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As a hobby, golf is exciting, yet challenging in the same time. You will probably not find much joy in your first golf course, except being outdoors. Most likely you will not be able to direct the golf ball to the proper places, participate with other people or just feel the wind. The best way of learning how to play golf is by renting or buying a set of golf clubs and going to a driving range. You will learn there how to swing, hit and how different clubs are used. And you can perfect your techniques with the help of an instructor.

The tips and advice a golf teacher can give you will come in handy once you begin playing golf regularly. He can teach you everything you need on a golf course, from indispensable swing techniques to gauging the weather conditions.

 You can also learn the basics of golf in the comfort of your home, by watching instructional videos. They are excellent and provide instruction from professional golfers and instructors. In order to be sure you mimic the positions and stances, you should replay the videos several times. Go to the driving range or your local golf course and try out the new techniques you learn. The information will be valuable, even if this form of learning golf may not be as good as learning from an instructor.

If you want to learn how to play better golf, you could also read golf magazines and books. One advantage is that you can them with you to the driving range and practice to enhance your game. Each month, you will be receiving tips, golf training, and you will learn about the latest equipment and accessories.

In order to retain their skills, all golfers have to practice often, even those who play on a professional level. In the beginning, you will surely be spending a few hours a week learning the basics of golf. Once you learned them, you should perfect your skills and develop your style. Some golfers keep their skills sharp only by playing a round of golf each week.  You will be the one to determine how often and the convenient times you need to practice.

How to get distance on your swing

Getting the most distance out of your drives or irons does not seem something easy to achieve, even if you see professionals achieving it almost without any effort. The word ‘timing’ often appears when people talk about golf swing and maximum distance. What does it refer to? During the process of your golf swing you amass energy. The timing of the release of this energy is the timing element spoken of when discussing achieving the most efficient distance out of your golf shot.

When you are at the top of your golf swing, your left arm should be straight, your wrists cocked and to 90 degrees in regard to the club. Rotate your hips approximately 45 degrees from the original address position. Your shoulders should be rotated toward a 90 degree posture. At this somewhat ‘coiled’ position you have amassed the stored energy will have to work with. There is an additional energy stored as your shaft flexes and un-flexes, but this will be released quickly. One of the golfers’ greatest problems is to determine how and when is the proper moment to release the stored energy in order to achieve the best result. Most golfers go wrong from this exact position, at the top of the back swing, making the first movement with their hands and arms. A vast amount of the energy you stored is released if you do this, by beginning to uncoil too early. You won’t have enough energy to apply to the golf ball. Not only this, but you will also lose the angles created between your wrists and your club and between your shoulders and your hips. It is an action generally called swinging, releasing from the top or casting the club and does not only make you lose your stored energy but it also produces severity of slice.

In order to apply the energy of your swing at the proper moment and have a more desirable swing path, from the top of your swing, you have to begin the ascent of your golf swing from the ground up toward the impact zone. You should maintain the angles mentioned before. The downswing is not initiated by your hands, shoulders or a spinning motion of your hips, but by the weight transferring from your back instep toward your front foot. Your hips will begin to release from the angle attained at the top of the swing as your weight begins moving toward your front side. The hips will be naturally followed by your arms and shoulders, not consciously fired to catch up or you again lose energy. Your wrists maintain the same angle as the weight shifts and the hips, shoulders and arms follow with rotation. The upper part of your body accumulates a great amount of pressure as the left hip clears. Once it clears and your belly begins to point down the target line, your shoulders will follow through the hitting zone. Finally, through the impact zone, your hand and arms will be released naturally. Thence the amount of flex imparted on the shaft of your club will be quite good. Looking at a slow motion or still photo view of the club coming into the impact zone is an easy way of discerning this.

You right hand begins to release now, with the shaft flexed. This is the apex, the proper timing to release all the stored energy upon the golf ball. The hips uncoil, the upper body responds, the hands and arms are led down the target line and through the hitting zone. As they cannot keep the angle, they catch up to the rest of the body and release the club naturally, by completing the release of your stored energy. Your hands and arms DO NOT initiate the release from the top of your swing. As you practice and improve your golf swing, everything will take place naturally and you’ll be able to smoothly and effortlessly apply the proper timing to the golf ball.

Senior citizen golf fitness

When it comes to senior golfers, the secret for successful golfing is fitness for golf. This has become a widely-used term among players on the senior tour and senior amateurs. The physical ability of a senior golfer declines rapidly. It is absolutely necessary for you to take the time to prepare for the golf swing or the movement can be physically abusive to your body. I am sure there were many times when you left from the course or practice range frustrated, with a twinge that only got worse at home.

Fitness for golf is very important. The ‘aging process’ is literally slowed down –injuries will be prevented, your flexibility will improve and you will have the strength to hit straighter longer drives. In brief, you will be able to use your true potential to the fullest. Dramatic improvements have been observed with senior golfers that have taken up a golf fitness program. You don’t have to see golf fitness as having to work, sweat or make a lot of effort. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t take that much work. You don’t have to go to the gym and work 3 hours daily in order to see results. 30 minutes twice or three times a week is enough. There are even online fitness programs you can join. Just remember that you are doing it for transforming your game and playing your best game ever!

History of golf balls

Nowadays, modern golf uses the so-called ‘dimpled’ golf balls. But why have producers of golf balls come with this shape? Golf was played for the first time in Scotland. The players’ clubs and golf balls were made of wood, their golf apparatus was clumsy. The ‘Featherie’, a golf ball made of leather, was introduced in 1618. This type of ball was specially handcrafted from goose feathers that were tightly pressed into a horse or cowhide sphere while they were still wet. A hardened golf ball was created after drying, when the leather would shrank and the feathers expanded. Not many people afforded to play golf then because the ‘Featherie`, due to this entire process, was more expensive than the golf clubs.

Guttie ball was the next type of golf ball. It was made from the sap of the Gutta tree, that could be found in the tropics. The sap was rubber-like and, when hot, could be shaped into a sphere, hence the golf ball. The production of this type of golf ball was cheap. Moreover, it could easily be repaired, by reheating and reshaping the ball. Compared to the ‘Featherie’, the Guttie golf ball travelled less. It couldn’t cover more distance because of its smooth surface. This discovery determined the producers of golf balls to create ‘dimpled’ ones. The aerodynamic drag, that normally slows down smooth golf balls, is reduced by the dimples. The pressure differential of smooth golf ball is high, leaving a pocket of low-pressure air in the ball’s stir, thus creating the drag. This pressure differential is decreased by applying dimples. They create turbulence in the air surrounding the golf ball and the air is forced to clasp the ball more closely. The warp created by the golf ball doesn’t flow past it, but it is trailed towards the back, making the wake smaller and the drag reduced.

 The rubber cored golf ball encased in a gutta percha sphere was introduced by Coburn Haskell. The modern golf ball appeared in 1905, when a dimple pattern was applied to a Haskell golf ball by William Taylor. Every golf tournament officially used them afterwards. The current form of the golf ball, with its standard size and weight, was established in 1921. Today, the range of golf balls is very wide, from balls that offer control, to those offering distance. You can find one appropriate for every style, game or condition. The dimpled golf ball is not just a sports element. It offers an extremely interest insight into the physical interworkings of aerodynamics, air pressure and turbulence by simply considering the dynamics behind its flight.