Taking your game to the next level

When playing golf, people have to realize that the body is a machine that needs to be tweaked and oiled all the time. This combination of bone and muscle has to be honed to generate the right skill and power for something like golf. This is why some golfers can hit farther and more accurately than others.

 

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Crucial here is realizing the body is your main source of power. Use it. The club is nothing more than a focus point for that power and no matter how good it is, it cannot compensate for power which doesn’t come from the source. Even more, you can’t even rely on just your arms to push that club forward and slice the air. Your body has to be in your swing so that the ball flies into the air more consistently.
You have to release tension in your body. This is oil between machine parts. If there is too much tension, there is more metal to metal tension or, in the body’s case, bone to bone. You’re then more prone to injury and damage. One golfer even suggests to always play a shot with a smile. The smile loosens you up and less tension in your body increases the fluidity in motion. This translates to ball movement and distance. These are the first few steps to taking your golf to the next stage.

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When you’re not satisfied with how your golf game is going, you can go to Jack Elway, a retired golfer whose new game is sharing tips with fellow golfers. Visit his blog for more articles about golf.

Too Good To Be True: The Craziest Shots In Golfing History

Who says golf is boring? Well it will be if players just swung from fairways to green again and again without any fuss. Thankfully there have been crazy golf shots that were almost impossible they just leave us in awe. Here are some of them in record.

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1. Vijay Singh’s skimming hole in one

Ever tried stone skipping? It’s difficult, but possible. Now try it with golf, make it skip cross a small pond, and get it in the hole. That’s what Vijay did in the 2009 Masters practice round.

2. Sergio Garcia’s one-handed trick shot

Here’s the scenario, you got the ball stuck on a tree, and in order to pull off a recovery shot, you’ll have to 1) get up on a tree, 2) position yourself in an awkward position, (he chose to stand backwards) 3) Hit the ball using just one hand. Everything in this shot is difficult already per se. Combining those would be impossible, but not from the great Sergio Garcia.

3. Rory Mcllroy’s “pocket” in one

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Maybe Mcllroys is so used to getting the ball in the hole that he tried to get his tee shot in one of the spectators’ pocket. The ball went too far right and landed on a tree and somehow found its way inside this lucky dude’s pocket.

Jack Elway here. I’m a retired golfer. Follow me on Twitter for more posts like this.

Much Ado About Golfing Hazards

The golden rule of golf is to always play the ball where it lies. It seems simple enough, yes.

Wrong.

Entire courses were designed to make this principle as difficult to follow as possible, with hazards sprinkled liberally throughout the terrain. There are several kinds of hazards encountered during a game of golf—obstructive forests, fast-flowing streams, shallow yet difficult lakes, rough patches of uncut grass, and those awful, awful sand traps.

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The entire point of pre-game prep, from measuring the strength of the stroke to the type of the club used to estimating the speed and direction of the prevailing wind on that day, is that all plays a role in improving the likelihood of the ball landing as far away from a hazard as possible. The difficulty of each hole in a course is measured through the number of hazards that stand in the way and how much planning goes into missing each one.

The most common of these hazards, of which specific rules govern their use, are water and sand traps. As my grandson Jace learned early on, they are incredibly frustrating to play through (been there, done that, kiddo). Yet, the rules play on, give or take a few penalized exceptions, and wherever a ball lands, one must play it there.

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In water hazards, a player is not allowed to remove any obstructions wherever the ball lands and must play it there regardless. When playing a ball in the water, you may not bring any artificial aid to help you play through, though, to everyone’s relief, you can remove your socks and shoes.

Jack Elway, a retiree golf fanatic lounging about in Florida. Follow me on Twitter for more tips, tricks, and thoughts on golf.

More Exciting Than You Think: The Riveting Appeal Of Golf

At the risk of sounding like “that guy,” I’m going to go right ahead and say it. Golf is much, much more exciting than it looks.

Make no mistake, golf isn’t your average fast-paced sport where the excitement brews from the furor and frenzy of players trying desperately in vain to catch or wrest an object in fast flight. But just because people aren’t yelling and screaming doesn’t mean they aren’t at the edge of their seats. For those in the know, the presumed calmness of golf games is a deceptive serenity, and it all has to do with just how difficult golf can actually be.

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The excitement from golf is derived from the tension that mounts as the pressures are factored in. Although the concept of the sport is simple (get the ball across rugged terrain using as few strokes as possible, never more than par), accomplishing this is a complex undertaking.

Among the many conditions that must be factored in include how strong the stroke needs to be, how much the wind can affect the trajectory of the ball, and which direction must the golfer hit the ball to make it fly across the course. All this adds incredible pressure on the golfer, who despite the pressure must remain calm to hit the ball correctly. The tension involved can ruin a swing.

The deadpan commentary and the seemingly calm faces of the spectators belie a protracted period of heart-stopping suspense, all banking on whether the golfer can achieve enough distance with each stroke to make it below par.

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Thankfully, though, much of that tension is reserved for competitive players. There’s a lot less pressure when you’re playing for fun or just practicing. All that we have to worry about outside a tournament is to keep the strokes within par.

Jack Elway, casual golfer and retiree, at your service. Follow me on Twitter for more tips and factoids on the deceptively serene game of golf.

Golf Game-Changing Tips

You’re probably into golfing now and wanted to improve your game; that’s why you’ve come to this blog. Well as a retired golfer, I have a few swinging tricks and fundamentals up my sleeve that I wanted to share with you. Read on, and you’ll have your perfect swing in no time.

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1. Keep your hands low

You don’t want your ball to shoot up but instead shoot further. Limit the height of your follow-through to reduce the height of your shots effectively. The lower the ball flight, the further your shots will be. Keep your hands low in the finish, and you’ll be covering more space from your shots.

2. Parallel your forearm to your spine

To guarantee solid ball-striking, practice having your right (if you are left-handed, then left) forearm parallel to your spine, your left wrist flat, and your elbows and arms form a tight triangle. This form gives you increased accuracy and prevents injury too.

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3. Get power from your body

Remember, power comes from the body and not the arms. Learn to power the club with your body by putting the club behind the ball at address, with your body in a dead-stop position. If you’ve already made it a habit of using your hands to drive the ball, you’ll struggle at first, but you’ll realize how much you ball-drive you gain by using your body. You’ll begin to get the ball in the air more consistently.

Jack Elway here, a retired golfer out of Florida. Read more golfing tips and tricks here.