Amazing Shakira Golf Swing Video

[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?

Secret Golf Tip That Both Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus Share

AIMLINESWhat one extremely important secret do both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods share? Both legendary golfers use the same intermediate-target process to laser-focus their aim on every full shot.

To begin, start from behind the ball and pick a spot close to you, like a broken tee on the tee box, old divot or dark piece of grass that’s on the same line as your ultimate target. Then picture a line from the ball through both of those targets.

Step into your stance with your back foot, then line up your clubface so it’s perpendicular to the intermediate target. As you finish setting up, make sure your feet, knees, hips, shoulders and eyes are aligned parallel to the line that runs from the ball through both targets.

Take a last look at the far target. If your aim feels off before you swing, go through the whole process again. Don’t just adjust a single element, like your feet or shoulders. That throws your entire alignment out of whack.

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Golf Swing Fix – How to Swing Like You Practice

SWING SUNSETWhy are most golfers able to make a beautiful practice swing and then lose that rhythm in their actual swing? According to leading PGA professional Dr. Jim Suttie, the main reason is that the “hit” impulse comes into play. The hit impulse can be described as the golfer’s desire to hit at an object instead of simply swinging through an area.

Good players have what we call “incidental” contact. In other words, the ball just gets in the way of the swinging club. Sometimes, the golf swing can be a difficult thing to master.

For example: (1) We are standing to the side of the object to be hit instead of facing the target; (2) We are asked to focus on three things at the same time: the swing, hitting the ball, and the target; (3) We are asked to use an underhand, sidearm throwing action to hit the ball; (4) We are using a long stick with a small clubface on it, which requires the golfer to constantly repeat and come through an impact area that demands a very small margin of error; and (5) Finally, the clubface must be square to the target at impact.

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The Trick to Avoiding Topped or Thin Golf Shots

Fat Golf ShotHere are some interesting golf statistics for you. According to Dave Pelz, over 65% off all golf shots are played within 120 yards of the hole. And according to Dr. Jim Suttie, over 65 percent of all golfers lose their original posture when they swing a golf club.

Also according to Suttie, a ball that has been topped, thinned or fatted does not occur because you looked up. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, you probably did stand up, but it is very unlikely that you looked up. Golfers, even professionals, will often lose their spine angle at impact. The result that typically happens for them is a block to the right or a hook to the left. This is because the standing up at impact makes you rely on your hand action, where you have to hang on to the club or release the club too early at impact. I have always said that the hands are chokers when it comes to being consistent. Golfers must use their body, and let their hands respond to the motion.

So what are you trying to do when you make a good golf swing? Getting a good posture at address is the first step. Once you are in a good posture, your goal should be to simply stay in that posture on the backswing, and turn your shoulders 90 degrees (perpendicular) to your spine. If you are able to do this, then you will be in a good position to start your downswing. Many golfers either stand up on the backswing and lose their spine angle, or dip downward towards the ball. In either case, the movement up or down will cause inconsistent impact.

The downswing is somewhat similar to the backswing, in that the shoulders must again rotate 90 degrees to the spine. When the upper body pulls away from the ball coming down, this is called “coming out of your spine angle” or “standing up.” This can cause a lot of thin, fat, and toed shots.

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Dramatically Improve Your Golf Ball Striking With Eye Targeting

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Golf Professional Lew Smither III likes to say that golf isn’t complicated. He’s spent 25 years as a teaching pro at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor before becoming director of golf at Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Smither has been named one of Florida’s top 20 instructors by Golf Digest.

“The one inevitable in golf is that you have to make contact,” Smither said. “You have to get the ball down the fairway if you’re going to have any fun at this game. That’s where it all starts.” Here are a couple of his tips to help you make better contact with the golf ball and have more fun on the golf course.

“If you’re going to drive a nail into the wall, you look at it and hit it. Do the same with the golf ball.” For effect, Smither has a hammer duct taped to the end of a club shaft. Imagine the ball is a nail you’re trying to hit into a wall. Keep your eyes glued to the target (which is the back of the ball), and your head will stay still. Your alignment will also stay steady as you focus on the target. “Your body responds to what the eyes tell it,” Smither said. “The eyes are what gives you all of the information. Stay focused on what the point of contact is, and everything else will follow.”

“Keep the eyes steady and the body will stay steady. Golf is a hand/eye coordination sport. So if the eyes are looking at the proper target, the brain will tell the hands where to go. It takes practice, but after a while, it should become second nature. “The eyes take in the information,” Smither said. “The body responds to what the eyes look at.” This theory should also help if you tend to hit it fat.

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How Correct Golf Ball Position Can Change Your Game

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Correct ball position plays a big role in keeping that chain reaction of the golf swing working. If you play the ball too far back in your stance, you’ll have a tendency to hit shots to the right of the target. Conversely, if the ball is too far forward, there is a chance that your shots will miss the target to the left. 

Most professionals advocate playing the ball between your left foot and the middle of your stance, depending on the club. For example, the most popular ball position for the driver is just inside the heel of your front foot. This position allows you to hit the ball further forward in your stance, producing impact on a slight upswing, taking advantage of the loft and design of the club. 

The suggested ball position for the remaining clubs progresses from left to right. Subsequently, the long irons are played a ball or so to the right of the driver’s position. Mid-irons are played about one or two balls to the right of the long irons, finishing with the short irons, which are played at about the middle of your stance. 

The objective of each of these positions is to allow you to hit the ball at the lowest point of your swing, taking advantage of the club’s loft and allowing you to make crisp contact with the ball. 

It’s also important to note that the objective for every full swing, not including bunker shots, is to hit the ball first. Your divot should always come after impact with the ball. This concept is sometimes not understood by many amateurs who try to scoop the ball, therefore negating the loft and sabotaging the intended design of the club. 

Many PGA Tour professionals have their own theories on ball position. For example, rising star Anthony Kim is a tremendously talented player who plays shots in which the ball position is anywhere from his left heel to his right heel. Anthony usually bases his ball position on the club, trajectory and even the spin he wants to put on the ball. 

Jack Nicklaus advocates a constant ball position, regardless of the club used. Jack suggests changing your stance, depending on the club being used. Tiger Woods follows a more traditional approach, using much of the traditional ball placement theory mentioned above.