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Saturday, March 31, 2007

How Resistance To

Deceleration Can Make

A Big Difference

First a small personal note. I have received emails from readers posing questions that I would like to briefly answer:

a. These reports are my own opinion, not Leslie King's. And I am not sure if Mr. King would have approved. So only I am responsible.

My defence is that if you simply look at pros which such different swings as Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, John Daly, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer, you can SEE that there are many different ways to successfully hit a golf ball and to win tournaments.

b. Also, I know that some of these power sources are not compatible with each other. My objective in these reports is simply to list and explain each power source. The golfer is free to use or reject whatever he or she wishes. AND I am not explaining in the reports the correct sequencing of the swings. I am only describing power sources.

Now, on to the meat of the report. Golf Pros will often tell a students - Swing all the way through the ball! Well, I want to be more specific WHY in this report.

This is going to be somewhat technical, so please have some patience.

When a golf ball is being hit by a club face, there are three separate and distinct phases of the collision.

Here is an overview:

First, the clubhead makes contact with the ball and COMPRESSES and DEFORMS the ball. This compression is stored energy in the ball.

Second, when the ball cannot be compressed anymore, the clubhead starts pushing the compressed ball along the path of the swing.

Third, when the clubhead is slowing down from the impact with the ball, the compression on the ball is released and the ball literally JUMPS (like a rubber ball) off the clubface. The energy of the JUMP comes from the materials of the golf ball returning to their original shape. How much the initial energy input into the ball on first impact is returned when it jumps off the clubface is called the coefficient of restitution (CR). If the CR is 100%, then 100% of the energy input into the ball is returned when it jumps off the clubface. In the real world, this is not possible due to friction and heat. High quality golf balls hit with a very clean impact can reach a CR of approcimately 80%.

So, lets now walk through the clubface hitting the ball with some speed. And I will simplify the numbers to make the mathematics easy.

Just assume for a moment that the clubface is traveling at 100 km/hour and hits a golf ball that is standing still. The clubface then comes into contact with the ball and starts to deform it. The energy from this deformation is stored in the golf ball.

The clubface starts to slow down from the impact with the golf ball and is now only moving at 50 km/hour. At a speed of 50 km/hour, the ball jumps off the clubface with an energy equivalent to 80% of 100 km/hour (the initial impact speed) = 80 km/hour. So the cumulative speed of the golf ball is 50 km/hour (clubface separation speed) + 80 km/hour jump = 130 km/hour.

Therefore, with a clubface swinging at 100 km/hour, we have been able to hit a golf ball with a speed of 130 km/hour by combining the energy stored in the ball with the energy of the swinging clubface. This is why a golf ball has more speed than the moving clubhead!

Now, how can a golfer get more clubhead speed without swinging faster? Answer: by resisting the deceleration to the clubhead (as the golf Pros say - swing all the way through the ball.) Let me illustrate.

All of the values in this second case are exactly the same as above EXCEPT the speed at which the clubhead is moving when the ball jumps off the clubface is not 50 km/hour, but 80 km/hour. The golfer has achieved this NOT by swinging faster, but rather by resisting the tendency of the clubface to slowdown during impact with the ball. The golfer has continued to either hit or swing all the way through and past impact.

Now the resulting speed of the ball is 80 km (clubface speed at separation) + 80 km/hour jump (80% of 100 km/hour the initial impact speed) = 160 km/hour.

WITHOUT SPEEDING UP THE SWING, the ball speed has been increased from 130 km/hour to 160 km/hour - a 23 % increase!

There are two lessons to be learned here.

1. Setting up your stand and body position to resist the deceleration of the clubhead can bring signficant increases in ball speed without swinging faster.

2. In the above example, I have always assumed a CR of 80%. In real life, only a few golf pros come close to this value. Many amateurs, because they are not cleanly impacting the ball on the sweet spot of the clubface, have values of between 30 to 70 percent. And this also results in lost golf ball speed.

Simply improving on getting a very clean sweet spot hit on the clubface with help you to get closer to the 80% value, and get more distance without swinging faster.



Saturday, March 24, 2007

Golf for the Golfers

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Use These Golf Swing

Basics For Maximun

Effect In Your Game

Golf swing basics will lay the foundation to your game, there's no doubt about that. Ignore the basic principles as a beginner and you'll forever be "chasing your tail.

As a beginner, before you start to worry about the basic golf swing, you really need to start thinking about your body motion. How will your feet work, your hip action and arm action? This is the value of getting good coaching in the early stages of your game.

Learning The Basics Of The Golf Swing

Many inexperienced players come into the game of golf and head straight for the tee-off area and start blasting away! The ball skews left; it hooks right; it goes straight up in the air or even worse and embarrassing, they miss it completely. Have any of you faced this scenario?

So what am I talking about? I'm saying before you actually go out and start belting a ball off the tee you should seriously think about your body motion. The golf swing is important yes, but the backbone to a good golf swing is the movement of the body.

The Art Of Body Movement

A coach who concentrates on teaching body movement first is worth his/her weight in gold. Why? Because they're setting you up to develop basic golf habits which will eventually lead to a better golf swing. Try these basic body movement exercises. If you don't have a pro coach then use somebody you know with a little golfing experience.

1. You can either head to a practice range or simply do this in your backyard. Practice a few swings. Your coach will be analysing your body movement and making notes.

2. Footwork is vitally important. If you place your right foot closer to the ball than the left you will likely hook the ball. If the left foot is placed to far away from the right then the slice comes into play. You should be aiming for a square stance in most cases with both feet at an equal distance from the ball.

3. Next you will be aiming to get a synchronized action between knees, hips and legs. Knees should be slightly flexed. This should be practiced regularly in the initial stages. Just playing air shots will suffice as you get used to the action. Your right leg should remain flexed.

4. In combination with the previous action your arms come into play now. With your back swing winding up, your shoulders will be turning against your right hip. Don't bend the arms at the elbow. A good indicator for right-handed players is the positioning of the chin just above the left shoulder. It's the opposite for lefties.

5. Learning to adapt the swing routine in practice will get you used to these golf swing basics as well as develop a little flexibility in your body. For example, practicing hip movement without turning the upper body. It's a little strange I know but each area can be practiced individually before they're all combined to produce the basic golf swing.

Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Learn how to master the golf swing basics and elevate your game to new heights! For the best golfing tips plus, the latest news and reviews in golf swing techniques, check out

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Getting Better with Your Golfing

How Can You Fix

Your Golf Swing?

First, be sure to grip your club with your front hand (usually at the left hand, for right-handed players) so the thumb lies along the body of the club. Make sure the line between your thumb and index finger points towards your right eye. Then wrap your backhand (right hand) over the left so your left thumb fits directly into the cup of your right palm.

Second, spend some time fine-tuning your stance by pointing your knees slightly inside. Point your right foot straight ahead and the left one slightly to the left. Again, this is for right-handed golfers. Do it in reverse if you're left-handed.

Third, bring in your elbows and your arms as close to your body as you can get them. When you are in your stance, your right elbow should be pointing directly at your right hip, with the left elbow pointing directly at your left hip.

Fourth, begin the backswing with your hands, and then follow it through with your arms and your shoulders.

Fifth, during the backswing rotate your hips back towards the ball. If your swing does not begin with your hips, it will lack power. Your left wrist bone should point at the ball at the moment when the club makes contact with the ball.

Most importantly, you must practice as much is possible if you truly want to fix your golf swing.

Fixing your golf swing takes patience and time. It is not something that you can learn from a book, or even an informative and well-written article. To truly fix your golf swing, you must practice swinging out on the golf course while keeping these tips in mind.

Another good way to fix your golf swing is observing the swing of others. If you can watch yourself or others in slow motion on videotape, that can be very helpful in identifying particular aspects of the swing that may need work.

It can be very frustrating to try to fix your golf swing. You may not have the power that you want to send the ball as far as you would like to, or in the direction you believe it should go, but that will come with time.

Do not obsess over your golf swing as many people do. Remember that golf is supposed to be enjoyable, and should bring you some relief from the stress of your daily life. Every time you golf, focus on fixing the fundamentals of your swing and the speed, power and accuracy will follow.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

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The Ideal Exercises

For Senior Golfers

The really tricky part about exercises for senior golfers, and getting them to do, is the fact they often suffer from various ailments and pains in various parts of their bodies.

It is like having to deal with the overworked engine of an aging car. Things always seem to go wrong all the time and there is always one problem after another. The situation is a little similar with older golfers.

Still, exercises for senior golfers have been known to have a major impact on their game. I have worked with golfers who are as old as 80 years and I can say with confidence that exercises have done a great deal for many senior golfers.

We've had cases where stretch exercises have helped ease and in some cases have completely eliminated nagging back pains in senior golfers.

The good thing about golf exercises is that they are not a burden in any way and they are usually quite easy to do. They are not a reserve of the young and physically fit.

In fact the exercises are designed for the unfit, to help the physically unfit attain a level of fitness that will impact on their golf game.

The exercise regime for senior golfers is therefore exactly the same one used for younger golfers and even the youngest ones.

It typically involves both stretch exercises and weight training designed to strengthen the muscles and parts of your body used for golf. The amazing thing is that in golf, you use a vast majority of the muscles in your entire body, right from the feet to the neck.

The result is that exercises for senior golfers not only help them dramatically improve their game of golf, but they also greatly assist them in living a better quality life with the aches and pains eliminated or at least greatly reduced.

This is proof enough that the impact of exercises for senior golfers on their lives goes well beyond the golf course.

About The Author: Mike Pedersen is one of the top golf fitness swing trainers in the country, author and founder of several cutting-edge online golf fitness sites. Take a look at his just released golf fitness dvds and manual at his proper golf swing site - Perform Better Golf.
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Friday, March 02, 2007

Instruction Helps For

Hitting Your Golf Driver

Simple instruction is the key to hitting your golf driver. Every golfer wants to hit the long ball...but very few every do. Why? Because they "over-analyze" their swing and get "locked-up" when the get on the tee box.

How many times have you yearned to hit it longer...swung harder...and it didn't happen? Every golfer on the planet can say this. I know I've done it more times than I can count! Swinging harder isn't the answer! In's death to your dreams of longer drives.

Golfers are so infatuated with the LONG ball. So much that they will spend $500 on a new driver in hopes for more yards off the tee. The problem with this approach is the cause of your lack of distance. It's not your club, it's how you swing the club that's the problem!

Getting the proper instruction for your driver is critical to achieving your goals of more yards. There is so much junk, bad tips, and advice out can be deluged with these inadequate thoughts, resulting in driving distances below your norm. Not what you want if you want more yards!

You need help from someone whose been there. Not the Harmons, Leadbetter's and the Rick Smith's of the world, but average golfers who have found a method that works! A method that can add up to 30 yards to your drives with minimal effort or change in your golf swing.

This type of instruction is out there, but finding it might be another issue. The Net is polluted with hundreds, if not thousands of websites, pages and articles that won't help. I don't mean to get you feeling like you can't find help, but you need some resources you can turn to you trust. And that will get you the results you're looking for.

You need simple instruction for hitting your golf driver! Nothing too complicated or confusing. No "62-point" checklist or redoing of your golf swing. If an instructor tells you!

As an amatuer golfer, we don't have the time nor the money to be our absolute best. We all want to be, but it's not realistic. We don't do this for a living! I think a lot of the time we do it for the challenge to beat our previous score; hit our drives longer than before; make fewer putts in a round; or maybe just for the enjoyment of getting outside, away from the hassles and responsibilities of life for 4 and a half hours.

Either way, hitting your golf driver longer than you have before is a lot of fun! With a little bit of research, you'll find the instruction to hit those long golf drives!

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About the author: Curt Smith is a golf writer who writes for many golf websites. He is the main writer for the new Golf Instruction Guide site. For more instruction on hitting golf driver, visit the site today!

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