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  Playing Golf



A golfer whose handicap is zero is called a “scratch golfer.” A golfer whose handicap is approximately 18 is called a “bogey golfer.” It is possible to have a handicap below 0; these are referred to as ‘plus’ handicaps, and at the end of the round, a ‘plus’ handicap golfer must add their handicap to their score. If their handicap is a plus number, like +3, then adding that number to the number of total strokes will actually increase that golfer’s final score. If a player shoots a 69 and has a plus 3 handicap, their final score will be 71

The golfer should consider the body as consisting of three separate and distinct parts, the lower body (from the waist down), the upper body (between the waist and the shoulders), and the shoulders. The shoulders rotate around the upper body (specifically the spine) which acts as the anchor for the shoulders. Common sense tells you that if that anchor (the spine) moves, there’s almost no possibility that the clubface will return to the same position it started from at address. In order for your clubface to return to its position at address you will have to move your spine back into the exact position it was in before it moved. What do you think the probabilities are that you can do that? Since the chances are slim to none that a moved spine can be successfully moved back to its original position, it is imperative that every effort be made to keep the spine stationary during the swing up until impact with the golf ball.



The golf swing is outwardly similar to many other motions involving swinging a tool or playing implement, such as an axe or a baseball bat; however, unlike many of these motions, the result of the swing is highly dependent on several sub motions being properly aligned and timed, to ensure that the club travels up to the ball in line with the desired path, the clubface is in line with the swing path, and the ball impacts the centre or “sweet spot” of the clubface. The ability to do this consistently, across a complete set of clubs with a wide range of shaft lengths and clubface areas, is a key skill for any golfer, and takes a significant effort to achieve.

There are golf tournaments on major network television almost every weekend, start watching for an hour or so and you will see tips on all facets of the game. Of course you will not be able to play like an able bodied person but if you know the result you want youcan enjoy golf in spite of your disability. If you get Golf Channel on cable there are many instruction shows to help you see how to hit the ball. There are also lessons available online or at your local pro shop.

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Public courses and private golf clubs both offer lessons for novice players. Depending on the region in which you live, there are costs and benefits with either option. At private clubs, you will likely have a golf pro instructing you. This person may have better experience than instructors typically hired by public courses. Of course, you will pay more accordingly. Usually the greens are better maintained in private country clubs, as well.

The majority of professional golfers work as club or teaching professionals (“pros”), and only compete in local competitions. A small elite of professional golfers are “tournament pros” who compete full time on international “tours”. Many club and teaching professionals working in the golf industry start as caddies or with a general interest in the game, finding employment at golf courses and eventually moving on to certifications in their chosen profession. These programs include independent institutions and universities, and those that eventually lead to a Class A golf professional certification. Touring professionals typically start as amateur players, who attain their “pro” status after success in major tournaments that win them either prize money and/or notice from corporate sponsors. Jack Nicklaus, for example, gained widespread notice by finishing second in the 1960 U.S. Open to champion Arnold Palmer, with a 72 hole score of 282 (the best score to date in that tournament by an amateur). He played one more amateur year in 1961, winning that year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, before turning pro in November 1961.

Once you get the hang of the sport, you may never leave your golf clubs at home again. Courses exist all over the world, allowing you to continue golfing while on vacation (or even planning your trip based on the courses that exist at the location!) Regional differences permit you to enjoy the local vegetation, landscape and scenery during your play. Many resorts include golf courses among the amenities offered to guests.

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Golf Plane Swing

 Do You Have A One-Plane Or Two-Plane Swing?


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The concept of plane confuses some players. It also confuses some players that come to me for golf lessons. Many are unclear about what it is and what its impact is on your golf swing. Whether you understand the concept of plane or not, swinging off plane is never good.


Focusing on two points-spine angle at address and the position of the left arm on the downswing-clears up the confusion about swing plane and explains its effect on your golf swing and your golf handicap.

Several reasons exist for swinging off plane. Picking the club up with your hands or rolling the clubface open during the swing are two. The most common reason for swinging off plane is adopting the wrong spine angle at address.

Spine angle forms the natural axis around which your shoulders should turn at a 90-degree angle. The spine angle you set at address is critical because it decides the shape and plane of your swing. It’s the reason why I focus on adopting the proper spine angle in my golf instruction sessions.

If a player tilts too far over at address, the flatter spine angle causes the shoulders to “tilt” during the swing. As a result, your left arm comes off your chest during your swing, your backswing becomes upright, and your swing plane too steep. Fat shots, deep divots, and pulls and slices are symptoms of a steep plane.

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If a player leans too far back at address, the more erect spine angle causes the shoulders to flatten during the swing. As a result, your left arm squeezes too tightly against your chest, your backswing becomes flatter, and your swing plane too shallow. Hitting behind the ball, thin shots, and loss of power are symptoms of a shallow plane.

Keep in mind that a taller player has a naturally steeper swing plane than a shorter person does, and a shorter player has a naturally flatter swing plane than a taller person does.

While your shoulder turn and arm swing are related, a good backswing requires a left arm swing that’s on a slightly higher plane than your shoulders. This arm angle allows your shoulders to have more of a free passage to the ball on the downswing. If your left arm swing is off, you’ll automatically be on the wrong plane with your swing will be off.

Here’s a test I use in my golf lessons to tell if a player is on plane with his/her swing. Take a club, assume your normal posture, and swing to the top. Hold that position for a second. Now, loosen your grip and let the shaft fall.


If the shaft hits you on the top of the right shoulder, your swing is on plane. If it hits you on the head or neck, your swing plane is too steep. Conversely, if it falls behind your back without hitting your body, your swing plane is too shallow.

Employing a simple move at the top of your backswing ensures that you’re taking the right swing plane as you start into the downswing. As you begin your downswing shift your weight onto your left foot while, at the same time, bringing your right elbow back down to your body. Remember to retain the angle of your wrist as you complete this move. It’s the seat of power and the key to maximum distance.

As the weight shifts to the left and the elbow drops down, the club falls automatically into the right slot for the correct swing plane. This movement flattens the swing ever so slightly. It’s the ideal position from which to swing the club down at the ball, delivering the clubhead squarely to the ball.

In essence you’re actually employing two swing planes to hit the ball correctly, one slightly different than the other. The first comes from executing the correct take away. The second from dropping down your right elbow just before the downswing.

That slightly different swing plane is crucial. It runs right through the correct angle of your spine, the natural axis around which your shoulders should turn, enabling you to deliver a clean crisp blow to the ball with a square clubhead and good power. And that’s the goal of all golf instruction on swing plane.

I hope this article clears up the confusion about swing planes. If you work on taking the club back on the right plane and on dropping your right elbow down during your swing, you’ll see results. That, in turn, will help you lower both your individual golf scores and your golf handicap.

Main Question:

At the golf driving range, my ball keeps going to the right. Any advice on my golf swing?

Best Answer: by knh959

Is your ball going straight off to the right or is it arcing off to the right like a banana? Each of the above is caused by a differnt swing flaw. If the ball is going straight off to the right you probably have a good swing plane but are leaving the clubface slightly open at impact. If you’re arcing the ball off to the right you’re probably hitting the ball with an outside to inside swing plane that may also be accompanied by the open club fact. First and foremost you should work on ensuring that you have the proper swing plane. Visualize a clock on the golf ball with 12 o’clock being your target line. A proper swing plane should result in the clubface striking the ball between six and seven o’clock. This will start the ball off on a trajectory that is slightly right of centre. (what you describe in your question) Next, in order to bring the ball back onto your target line you need to create some wrist/forearm roll at impact. Check the position of the toe of the club at the top of your backswing ang again at the top of your follow through. In both cases, the toe should be directly vertical. If you can master this, you’ll hit them long and straight everytime.


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Senior Golfers

 Increase Swing Speed


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It is widely known that with increased age comes a decrease in flexibility. This is why so many golf fitness programs emphasize stretching and increasing range of motion for senior golfers. It has also been well documented that senior golfers between the ages of 55 and 79 can increase their drive distance and enhance their overall golf performance by engaging in a safe and effective golf conditioning program.

Senior Golfers

According to a recent study evaluating swing speed, senior golfers reaped great benefits by engaging in regular core stabilization exercises. Senior golfers participated in an 8 week study where they engaged in a core stabilization program several times weekly utilizing tools such as foam rollers, mats, stability balls, medicine balls and elastic cables. The end result was an increase in club head speed of over 6 mph. In real terms, this can yield an increase in drive distance of over 17 yards.

For those senior golfers who are interested in improving their length off the tee while increasing their level of fitness, try these core stabilization exercises.

Glute Bridge


This movement is designed to strengthen the glutes as well as improve their firing rate.


Lie down on the floor on your back

Bend your knees and place a ball or folded towel between your  knees

Place your hands at your side and lift your toes off the ground with heels remaining

Engage your abdominals and glutes, then slowly lift your hips off the ground

Don’t let the glutes touch the ground while you perform repetitions

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Watch as Tom Kite talks about some of the swing changes you may need to make as you get older.


This movement is designed to strengthen the low back muscles and glutes.


Lie down on back with your feet on top of the ball

Point toes towards your shins

Pull shoulder blades back and down

Raise glutes up until you are one line from your shoulders to your feet

Slowly lower your body until hips almost touch the ground, then repeat the lift

Sitting Leg Lift


This movement is designed to activate your hip flexor and thigh muscles while stabilizing your abdominals and spine.


Sit on a Swiss Ball with your feet shoulder width apart

Rest your hands on each side of the ball

Tighten your abdominal muscles and maintain a straight spine

Begin by lifting one leg at a time a few inches off the floor

Alternate between each leg in a marching motion

Try to keep the same spine angle and avoid shifting from side to side

Senior golfers still have what it takes to hit the long ball as long as they continue to compensate for the loses they experience through the aging process. Placing an emphasis on core strength, stabilization and flexibility, will keep senior golfers in the game for years to come.

Main Question:

I am going to buy new golf clubs this year, should I get senior flex?

Best Answer: by Golf 9;n Pix

I think the best thing to do is to get fitted by wherever you’re going to buy the clubs from. They will do this for free if you buy the clubs there and it’s the best way to know that you’re getting what’s right for you. Remember these keys to get a perfect fit (even though you may be at a Dick’s sporting goods)

Get your hands measured: to make sure that you are using the right size grips. Nothing worse than feeling like you have a toothpick in your hand. A slightly larger grip or an extra wrap of tape underneath can make the club feel completely different.

Hit a variety of club heads: Each manufacturer has different materials, different processes and different lofts. One 6 iron may not be the same as another. Get the numbers and hit a few to see what feels best.

Get your numbers: Get your swing speed, ball speed, spin rates, shaft length, clubhead lie, and distances all in writing and look them over. One club head with one company’s regular may hit farther and better than another company’s senior shaft. Also, said company’s Regular shaft could be as stiff as another’s Stiff shaft!!

Get the right composition: You may be ok with regular flex if you get graphite shafts in your irons. Graphite has come a long way and you may not necessarily sacrifice accuracy for distance anymore. The graphite will also give you added dampening should you hit the ground or catch one thin and my father can tell you that as he got over 50 he really started to feel those mishits in his joints. He’s 65 now and has used graphite for the last decade with no problems.

Hope this all helps, but seriously, if it’s going to be the last set you ever get, i would take the time to get fitted properly.


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Golf For You Fundamentals

 The Golf Swing


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Using a golf swing connection aid will help you get the right feeling while you actually hit balls, which also will give you instant feedback as to if you are doing it correctly or not.

A critical component of a proper golf backswing is what the right shoulder should do. My right shoulder slides laterally in my backswing, and I am working hard at fixing it, as this faulty move causes a rippling effect throughout the rest of my golf swing.


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Most golf swing lessons are typically an hour long. They can take place at a driving range or, perhaps, out on the course where instruction is held under real playing conditions. Today, many successful and sought after teaching pros use computer technology for swing analysis. This does not mean that the traditional one on one teaching technique is not still effective. However, many instructors are now putting to use computer based video technology for reviewing and analyzing a student’s swing. Filming a student’s swing allows the instructor to point out areas to improve where the visual impact can be used for correction. Additionally, one area where a golf pro will help is the mental game. Although a golf swing is a physical activity, much of it is also mental.

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For a perfect golf swing, a functional and comfortable grip is required. Beginners usually find the correct grip to feel a little bit awkward. The right way to have your golf club grip is depending on your dominant hand. The club should rest against the palm of your opposite hand and be held somewhat loosely at the fingertips with the heel of your hand providing pressure. Your dominant hand should be placed in the same position which will create a “V” shape with the thumb and index fingers.

You see the golf swing is centred around rotating the body and arms back and through so obviously your head isn’t going to remain perfectly still, it’s going to pivot a little.

In closing, I would like to add one very important and so often overlooked part of the ENTIRE golf swing “RELAX” do not let tension creep into any part of your golf swing. The club should be cradled gently in your hands with about as much pressure as if you were holding a babies hand or a small bird in your hand ( an analogy I think used by Sam Snead, one of the all time golfing greats ) and use the old expression to “Let the club do the work”. You will be amazed at how swing speed and technique, together with a relaxed body and mind, produce so much greater results. Happy Golfing to All!

If youre even vaguely a golfing enthusiast then youre bombarded almost non stop with golf swing training products. You see them all over from TV to magazine ads. The crucial thing for you to realize is that just because the ad or infomercial makes the product look terrific doesnt necessarily mean it in fact works. Dont forget the ad companies are paid top dollar by the manufacturer to make the product look good and to sell as many golf swing training products as possible.

Many golfers (myself included) have a lateral move of our right (or back shoulder) in the takeaway, and this causes a slide in our golf swing, which moves our center of gravity too far to the right, making it extremely difficult to come down into a good impact position.

The golf swing is capable of producing great force, though it takes practice to be able to effectively utilize it in a productive manner. Most amateur golfers try to get as much power as possible, and try to hit the ball as far as possible but this is not an appropriate approach for an amateur. The power of the golf swing is not unlocked by muscle or by fastest club head speed, but by the precise timing and mechanics of a motion that has to be put together in harmony. With more power, comes the necessity for more control over the body that a golfer must have to control the motions of the swing. “Strength and inertial variations seem more likely than size to account for long and short hitting”.

Main Question:

My golf swing has become all arms. how do i get my lower body back in my swing?

Best Answer: by Sarah

I was taught to put my feet together and swing. Don’t try to kill the ball, just start with half a swing and then go. Nothing more, nothing less. Once the half swing is going good with the feet together start with the full swing again. This will help you with your hip rotation. If you hit the ball wrong with the feet together its just going to be a grounder, if you hit it right it’ll go right up in the air. This will also help you get more yards too. Once you got down the feet together start with a normal swing again. Put your legs to a normal stance and hit. If you hit one bad shot go back to the feet together. When you start hitting the ball consistently with the regular stance, try stopping at the top of your back swing, wait 5 seconds and then go down. This will also get you to move the hips before the arms.


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Golf Impact


End Golf Swing Confusion Forever


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We’re in the information age, and when it comes to the golf swing, this often means information overload!



As new golfers, we start out believing that there is one right way to swing, only to find out that there are just about as many swing methods as there are instructors. It seems that the more we learn about the golf swing, the more our minds are filled with confusing, contradictory information.

Until now, if two respected golf professionals showed you two completely different ways to swing and both told you that their way was the right way, you would have been forced to make your best guess.


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Maybe you would have chosen the information from the pro who was most well known, or the one you could play the best, or the one you listened to most recently. Regardless, with no solid way to choose one way over the other, you would be forced to go from one method to the next indefinitely.

The good news is there is now a proven way to determine which swing method is best for you. It’s simple. It’s easy. And, it works every time.

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The secret is to start with impact!

While there are hundreds, or maybe even thousands of different swing methods, there is only one way the club needs to be at impact to hit a desired shot. If your club is in that position, you’ll get the results you want. If it’s not, you won’t. It’s that simple.

Impact is often called the moment of truth because it’s the most important aspect of your golf swing. If you want to find your best swing, and end swing confusion forever, the secret is to relate every swing change to impact.

For example, if you want to know whether one set-up is better than another, figure out which one allows you to swing your club into the ideal position at impact in the easiest, most comfortable, most powerful way. If you want to know whether a flatter or a more upright backswing is best, notice which way makes it easiest for you to achieve the ideal impact position.

While there are numerous swing methods, there is only one way to swing that is the, easiest, most comfortable, and most powerful way for YOU! Trust that the swing that feels best is the right way to swing and you’ll end swing confusion forever!

Main Question:

Do golf impact bags work?

Best Answer: by John L

Hi. Sounds to me like you’re not releasing through the ball which is why you’re slicing and pushing the ball right. Golf impact bags will help you to “feel” the release through the ball. That being said and without seeing your swing, there are a myriad of other things that could be going on with your swing.

About 4 months ago my I also was slicing the ball. I took lessons from pros however all I got was more and more confused, and my scores got higher and higher. The truth is you need to learn the “feel” of a fundamentally sound golf swing to get rid of that slice. Sadly to say, it’s very hard to learn the proper feel with a lotta “how to instruction” from a know it all pro.

One of my golf buddies told me about this golf training aid that totally turned his game around. So I reluctantly decided to try it out(I’ve got a basement full of dusty ol’ golf training aids that don’t work).

At first I struggled with this thing because I was rushing my takeaway. Once I began to use it correctly (after about 20 minutes) I began to hit balls. OMG, my slice was totally gone! In fact, 2 weeks later I shot 80 my best round by far! Now I can’t wait to get back out on the course to see how good I can get.


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