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heir garages or closets. How many wives have threatened a “clearing out” of these contraptions? If you are feeling me.keep reading.

Have you purchased golf training aids only to use them once or twice and not see improvement? Isn’t this an everyday occurrence for golfers? I see and hear this all the time, and yet golfers will continue to spend hundreds of dollars by the `latest/greatest’ gimmick.

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I don’t know if they (golfers) think they will find the “one” swing aid that will change their game forever; or they are just trying to take the easy way out?

Either way, the main reason most golf training aids don’t help is because you are not working on what’s causing your swing faults. You! Your machine (body) dictates your outcome! There’s no way around it!

What your body is capable of in that moment is the result you’ll get.

How many times have you wished you could make a bigger backswing but can’t? How often do you walk off the course with a sore back? How many times did you have a good front nine only to blow up on the back nine and shoot your normal score?

The above results were because of the “physical” issues within your body. Until you realize this and take a different approach to your golf improvement program, you’ll be a frustrated golfer for a long time.

In my opinion, there are a couple of golf swing aids that are effective when you incorporate them with your new golf training program. One is the medicus. This is a fantastic golf swing aid that gives you instant feedback. Swing it too fast or out of plane and the shaft breaks at the hinge.

Another golf swing aid I like is the weighted golf club. I swing mine everyday and boy does it loosen me up and strengthen my golf swing muscles.

Other than the above golf swing aids, there are dozens and dozens of ones that are a total waste of money. Save your money and work on you! The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll stop buying the latest, greatest golf training aids.

Core training for golfers is a must for developing maximum power and distance. As in all athletics, the core is your engine. Everything comes from the core! The modern golf swing is definitely a “core-focused” movement; unlike the older swing technique of lower body action dominant.

You probably have heard the term core training for golfers, but do you know what it means and how to implement it into your golf performance routine?

Your core is the middle section of your body.specifically your abdominal region. If your core is weak or restricted in rotational flexibility, you will have a minimal chance at hitting long drives.

I see this all the time in the senior golfer. No core strength or flexibility, resulting in a HUGE decrease in yardage off the tee. The senior golfer will say things like, “I’ve lost so much yardage off the tee the past few years”; “I use to hit my drives 50 yards further”; “If I could only get 20 more yards I’d be happy”.

This can be a very frustrating situation; but one that can be remedied easily, quickly and in the convenience of your home with minimal equipment. Improving your core rotational strength and flexibility does not require equipment in a gym or club.

You can do exercises as simple as grabbing a single handweight, getting in your golf posture, and rotating back and through holding the handweight in front of your stomach. You can also do stretches right in your office chair. Sitting upright and reaching around your chair, turning as far as you can to the right, then turning to the left.

These are just some very basic core training for golfers exercises, but they would give you a “kickstart” into doing a complete program for your core.

You will be amazed at how much power you acquire in your swing when you implement a core training for golfers program. Even if that’s all you did for the time-being, you’d be way ahead of the game.

But my guess is once you start slow and easy, you’ll get the “runners high” and want to do more. This does not have to be a gut-busting routine! You can spend as little as 10 minutes a couple of times a week and see results.

Don’t put it off any longer!

Start your core training for golfers today!

By Mike Pedersen, creator of Ultimate Golf Fitness Products

Everything a lefty golfer needs to succeed in a right-handed world

Golf instruction for lefties

Right-handers might think that golf instruction for lefties is the same as for them; just switch all references of the word “right” for “left” and vice versa. This is true for the most part according to Bob Charles the original legendary lefty pro golfer, however, many left hand golfers will tell you that it isn’t all that simple.

First off, the pictures in golf instruction are almost always righty. Something gets lost in the lefty mind’s translation when looking at a right-hander swing a golf club and trying to “picture” yourself (as a lefty) in that position. Obviously if you have no other choice, then then changing the words and pictures in your mind is what you must do when looking at any instruction for lefties.

What can lefties do? Start out with a visit to Anything Left-Handed Offers a huge range of left handed products, lots of information and FREE newsletters, the original left-handed shop since 1968. Based in U.K.

  1. You can follow the left-handers on the Tours and search the web for pictures of these pros and then apply them to any golf instruction you find that is written for righties. Then all you have to do is reverse left and right wording.
  2. Buy a book or video created by a left-handed professional check these:
  3. The best thing that I can do for you lefties, is to point you in the direction of a website that has taken many of their fundamental lessons and used the computer to change the pictures and the words for you! Private lessons for left-handed players Golf magazine took some of their lessons for right handers, changed the words – right to left and left to right in the instructions, and flipped the pictures over so that they now have visuals of golf instruction for lefties.
  4. More websites of golf instruction for lefties: Left-handed version of “The best in golf” tips done the same way as above. There’s a link to view a printable version there too. Also, check out this UK company – golf instruction for lefties.
  5. View a free motion picture swing of a pro left hander like Phil Mickelson. . When you get to that page, scroll to the bottom and click graphic for golf swings page. There’s loads of videos of pros and celebrities swinging to view for free there.

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The proper Golf Grip must be mastered, by J. Victor East

Like all golf instruction, learning the “correct” way to grip the club depends on who is doing the instructing. There are three basic golf grips: The Overlapping (Vardon) Grip, The Interlocking Grip, and the 10-finger grip or Baseball grip. Great amateurs and top pros have had success with all of them.

Try each of these out after getting the basics as shown in the photos below and then go with what you feel you will be more confident with. You can always change and experiment later as many very good golfers do.

These photos and grip instructions are from one of the top teachers of all time:
J. Victor East. interlocking golf grip instruction:

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1. The club poised diagonally alongside the left hand.
2. The left hand closed.
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3. The right hand alongside.
4. The right hand closed, with the thumb of the left hand snugly fitted in the groove of the right palm.
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Overlapping Golf Grip.
Pinky is diagonal but can also rest in the groove between index and middle finger of left hand

Checkpoints

The following grip advice is from a different instruction pro:

The proper grip has an infallible check point – the V’s made between the thumb and index finger of both hands. Pro golf teacher’s instruction says these V’s must point over the right shoulder at about the neckline. When these point correctly, the grip is ideal since neither hand can obtain too much control.GripVs


Another excellent check of a good golf grip is the hand position on the club. Properly taken, the player should only be able to sight one knuckle of each hand – the forefinger knuckle. Left hand should be slightly over to the right of the shaft, with last three fingers gripping.

Beginner Golf swing instruction

The beginning golfer has no reason to expect consistency, because there has been no learning period. The established golfer who has a history of inconsistency shows evidence of a learning period that was either too short, incomplete, or did not include sound basic fundamentals. .

There are many aspects of golf that could be termed basic. However, in the interest of simplification and clarity, I feel there are only three basic fundamentals of great importance. The Grip, The Stance or Address, and The Swing Plane, and it is these three which we shall discuss.

In the order in which they are accomplished, but not necessarily in the order of their importance, we will first take up the grip, then the stance, and finally the swing plane.

The Grip

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The proper placement of the hands on the club, besides securing the club against slippage, allows for the greatest degree of mobility in the wrists and, at the same time, provides the best combination of speed of clubhead, and control of face alignment, both so important in acquiring power and directional control.

For right-handed players, the left hand is first placed with the bell-like end of the clubs grip snuggling under the fat heel of the hand. The clubs grip then runs diagonally across the palm, touching the last joint of the middle finger and thence across the middle joint of the first finger (Picture #1).

The left hand is then turned over the top of the shaft until the inverted “V”, formed by the thumb and forefinger points diagonally across the body toward the right shoulder (Picture #2). Strong players, those with exceptional hand action, may point the “V”, between the right shoulder and the right cheek.

Runyan 1 & 2 ThumbThe thumb of the left hand acts as a set screw, pressing against the shaft at an angle of about 300 behind the top of the shaft.

With the left hand in the proper position, we now place the right hand against the back side of the shaft in a vertical position (Picture #3).

Twine the right-hand fingers around the shaft so that the shaft crosses each finger at the middle joint (refer to Picture #3). The little finger of the right hand should overlap the first finger of the left hand, but not hook completely. This is called The Vardon, or overlapping, grip.

For weak-handed women, and the occasional narrow-handed man, a grip in which all eight fingers are on the shaft (Picture #4) may be advisable.

In either grip, the inverted �N�s� of both hands should be closed to prevent the club from slipping toward the palm of the hands during the swing. In other words, the thumbs should act as set screws against which the fingers can securely pull the shaft of the club.

The Stance or Address

In the stance or address position, we are attempting to encourage two fundamentals.

First and most important, the address position should provide a �suspension point� that remains constant during the swing. This �suspen�sion point� is found at the base of the player�s neck. It represents the center of the swing arc, the radius of this arc equalling the length of arm and club shaft.

Second, the stance or address position provides the distance the player�s head is situated from an imaginary line that extends upward vertically from the ball.

The taller and thinner the player, the closer his head will be to this imaginary vertical line. The shorter and stouter the player, the farther away his head would be. Also the head�s position, either behind or in front of the ball, is influenced by the stance or address. This makes it possible for the player to either pinch or lob the shot as the need arises.

With a driver you play the ball opposite the inside of the left heel with the weight evenly balanced on the insides of the feet. Thus, the head is positioned somewhat behind the ball (Picture #5). This is correct be�cause with the ball teed, the player will strike it about two to three inches after the clubhead reaches the bottom of its arc. This reduces the backspin on the ball to provide maximum distance.

When the ball is lying on the turf as in the case of the 2- 3- and 4-woods, it is advisable to strike the ball nearer the bottom of the swing�s arc. If fairway woods were to strike the ball well after reaching the bot�tom of the arc, as with a driver, a portion of the ball would be below the bottom edge of the clubface. The result would be that full compression of the ball could not be obtained and some power would be lost.
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If the ball is played about even with the left heel on the drive, the bottom of the swing�s arc comes at a point about two to three inches behind the baIl. Thus if we moved the ball back toward the center of the stance by about two inches, this should cause the bottom of the arc to come directly at the ball. This is what we want with the fairway woods, (Picture #6) with the 3- and 4-woods being fractionally farther back in that order.

The long irons are almost as straight of face as the 3- and 4-woods. However, these irons do not generate the same velocity of propulsion on the ball as do the woods. It is not easy for most light hitters to get the ball airborne with long irons as readily as with fairway woods. There�fore, it is inadvisable to play long irons any farther back toward the center of the stance than the fairway woods unless the player desires a very low, hard-flying type of shot.

I advise that the 2-iron be played about two inches inside the left heel with the weight fractionally more on the left foot than on the right. Then each succeeding iron from the 3 to the 9 should be played slightly farther toward the center of the stance until, with the 9-iron for an ordi�nary type shot, we would find the ball at about the very center of the stance with the weight remaining fractionally more on the left foot than on the right (Picture #7).

If the player desires an unusually high-flying shot for any of the irons, he should move the ball farther forward toward the left foot, keeping the weight evenly balanced between the left and right foot. In this way the ball is swept up off the turf in what is known as a lob shot. Generally, this type~ of shot requires a reasonably good lie (Picture #8).

One must keep in mind that these high flying lob shots have relatively little reverse spin and therefore do not stop well unless the greens are of sufficient softness for the ball�s high flight to bite into the turf.

On the other hand, should a lower-than-average flight of the irons be desired, the ball should be played back toward the center of the stance, with the weight slightly more on the left foot than usual. Then the ball is pinched more into the turf, giving a lower flight with more backspin (Pic�ture #9). One advantage of this type shot is that it works well from a great variety of lies off almost any type of turf from the soft-lush to the hard-packed.

Improve your swing with your golf driver

If you’ve hit your golf driver perfectly once,
you can do it every time!


Golf swing improvement for the driver for the average joe weekend golfer is an elusive thing.

Picture yourself standing on the teebox of your favorite short 4 par. You’ve got your driver in hand. This hole is designed with risk-reward written all over it. If you hit it long and straight, you can get very near or maybe on the green with your golf driver to set up for an easy birdie. If you mis-hit it, you are looking at hazards or o/b and a balloon score. You know the correct play here is to pull out an iron and lay up for a 100 yard shot to the green, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it. You say to yourself, “What the heck, I’m going for it”.

Because, after all is said and done, the idea behind playing golf is to have fun and if taking chances on the golf course and sometimes beating the odds is your idea of fun, who’s to say that you are wrong about that? Myself, I’m more interested in playing for score than going for broke, but hey, that’s just me. Anytime you just want to GO FOR IT, then I say “bravo” and “You go man (or lady)!

What’s the point to all of that? THE DRIVER IS KING of the golf bag! Driving the golf ball long and straight is the holy grail of almost all amateur golfers. Some will even leave a golf course happier if they were satisfied with the way they hit their driver than if they had a great score. Yet, we are constantly reminded of the old saying:

Drive for show, and putt for dough” Greg Norman disputes this old saw by saying in his book SHARK ATTACK: “Don’t ever sell me on that line. If you can’t put your tee-shot in play, the smoothest stroke in the world won’t help you enough. In my mind, the most important shot in golf is off the tee with the driver”.

Do you feel better now? I do, because he isn’t the only one who has made these types of remarks about driving. Furthermore if you really think about it, the importance of the driver and getting off the tee safely with some distance is probably greater for higher handicappers than the better golfers as the larger portion of their shots are spent in just getting to the green.

So what can we do about it short of another set of golf lessons? Plenty! Start off by getting a new driver, plain and simple. The new technology is light years ahead of the #1 wood of just 3 years ago.

Also, you must be able to direct your mind so that our brain and muscles are in sync and harmony in successfully pulling off this very violent of sports acts with the driving tool. Speaking of violent, don’t forget to stretch a LOT before first swinging and throughout the round to save your back!

Secondly, we need to get educated about the structure and attributes of the driver so that we can make an informed decision as to what to purchase and use to optimize our scoring performance with that club. >

How to do all of that? We must first understand how our DESIRE to hit this little white golf ball is translated into the correct contractions of muscles in a timing sequence that moves the driving club in the direction that will contact the ball squarely and with great force to achieve the outcome we want.

It’s not that complicated. We are beings uniquely capable of original thought which comes from what we call our conscious mind. We create a thought there that is then communicated to our subconscious mind to make the act happen. What? Our subconscious mind makes the driver hit the ball? Yes! Here’s proof:

The last time you rode a bike, did you have to say words to yourself to get your leg to push on the pedal? Did you have to tell yourself that you now have to balance yourself with a thousand small muscles all acting independantly? Did you have to tell your left arm muscles to contract and your right arm muscles to release contraction in order to make a left turn? Of course not! You just thought very quickly with your conscious mind what you wanted to do and then it turned the accomplishment of that desire over to the subconscious mind. The subconscious then made it all happen.

This is no small feat to send a zillion electrical impulses out in a precise order in order to cause another zillion muscle fibers to contract or relax at the perfect time. This is the wonder of our bio-computer called the BRAIN.

So, what about all that golf advice about setup, position at the top, swing checkpoints, follow-through, etc? This is what you probably thought you would be reading about right? Folks, it’s all good, however, it’s sometimes too much for us to handle and causes us “paralysis by analysis”. We need to work a plan that will give us maximum return for minimum effort and time. Most of us just don’t have the time to go practice the multitude of advice we have been given on the swing and that is the only way you are going to improve if using a mechanical approach to improvement. A better, more time-efficient system, is a MENTAL one:

Our subconscious mind controls all of our involuntary (don’t have to think about) functions like breathing and heartrate but it also runs extremely complicated physical motions as long as it has been taught how. Hitting the driver is at the height of complication for the golf swing since we are expecting maximum force and speed coupled with keeping precision. After all, we could have pretty good precision when we have a 1 foot putt right? And we can lift our heaviest weight when we aren’t concerned with whether or not we are going to drop it or not. We intuitively know that the harder we exert force on something, the less precision we have in that act. When using the driver in our golf game, we must realize a few key points in order to maximize our efficiency on the tee box.

1. The subconscious mind is the expert at swinging the driver, not the conscious.

If we have hit a great drive in the past, then our subconscious mind knows how to do it again. It knows the correct number and sequence of muscle contractions and nerve impulses required to repeat that great drive. All that is required is a clear communication of the desire to the subconscious mind. This is achieved with visualization prior to the actual swing.

2. The conscious mind tends to get in the way and must be given something to do to keep busy so that it doesn’t interfere with the subconscious mind’s work.

Once the desire has been communicated, you should think something simple during the swing like maybe singing a song or, a simple count of the actions of the swing as they are happening (ie 1.backswing, 2.top of swing, 3. forward motion, etc.). Or continue with the visualization of the ball flying exactly as you planned it in the middle of the swing. Or, you may be able to utilize self-hypnosis (sign up for the mini-course above and receive a free ebook: “How you can play better golf using self-hypnosis”) and concentrate directly and solely on that ball to put yourself in a zone-like state for the duration of the swing. Many golfers do this without even knowing it but it can be developed further with knowledge and effort in this area. More on that in the mini-course and ezine. 3. There is a point of exertion of force on the driver that if we go beyond it, then our probability of keeping our precision is drastically reduced.

This falls under the Law of Diminishing Returns and is best explained by this analogy : how many cooks can you put in a kitchen before they start bumping into one another and actually start reducing their output as that number is exceeded. This point is different for everyone, but, most importantly: This point is at LESS FORCE than you think for most golfers who have trouble with their driver. In other plain terms…hit it solid first and then harder second. Everything written thus far was with the intent of CONVINCING you of this inescapable fact of hitting the driver. If you aren’t convinced, then you won’t take action. The actions required don’t take any of your time but they do require consistent effort throughout your day. Golf is unforgiving.

So, make every effort this month, or this week if you have an upcoming round you want to get ready for and repeat to yourself (communicate with your subconscious mind) that you are first and foremost going to always hit the driver square and on the sweet spot. Say it to yourself at least one hundred or so times in a week (this is a lot easier to do than you are thinking right now). Picture in your mind what it would look like, how it would feel to have your drives go straight every single time. Zoom in on your driver about to make contact with the ball in your mental movies. Do this everywhere, anytime, but especially before falling asleep. There are many ways to effectively communicate with your subconscious mind. Basic affirmations and visualizations just described is the simplest.

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Swing tip : How to develop more power and strength

by Sean Cochrane

How can you develop more power in your golf swing? This is probably a question that all of us want an answer to. Most of us go to great lengths to do whatever it takes to get that power into our drives off the tee. I think we probably all have some ideas of where 300-yard drives come from, but I want to give you the answers without any fluff.

Golf swing power is the result of three specific factors. Two out of the three are much more important, but the third does have a bearing on the outcome of how far you hit that ball.

The first and probably most evident of the three is your swing mechanics. I bet you are not surprised by this one.

The second one is probably the least recognized of the three, but for many is the �key� to longer drives and the category that is given the least amount of attention. Number two is what we term golf strength. This is defined as how well your body is conditioned (i.e. fitness) to swing a golf club with maximum power. Probably the least understood of the three, and maybe the most needed by golfers in general. We will talk more about this later. Let us move on to number three in regards to power for your drives.

Number three is your equipment. Yes, equipment does make a difference in how far you drive the ball. The equipment manufacturers have let this fact be known, and I bet we all have gone to the pro shop probably more than twice to pick up a new driver that claims to give us another 20 yards on every drive. That extra 20 yards might not be down the middle of the fairway, but it will give you an extra 20 yards� could be left, could be right, or could be in the center of the fairway. That all depends on points one and two of this article. Equipment and technological advances have definitely lengthened the distance of our drives. But without better swing mechanics and your body in better golf shape, new technology will not help your game. A bad swing will produce a bad result, regardless of what type of �new� driver you may have just purchased.

Swing Mechanics

I think all of us are aware of how important the mechanics of a swing are when it comes to driving the ball down the fairway. It is essential, if you are over the top with your swing or come inside too much, you�ll see that dreaded slice or snap hook. The drives will be short, too low, too high, left, right, or a combination of these if you are putting bad swings on the ball.

It is essential for a golfer to work on the mechanics of their swing, week in and week out, to improve their game. If it weren�t important why would all these tour players have swing coaches that work with them on a consistent basis? The golf swing is such a finite, mechanically complex movement, that requires constant work to keep it highly efficient and in check.

One of the most common mistakes I see amateurs make is probably a lack of instruction. I see amateurs over and over at the driving ranges, week in and week out, pounding balls without any improvement. This, I feel, is a result of one of two things: 1) a lack of instruction or 2) low levels of golf strength. A lack of instruction leads to the development and ingraining of improper swing mechanics. This only results in slices, hooks, topping the ball, and hitting it fat on the course. And we all know that those types of swings lead to frustration and bad rounds of golf. I would suggest to most anyone to find a good instructor and take lessons on a consistent basis. This can only help your game in the long run. Now moving on the second point of how to achieve powerful drives and that is golf strength.

Golf Strength (Golf Fitness)

Golf strength is a term we use to describe the golf fitness level of an individual pertaining to swinging a club. This is much different than how much you can bench press or squat, which I like to refer to as �weight room strength.� Understand that these two terms, golf strength and weight room strength, are very different. If you do not quite understand the difference, ask yourself one question: How many bodybuilders do you see teeing it up on Tour? The answer to that question is quite obvious, none!

It comes down to this idea: the mechanics of a golf swing require specific levels of flexibility, balance, stability, strength, endurance, and power to perform it efficiently. If your body does not have the required capacities of the aforementioned list, then the result will be? Anyone want to guess? Well, let me give you the answer: a less than optimal and less efficient swing than possible. Essentially, your body supports your swing much like a foundation supports the house you build upon it. I am sure that all of you would choose to build a house on a stone foundation rather than a sand foundation, wouldn�t you? I will say that many of you make a different choice when it comes to your golf swing. I quite often see amateurs developing their swing on a �foundation of sand,� not a good thing to do in my book.

Regardless of how much time you work on your swing mechanics, if your body does not have the �golf strength� to support your swing, you are limiting your potential. I have seen it numerous times, people practicing at the range who struggle, not because of trying to get better, but because their bodies are limiting what they can do with their swing. Quite often I see people with limited flexibility, poor balance capabilities, and low levels of strength and power. The bottom line is that your mechanics will not get better until you fix the body that swings the club!

Up to this point we have discussed the two most important ideas when it comes to power on the golf course. A review of the topics tells us that they are optimal swing mechanics and the proper levels of �golf strength� in the body. One without the other is going to leave you short when it comes to your potential in the game.

Again, I probably see point number two, golf strength, being addressed less often than swing mechanics when you get right down to it. The pros are all aware of the importance of golf strength, why not you?

Equipment

We have come to the final point, and that is equipment. I think the majority of golfers are aware of the technological advances that have occurred in golf equipment over the last 20 years. I mean, think about the �80�s when we were still playing with woods that actually had wood club heads! Imagine that for a moment, and now we are using drivers with space age faces that shoot the ball off of them at warp speed. In addition, we have to mention the advances in terms of golf balls. How manufacturers design golf balls today makes a difference in how far they travel. What a lot of people do not realize is that the USGA has set standards on how �hot� driver faces can be and how �fast� balls can come off the face of drivers. Most clubs are reaching this limit, and anything past these USGA rules becomes illegal to play. So what does that tell us? 1) Club manufacturers have done a great, and I mean great, job in the advancement of technology, and 2) to increase the distance on your drives you are now going to have to turn to points one and two of this article.

So what does improving your power really come down to?

It comes down to three simple ideas. Number one is improving your golf swing mechanics. Improved mechanics will improve your driving distance. Number two is improving your golf strength. By improving your body as it pertains to the golf swing you will improve your distance off the tee. Finally, equipment does make a difference, if you hit the ball correctly. Best of luck with your game, and if you need additional information stop by our web site Bio Force Golf

Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness instructors in the world today. He travels the PGA Tour regularly with 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. He has made many of his golf swing tips, golf instruction and golf swing improvement techniques available to amateur golfers on the website Bioforce golf Check out his manual and DVD, “Your Body & Your Swing”

Eastern Philosophies of the Golf Swing

by Sensei Mark Anthony

I’d like to give you an insight into why more and more people are using the Body Golf method to easily learn the golf swing and more importantly, why more and more golf instructors are devising swing training systems after this Eastern teaching model. The Eastern teaching method has been in existence for centuries because it works. Please read on!

The way that I’ve put this system together is the way that martial arts systems are put together. It’s really simple. Please let me explain how a martial arts system is built. On day one, the student is shown something that is needed to build upon for the next lesson. When I say needed, I mean it. The first thing that you learn in a dojo (training hall) is usually how to stand up and move your feet. Why? Because is you can’t stand up and use your feet correctly, you will never learn the rest of the system the way it’s supposed to be learned.

Let me apply a martial arts line of thinking to golf for a second. In the west, most people try to golf at a “black belt” level without ever getting a day-one “white belt” lesson and learning the necessary fundamentals. It’s totally backwards. However, it’s not anybody’s fault. It’s just the way it is.

You see, people get all types of instruction form every kind of source available. There are magazines, tips on TV, buddies putting their two cents in every time you swing, etc, etc. It can get very confusing and before long, you’re so confused, you don’t know who’s telling you the truth, who’s a well-meaning, misguided novice and who really is going to help you. In fact, you’re about ready to give up and resign to the fact that you’ll ALWAYS be a short-hitting hacker, duffer and slicer and never be an ace.

I’ve put Body Golf Full Swing video together the same way that a martial arts system is structured. The very first body movement that you’ll learn (Shoulder Turns) is an absolutely necessary and vital component of a correct golf swing and what you’ll build upon in building your swing throughout the whole program. Without it, you’ll never reach your potential and you’ll never begin to feel what a proper, powerful swing feels like. This exercise is the most vital base movement of the golf swing. Period. At least the way I teach it!

Here’s why I believe the Eastern way to teach golf is superior:
Traditionally in martial arts, there is a formal, disciplined relationship between the student and the sensei (teacher). This relationship is necessary for the students benefit because the reasons that one is doing a certain exercise isn’t always explained to the student. Sometimes, the drills are quite tedious. However, every one of them is considered necessary and has a specific goal.

The sensei tells the student to “do this” and the student does it until he understands why. He doesn’t ask why..that would be very disrespectful. He just does it. Westerners would think this as arrogance. It’s quite the opposite. There are many reasons for this method of teaching.

Here in the West, we’re so wrapped up in wanting to know everything about everything, that we get lost in the “whys” instead of learning the “how-tos.”
If the sensei were to go on and on with an explanation of all of the physics involved in a simple punch, he’d cloud the students mind so badly that he would never learn a most simplest of day-one techniques. This is called information constipation, and is the biggest reason that most amateur golfers can’t hit the ball straight. It’s just more economical to do it the Eastern way. Why confuse the student?

“Wax on, wax off.”
With the Eastern way, the teacher is not wrapped up in needing to explain the deeper meanings and reasons that everything works. Like I said before, the student is told to “do it this way” and he does it. He’ll learn the what’s and why’s later. In the beginning, he needs a foundation in the proper mechanics and there’s only one way to do this…by doing it, not analyzing it. If you remember the old “wax on, wax off” drill from the movie The Karate Kid. You’ll know what I mean here.

My Tai-Chi swing!
The method that I teach is a simple way to “burn in” the necessary mechanics that 99% of amateur golfers have no idea how to use, and, what keeps them from breaking 80, 90 or even 100. The slow deliberate practice of the Tai-Chi swing at the end of the video is borrowed from an ancient Eastern way to train body movement first developed centuries ago by the founders of Tai-Chi Chuan.

Considered the father of all Eastern martial arts, Tai Chi is learned and trained in meticulous slow motion and constantly refined over a lifetime of practice.

Tai Chi uses the same exact technique to generate power in strikes that golfers use to hit long straight shots without big muscles. However, without the proper mechanics and the use of correct body structure, generating effortless power is impossible. Hence the slow, deliberate practice utilized and refined over a lifetime.

My video is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to develop a smooth fluid, effortless swing in 30 days or less and I give you my personal guarantee that you’ll learn what makes a swing powerful and effective in the opening minutes. Give it a try and see why people all over the world are using this system to quickly and easily improve their swing and overall game.

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Mark Anthony, has created the most amazing series of golf videos based on his extensive study and training of golf swing principles and martial arts. Called “Body Golf“, now you can join the Masters in using your body to it’s full effective force and potential.

Click here to view “Body Golf” now.

Arnold Palmer discusses fundamental golf swing tips

Arnold Palmer swing has always been very unique. The following swing tips are from his book: “Hit it Hard”. This was written in 1961 at the peak of his career and a year he won the British Open. He has been swinging a club since he was 3 years old and despite his success, he said that he only hits 2-3 perfect shots per round! There’s hope for us average joes. See links on this page will lead you to more golf swing programs to help you create your best swing. On with the swing tips:

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Arnold Palmer golf tip Swing- Grip : If you don’t hold the club right, you have no chance for a good swing. I have always used the overlapping, or Vardon grip with the little finger of my right hand over the index finger of the left hand.
The left hand is the key. When you swing, you get the impression you are hitting the ball with the back of your left hand.

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Arnold Palmer golf tip swing- Stance: Don’t stand at attention. The knees are flexed, and the arms are held naturally, neither reaching nor pulled back to the body. The left foot is pointed slightly out and weight evenly distributed between the feet. One thing applies to everybody. Be comfortable. If you have the feeling that you are standing in an awkward position, you’re licked before you start.

Arnold Palmer golf tip swing- Takeaway: The first movement of the club head, the first 12 inches away from the ball, is the most important foot of a golf swing. The secret is to take the club away from the ball slowly on a line almost parallel with the ground. Do it deliberately. It is essential that everything starts at once. In order to hit the ball properly, the odds are against a fast movement back because it throws all the moving parts of your body out of rhythm.

Arnold Palmer golf tip- Full swing: On my drives I concentrate on moving the left shoulder under my chin with a slow, deliberate action until I reach the top of my backswing. Now is the time to turn on the power. I have the feeling that my left hand is pulling the club down. You should be able to feel the weight leaving the right side before you start thinking about hitting the ball. This prevents a quick uncocking of the wrists at the top of the swing and resultant loss of all power. It also helps avert a slice, which takes all the distance from the hit. When the swing has started through and the hands are moving down, let the club head fly, making certain the effort seems late to insure the last-second break of the wrists.

Arnold Palmer golf tip swing bio Finish high: Once contact is made with the ball, the job is only half-done. If you don’t take the swing on to its completion high and around the shoulders, you’re wrong. There is a tendency to stop at impact. Scholars of the game tell me that if you start from the shoulders on the backswing, it’s only normal that you must finish at the same height on the follow-through. I don’t think the follow-through, of itself, has anything to do with the flight of the ball. All the hitting action is produced when the club is behind the ball. But there is no way you can stop at contact with the ball and not follow through, unless you started putting on the brakes before the hit. That’s why there must be a follow-through – to insure that you move the club forcefully throughout the downswing.

More swing instruction

Arnold Palmer golf tip: Beginners who want to learn a swing that is easy to “get it” very fast or long-time golfers who need consistency should check out Symple swing . It’s a DVD program.

If you are like many golfers and have an uncontrollable slice ,or just want to learn a swing you can finally stick with for a lifetime, the best program on the internet is
Nick Bayley’s: Learn to Draw the ball system

Another highly-touted swing method to consider is by The Golf Swing Guru with a free golf swing tip ebook download

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