smile! It doesn’t cost anything but is worth everything. 2. Ask for guidance. Only the Universe knows what we will be having on the day ahead of us. It will surely appreciate a few minutes of meditating and asking for guidance. Also, have faith that our requests will be granted as long as it is for our own good. With the Universe as our guide, we don’t have any reason not to say and believe in the thought that I can do this. I can make it through this day. Nothing is impossible. 3. Plan the day ahead. To avoid mistakes that will cause negative output on your daily activities that will later on become negative thoughts, it is better to plan your work first; after which, work your plan. Make sure today’s goals are clearly de