A Pacific Gopher Snake
While not poisonous I still would prefer not meeting up with one of these on a green.
A Pacific Gopher Snake
While not poisonous I still would prefer not meeting up with one of these on a green.
Head Coach Phil Moore
One of the most common faults I find with my lessons is their posture, many don’t realise what their posture is like until they actually see it. Once you get in the grove of doing something it may not be correct however it feels good and you continue with it. This is where video analysis and photography are critical for my lessons. When we work on the posture I will send you pictures so you know what you are currently doing and what needs to be changed. These are great to print off and take with you when you practice so you know you are doing it correctly.
Improve Your Posture for better ball striking
Many club golfers that I watch that have inconsistent ball striking also have poor posture at set up. Mean while when you watch professionals on the European and PGA Tours, every posture is the same and they are all great ball strikers. The posture, when done right, is the foundation for a repeatable swing and more consistent ball striking.
When the posture is angled properly from your hips, and not your waist or upper back, it allows you to turn properly on the backswing and swing the club up and down on a better plane. If you bend from your waist or upper back your back will become more rounded and it’s near impossible to make contact with the golf ball with any great consistency.
A perfect drill for this is one in which you get the club up in front of you, the butt of the club should touch your belt buckle while the bottom of the shaft should touch the top of your head. Then you will just bend over using your hips until you start to feeling a small stretch in your hamstrings. Once you get this feeling you then just bend your knees a little until they are over the balls of your feet and this is how you stand to the ball.
With this new posture you will not only look like a golf pro, but you’ll start hitting it like one too!
by Mike Pederson
For a right handed golfer, understanding how your elbow functions in the golf swing is something you ought to know; and that’s the goal of this article (and video).
I have spent several years now working on the correct motion of my right elbow, so I think I’m qualified to give you some good information that can help you understand this element in your swing motion.
Like every joint in the body, there is a specific movement of the right elbow that needs to take place, and you might think it’s natural, but for some (like me) I had a faulty motion and it really hurt my technique.
The lower part of your right arm is made up of 2 bones, the radius and the ulna. They externally rotate as you take the club back, and this should put your elbow in a position to be pointing more at the ground, than back behind you.
There is some leeway here, but the more the elbow points behind you at the top of your swing, the harder it is to get back in front of you at the very important point of impact.
On the way down, you want as much of a direct path with the right elbow to get it down and in front of your right hip at impact. The common mistake is to release your club at impact and your right elbow is not in front of your right hip. This will prevent you from compressing the golf ball, and will most likely result in a flip at impact.
This has been a huge issue for me, so I hope I can bring attention to it, to help you avoid this. The right elbow IMO (in my opinion) should NOT bend beyond 90 degrees EVER in your golf swing, especially at the top.
If you do, this will promote an early release of your arm coming down, as your brain knows that elbow is bent too much, and has a long way to go to straight just after impact.
Get in your posture, and bend your right elbow to 90 (see picture below).
Now just rotate your shoulders as if you’re making a backswing, and your right arm should be in this position (see below).
Equally as important is avoiding the premature (early) bending of the right elbow in the initial part of the takeaway, which will lift the club, robbing you of width going back, and also give you a false sense of a shoulder turn.
The next time you make a swing, take note of how bent your elbow is at the top. If it’s beyond 90, shorten it up a bit. You will soon realize you can get back to impact and it’s actually a simpler move, with less moving joints.
One critical position is at the top of the swing. Your right elbow should be pointing down (see picture below).
You do not want it pointing behind you as this will create a steep downswing plane, and encourage an “over the top golf swing”. No good! The elbow pointing down puts it in a perfect position to get down and in front of the right hip much easier.
As you are coming down, your right elbow is slowing unbending, with the tip of the elbow coming right down in front of right hip (see picture below), and more importantly, the lower arm is starting to rotate counter-clockwise, which will square the clubface. This is the “screwing” motion into the ground I mentioned in the golf swing release video.
This is where some golfers don’t do it correctly. Instead they rotate the forearm clockwise opens the clubface wide open, and also promotes a “throw out” motion way too early in the downswing, making it difficult to get to impact with your hands ahead, and the forward lean of the shaft, that all the pros have.
This is critical to optimal ball striking!
Your right elbow needs to be “in front of your right hip” (see image below) at impact. This is a MUST. If you have more than 2-3 inches of space between your right hip and elbow, it’s too far out away from the body.
This will create a glancing blow on the ball. Your goal should be to get that right elbow back onto the hip and then extend through impact and into your follow through.
Also take not that at impact, your right arm is not completely extended, which is another common fault for high handicap golfers.
It should still be slightly bent. It does not extend fully until after you have hit the ball! Remember this. Just think of throwing a ball. The ball is gone and your elbow THEN finally releases fully. Not before. Same thing in golf.
Through impact, that “screwing” into the ground occurs even more, as the lower forearm bones rotate counter-clockwise over each other to a full release, and the elbow finally straightening, but never locking out.
I’m a huge believer in what the entire right arm and shoulder do in your golf swing for maximum power and consistency, so I hope this article gives you a better understanding of what happens with the right elbow in your golf swing.
Joe Dimaggio on 8th fairway at LaQuinta golf course at
Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs, California
James Caan Celebrity Golf Tournament (4/23/12)
A Ball Full of History
by Virginia McCardy
In the chemistry of air pressure, turbulence, and aerodynamics, surface structures are vital physical element. History has it that there are things that seem to be peculiar on their make-up hundreds of years ago which eventually came up with a better composition based on scientific research. And a golf ball is the best paradigm of this theoretical stand in history.
During the earliest days of golf on the eastern coast of Scotland, most players used ancient apparatus in order to play the game in a more disorganized and informal way. Here, the first clubs and golf balls are made up of wood.
It was on 1618 that the feather golf ball was finally introduced. This was commonly known as the “Featherie”. This feather golf ball was a handcrafted ball made with goose feathers securely pressed into a horse or cowhide sphere. This is being done while the ball is still wet. After drying, the leather shrank and the feathers expanded creating a hardened ball.
But because these kinds of golf balls are specially handcrafted, they usually cost higher than the clubs. In doing so, only a few privileged people could afford to play golf during those times.
Next came the Guttie golf ball. This prehistoric kind of golf ball was made from the rubber like sap of the Gutta tree that can be found in the tropics. Normally, these Guttie balls can be easily shaped into a sphere when hot and eventually used as a golf ball. With its rubber nature, guttie balls can be cheaply reproduced and can be easily repaired by reheating and reshaping.
However, between the two earliest forms of golf balls, the feather golf ball was said to travel farther than the gutties. This is due to the smooth surface of the gutties that limits the capacity of the golf ball to cover more distance.
With this new scientific analysis, the developers of golf ball finally came up with balls with the “dimples” that are predominant in modern golf balls nowadays.
Dimples are crafted into golf balls so as to reduce the aerodynamic drag, which will be acting on the ball if it were totally smooth. This is because smooth balls, when sailing through the air, leave a huge pocket of low-pressure air in its stir therefore creating a drag. With the application of drag, the ball slows down.
Hence, by having dimples on golf balls, the pressure differential goes down and the drag force is reduced. These dimples create turbulence in the air surrounding the golf ball. This, in turn, forces the air to clasp the golf ball more closely. By doing so, the air trails the warp created by the ball towards the back instead of flowing past it. This results to a smaller wake and lesser drag.
Dimples also help players to put backspin on a shot making the golf ball break off on the putting green.
The idea of putting dimples on golf balls can be traced back during the gutta percha phase. Coburn Haskell introduced the one-piece rubber cored ball encased in a gutta percha sphere. It was during this time when the players observed how their shots become more and more predictable as their balls turned rough from play.
When William Taylor applied the dimple pattern to a Haskell ball in 1905, golf balls finally took their modern form.
From then on, dimpled golf balls were officially used in every golf tournament. In 1921, the golf balls took its form with standard size and weight.
Today, there is an abundant selection of golf balls to fit different golf game and condition. There are golf balls that offer control, while some offer distance. In whatever ways golf balls vary, only one thing is common and known. Golf balls are not just elements of the sports arena; they are more than ever paradigm of a concept in physics.
by The Golf Nut
The world wide web is a great place to find articles and tips ongolf for beginner, they skim the service on the areas that are key for a golfer new to the game. These are tips which will serve you improve much faster.
Selecting the correct golf club is essential for a new golfer. Precise sizing of clubs for woman, children and juniors as ways based on their height. novice golfers try to learn by using clubs from their family or friends, however, this is not the best way to master the golf swing, using clubs, improperly sized may lead to poor swinging habits. It is valuable for beginner to learn the basic rules and etiquette of golf course. For example, many new players do not know how to enter and leave a sand trap. They do not know why the rate is sitting on the edge or, if they ground their club there in violation of a rule. The seasoned golfer can offer help in this area Traditional course etiquette rules will be explained by a veteran golfers as you play around with him or her.
Many new players will try to teach themselves the fundamentals of the swing. This process can be long and frustrating. One of the best golf tips for beginners is to take a lesson or two from someone who knows the mechanics of a good swing. The Clubhouse pro has years of experience, explaining the swing process and helping the player setup properly.
The takeaway has particular importance to the new player. New golfers find themselves whipping the golf club back with their hands. The fundamentals to any good golf swing are the takeaway. New player should realize that by rushing to the top of their backswing does not always translate into making a good shot.
Routing the body properly is problem area for many beginner golfers. The correct way to bring the club back is to allow the shoulders to rotate while maintaining a square club face, followed by the hips. The picture perfect downswing will begin with a hip’s beginning the process not your hands.
Another important golf secret for the new golfer and false importance of the right follow through. One of the secrets to playing better golf is understanding that some shots require full follow-through, but others do not. A key to playing better golf is learning which swings best.
A mistake by golfers of all levels is stopping short in their follow-through. Any motion is not fluid can affect the overall performance of the shot. A common mistake by many players is to raise their head to watch the ball flight. Stop the urge to continue stop the urge to continue your follow-through until your swing is complete.
Practice was important tip for any beginner golfer. Playing the game of golf demands training with all your clubs, including. Mastering the golf swing is challenging. However, if you invest the energy to learn each club and understand how it reacts to your swing.