Even as you contemplate on getting a golf gift for a close friend or acquaintance, you may have heard other golfers complain on numerous occasions about how useless some golf aid equipment they spent a fortune on turned out to be.
Tip: If you want to develop a strong golf swing, you must start with a good grip. If you have a strong grip on your club, you’ll be able to hit a variety of different shots.
This is not to say that golf products designed to improve golfer’s games do not work. They do and they are the perfect golf gift, if you can get it right.
Tip: When you swing a golf club, put your whole body into it. It is important not to rely on just the arms, but instead to utilize both the upper and lower body together as a solid unit.
The problems folks get with golf products in most cases is because of a failure to focus on the particular weakness that requires improvement and then doing your shopping with adequate knowledge so that you do not have to rely on the shop assistant whose work it is to sell you as much as they possibly can.
Tip: One good golfing tip for those just starting out is to know and understand your tee height. If you do not have your tee at the height it should be in, you will not have a good drive.
For example when considering a golf gift, it would be difficult to go wrong with a weighted club. This is the sort of golf improvement gift product that is very golf-specific. It works well to develop and condition all the muscles you use frequently in every golf swing you make on the course.
Tip: To help you decide on which golf clubs to purchase, you should consult with a golf pro. This is something you should know because a professional will be able to aid you in club selection and will know what types have been created lately.
Exercise tubing would also make an ideal golf gift. The beauty of this product is that it allows you to break down the golf swing into the many different phases and thus allows you to make improvements to the various different segments of the golf swing. What is even more attractive about this golf gift is the price. It costs approximately $20-$25.
Tip: Test your posture when preparing to swing by wiggling your toes. If you can move your feet freely, then you are most likely leaning too far away from the golf ball.
The stability ball is another ideal golf gift. Any golfer with a bad back should have one. With the right guidance and advice, you can do so many different stretches using the stability ball. It can even be easily used in an office to do the stretches in brief moments away from your work station.
Tip: Intentionally pitting yourself against players at your own level can give your confidence a big boost. As a novice golfer, you should play simple courses with partners at your skill level.
In getting a golf gift you should also consider hand weights. And these are not for the purpose of developing huge muscles, there are golf-specific exercises that concentrate on “golf muscles” and can help improve anybody’s game. Hand weights cost only 50 cents a pound and are very portable.
In your search for a golf gift, you can even get more specific and select a training aid specific to the particular weakness of the golfer that you are targeting. For instance the Inside Approach is ideal in correcting the problems associated with slicers and would make for an unforgettable golf gift for a slicer.
Strength training for golf is viewed by golfers as a lot of work, time-consuming, boring and you need a gym membership to do it. None of the above is true, and if you read this article, I’ll explain why.
Tip: Protect your confidence, and enjoy yourself more by playing mostly with other golfers at your level. When starting out, try easy courses with other beginners.
You see… strength training for golf isn’t on machines anyways…so that eliminates the requirement of a gym. All you need is a pair of handweights, exercise tubing and a stability ball and you’ve got your entire “in-home” golf fitness gym.
Tip: The face of your club should remain square to your ball when you hit it. The ball will go on a straight trajectory.
It’s not a lot of work, if you pick and choose the area you want to focus on. It’s not time-consuming if you do it in the convenience of your home, and have a plan of action. And lastly, it can be a lot of fun, when you use bands, exercise balls and training equipment specific to golf.
Tip: Pay attention to your stance. A good way to check for a proper stance is to try tapping your toes inside your shoes, without moving your feet.
There many “so-called” strength training for golf programs, but when you take a look at them, you’ll see pictures of golfers sitting on their butts in a machine. I don’t know about you, but I think golf is done “on your feet”, right?
Tip: When teeing off, make sure the back edge of your leading foot is parallel to the ball. The starting, prime location of the ball, for all other swings, is centered between your feet.
Strength training for golf is becoming “mainstream” with the golfing community. We see and hear all the pros doing it and playing their best golf; so why wouldn’t we amateurs do it also?
There are so many reasons why to participate in a strength training for golf program, that you can’t overlook it and say you don’t need it.
Lacking power in your swing? It’s because your body can’t produce any stored energy from a full backswing with torque in your core. That’s a ‘physical’ issue, not mechanical.
Tip: Wiggling your toes helps you figure out the correct posture as you are getting ready to swing the club. If your feet have freedom to move around without any effort or resistance, you’re probably too far back from the ball.
Is your golf swing inconsistent from one swing to the next? Swing faults originate from some deeper physical limitation that’s not allowing you to make a mechanically sound and repeatable swing. How many times have you taken a lesson and heard your pro say, “you need to make a full backswing”, but you just can’t physically do it? That’s a ‘physical’ issue, not mechanical.
Tip: Not trying to be too perfect will help you as you learn the game of golf. Mistakes do happen, and the ability to laugh at your mistakes helps relax you, and it will help you recover more easily from those mistakes.
How about injuries? Do you have one at the moment? The golf swing is physically damaging to the body if you don’t have enough strength and flexibility to withstand the force the golf swing puts on it. Swinging a 3 foot long lever (club) at up to 90 mph is unbelievably stressful on the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body. That’s a ‘physical’ issue, not mechanical.
I could go on and on, but I think you might get the idea by now.
Tip: Learn how to hold your club correctly from the first time you play. The most common problem when trying to hit the ball far is they tend to have a hard grip on the club.
Strength training for golf may be your “missing link” to your best game ever! If you’ve tried all the ‘other’ methods, this is the ONLY one left. Why wouldn’t you explore the possibilities a little more?
If you’re looking to add power to your golf swing; improve your consistency; and prevent golf injuries, then you’ve got to consider strength training for golf.
Tennis requires cat-like reflexes with short bursts of strength. These short movements do not allow the muscles to extend their full length. When muscles are strenuously worked they become tight and can lose their elasticity unless properly stretched. Yoga exercises can increase the body’s range of motion. The lack of movement because of inflexibility binds the joints. Without the elasticity of the muscles, I think an athlete can be a prisoner within his own body.
Using yoga techniques makes it possible to retrain the muscles. Most tennis athletes play in a constant state of muscle tension. Yoga trains the body to relax muscle tension. Learning to begin your game in a relaxed state could mean gaining an extra step on the ball.
When in a ready position muscles are contracted and ready for action. To move, muscles must be relaxed and then contracted again to spring in any direction. By retraining the muscles you begin from a relaxed position, giving a quickened reaction time.
Yoga breathing exercises can help improve endurance and stamina. When exerting in sports or exercise we often hold the breath as a way to create strength. Yoga trains the body to create strength through breathing control. Holding the breath at points of exertion takes a great deal of energy that could be used during long sets or matches.
Learning the correct way while doing a yoga pose is simple. Exhale during the execution of a pose until you feel the muscles’ full length of stretch (maximum resistance). Never hold your breath. Breathe normally and listen to the body. Hold for 30 seconds, then release the pose slowly. By constant practice of yoga poses you’ll soon apply breathing techniques in everyday routines.
A simple spine twist is excellent for rotational sports. It can help increase needed flexibility of the shoulders and back and hips. Remember to apply the breathing technique to this pose.
Begin the spine twist by sitting on the floor with both legs straight out in front of you. Keeping the spine straight, bend the left leg placing the left foot on the outside of the right knee. Now, place the left hand on the floor behind you with your arm straight and the right elbow bent. Positioned on the outside of the left thigh place the right hand on the left hip.
Slowly exhale while turning the head and upper body to the left, looking over the left shoulder. Pressure from the right arm should keep the left leg stationary while pressure from the left arm and torso gives you the twist. Stronger use of both arms increases the twist. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and repeat twist on the opposite side.
A total body conditioning and flexibility routine is essential for the avid tennis player. Yoga techniques could be the edge you need in developing your game.
Achieving the correct golf swing is the magic key that will open all the doors to better and more enjoyable golf.
Tip: Before you purchase a pre-owned club, you should first carefully inspect the club head. Shiny spots tend to mean the club is overused and worn.
However the correct golf swing becomes very difficult to pull off for one simple reason. And that is the fact that the body usually violently resists it. The reason is because the correct golf swing is a set of movements that the body finds extremely unnatural and uncomfortable.
Tip: A long putt requires you to focus on the speed at which you will be hitting the ball. Do not concentrate solely on your aim; you should aim for a target that is between the ball and the hole.
Thus the muscles all struggle to find comfort in the body and in the process a golfer finds it extremely difficult to achieve the correct golf swing with any degree of consistency.
Tip: If you’re having difficulty slicing your ball off the tee, change your stance by placing your foot closer to it. You can actually naturally balance yourself by doing this, which in turn for your second attempt keeps your ball right in the fairway.
Exercise has a tremendous effect in helping the body and all the muscles involved to find more comfort in the unnatural correct golf swing movements. In fact any exercise that will strengthen the numerous muscles necessary for the correct golf swing will have an impact.
Tip: Develop a good position to improve your overall skills. The position you have usually dictates the distance your golf ball travels.
There are quite a number of muscles that are used in the correct golf swing. They range from muscles in the feet to the lower leg and right up to the hamstring and hip muscles. The lower back is an extremely important part of the body in executing the correct golf swing.
We then move up to other muscles in the back arms and neck.
Tip: Line your front foot with the ball when driving. Place the ball squarely between your feet for all other swing types.
A golf specific-exercise program will be much less strenuous and much more effective in helping a golfer to achieve consistent execution of the correct golf swing. This will usually involve both strength exercises as well as stretch exercises.
Tip: In any sport like golf your body plays a pivotal factor in your performance. Use your entire body to generate the power for your game, not just your arms and legs.
Another aspect that tends to interfere with the performance of a golfer is tiredness and fatigue after a brief session on the course. Golf is actually a sport that demands a lot of energy contrary to what many people believe.
If your body is not conditioned, what will tend to happen is that your game will deteriorate as you continue playing.
Playing good golf will only happen when the body has enough endurance to last a long session of golf. Exercises play a major role in helping to achieve this and ensuring consistent correct golf swing techniques.
Golf weight training program. In a sport that hardly has any controversies; few issues have come as close to being controversial as golf weight training programs have. More so with amateur and non-professional golfers.
And yet if you really examine the facts, a golf weight training program need not be controversial at all.
Tip: Each of your golf clubs will have its own “sweet spot”, a spot where, if you strike the ball with a great swing, you will get nearly perfect accuracy. You should practice with your clubs to identify the sweet spot of each, and remember to bring the spot into contact with the ball at the absolute extremity of your downward swing.
Although professionals have now fully embraced the benefit of golf weight training programs, amongst the other golfers golf weight training programs are still looked on with a lot of fear and apprehension. These fears are of course mainly based on ignorance rather than enough solid facts and knowledge.
Tip: Among the more basic fundamentals of golf is to maintain a constant awareness of your ball. Although this tips applies to a lot of sports, it is extremely important in golf.
One of the greatest fears is that some of the golf weight training programs designed to build strength are too strenuous. Others fear that they will develop great big muscles that will make them stiff and yet flexibility is an important attribute for any golfer.
Tip: Whenever you are staring down a long putt, make sure to focus first on the speed necessary to get close to the hole. Avoid the temptation to go straight for the hole, instead choosing a larger target area.
These fears are of course completely unjustified. Most golf weight training programs have been successfully completed by golfers who are as old as 80 years old. Junior golfers barely in their teens have also graduated from the same programs without any problem. Not to mention lady golfers some of who are senior citizens.
Tip: For a drive swing, align the ball with your front foot. For other swings, your two feet should be about equidistant from the ball.
Then it is significant to note that golf weight training programs are designed to increase strength and not to body build or build great huge muscles. The use of dumbbells is different for the two different objectives. For example lighter weights are used and they are lifted more times than the case would be for a bodybuilder dealing in much heavier weights.
Many good golf weight training programs involving dumbbells will also include certain stretch exercises using them. Stretch exercises are very good in improving golf swings.
When you take a closer look, golf weight training programs are really not be feared. Rather they should be embraced as they have helped many golfers revolutionize their games.
There is no doubt that the importance of a golf weight training program will continue to rise in the years to come.
“I want to increase my golf swing clubhead speed!” I hear this one all the time from the members of my golf-trainer.com site and golfers sending me emails. I want to be a ‘straight’ shooter (pardon the pun) right now. Increasing your golf swing clubhead speed is not everything!
You heard that correctly.
Tip: Before your shot, stand back and study where you’re going to send the ball. Take the wind, other weather conditions and your environment into consideration.
You can swing at 140 mph and it won’t mean anything unless your golf swing sequence and moment of impact is solid. There are lots of 300 yards in the woods! I have to chuckle when I see the Speed Stik commercials with Vijay.
Swinging that thing harder and harder isn’t going to make your ball go straight…and if I’m correct, the goal is to get it in the fairway, right?
Tip: Strong, limber and flexible arms will greatly improve your golf swing. When you are preparing for a golf game, try working out, stretching, and getting a nice massage.
The point I’m trying to get at is a more powerful, controlled, sequenced swing that does produce a higher clubhead speed, yet in control swing. One that has a consistent swing path and solidness of hit on the clubface.
So how do you achieve this?
The only way is to improve your golf-specific strength and flexibility!
If you’ve read any of my 300 plus articles, you’ll know I come back to this time-and-time again. It’s your BODY that limits your golfing ability.
Now picture this!
Tip: You should put all of your attention on the next shot. Don’t let other players’ or even your own good or bad shots effect the next one you take.
You do some simple, ‘in-home” golf exercises and go to the course. You step up to the tee and rip one farther than you have in years and it stays in play.
Doesn’t that sound more like it?
Tip: If you’re going to be a golfer, take the time to learn how to properly fill out a scorecard. Your score is what is usually used to judge your ability as a player.
There is a balance between a higher clubhead swing speed, control and sequence of motion that gets you back to impact hitting the ball in the center of your clubface. Swinging hard just to swing hard won’t accomplish your goals of longer/straighter drives.
Tip: Shots pushing to the right often result from your body going to your left as you swing. Focus on releasing your hands quickly during the downswing.
I receive emails from members, customers of my golf fitness dvds and manual who tell me who much more stable their swing has become doing my simple golf exercises, and how they are hitting it 20-30 yards further…consistently.
So don’t get me wrong!
Tip: It may sound unbelievable, but miniature golf can actually make you a better golfer. By practicing on the putting obstacles, your short game is tremendously improved.
I’m all about improving your golf swing clubhead speed…but with a stable swing…not one that is out of control and balance. I’m very proud when I receive these emails and know I’ve made yet another golfer a believer in golf training.
Tip: When standing over the ball, make sure you take a nice deep breath. By doing this, you will help yourself calm down and be able to focus more on how to properly address your ball.
So next time you see Vijay’s commercial for the Speed Stik, don’t run out and buy it with the intension your going to see that number go up-and-up. Buy it with the intension that your swing will be stronger, stabler and in better sequence.
Then and only then will increasing your golf swing clubhead speed be a factor.
Here’s a fast…easy…”no-brainer” way to improve your golf swing…add a quick 10-20 yards with every club…and the best part…you can do it in your home…in less than 30 minutes.
I have been approached by thousands of golfers via the net and on the golf course…with the same question…in frustration…”what can I do to improve my golf swing?”
I’ve heard all about the dozens of lessons they’ve taken and the thousands of dollars they’ve spent on equipment…all to play the “same”…and NOT improve their golf swing.
Why do you think this is?
I can tell you why in less than one sentence.
IT’S YOUR BODY!
Grab a cup of your favorite beverage (mines good ‘ol java)…sit in your most comfortable chair…and hear me out.
To hit a golf ball…what takes place? Let’s briefly go over it. Now stay with me on this…it’s going to make sense in a minute.
Get ready for that “ah-ha” moment.
Tip: Don’t tense up when you are swinging. When you tighten your muscles before hitting the golf ball, you negatively affect your game.
* You physically grab the club with your hands.
* You physically bend over and get in your address position.
* You physically take the club back, hoping for a full backswing.
* You physically attempt to return the club back to impact with stored energy.
* You physically try to stay in your golf posture until the end of your swing.
O.K., that’s enough.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Why is this important to know, and how you can use it to quickly improve your golf swing?
The answer is simple: Because of all these common references given above are the result of your body’s ability to accomplish these golf swing movements, with proper swing mechanics.
Tip: If you limit how far you back swing, you will maximize your power to the golf ball. Pulling back too far will ruin your posture and cause you to hit the ball incorrectly or even swing right past it entirely.
If you have “physical” restrictions (which the average golfer…especially as we age…has many) that won’t allow you to perform these optimal golf swing mechanics, you have a minimal (if not “any”) chance to optimize your golf potential.
That’s the bad news!
The good news is you don’t have to settle.. you have the control to fix your faults..that is…if you “know” what they are.
Here’s what I mean.
For starters…if you have a restriction in your hamstring flexibility, you won’t be able to get into proper golf posture…and for sure…not maintain it for 18 holes.
Tip: Avoid using an unnatural stance. Practice your stance without using the golf club.
The result is many mishits because of fatigue and your body’s fear of pain. At the end of the round, you end up with a sore back..and wonder if you should cancel that next round of golf.
Here’s another one.
If your legs are weak…you will have no stability in your golf swing. Your legs will be moving (sliding) side to side…and straightening, when they should stay flexed.
The result again is…inconsistency…lack of power…and a predisposition to chronic injuries, due to compensations your body will make…keeping you “off the course” for long periods of time.
This is why I am a golf fitness professional.
I have passion for the game…and a goal to educate as many golfers as humanly possible…to stop the frustration.