[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwOy-V8dB1U[/youtube]She’s already an amazing singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who’s been performing since the early 1990s. Now you can add golfer to Shakira’s remarkable list of attributes with the release of a new video taken on the driving range and golf course in Mexico from her current tour.
Shakira’s always been an exceptional athlete, so it’s no wonder her golf swing shows great promise. Shakira’s setup and takeaway from the golf ball are solid, showcasing her flexibility with a significant shoulder turn. She begins her downswing with a fluid movement of the hips – naturally! Her position at impact is a bit loose, but could be easily adjusted.
It’s certainly obvious that her experience as a dancer pays of greatly in her golf swing as demonstrates terrific balance on the follow through. Shakira finishes the golf swing with a nice tall position, once again showcasing her flexibility and balance. Could the LPGA Tour be on the horizon for this amazing woman?
How can science improve your golf swing? Some Stanford University researchers believe their digital cameras have captured the perfect golf swing. The key question is whether that knowledge can be transferred to your golf swing.
PGA professionals have known for a long time that proper technique within the golf swing is critical to ball speed. No matter the size or the strength of the golfer, a swing without solid technical elements will lose much of its force. Even at the age of 61, five-time British Open winner Tom Watson can hit a ball with more power, and farther, than fit competitors half his age.
In a high-tech analysis of golfers, a research team identified several key biomechanical factors that produce power, separating the elite professionals from the duffers. At the university’s Motion and Gait Analysis Lab, 10 pros used a 5 iron to swing at ping-pong balls on a linoleum floor, wearing only shorts and dozens of tiny silver light-reflecting balls. The volunteers were all Stanford alumni and included Will Yanagisawa, a Hawaii Pearl Open winner, and former pro Notah Begay, who is now an analyst with the Golf Channel.
Eight cameras made a digital record of their bodies during the golf swing, then compared the data to less reformed swings of amateurs. The team found that professionals’ swings are highly consistent, virtually indistinguishable from each other. And the pros, unlike the five amateurs who also volunteered in the study, always initiated their downswing by rotating their hips.
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Take a sneak peak behind the scenes in this video at 2011 US Open Champion Rory McIlroy’s amazing private golf practice ground in his native Ireland. Rory’s incredible golf wonderland includes a replica of the famous “road hole bunker” from St. Andrews in Scotland.
McIlroy’s grounds crew constantly monitor and adjust the conditions of the grass and bunkers to recreate the conditions Rory will be facing in his next event. His attention to detail in his practice routine certainly doesn’t bode well for his competitors chances in upcoming golf tournaments.
The GolfAid Interview Series continues with author Henry Brunton.
Journey to Excellence: The Young Golfer’s Complete Guide to Achievement and Personal Growth is designed to help aspiring young golfers maximize their potential, on and off the course. Based on the insights of one of the world’s hottest up-and-coming golf instructors Henry Brunton–Canada’s National Men’s Team coach, the first Canadian recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the game’s Top 100 Teachers and a widely-acknowledged expert in developing elite players–Journey to Excellence provides a detailed, step-by-step path by which those who have the will can find the way to reach their goals.
The GolfAid Interview Series begins with Katherine Roberts, author of the book
Swing Flaws and Fitness Fixes: Fix Your Swing by Putting Flexibility, Strength, and Stamina in Your Golf Bag. Katherine reveals the untapped power source in your body as well as the tricks the pros use to maintain their flexibility and increase the distance of their drives.
Katherine Roberts is Founder and President of Katherine Roberts Yoga for Golfers. Roberts’ unique approach to golf conditioning is a hybrid of western biomechanical research and eastern mind/body conditioning for performance, and her work has been profiled by USA TODAY, Golf Magazine, Golf for Women, Golf Week and US Airways Magazine.
As a fitness expert and a regular contributor for The Golf Channel, she has appeared on The Turn, The Big Break, Your Game Night, How Low Can you Go and Game ON! Katherine is the producer of nine DVDs and author of the ground-breaking book Yoga for Golfers (McGraw-Hill). Roberts is dedicated to helping people achieve maximum performance and balance both on and off the course.