Golf Careers Opportunities – Work in Golf

I’m sure you all know me by now and you know that I am very passionate about the wonderful game of golf. I have been around this great game most of my life. Don’t get me wrong I’m not that good anymore but I still love to hang out at the golf course and enjoy the sheer beauty and camaraderie of being there.

I think so many golfers take for granted what really goes on at any given golf course or country club when they drive in to play their round of golf. The first thing they are thinking of when they arrive at the golf course is how am I going to play today, how is my swing going to be, how is my putting going to be.

They are totally unaware of what is going on around them. They have no idea what is going on behind the scenes of what make’s their day of as enjoyable as possible. This leads me to write this article about the best careers opportunities in the golf game.

What Does Go On ?

Like I said I have been around golf and the golf scene most of my life and it never ceases to amaze how blind golfers can be. Like I have never seen a golfer drive into the golf course and say, wow, look at all those clean golf carts all lined up for us. They pull up to the bag drop area, pop their trunk, put their golf shoes on and go park their car.golf cart

When,they get back their clubs are all loaded up on their golf cart ready to go. Granted most golfers will give the gentleman a tip but not all of them.

I’m not saying that golfers are snobby but a lot of them take for granted what is done for them when they arrive at the golf course.

When,they go in the pro shop to pay their greens fees they totally take the guy or girl behind the counter for granted not realizing he or she is also trying to make their day a pleasant one, When they pull up to the first tee and the starter that tell’s them when they can tee off, totally taken for granted.

Rarely have I seen a golfer stand on the first tee and say, man, the golf course looks just beautiful today. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are a good deal of golf careers opportunities that most people. Even golfers don’t even realize.

Why Do People Play Golf ?

There is a lot of golfers that really enjoy this great game, some have different reasons than others, some like to get out with their buddies, play a round of golf and throw down a few beers and go back home.

Others play to perfect their swing and try to get their scores as low as possible. Others just play for the fun of just playing the game itself. Going out having a few beers and just having fun.

So that being said, it is surprising to me that when all these people from all walks of life that love this game so much would not think about actually checking into getting into an actual career in this game so much.

They see on a daily basis all the jobs available to them and that’s just what they see with the human eye. There are  a good deal of golf careers behind the scenes you just can’t even imagine.

A Golf Career You Say

Golf today has pretty much become a national phenomenon. Thanks to the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the likes have created a golf frenzy. High schools all over the country have created golf programs where young kids are getting into the game of golf. If you are good enough you can get a full ride to college just on your golf ability alone.

If you don’t cut it as an actual golfer they offer programs that you can major in, in the golf profession. These can range from a horticulture degree where you can take that to be a groundskeeper on a golf course. You can get an associates degree in golf operations and management. The golf careers opportunities are literally endless.

When most people think about a golf career the first thing they think of is a golf pro and or instructor, he may a great golfer but not great enough to be on the pro tour. Nothing wrong with that, he will probably a great instructor, but the realm of golf careers opportunities go far beyond that.

Turn Your Golf Passion Into A Career

Here are some different golf positions that could be available at any given golf country club:

  • Club Instructor: You would have to be a very skilled player to even apply for this position but you could start as an assistant and work your way up to head instructor.
  • Marketer: If you are educated in marketing most resorts, which are growing in droves are always looking for good marketers to bring people into their resorts
  • Golf course superintendent: If you have a passion for landscaping and maintenance you might want to get a position on the grounds crew of a golf course and after time could turn that into being a lucrative superintendents position

Besides the main positions that I mentioned above there are a good deal of other golf careers positions available that most golfers totally take for granted. Most have no idea what goes into running a golf facility with precision and accuracy.

golf mower

  • The grounds crew: These guys have probably been out on the golf course before you even gotten out of bed. If it were not for these guys you would be bitching all day about the course conditions.
  • Food service crew: From the ninth hole concession stand to when you get done your round of golf, who makes it possible for you to have that hot dog and cold beer at the turn or the lunch and cold beers when you are done your round, It’s the food service crew!
  • Chemical Technicians: These are the men and women in charge of fertilizing and keeping the greens and fairways bug and fungus free, who would have thought, so underated
  • Mechanical Engineers: These guys are the one’s that keep all the equipment in tip-top shape for cutting fairways, cutting the rough and rolling the greens.
  • Golf merchandise and sales: When you go in the pro shop because you need a towel or tees or even golf balls, they don’t appear from nowhere, someone has to make sure the shop is always stocked from hats, visors, etc.

In Conclusion

I can go on and on about jobs in the golf industry, I haven’t even touched on human resources, advertising, public relations, photography, the spokes’ person and then there’s the manager that oversees all of this stuff.

So believe me there are so many job positions in the golf industry it will make your head spin. So go out and take advantage of some of these golf careers opportunities.

Good Golf To You

Robert

Once again if you have enjoyed the information in this article please feel free to leave a comment below, also if you have any questions please ask and I will get back to you asap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golf’s Mind Game – The Mental Side of Golf

Introduction

So by now if you are a novice or beginner golfer you should have your golf clubs and bag, you should have your golf shoes and all the other golf accessories that are needed to go out to the golf course and enjoy this wonderful game of golf.

Hopefully you have been to the driving range to practice hitting your driver, your long irons and also your short irons. I’m sure you have been to practice putting green to practice probably the most important part of a good round of golf, you’re putting.

So after going through all of this preparation to play good golf when you do get out on the golf course things don’t always go as planned. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and probably will that you just cannot control.

It is the way that you handle these situations when they arise that can either make or break a good round of golf. That is why we are going to get into another side of golf that get’s overlooked a lot and that is golf’s mind game, or in other words the mental side of golf.

Your Mental Approach

When do you actually start thinking about the round of golf you are going to play? I talk to a lot of golfers who say they start thinking about their round your golf mindof golf in the car on the way to the golf course, believe me that is not mentally healthy.

Some players will sit in their office and visualize hitting their drive on the first hole right down the middle of the fairway. That’s not going to work either. You should not be thinking about draining a thirty-foot putt while out to dinner with your wife or girlfriend either. You could end up with pasta on your pants.

Trying to dream up a good round of golf while you are participating in other things just simply does not work. You will do yourself more harm than good.

No matter how good a golfer you are it is not a good idea to think about a certain hole you might have had trouble with before and try to conquer it beforehand in your mind. Chances are when you get to that hole you’re going to mess it up. That is part of golf’s mind game.

Any thinking beforehand about your round of golf coming up should be about swing thoughts and techniques or you’re putting stroke, anything but your upcoming round of golf.

Your thoughts of having a good round of golf and coming up with a good game plan for the day should start on the first tee. Just think about that first shot and nothing but that first shot. Your mindset should remain the same for each and every shot from then on out until you have completed your round of golf.

Develop A Pre-Shot Routine

Just as you have come up with muscle memory for making different golf swings for different situations on the golf course you now need to have to come up with a mental memory visualization for every shot you may face on the golf course.

Mental side of golfThe best way to accomplish this is to come up with your own pre shot-routine. What this will accomplish is it will clear your mind of any distractions that may be around you.

Remember you should come up with your own pre-shot routine that you are comfortable with so you can be consistent with it for each and every shot. For example: you get to the tee box and take your grip on the club, then stand behind your ball and visualize your shot path you want to take, next stand up to your ball and take a couple of practice swings. Now take your shot and hopefully it goes where you wanted it to.

When it is time to take your shot the main thing you need to do here is focus, focus,focus.Do not be thinking of the last hole or the hole to follow, just focus on the shot at hand and that alone. Jumping ahead in your mind, even about the final score will do nothing but bring bad results.

Mental

The Power of Positive Thinking

The minute you get to the golf course and walk to the first tee the only thing you should be thinking is, I’m going to have a good round of golf today. The important thing here is focusing on success as opposed to failure, doing this more good things than bad will happen.

I know this is easier said than done but even the slightest negative thought could potentially ruin your entire round of golf. Even professional golfers make bad shots from time to time but the main thing here is when you do make a bad shot you need to immediately put it behind you and focus on your current shot, you can’t bring that bad shot back.

Better yet, when you do make a bad shot try to make a positive out of it, by that I mean try to learn from it. Try to remember what you did wrong on that particular shot and take it back to the driving range and work on it as to try to not let it happen again.

Just don’t get upset about it on the golf course. In order to play your best golf you need to be relaxed and stress free and getting upset over one or two shots will only build up stress in your body and possibly make things worse. Live and learn.

Retrain Your Mental Approach

In all of professional sports there are today golf is probably the one sport that mind power comes in to play the most. The thing you need to do is make a positive out of your mind power when you need to.

Like I said earlier you need to focus on your shot at the moment and nothing else. Avoid thinking of any past bad shots or any upcoming tough holes, worry about them when you get to them.

Another good mental tip that a lot of players seem to lose focus on is this shot. You are on the tee of a par three hole and the only thing between you and the green is water. This is a situation where golf’s mind game really comes into play.

You have to stand on that tee box and pretend that water is not even there. I would, be safe and take an extra club just to make sure I hit it far enough to clear the water, even if you hit it a little long you will not be in the water. Chip and putt for par and move on. That is way better than hitting in the water and making a bogey or worse.

Finally

Remember bad shots happen to all of us. Even a bad break, like a bad carom off a tree, remember that it would not have happened if you hit a good shot. Remember to put it behind you and focus on the rest of your holes. Remember what you did wrong and take it to the range and work on it.

Golf can be very competitive but it is also meant to be fun, no matter what, always remember that. Granted it is more fun when you are playing well but some days it doesn’t always work out that way.

An eighteen round hole of golf can be a long day and a lot can go wrong but remember why you are there, to have some fun with good friends and have fun. So don’t ever let golf’s mind games get to you. There’s always your next round of golf.

Good Golf To You

Robert

Please remember if you have enjoyed this article please feel free to leave me a comment below and also include any questions you might have and I will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you

 

 

 

 

Odyssey White Hot XG Putter Review –

Product: Odyssey White Hot Putter XG Line

Price: $99.99 – 299.99Odyssey blade putter

Best Place to Buy: Fairway Golf, inc

Size: 34″ 35″

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Odyssey White Hot XG Putter Overview

From amateurs to Pro’s the Odyssey company is world renowned for their putters. They actually have eighteen models to choose from, but I believe that the Odyssey White Hot XG model is the best model that they offer. They have come up with this new putter face insert technology that is second to none. It gives you a much softer feel when you are putting and it is only available with the White Hot XG putter.

According to the Odyssey company the new design was solely based on the new two layer golf balls that are also softer. To achieve this effect with the putter two different materials are used, the first being what is called an elastometer core material which is what gives the putter it’s softer feel. The second is a thinner striking surface which is made of a harder material. The face of the putter is also textured which gives a larger sweet spot which translate to more forgiveness with a not so perfect hit.

Odyssey White Hot Core Models

All the Odyssey core models come with the same technologies and all are based on classic putter designs. They are all variations of your classic blade putters and mallet putters. These models come in the Odyssey White Hot XG number one all the way up to the number nine versions. There is also the White Hot XG Rossi model

The Rossi model and the Number one, three and nine also come in left-handed models as well. Back in 2007 when Phil Mickelson won the Players Championship he was actually using the Odyssey White Hot XG number nine version. The most radical looking putter would have to be the number seven model which has weighted wings that helps you with alignment of your putts.

 

Odyssey White Hot XG progressive Models

The Odyssey progressive line of putters are based more on your modern basic designs especially as far as the putting alignment aids. Like the two ball putter which has more of a head weight distribution technique. There are two versions of the Odyssey White Hot XG Marxman putters. One is Odyssey mallet puttermore of a mallet design and the other is on the line of a blade putter.

 

The progressive models are more like two ball putters but as opposed to golf balls at the back of the putter they have long parallel lines to help you to line up your putts better. The more I see golfers putting their biggest problem seems to be proper alignment of their putts. These Odyssey White Hot XG putters will certainly help in this area of your putting.

The other five putters in the progressive series of putters are all two ball putters, which have become very popular on the PGA tour recently. These are also available in both mallet and blade designs.

The newest version of the Odyssey White Hot XG putter is called the Saturn odyssey saturn putterring technology putter. What it is basically a semi circle of metal is added to the rear of the putter. What this does are increase the sweet spot on the face and offer more forgiveness with off hit putts. It also cuts down on the club twisting on you thus preventing your putts going offline.

One of the biggest problems I see with most recreational golfers is that they tend to hit their putts offline. I believe the best solution for this problem would be the Odyssey White Hot XG line of putters. Which in return will make the game of golf much more enjoyable and more fun.

In Conclusion

I truly believe in the Odyssey White Hot XG line of putters. I use one myself and I am extremely happy with mine. I think if you switched to the Odyssey White Hot XG putter you will be extremely happy as well. You will be shocked with the amount of shots that you will save on the greens during your next round of golf.

I hope you have enjoyed my review of the Odyssey White Hot XG putter. Please, if you have any questions feel free to ask below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, feel free to leave a comment about my review below.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

How to Read Greens Like a Pro

I’m sure you have probably been in the situation that I’m going to describe in a second, but first let me just refresh your memory about how you have gotten yourself in this position.

When,you first started playing golf you probably spent most of your time working on your golf swing mechanics. Hitting your driver straight, hitting your irons the right distance and direction and finally working on your short game (chipping) in order to get your ball close to the hole.

golf is terrificBut chances are you have spent the least amount of your practice time on your putting. So back to the situation I mentioned earlier. There you are on the tee of say a par four and you hit your drive right down the middle, next you hit you second or what is called your approach shot on to the green, say twenty feet from the hole.

You walk up to the green and your thinking great I have a putt to make a birdie. You approach your ball and take your putting stance and you putt your ball. All of a sudden much to your dismay your putt goes far right, away from the hole leaving you with a lengthy putt coming back, next thing you know you miss that one and you tap in for a five. How demoralizing is that going to the next tee. What happened was you did not read the green properly. So here I’m going to teach you how to read greens like a pro.

Reading Greensputting

Reading greens is actually an art and the sooner you can master the art of reading greens the sooner you will make fewer putts in a round of golf and therefore lower your scores and your handicap. A lot of factors go in to learning how to read greens properly and some of these are:

  • The type of grass you are putting on
  • The direction of the grain of the grass
  • Whether the grass is wet or not

Any or all of these conditions should be taken into consideration when determining where you will have to putt your ball in order to get your ball in or at least very close to the hole.

For instance if you are putting on a green that is damp or a little wet you may read your putt to break so much but the wetter grass will make your putt slower which in turn will make your putt break more than you thought, whereas a dry faster green will possibly not break as much and slide past the hole.

Develop a Green Reading Routine

Let me start with a major part of developing a proper green reading routine is to spend at least ten minutes on the practice green before you even get on the golf course. Just about all golf course mimic their practice green to the exact cut and speed of the actual greens on the golf course. This will help dramatically when out on the golf course.green reading

Once on the golf course and you get to the green your subconscious will take over and you will determine what speed you will have to hit the ball and what direction you will have to start the ball rolling.

Obviously if the ball goes in the hole you have read the speed and break properly. if,you missed the putt either left or right you have miss read the green. if, the ball did not reach the hole then you did not hit it hard enough. This is one of the biggest putting mistakes because if the ball does not reach the hole it will never go in the hole. A good tip here is to always try to hit your putt a foot farther than the hole.

Another great tip for your green reading routine is this:

When you do hit your approach shot on the green, as you drive your cart or if you are walking pay close attention to the slope of the fairway in correlation with the slope of the green. This will give you an initial pre reading of the green.

If I’m driving in a golf cart I will drive up to the green and take my putter out and walk back ten or twenty yards back down the fairway and have another look. Then walk up to the green and look at your putt from all sides. This should tell you if the putt is a downhill or an uphill putt and possibly which way it will break. The best way to read the break of the putt is ultimately behind your ball.

Your Final Decision

Once you have gone through your green reading routine and have come up with the direction and speed of your putt, do not change your mind.When,you approach your putt and are ready to take your putt you will most likely start second guessing yourself about your decision, please try to resist this temptation at all costs. Always go with your first instinct, most of the time it will be right.

Do Not Get Angry

Remember one thing, you are not going to make every putt, even some of the most perfectly struck putt does not always go in. Many things can prevent a great putt from going in.angry golfer

For instance a gust of wind could affect your putt, an improperly repaired ball mark could knock it off-line a little, even a small unseen pebble could affect it.

You’ve probably seen a putt that goes all the way around the hole and not go in. These are just part of this wonderful game of golf. Do not get angry, all this will do is carry over to the next hole which could be disastrous. Nothing good can come out of getting mad. It’s only a game.

In Leaving

Remember your focus should always avoid the dreaded three putts. if,you can avoid three putts you will knock a lot of strokes off your final score. if,you can play an eighteen hole round of golf with thirty-six putts or fewer you should consider this a very successful round of golf.

I like to look at this game as what I call bogie golf. Most golf courses are a par seventy or seventy-two, so if you bogie every hole you’re shooting a ninety or better and with practice the pars and birdies will come, lowering your score even more.

I hope you have found this article to be informative and helpful, if so please feel free to leave a comment below, and as always if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will get back to you as so as possible.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

Best Golf Fitness Exercises for Women

GolfGym,GolfGym PowerSwing Trainer,Golf,Golf Fitness Made Simple

It is no secret that in order to reach your ultimate golf level, golf fitness exercises play a huge part in your reaching that level. Even the professional men on the PGA tour and the professional woman on the LPGA tour understand the importance of golf fitness exercises to keep their respective games at their ultimate level.

There are so many questions floating around on the topic of golf fitness exercises and a few are:

1) What are the best golf fitness exercises to improve your golf playing level

2) Are stretching and flexibility exercises better than other golf fitness golf stretchexercises

3) What are the benefits of golf fitness exercises for the woman golfer?

As we move on here I am going to focus on question number three, that being the topic of the best golf exercises for woman.

 

Women Pro’s vs Women Amateur Golfers

Is there really that much difference in golf fitness training between the LPGA woman’s pro player and your everyday woman’s amateur player? The answer is no, not really.

Granted the woman’s pro player has a lot more at her disposal as far as personal trainers and portable gyms available to them when they are on tour but that does not mean the woman amateur player cannot take their golf game to a level they are comfortable with through proper golf fitness training.

The professional woman golfers are the best in the world at their sport but that’s the only difference between them and any amateur golfer. The pro woman golfers have the same skeletal make up as an amateur golfer, they have the same muscular make up as an amateur golfer, they even have the same neurological make up as an amateur golfer.

The one thing the pro woman golfer has the upper hand with is their swing mechanics. They have been training their swing all their lives whereas the amateur golfer has not. So in that sense the amateur has a lot of catching up to do.

A Golf Fitness Program is Sport Specific

What does sport specific actually mean? Sport specific means coming up with a training program primarily geared around the sport of golf and golf alone. There are many positions, body movements and actions. Some that are not really a natural action for the human body to make.

Because of this certain golf fitness exercises need to be learn in order to train the woman golfer to perform these movements without fear of muscular damage or injury.


 

The first and probably most important fitness training would be improving the woman golfers flexibility. In improving your flexibility your will develop a larger shoulder turn which in turn will give greater club speed which will create longer drives.

Execute the Golf Swing Correctly

The body does most of the major work in creating a good and consistent golf swing. So in order to execute the golf swing correctly you must maintain certain levels of:The golf swing

  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Power

 

All of these things should be taken into account for the woman golfer to put together a golf fitness program that will take their golf swing to a nice consistent level. The actual golf swing is really quite simple if your really think about it. Mainly it is the body’s backward and forward motion in order to accomplish a goal, which is to hit a golf ball with a club.

 

Flexibility

In order for any of this to happen the core needs to coil and uncoil in a continuous motion to execute the golf swing correctly. This is where flexibility comes most into play.

You need to develop rotational exercises in order to strengthen your core. These can be as easy as sitting in a chair and rotating your body back and forth, stand up and rotate your shoulders and torso back and forth, practice doing planks to engage and strengthen your abdominal area.golf plank exercise for your back

Balance

Doing some of these same exercises will also improve your overall balance in your golf swing. When your take a golf swing not only does your core have to be flexible but you also need to be balanced, there should be little movement anywhere but for your shoulders and torso rotating back and forth.

Endurance

Another key element in your executing the golf swing correctly is your endurance. Have your ever gone to the driving range and got a large bucket of balls and by the time your are half-way through your golf shots seem to start to scatter all over the place.

This is a sure sign that your muscles and stamina are getting fatigued. You can correct this by just walking, power walking or use a treadmill to grow your stamina and endurance.

Power

As with men golfers the same principle hold’s true for woman golfers. The more club head speed your can generate the longer your drives will travel. So even woman golfers need to incorporate a power regime in their golf fitness workouts. When doing your strength exercises your must be careful not to use too much heavy weights, heavy weights will create muscle mass and that will lessen your flexibility. What you want to do is use less weight, say five or ten pounds at the most. Use less weight and more repetitions until your muscles fatigue, rest and repeat.

In Summary

So whether it is the LPGA woman pro or the amateur woman golfer the golf fitness program is the same. The exercises in the woman’s golf exercise program are designed to improve the movements and positions that are required to improve tour golf swing. Just always remember the golf swing requires a certain level of flexibility, balance,strength,endurance and power to perform it correctly.

I certainly hope your have found this article helpful and informative. If your have would you please leave a comment below so I can continue to bring useful golf knowledge and information to your, and as always any questions you may have please feel free to ask below as well.

Good Golf To You

Robert

 

 

 

Play Golf Your Level Best

The Difference in Golf Courses

Not all golf courses are created equal. What i mean by that is you could go play a hundred different golf courses and not one of them will be the same. Each and every golf course has its own unique design set up all depending on the architect that designed that particular golf course.

Some golf courses are flatter than others and some the fairways will have hills and undulations in them so you cannot always play golf your level best. The shot that you can be sure will be level is your first shot from the tee box.

Traditional Golf Courseamazing golf courses

Most golf courses in the United States have what would be considered traditional golf courses. Traditional golf courses are mostly tree lined with narrow fairways with strategically placed sand traps, water hazards and other obstacles that make you carefully think about and plan your next shot.

Most of the fairways on these traditional golf courses have predominantly flat fairways with just subtle hills in the fairways. The completeness of these courses are made up on the putting surfaces where you will find many hills and undulations.

Links Style Golf Course

The other type of golf course you will come across is what is called a links style golf course. The links style golf course is most common on the other side of the pond in Europe in places like Scotland, where some say golf originated and Ireland. A links style golf course is just the opposite of a traditional golf course.golf course links

Most recently more and more links style golf courses are being designed and built here in the United States, especially out in the mid west where there is plenty of wide open land. When you get the chance to play a links style golf course, believe me you will know the difference.

First off you will not see a tree in site and you can usually see the entire golf course from just about anywhere. You will not find a flat area to hit from after your drive anywhere on the course, Every fairway will have nothing but hills and undulations throughout the golf course land with tall fescue grass.

Different Golf Ball Positions

In previous articles on golf training and tips and what i would always mention is practice, where you would go to the driving range to hone your golf swing but at the driving range you are always hitting from a flat level ball position where there are actually five or six different ball positions you could encounter during a round of golf, especially on a links style golf course. These different positions are:

  • The flat ball position
  • The uphill ball position
  • The downhill ball position
  • The ball below your feet ball position
  • The ball above your feet ball position
  • The fairway sand trap ball position

I’m going to explain to you all the different mindsets and set up positions you will need to pull off these different style shots with more confidence.

 

The Flat Ball Position

Well its what you need to do when you are in this situation, its basically your regular golf shot. Align your body to your target line with the right golf club for the distance you want to hit the ball and take your normal swing.

The Uphill Lie

When you are faced with this situation where you are standing on an uphill you will need to make some adjustments for the situation. First when you set up to your ball you want to be sure you tilt your shoulders so that they are in alignment with the hill.golf uphill lie

Next you want to have the ball placement a little further up in your stance with most of your weight on your right side and keeping it there throughout your swing.

One more thing is the ball will want to fly higher and you need to make an adjustment to this by using at least one more extra club than you would normally use for the distance you need to hit the ball.

The Downhill Lie

When faced with this shot the first thing you want to do is align your shoulders with the downhill lie leaning your body forward towards the target, you are going to want to lean your body the other way but resist the urge to do this.

You are going to want to have most of your weight on your front foot here and keep it there throughout the swing. With this shot your ball is going to want to take off with a lower trajectory with a lot more roll at the end so please take this into consideration.

The Ball Below Your Feet

The ball below your feet shot is probably the hardest shot for any mid and golf ball below your feethigh handicap golfer. There are so many things going against you with this shot. One is the feeling that your are going to actually fall down the hill, which you won’t.

Here’s what you need to do to pull this shot off. First when you take your stance you want to grip the club at the very end of the grip, second bend your knees so you feel like you are squatting a little and the last thing is the ball is going to want to go to the right naturally so aim a little left and you should be able to hit a nice fade.

The Ball Above Your Feet

When you are faced with this situation where the ball is way above your feet there are certain things that you need to take into consideration. The first thing you are going to want to do here is as you approach your ball and take your stance you are going to choke way down on your clubs grip otherwise you will chunk the club into the ground.

Next you want to kind of lean into the hill with your weight on the balls of your feet. You will also want to be a little closer to the ball and stand a little more upright. Keep in mind that with this shot the ball is going to want to take off to the left when you hit so make sure to aim to the right to compensate for this.

The Fairway Sand Trap Shotgolf sand shot

The fairway sand trap shot is not really that hard of a shot as long as you are on a flat part of the trap and you don’t have too big of a lip to get over.

So basically you want to take your normal stance and then shuffle your feet into the sand a little. You will want to choke up a little on your grip to make up for sinking in the sand a little, by doing this you will want to take an extra club to make up for choking up.

To pull this shot off you want to have very little lower body movement, you want to hit this shot with your upper body just picking the ball out of the sand with little explosion.

 

To Summarize

So to play golf your level best your not always going to have a perfectly level lie even in the fairway. At some point in your golfing journey you are more than likely going to come across at least one or more of these awkward shots that i have mentioned above.

Unfortunately you just can’t go to your local driving range and practice these shots. If you have a local course where they know you maybe they would let you out in the evening and let you practice some of these shots or maybe you have a buddy who belongs to a golf club and he can take you out to practice some. Anyway somehow try to practice these shots as often as you can.

Robert

Good Golf To You

If you have liked the information in this article please feel free to leave a comment below

or if you have any questions please feel free to ask and i will get back to you as soon as possible

 

 

Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver Review

About the Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver

Product: Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver

Price: $299.97hitting your driver

Best place to buy: Taylor Made Golf

Support: Yes

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

My Experience With the Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver

I have been an avid fan and player of the game of golf for many years now, in fact I’m reaching senior golf status. I went out and got me a set of Adams Woods and irons which I was told would be good for my slower swing speed. I was out at the driving range one day with a buddy of mine who is very familiar as me as far as height, weight and overall fitness and I was watching him hit ball after ball with his driver.

I was kind of amazed because of all the golf I have played with Chris I had never seen him hit the ball so consistently. Finally I had to ask him what he changed. He proceeded to tell me about this new driver he just got which was the:

Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver

He asked me if I wanted to hit a couple balls with it, of course I could not resist. I started hitting balls right down the middle, I don’t think I had quite as much distance but the accuracy was uncanny. The next day I purchased one and I have been saving out least two strokes a round. The Best purchase I ever made.

Taylor Made M2 Driver

Pro’s and Con’s of the Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver

 

Pros:                                                                           Con’s

1- Accurate                                                                   1- A little less Distance

2- Large Sweet Spot

3- Large Head

4- Great Feel

 

 

 

Product Overview

The Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver has brought the average golfer to a new level of golf as far as accuracy and forgiveness with just about all their drives. The M2 Driver has totally raised the bar as far as design and engineering. The M2 Driver comes with a Fujikura Pro XLR 8 shafts with four different flexes and a dual-textured grip for great feel throughout the swing. It is also available in 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees of loft.

My Verdict

I would highly recommend the Taylor Made 2017 M2 Driver to anyone who would like to take their golf game to an entirely different level. Don’t be left out and get your M2 Driver now.

Good Golf to you,

Robert

 

 

Choosing Golf Accessories

By now i hope you have gone out and tried out playing this wonderful game of golf. If you have, you probably have gone out and shopped for golf clubs and whatever else you felt you might need to play golf.

I am going to take some time here to be sure you are on the right track to choosing golf accessories that are right for you. The last thing you want to do is go out on the golf course with your playing partners and look like a fool because you do not have the proper golf accessories. So lets go.

Your Golf Clubs

If you have not gone out and got your first set of golf clubs or you are just thinking of upgrading your existing golf clubs there are some things you should be sure of before purchasing or upgrading.Your golf clubs

  • be sure the clubs are the right size for you and your height
  • be sure the grips are the proper thickness for the size of your hands
  • be sure they are weighted properly for your swing style

You can take your clubs to any golf shop and they will measure all these factors for you, usually for free but if any changes should be made there will probably be a small charge.

Your Golf Bag

Probably the second most important golf accessory you will need is your golf bag. Over the course of a round of golf you may face some unforeseen circumstances, so you need to be prepared for this. Your golf bag should have many compartments and pockets to hold many things, including:

Your golf bag

1-A place for your golf umbrella

2-A compartment for your golf club hood to keep your clubs dry in case of rain

3-A compartment for extra towels, they will be needed

4-Smaller pockets for your tees,ball markers and divot tool,wallet,cell phone,golf glove etc:

5-A compartment for your golf balls

So always pick out a strong durable golf bag that can carry all the things you will need to make golf more pleasurable for you.

Golf Shoes

Most definitely the third most important accessory that you most have is a good pair of golf shoes that fit you properly. The last thing you need is to get half way around the golf course and have a blister on one of your feet or have your socks be soaking wet. the most important thing you should think of when picking out your golf shoes is of course comfort but even more importantly is that they are waterproof.

A lot of golf is played early in the morning when there is a lot of dew still on the grass and your feet can get soaked in no time if your shoes are not waterproof, so i would not skimp on shoes.

Shoes are now available in many styles and colors but i would suggest going with something neutral so they can be worn with many different golf outfits you may have. I would also recommend shoes with plastic spikes as opposed to the metal spikes. A lot of pro shops and club houses do not allow metal spikes to be worn inside.

 

Golf Glove

Wearing a golf glove is totally optional. Most pro golfers all wear a golf glove but i actually know quite a few golfers who do not wear a glove. This is something that you will have to experiment with yourself.

Some golfers feel that they have a better feel of the club in their hand without a glove. Try it out both ways, if you do not wear one and seems like you are getting calluses on certain spots of your fingers you can always put athletic tape on those fingers.

Tees

Always make sure you have plenty of golf tees in your golf bag, nothing more embaressing than to have to ask one of your playing partners to borrow tees from them all day

Divot Tool and Ball Marker

A divot tool is another very important golf accessory to always have with you. Nothing worse than to land your shot on the green and have your ball put a big old plug in the green and you have nothing to repair it with. Actually a great practice to follow is after you fix your plug look for one or two more and repair them also.

You would be surprised how many golfers fail to do this. Your ball marker can be any thing you want. You can use a coin or something from the course your playing that day. A lot of golfers actually collect them from different courses they play.

Sunglasses

I highly recommend wearing a good pair of sunglasses when you are playing on a bright sunny day. Not only will they protect you from the uv rays of the sun but they will also allow you to follow the flight of your golf ball after you hit it, this in turn will help speed up play which is so important these days. A golf sunglassesround of golf should take 4 1/2 to 5 hours at the most.

Well, I hope i have helped you in choosing your golf accessories, i think i have covered the most important ones here. If you have enjoyed the information here please feel free to ask any questions you may have and also please leave a comment below and i will get back to you as soon as i can.

 

To Good Golf

Robert

Best Golf Putting Tips

Putting

In my past articles here i have touched on a lot of great golf swing tips from driving the ball off the tee to hitting your fairway woods and long irons to the green or just to advance your ball down the fairway getting closer to the hole, to hitting your short irons from the fairway onto the green.

I have also given great tips on hitting your ball out of the sand trap onto the green, and also chipping the ball from around the green to get close to the hole.

Today i wanted to take some time to help you with some of my best golf putting tips. A lot of golfers, especially novice or beginner golfers seem to think that putting is just a boring part of playing an eighteen hole round of golf.

They think standing on the tee box and smashing the ball down the middle of the fairway is the most exciting golf shot ever. Whilst this a great and exciting accomplishment, little do they know that what comes after those shots is usually what really makes or breaks a great round of golf

Puttingputting

Unlike the novice or beginner golfer many of the most experienced and skilled golfers that play the game actually realize that more strokes are lost or gained in an eighteen hole round of golf on the putting green.

They will spend countless hours on the practice green trying to perfect their putting stroke and techniques whereas the novice golfer will show up at the golf course go do the driving range and smash a bunch of golf balls with different clubs and go to the practice green and just spend a couple of minutes putting a few golf balls in the hole from short distances and then head to the first tee.

Little do they know that the exact opposite holds true, you should be spending more time on the practice green than on the driving range. Hence, the well-known term in golf circles ( you drive for show but you putt for dough ) I bet you that most golfers do not realize that over sixty per cent of their golf shots over the course of an eighteen hole round of golf are made from the putting surface.

Get the Feel for Putting

A major part of your putting stroke is actually all about feel, and by that i mean to get the right feel for putting you will need to block out a lot of outside distractions we have in our everyday lives. Once you get to any golf course you should immediately consider the golf course your own private sanctuary.

One way you can accomplish “feel for putting” is to go to the golf practice putting green and without even using a golf ball yet just grip your putter, take your stance and take a few practice putting strokes with your eyes closed, that’s right playing golf with your eyes closed.

Now using a golf ball set up around ten feet from a hole that is a fairly straight putt and take your stance, grip your putter making sure you are aligned with the hole and envision your ball going into the hole now shut your eyes again and make your putting stroke striking the ball towards the hole.

It seems like when a golfer finally gets on the green and it is their turn to putt, they set up and stand over their putt and then all of a sudden their arms tighten up, they grip their putter tighter and all of a sudden they have lost all feel for their putt.

The best way to eliminate this problem is to constantly practice the eyes closed drill and you will be amazed how much more relaxed and comfortable you will feel standing over your real putts on the course.

 

More Golf Putting Tips

Just like the old drive for show putt for dough adage, another saying is ” practice makes perfect ” and in the case of putting this certainly holds true. And one of the great things about putting is that you can practice your putting stroke just about anywhere:

  • on the golf course
  • at the practice green
  • on an artificial turf mat
  • on you’re living room floor
  • in your office

Practicing like this will give you different roles of the ball on each different surface but your main golf here is installing muscle memory in terms of your actual putting stroke. This will help your putting tremendously when it comes to consistency with your stroke.

golf training aids
golf training aids

If you ever pay attention to any really great putters you will notice that during their entire putty stroke their heads hardly move at all, this is also important in creating a consistent putting stroke.

The Cure:

Find a clear wall whether at home, office, anywhere, now approach the wall and take your putting stance and just touch your forehead against the wall and start taking some practice strokes, this will ingrain in your brain the feeling of your head staying still when you get on the golf course.

You can also look down to your putter while you are taking these practice strokes and be sure your is putting is going back and forth along the wall seeing that your putter is moving in a straight line.

Practice Putting Distance

One of the most dreaded terms in the world of golf is the dreaded three putt, which occurs when once you get on the green it takes you another three shots to get the ball in the hole. Rarely do you see a pro or even a seasoned golfer three putt.

Do you know why? Because they practice long distance putts on the practice green. Not always will your shot to the green land close to the hole, sometimes you could be forty or fifty feet away, the key here is even if you don’t get that putt in the hole you at least want to have a short second putt to finish the hole.

One way i do this is by playing a game i call golf boccie ball, the object is to take five or so white golf balls and one colored golf ball. Place the colored ball somewhere on the green, now take the white golf balls and place them different lengths from the colored ball and try to putt them as close to the colored ball as you can, this drill will also help you out in reading different breaks and undulations in the green.

The Putter Itself

I just wanted to take a little time here to talk a little about the actual clubthe putter

( the putter ) that you will be using for this shot once you get to the green. There are many makes and models of putters, some which are:

  • The blade putter
  • The mallet putter
  • The metal faced putter
  • The insert faced putter
  • The groove faced putter
  • The center shafted putter

Most seasoned or pro golfers all have their favorite putter and will use no other, even when they would upgrade their clubs they will still keep their putter. Once a player find their go to putter they rarely change it unless they start having putting problems and feel they need a change.

I, myself have had my insert faced blade putter for almost twenty years now. If you are a novice or beginner golfer and have yet to find that go to putter i would suggest you go to any golf club shop and they usually have a little putting area with all different styles of putters.

Try them all until you find one that really feels comfortable to you. I would not however buy it on the spot. Get the make and model and do some research and you can more than likely get a better deal online or elsewhere.

 

So in Closing

I hope you have noticed throughout this article and all the tips and techniques their is one constant. What is it? Practice, practice,practice. In order to create the most consistent and dependable putting stroke in order to shave lots of strokes off your score you need to practice.

I hope you find all the information in this article very useful in making your quest for the best golf game possible.

If you have found it helpful please leave a comment below or if you have any questions please feel free to leave them as well, and i will get back to you as soon as possible.

To Good Golf

Robert

 

 

 

 

Golf Swing and Back Pain

Dealing with Golf Injuries

Most people do not include golf with, say, football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey when it comes to the physicality of each sport. They think golf is a kind of sissy sport where both men and women walk or drive around a golf course whacking a little white ball around until they get it in the hole.

 

That is actually the furthest from the truth than they can even imagine.Some injuries that occur with golf may not be as drastic or as serious as some injuries incurred with the more physical sports listed above but golf related injuries are just as rampant as those with other more physical sports, especially with the golf swing and back pain.golf back pain cures

 

 

Prevent Golf Back Pain

Rarely does a day go by when I don’t see someone on the golf course or the driving range or in the clubhouse after playing a round of golf complaining about all their aches and pains, especially back pain.

I don’t know if a lot of golfers bring preexisting back pain to the golf course or if they actually agitate their backs while actually going through all the golf motions associated with the game of golf.

I do know that there is evidence that the game of golf does actually cause back pain that could lead to serious back pain. There are many reasons that so many golfers suffer from golf pain, here are a few:

 

  1. They do not exercise properly, on and off the course
  2. They are not in good physical shape to start with
  3. They play for to long a period without resting

 

The good news is that there are many exercises that can actually eliminate your golf swing back pain for good. These simple golf exercises will not only eliminate your back pain but also increase your endurance so you can play longer if you wish. They will also improve your flexibility and strength so you will create a much smoother golf swing and hopefully add some distance.

Golf Pain Exercises

golf plank exercise for your backLet me just start by saying if you feel as though you need more help with your golf back pain and other golf related issues you could go to just about any gym where they can get you set up with a golf specific set of golf exercises that could help you tremendously.

So let me get you started with some simple basic golf exercises you can do just about anywhere:

  1. Lay on the floor on your stomach with your hands by your side, now lift your shoulders and head and your legs off the floor simultaneously and hold for ten seconds, do three sets of these.
  2. the plank: Still on your stomach, lift your self up on your elbows and toes so your chest, back and legs are off the floor, be sure to keep your back straight. This will engage your core muscles and strengthen the muscles around your lower back, hold this position as long as you can, do this every day until you can hold it for one minute. You will be amazed at the difference this will make in your golf turn.
  3. Grab two dumbbells five pounds but no higher than ten pounds, you want lean muscles not bulky muscles for a smooth golf swing, bring the dumbbells up to your shoulders and then up to the sky, repeat this ten times and do three sets.
  4. As you know golf requires a tremendous amount of walking whether you are walking the golf course or riding in a cart so it is imperative that you work on your legs. If,you do not have a place to walk you might want to consider getting a treadmill. This will really help your stamina so you do not run out of gas while you are out on the golf course.

Another thing to keep into consideration is fluids. Most often than not golf is played in warm temperatures where hydration is of the utmost importance, so please drink plenty of fluids when playing golf.

Stretch on the Golf Course

On a day you are going to play a round of golf I strongly recommend that you arrive at the golf course early so that you have adequate time to get your golf shoes on, do some stretching and take some golf swings.

So let’s get to stretching. The first stretch will be to grab a golf club with both hands and bend at the waist and try to touch your toes, do this until you think your back feels loosened up.

Next hold the club behind your back and rotate your body back and forth in a slow motion therefore loosening up your torso and core, next hold the behind your neck and rotate your shoulders back and forth therefore loosening up your shoulders.golf stretch

The next thing you will want to do is go to the range and starting with your pitching wedge go through your entire golf bag hitting a few shots with each club.

Just remember, especially when you get to your driver, just take nice easy golf swings, you only want to warm up here not wear yourself out.

Now go to the putting green a practice some putting for about five or ten minutes to get the speed of the greens down. You are now ready for the first tee and hopefully an awesome round of golf.

I hope all the information on this page will be very useful to you for improving your golf swing and back pain and other related golf injuries.

If so please feel free to leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible, also if you have any questions about any golf related I will certainly try to answer them for you.

Good Golf To You

Robert