Posts Tagged ‘golf’

Backswing in Golf is Like Two-Handed Hammer Action!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Today, I realized something at the range that worked wonders for me.  The only way I can describe it (after thinking about it a bit) is that it’s like hammering something.

Just imagine holding a hammer and hitting the nail as hard as you can, what would the backswing on that look like?

It probably look like your elbows are bent about 90 degrees and your wrists also 90 degrees.  From there, all you can do is hit the nail as hard as you can.

This is exactly the action I have been using on my golf swing.  Of course, golf is done with two hands not with one.  So just imagine hammering something with two hands.

Now, here’s the secret, you don’t stop hammering, you need to keep swinging through on a golf swing, that requires you to keep swinging with both hands, not just one.  Once you start over-powering one hand with the other is when you will run into trouble.

Try it next time you are on the range, a backswing in golf is merely no more than the same action you use with a hammer but with two hands.

:)

Golf is About Having Fun!

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

You know, too many youngsters these days dream of playing on the PGA Tour and take golf too seriously. Of course, if you are already at that level that’s great but in the end, you want to have fun playing golf.

Instead of judging yourself everytime you practice or trying to perfect a golf swing that cannot be perfected, try having fun on the range, on the golf course, and be a fun person to be around first before you start getting ready for U.S. Open qualifying this year.

Here, let me start with this trick shot I invented today:

How to Properly Warm Up before Practicing/Playing Golf!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

One of the most overlooked facts about golf is that most people believe it’s physically not intensive enough that you need to warm up before practicing/playing.

Actually the opposite is true, a golf swing requires proper functioning of your spine, lower body, shoulders, and the rest of the body.

I probably overlooked this fact too that I didn’t mention it so far on this golf blog but before any golf practice/play, I do a proper warm up for my body by swinging 2-clubs and stretching.

This is simple and common sense for those of you who have played golf for a long time but most amateurs do not warm up before practicing/playing golf.

Especially on cold days if you don’t warm up and stretch beforehand, you have more chances of injuring your lower back, which is critical for good golf.

So, here’s few warm up/stretching exercises you can do (that I do) before hitting any golf shots:

  • Get 2 of your heaviest clubs (for me it’s my lob and sand wedge) and start swinging very very slowly about 10-20 times until you can feel your body warm a bit.
  • Next, you can do a bit of stretching.  First, I try touching my toes with my hands while standing up.  This gets you whole body and hamstrings stretched out well.
  • Then, I will do some lateral rotations to stretch my spine, do like 5-10 of these.  When I do these, I usually hear some nice pops/cracks, which feels good and also prevents your muscles from hardening during practice/play.
  • Also do some more leg stretching such as holding one of you foot behind you and standing with one leg.

These are just couple warm up/stretching exercises you can do but do them and I assure you, your back will thank you for it.

And one more thought, DON’T SWING THE DRIVER right away!

I usually start with small 50 to 75 yard pitch shots before moving up to full shots and the woods.  If you start with the driver, I guarantee you that you are going to ruin your swing.

Of course, that’s for practice.  If you are playing, just really try to get yourself warmed up on the practice tee beforehand.

P.S. Even better, if you have a practice green near where you practice shots, try hitting putts/chips before moving to the range.  This will help you maintain a good, soft rhythm that will carry to your full shots.

I’ve seen a handful of great players who do this, start with short shots and gradually move up to longer shots.  And they have great rhythm.

How Navy Seals Mental Psychology can be Applied to Golf!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Here’s a rather interesting story about how Navy Seals increased their passing rates with some psychology:

With mental rehearsal they were taught to visualize themselves succeeding in their activities and going through the motions. As far as self talk is concerned, the experts in The Brain documentary made the claim that we say 300 to 1000 words to ourselves a minute. By instructing the recruits to speak positively to themselves they could learn how to “override fears” resulting from the amygdala, a primal part of the brain that helps us deal with anxiety. And finally, with arousal control the recruits were taught how to breathe to help mitigate the crippling emotions and fears that some of their tasks encouraged.

Upon reading this paragraph, I immediately thought whether the navy seals were playing golf (or should be playing golf).

Likewise, in golf, you would want to always think positively in your mind and visualize yourself successfully hitting the golf shot.

In other words, you want to see the path of your ball to the green, then the ball dropping in the cup. Then you would want to visualize how you would have to hit the shot with your golf swing. (or putt)

This simple act of visualization is probably like 99% of golf game itself. If you haven’t visualized much, I suggest you start doing so!

Arnold Palmer Invitational Live Update From 18th Hole!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Tiger Woods now hitting his 2nd shot on the 18th hole.

Taking a lot of time to prepare…. Tiger hits his 2nd shot pretty darn good, 15 feet from the pin, nice uphill putt left for a birdie and a sure win.

Meanwhile, Sean O’Hair has hit his 2nd shot about 35 feet left and past the pin, a lot harder birdie putt left for him.

Zach Johnson also in the last group, hits his 2nd shot pretty good, 15 feet from the pin but out of luck for winning the tournament as he’s 2 back of Tiger and Sean.

Now, just 3 putts left from the 3 players at the Arnold Palmer Invitational…  updates coming soon so keep refreshing your browser.

Live Update From 12th Hole at Arnold Palmer Invitational!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Sean O’Hair is leading the tournament by 1.  Sean is at 2 over par today and 5 under for the whole tournament.

Tiger is only 1 shot behind, it looks for sure Tiger might win this tournament pretty easy.   Tiger Woods is 2 under today, 4 under for the whole tournament.

Zach Johnson is 2 under for the tournament, at 3rd place.

One thing we have to remember is that Tiger will always win when coming from behind, especially if he’s playing better than his competition.

In today’s case, I think Tiger will win by at least 2 or 3 shots, he’s skills should really show near the end of the competition, where pressure is fierce.

A pro’s golf skills are judged really by how well he can play under a LOT of pressure.  Any pro can shoot 8 under on a good day without pressure but it’s the pros that can still shoot 8 under on Sunday that win tournaments.

Anyways, let’s see what happens, follow live action on Twitter as I will be twitting live golf.

SensoGlove Monitors your grip pressure and may help you become a better golfer!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

SensoGlove Monitors your grip pressure and may help you become a better golfer!

One of the biggest challeges in golf is that you need to keep your grip pressure at about the same level during the course of your whole swing.  Now, I can do that simply through training and light hands but if you need more help, the SensoGlove might do a perfect job of it.  This SensoGlove will alert you for how stable your grip pressure is throughout your swing.

It looks like your standard white leather golf glove until you notice the small computer with the LCD display on the back. This computer uses various sensors that are strategically placed throughout the glove to measure your grip on the club while you swing. Audio feedback lets you know when your grip has become too tight, while I assume the club flying out of your hand lets you know when your grip is not tight enough. The LCD also provides a visual indication of which fingers are gripping the club too tightly, and you can even adjust the sensitivity depending on what level of grip is right for you.

via ohgizmouncrate

Justin Rose on a Good Start takes lead at the Memorial!

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Well, right after I finished swing analysis of both Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar, I guess Justin just took the lead at the Memorial!

I gotta go watch golf now… c ya all later after the game! :)

My Last Swing Thoughts…

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

I haven’t been golfing that much lately other than hitting some balls. (actually just once this year)

My last outing went pretty well though so here are my key thoughts:

1. Swing in rhythm

2. Really feel like standing up.

3. Swing like butter, like Freddy Couples.

4. During practice, hit each ball with thought and quality. Don’t just bang 100 balls and tell yourself you’ve practiced. Even though I don’t practice much or even play ever, I can pretty much take money from everyone because I practice “quality” practicing. This is definitely psychological effect that “quality” practice can give you, by letting you only see your best efforts. If you simply bang balls and not give it your 200% on every practice shot, exact same thing will happen during a round of golf and you’ve just wasted an hour of hitting balls.

Phew, that’s about it. Now, I really gotta take some videos again…

Golf Humor Video – Robin Williams on Golf

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

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Robin Williams…always funny…