Month: June 2017

How to get started in golf without spending too much – from woman’s perspective

People often complain how expensive of a sport golf is, and for most players, golf clubs make up the vast majority of expenses. But it’s only relative – golf can be cheap than a lot of other sports and hobbies. You have an option to opt for affordable golf clubs and accessories, which are very affordable even for middle class people. Especially if you’re beginner – you don’t have to spend a lot, and having too many fancy golf clubs might even hurt your game, because you won’t know how to use them. So even if you’re filthy rich and can afford to spare thousands of dollars for your golf set, I’d recommend starting with two hundred dollar Callaway golf set, and improving your golf set from there. There are a lot of full golf club sets that go for between one to two hundred bucks, which is perfectly normal for most Americans. If even that’s too expensive for you, you can always choose to buy used clubs in good condition. Flaw of buying used golf clubs is that sellers usually aren’t honest about condition and try to pass their mediocre-looking clubs as like new. But Callaway’s official used club store and Amazon are both quite trustworthy. If you have some spare time, also consider going on garage sales, so you can inspect the product firsthand and not by looking at pictures. You’d be surprised how often people get great bargain clubs on garage sales. Also don’t be fooled by the whole marketing lies about exclusivity of womens and mens golf clubs. Both are quite similar, it’s just that golf clubs for women are made short because ladies tend to be shorter than men. But if you’re tall, I’d say above 5’10, don’t dismiss men’s golf club sets either. Here are great suggestions for both – tall and short women.

You should also ask yourself – how serious are you about playing golf? Do you see it as competitive sport that you might want to pursue for the rest of your life, or just a distraction for couple of weekends a year? If it’s the latter, spending a lot of money on golf clubs is unjustified.

But even if it’s the former, you should definitely start out low profile and improve your clubs once your skills improve as well. Cheap club sets are perfectly good for practicing and casual golf, which is all you need when you’re starting out. But if you decide to pursue playing golf, clubs won’t be the biggest expenses. Miscellaneous accessories that you have to buy and membership fees combined are a lot more than decent golf clubs, so look out for those. But in the beginning, you can go lean by single entrance fees and borrowing stuff from your golfer friends if you have any.

I guess that’s it, I hope my tutorial helped.

How does your golfing performance change as you age?

I am aging golfer, and have friends who belong to same demographic, and since I work out a lot, my golf performance has been steady so far, but in the past 1-2 years, I’ve noticed a slight decline in my performance. And it got me really curious – for one, to predict how worse I’m going to get, but also I was curious to find out what the underlying reasons are. Since my friends expressed interest as well, we decided to sit down and do a little research to find out what the future holds for us.

First of all, I wanted to find out reasons for the decline. Aging by itself is correlation but not causation. I found out that your swing speed and hit speeds start to decrease because of reduced muscle power in my hands. Some skills such as coordination and stance improve as you gain more experience, but in the end, diminishing hand power still outweighs advantages of handy traits that you get by experience. So in the long run, no matter what you do, you can’t fight aging process, but simply have to accept it. Now let’s get back to topic of how aging affects your performance and when.

At first, I noticed decline in my driving distances for past 5 years. So I requested the numbers from my friends as well to have a better perspective on data. The pattern seemed to suggest that driving distance started to decline from age forty, and got way worse after golfers turned fifty. In my case, I didn’t notice any changes until I was fifty, so I guess working out really helped to slow down my decline.
We should also consider change in quality of my golf club set over the years. When I was in my twenties, when I had just started playing golf, I didn’t want to invest in fancy golf club set, so I got affordable club set to start out. So my results might have been affected by mediocre golf clubs. In my thirties, I actually spared some money to get myself high end golf clubs and it affected my results. I’ve also noticed that my peers peaked in their thirties as well.
In their forties, people who tried to live healthy and walk on golf course instead of driving a cart, weren’t affected very much. It might also be result of having good golf clubs made for seniors, but data isn’t big enough to be entirely sure.
So my takeaways from this little experiment was that working out and being active is the best way to slow down aging process. If you’re good at choosing golf clubs for yourself, spending a little more on seniors golf clubs might also help. But after some point, spending more on golf clubs is pointless and is not going to make you better golfer.

 

Getting a scholarship as golfer and making your living with it

I get asked this question a lot. Everyone knows that being good at sports is one of the best ways of getting into selective schools, and people are curious whether playing golf will do them any good. To be honest, I don’t know, but I’ve never heard of anyone getting into Harvard for just their handicap or good swing. You might have a real shot if you participate in juniors tournaments and do well, but that’s very rare. So if you intend to play golf for facilitating college admission process, I would recommend against it. Plus, children are rarely interested in playing golf at such young age, and as a parent, it would be unwise to force them into doing it. But if they are in fact interested, you should buy them decent childrens club set and give it as a gift on christmas or their birthdays. You can see some recommendations at : http://www.golfclubsguru.com/best-junior-golf-clubs  .

But don’t go overboard either. In my opinion, children need to experience what it is like to not always have exactly what you want and having to settle for the mediocre. Some people will disagree, but I think it actually benefits them, and gives them real view of the world. Good kids golf club sets can be found for under two hundred dollars, so expect to spend around that amount. Quality will be great, but these clubs are mass produced, and might not have the best materials possible, because they have to keep the costs down. But for the price, you can’t go wrong with kids full golf sets. Buying clubs individually is practically ripoff compared to buying the whole set.

If you and your kid are very passionate about getting into good college easily, I would recommend fencing. It does take time and practice as most sports do, but it’s not that complicated and can be mastered in a few years tops. Obviously it won’t be easy, but nothing, especially Harvard admission comes easily in life, and it will be a good lesson for transitioning to adult life.

But even though golf scholarships are hard to come by, there do exist smaller junior competitions and prizes that can be won if you’re really good. You can also give golfing lessons to your fellow college kids part time, so you can get to experience entrepreneurship as well.

To sum up, there are a lot of ways for motivated kid to make a living in college, and all it takes is knowledge in one specific field and determination. And if you’re excellent golfer and know a lot about golf, those skills are very likely to come in handy on your mission to gaining financial independence and avoiding student loans.

How to stop hitting fat golf shots – step by step

As per late Golfshot client details, the normal 10-to 19-debilitate golfer hits around five greens for each round, or under 30% of the greens in direction. That leaves a great deal of tidying up to do around the greens. The larger part of these misses are the aftereffect of poor contact—i.e., fat or thin contact. In both cases, the clubhead’s vitality is discharged too early, dropping the low purpose of the swing behind the ball. Thus, you either stick the clubhead in the ground and hit the shot fat, or figure out how to abbreviate your arms to dodge the ground and hit it thin. Here are a few drills you can take a shot at to enable you to wipe out both misses.

Above all else, you have to comprehend what a decent effect position looks and feels like. Here, you can see that my weight is plainly on my left side and my hips and shoulders are interested in the objective line (see photograph, above). That body turn is what’s in charge of presenting my hands (of the clubhead), so I can hit down on the ball and pack it with a forward-inclining shaft. Effect is a turned position where the hips and shoulders are open, versus address where the body is unbiased, or square, to the objective line.

Most golfers who reliably get the ball thin begin as fat hitters. After some time, they figure out how to abbreviate their arms through effect to maintain a strategic distance from the beginning, accordingly quit hitting the ground out and out. To hit your irons immaculate, the clubhead needs to contact the ball and afterward the ground, peeling a divot before the ball. This can just happen if both arms are stretched out through effect. As a penetrate, stop a Nerf football in the middle of both lower arms and make some short practice swings without a ball, crushing the football between your lower arms so that both arms remain straight past the nonexistent ball (see photograph, above). At that point include a ball and begin hitting some little pitches, advancing up into a full swing with a 7-or 8-press.

When you start to short-arm it the elbows will start to partitioned and overlap and the Nerf ball will tumble to the ground (see photograph, above). This left-arm overlay is regularly alluded to as a “chicken wing,” and is a noteworthy wellspring of energy spillage in the swing. In the event that, in the wake of playing out this penetrate a few times you start to begin taking excessively turf once more, at that point the following stage is to chip away at bringing the low purpose of your swing more forward. The accompanying Bungee Cord Drill will enable you to do only that.

Circle a bungee rope or rope around your left shoulder and secure it to the butt end of the club so it’s genuinely tight in the address position. Represent a couple affect positions to begin with, discovering how the hands are inclining forward and the correct arm is propping and pushing descending on the left arm (see photograph, above). Presently hit a couple balls with some half-swings—to keep the bungee line rigid, the correct wrist must stay twisted to apply some descending weight on top of the left thumb joint. The correct arm pushing down and in the end rectifying soon after effect is the thing that keeps the left arm inflexible and brings the low purpose of the swing forward, before the ball.

I like the accompanying Line in the Sand Drill (see photograph, above) for those individuals who fear hitting their irons excessively fat, on the grounds that the sand surface is a great deal more generous than genuine earth. It’s additionally difficult to perceive how a long ways behind the ball you’re reaching when hitting from grass; the sand is an a great deal more exact approach to prepare you how to base the clubhead out in the correct spot. Attract a line the sand a few feet long speaking to your ball position, and place a ball down hanging in the balance. Work your way down the line, checking whether you can get every divot to begin on hold and leave a few crawls forward of the line.

On the off chance that you discharge the clubhead too early, at that point the divot will begin a few creeps behind the line. I advise my understudies to feel as though they’re pointing great before the line, since they’re so used to going for the ball. Begin pointing past the ball and swing past it, and it will help bring the low purpose of your swing forward. It’s additionally extremely accommodating to consider driving the sand forward, in light of the fact that the best way to do that is to bring the hands through first (see photograph, above). That is the means by which you trap and pack the ball. Finally, feel as though your feet are applying weight down into the ground as you move the club forward. This will enable you to rotate the body through legitimately and keep the clubhead from backing off and discharging too early.