Popularity of Hickory Shocks Golf Technology

HICKORY GOLF

Could it be that the game of golf, which has become synonymous with technology, is now taking a step back? Don’t look now, but from Stockholm to Shanghai, players are turning back the clock to take part in the latest craze – hickory golf.

Although not many of us would be willing to play without our shovel-sized golf drivers, playing with 19th century wooden-shafted golf clubs, has become a hit as national championships in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Sweden and Finland have blossomed. Hickory golf clubs were used widely until the 1930s, when manufacturers turned to more modern materials for construction.

Despite their unforgiving nature and lesser performance, the attraction of playing old school golf has endured. The format has a huge following in the U.S. where devotees gather at historic courses to play an “authentic” round of golf. Companies too have been attracted to the format as a way of motivating staff. “Golfers love a challenge,” says Gavin Bottrell, who runs hickory golf days in Britain.

“There’s a saying about modern golf clubs that you can buy any shot out of the shop. Playing with hickory makes people think more about their golf swing and be clever about their shots.”

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The Secrets of 3D Golf Swing Analysis

3D GOLF SWING ANALYSIS

What’s the next step in the evolution of golf swing instruction? How about 3D golf swing analysis. Now you can watch a 3D golf swing analysis of yourself and compare it to the swing of a top professional like Ernie Els.

This new technology has been compared to having an MRI of the golf swing, allowing your PGA professional access to the inner workings of your golf swing. This capability can add a whole new level of comparison and awareness to learning how to play golf.

Check out what happens when CNN’s Justin Armsden visits the Butch Harmon School of Golf in Dubai to see if 3D golf swing analysis can help improve his drive.

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PGA Tour Pro Kevin Streelman’s Unique Golf iPhone App

GOLF IPHONE

Scottsdale retiree Larry Slivka and his neighbor, PGA Tour player Kevin Streelman, weren’t sure what would happen when they developed a golf iPhone application that coaches amateur golfers as they encounter tough shots on the course.

But in the two months since the pair released “Golf Like a Tour Pro,” they have sold more than 7,000 copies at $4.99 each. Golfers throughout the United States and in 63 countries from Denmark to Sri Lanka have downloaded the golf iPhone app.

In two touches of the iPhone or iPod Touch screen, a golfer can see how to line up a shot, where to place his or her hands and how to swing the club. The golf iPhone app also offers “Kevin’s Tip,” giving Streelman’s professional insight into making the shot. Golfers can view the video in slow motion, to better grasp the details.

The idea was born because Slivka, who retired from the shoe business and took up golf, searched golf magazines for tips but could never remember them on the course. “It was a little frustrating,” Slivka said. “If I was in a sand trap . . . I didn’t know what to do.”

He wrote up some cheat sheets but found them cumbersome. Then he read a newspaper story about the boom in software applications for iPhones, the Web-enabled cellphone that friends had been buzzing about. It was then that Larry decided a golf iPhone app could have some potential.

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The Extreme 19th – The Hardest Golf Hole Ever Created

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Looking for a new test for your golf swing in 2010? How about teeing off from the top of a mountain in South Africa to a green 1,410 foot below? It’s been called the hardest shot in golf and more than $1 million awaits the player who can register a hole-in-one.

Known as the the Extreme 19th, this unique golf hole is so high the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground. The hole is based at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa’s Northeastern Limpopo Province . The other 18 holes on the course were designed by PGA Tour stars such as Trevor Immelman, Sergio Garcia,  Padraig Harrington and Robert Allenby.

A round of golf – including a buggy and lunch – will set you back R450 ($70). The Extreme 19th costs $1060 per four ball and includes a helicopter ride, souvenir cap, glove, golf driving tips and a DVD of you playing the hole. Players must take a helicopter to the top to play the longest and  highest par three on the planet.

So far, no one has come close pocketing the million-dollar prize, but Padraig Harrington became the first golfer who doesnt’t need any golf driving tips to conquer the hole within par. Harrington said, “This is the type of innovation and  excitement we need to get more people playing  golf. There aren’t many new innovative ways  to play the game but this is certainly one of the best. I think this hole is  awesome. I love the whole experience, the helicopter, the views, the drama and having the  green the shape of Africa . And now I’ve got bragging rights over all the other professionals who have played this hole and  not managed to make a three. I love everything about it.”

Three Golf Driving Tips That Could Save Your Round

GOLF DRIVING TIPS

Every golf hole begins at the tee box, which is technically in the middle of the fairway. We all want to stay in the fairway, while obtaining as much distance from our tee shot as possible. However, most people suffer from a lack of consistency off of the tee, resulting in missed fairways and poor position for their second shots. How can you avoid this problem and hit the ball better? Here are three golf driving tips that can keep you in the fairway, yards past your buddies.

1. Any list of golf driving tips has to start with an athletic, balanced starting position. This includes a straight spine, while bending at the waist with good balance and your weight on the balls of your feet. One common mistake is the notion that your stance should be shoulder width apart. This is actually incorrect. Your stance should actually be the outside of your hips, which will provide you with a solid, stable base to generate maximum power.

2. Ben Hogan coined the phrase “Hold the golf club like you would hold a baby bird”. This means you must release tension in your grip in order to allow your hands, wrists and arms to work properly. This is one of the top golf driving tips for the biggest long-drive hitters, who often shake their hands before a swing to “release” any tightness or tension from over gripping the club. Make sure that your swing is tension free and you’ll be in great shape to release the club head and rotate your hands properly at impact.

3. We begin the swing by dragging the club away from the ball, slowly rotating our hips and shoulders around our torso. We begin the downswing by rotating our hips back toward the ball, with our chest and shoulders following suit. One of the most disregarded golf driving tips is the unwinding of the tension in our hips created by the backswing. Many amateurs loose accuracy and distance by coming “over the top” on their downswing by throwing the club at the ball with their upper body instead of rotating their hips and transferring weight to their left side.

These three simple golf driving tips should help you stay in the fairway and hit longer tee shots. The next time you’re on the tee and thinking about your swing, remind yourself of these three keys – balance, loose grip and rotate the hips. You’ll see better drives, lower scores and will be asking yourself, why aren’t all golf driving tips this simple.

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Remarkable Chain Reaction Golf Swing Uncovered

Chain Reaction Golf Swing eBook

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Remarkable Chain Reaction Golf Swing Uncovered
New Golf eBook Drastically Lower Scores

CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 26, 2009 – GolfAid.com, the fastest growing resource for free online golf video instruction, has released its first instructional eBook entitled “The Chain Reaction Golf Swing”. The publication was written by Walter G. Lis, an amateur golfer with over 15 years of experience in real world golf research. “The Chain Reaction Golf Swing” uses full color photos to illustrate the simple keys to a high-performance golf swing and shows how those elements react together to produce explosive results for players of all levels of experience and ability.

“This book has been a labor of love borne out of 15 years of personal research to find what works for golfers of average talent like myself,” said Walter G. Lis. “I’ve painstakingly journaled every lesson, swing thought and tip that I’ve learned along the way to assemble a simple swing formula that works like a chain reaction to produce remarkable results, shot after shot.”

Despite all the recent advancements in golf equipment technology, average scores have changed very little over the years. Research by The National Golf Foundation shows that only 22 percent of all golfers regularly score better than 90 for 18 holes on a regulation length course. The average 18-hole score on a full-size course is 97 for men and 114 for women and only 6 percent of men and 1 percent of women say they break 80 regularly.

“The Chain Reaction Golf Swing will help drastically improve your scores by automatically connecting the four components of the golf swing – setup, backswing, downswing and follow through,” said Mr. Lis. “What makes this system work so quickly and effectively is that each component leads naturally and effortlessly into the next. Once you’re on track, you’ll stay on track.”

For more information or to purchase The Chain Reaction Golf Swing, visit http://www.golfaid.com/chain.

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Three Golf Driving Tips to Save Your Round

Being consistent at driving a golf ball requires the highest levels of confidence, awareness and solid fundamentals. Here are three fast and easy tips to help you hit more fairways while hitting the ball farther.

Despite the larger club head, the driver shaft is much longer and brings with it more potential problems from the backswing, through the downswing, through impact. With lots of moving parts that have to be working in rhythm, it’s easy to see why most amateurs have a hard time hitting fairways.   

With so many variables in place, it’s essential to make practicing your drives a priority. We’ve all been in a rushed situation where we jump from the car to the tee box, having to hit a narrow fairway on the first hole with an audience gathered around the tee.

If at all possible, try to avoid the situation of having your first swing of the day be with your driver on the first tee. Get to the practice range before your tee time, stretch properly and hit at least a few balls. Even a few swings in to a net are exponentially better than just swinging away on the first hole. The top PGA professionals would not consider starting a round without the proper warm up, so neither should you.

When you practice on the range, work on maintain consistent positions at the setup, the top of your swing, through impact and follow through so you can visual the beginning, middle and end of your stroke. Having these clear guideposts in your mind could provide an essential backup if your swing falls apart during the round. If you do begin to struggle, just go back to those proper positions in your practice swings and your fundamentals will return.

With the massive size of today’s drivers, a simple mistake most amateurs make is to increase the speed of the swing with this club as compared to everything else in the bag. Remember, the most important concept in hitting long, solid shots is hitting the ball in the sweet spot of the club face. A miss-hit ball with a club head speed of 125 MPH will not go nearly as far as a solidly struck ball with 15-20 MPH less club head speed. Maintain a consistent, manageable swing speed and you’ll find more fairways and still outdrive your friends.

Bring these tips with you to your next round. They should help your golf driving results and lower your scores.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Hitting a Fat Golf Shot is so Frightening

One of the most difficult hurdles in golf to overcome occurs when something happens in your golf swing that produces a fat or chunky shot. My typical miss is hitting the ball thin, which is probably why hitting a fat shot is so foreign and so frightening.  So when I started hitting some fat shots during a round last week, I decided to find some help and share it on GolfAid. Here are a couple quick and easy tips that should help you understand why you’re hitting shots heavy and give you the tools to fix this problem.

A primary contributor to chunky shots is poor posture. Golf instructor Bobby Eldridge suggests raising your chin at address will allow you to swing through the ball more easily without hitting behind the ball. You certainly don’t want to adjust your spine angle during the swing, so adjusting your chin before anything takes place should allow you to rotate and shift your body more freely without altering your point of impact with the golf ball.

Hitting behind the ball is appropriate for an explosion shot, but completely inappropriate for a normal swing. PGA instructor Jay Golden suggests focusing your eyes towards the target side of the ball so that your divot will actually occur after impact. Too many amateurs hit fat shots because they begin their divot before they even hit the ball. By focusing on the point immediately after the ball, it’s more natural to hit the ball first, generating a proper divot and eliminating fat shots from your game.

No one likes the experience of taking a full swing and laying the sod over the ball. I hope these suggestions will help you correct any chunky swings that you’ve been experiencing and avoid fat golf shots in the future.

Remember Your Winning Swing Thoughts

 

Whether you’re playing 9 or 18 holes, there are many peaks and valleys throughout the course of a round. Completing even nine holes without even some moderate form of adversity is next to impossible for me. This was certainly the case for me last week during a 9-hole round.

The first seven holes went smoothly with a single swing thought guiding my process quite effectively. For me, having just one swing thought is optimal, but definitely not the norm. Most of the time I’m playing a delicate balancing act in my mind with at least two or three different golf swing thoughts before and during the swing.

On this day, my only thought for the full swing was to start my backswing slowly. My putting swing thought was just to keep my head down through impact. In fact, I used Steve Flesch’s putting tip to remind myself to stay down during and after the swing.

Unfortunately, my thinking and performance came unglued on the eighth hole when I forgot both swing thoughts. Both my approach and putts were errantly guided without my trusty swing thoughts that worked for the previous 90 minutes and I limped home on the final two holes.

The main lesson that this disappointing round taught me was how easy it is to forget what you’ve been concentrating on. There are countless distractions on a golf course which make it quite easy to forget your positive swing thoughts minutes after hitting a great shot.

In an effort to assist golfers in the golf psychology struggle, GolfAid.com will be introducing some new ideas that you can take to the course in the very near future. Not having good fundamentals or good rhythm is one thing, but simply forgetting what we’ve been thinking has to be preventable.

Duval’s Triumph Over Adversity Good News For Golfers

If your only exposure to golf is watching professionals compete on TV, you could very well be of the opinion that the game of golf is really not all that difficult. The way the players consistently control the ball and hit it amazing distances can become commonplace during a weekend broadcast. However, any average golfer is well aware of the true aberration of incredible performances from these truly gifted players and our grim reality. We all know how hard the game can be and how difficult it is to hit even a single shot like a tour pro.

 

The huge crevasse of talent and capability that exists between professional and weekend warrior is usually too much to even understand. However, it’s those rare moments when the gifted paid performer fails to execute that actually give the rest of us hope. That is why the story of the rise and fall, and seemingly rise again of David Duval is so intriguing and uplifting.

 

Unlike 99% percent of all amateur players, David Duval was seemingly born great. The first segment of his professional career contained multiple Tour victories including the 2001 British Open, while he became the top ranked player in the world. The second segment of his career consisted of a career demise the likes of which only a handful of Tour players have ever experienced.

 

Even more amazing was his incredible second-place finish at the US Open last week in New York. What could be the successful start of his third career segment after years of struggle is one of those rare moments that give hope to the rest of us who don’t get paid to play.

 

As Johnny Miller mentioned during the broadcast, Duval’s struggles off the tee over the past seven years actually forced him to become an excellent putter. The statistics certainly support that theory as Duval currently ranks tied for 151st in the overall driving rankings on Tour through the US Open last weekend. Conversely, he is currently tied for 16th in the putts per round category at 28.26.

 

Overcoming setbacks in this game for both professionals and amateurs is a given. In fact, I’ve often that thought that “Adversity” might actually be a better descriptor for the game than “Golf”. However, witnessing the triumph over adversity by a player such as David Duval is a terrific lesson for those of us who’ve never shot par. Yes, this can be a tough, difficult game. But we’re never truly defeated until we’re out of balls.