Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Before Tee Off

Our view of the golf course while having breakfast was really worth the 2 hours drive. How  I wish I can buy a house here and spend a few days of every month waking up and playing in this course.

At 6:30 am, hole number one is still covered by a thin layer of fog. It is pleasantly cold out there and with the hint of sunlight in the horizon, we all know that it is going to become a nice day. The sun will shine very brightly and the temperature will be warm but not too much. 

My buddies and I discuss whether we would use a golf cart during the game but eventually, we decided to go for a leisurely walk.

Ahh, golf! What a way to commune with nature!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Changing Golf Swings

Looking back, I modified my golf swing so many times but the changes sometimes brought me back to some of my previous swings. Just recently, I successfully tried a Tiger Woods golf swing (please refer to the Tiger Woods Golf Swing Video below) but in the process of perfecting it, I came upon a similar method which I have already used before. Armed with better knowledge, I will try to use that kind of swing (again).

This method does not actively use the arms in the golf swing but instead, it relies upon the hip turn to swing the golf club forward. The result is a near perfect circular swing that gives both great distance and accuracy to the drive. What made me think of reconsidering this swing is the minimal body movement required. In this sgolf wing, there is very little knee movement and almost no use of the arms. The only driving force is the hip turn which should be easy to memorize. Please check out the next video (below).

I noticed that whenever I skip a few days in the range, my muscle memory becomes unreliable and tends to make me do a few extra moves which greatly decrease both the accuracy and distance of my golf drives Therefore, using a golf swing that requires little body movement seems like a very good idea as far as my physique is concerned.

I will try to use this swing method in the driving range today and let’s see what will happen. 

To end this post, the best golf advice that I have received came from two excellent golfers. The first is my golf buddy who preaches that;
“Different people have different body types and what is a comfortable to one individual might not be much of a fit to another”. 
He therefore, tells his friends to find their own natural swings and polish it in a manner that is comfortable to them. The other advice came from the great Tiger Woods who similarly said…..

I will write about this golf tip in a few other articles.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Aid for a Deteriorating Golf Swing

Last week, I played from Wednesday to Sunday and noticed that my drives deteriorated by the day. Back at home, I rotated my wrists, made slow imaginary swings and noticed that there's some discomfort in my wrist. This is probably causing me to swing differently resulting to bad drives.
My first solution is to avoid using the driver. Golf drivers and fairway woods are much heavier than irons. They are also more difficult to control. Rather than waste a shot with a bad slice or even two shots because of an OB, I decided to exclusively use my irons. The distance with the iron may be shorter compared to drives using golf drivers but the iron's accuracy is more important. Besides, everything becomes even after two shots. I normally need a driver and  a 9 iron to hit a 360 yard green. With the irons, I would normally just use my 4 or 5 iron twice and get the same distance! In addition, most people are more accurate with their irons than when using the driver.

The second solution is to take a few days rest. It's now Thursday and I will hit the driving range only now, after resting my wrists for three full days. Bad swings can be habit forming and one needs to forget it before going back to the basics.

Third Solution. If my drives remain bad despite the rest, it's probably time to consult a swing pro. In less than an hour, he would have identified my problem and given the necessary corrections. If I still want to do a self study, all I need to do is video tape my swings and examine it for flaws.

Happy golfing!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My Golfing Weekend

I haven't had the chance to bring my golf driver to the driving range so I have not fine tuned my swing to it. Despite that, I used the driver in two golf games and somehow, I now have an idea of how to effectively use it.

Last Sunday, I availed of a 50% green fee discount  in a local golf course when I tee’d off at 3pm. There was a nice slash in the fee because the golf club offers a “Twilight Rate” for those starting at 3pm. We played fast and finished the entire 18 holes with still enough daylight left. I had a nice massage in the locker room and all in all, it was a nice day and I went home happy.

I hope that your weekends will be as nice if not better than the one that I just had. Here is a view from the tee box of a Par 4 stage that I played last Sunday. It is quite  short for a par 4 but it doglegs' to the left and there's a deep pond (90 yards in length) just before the green. The photo is a bit dark for I took at at 5PM. I will look for other photos of this hole and post it here.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bought A New Golf Driver

I used to have an aversion  to Golf Drivers. I had a very good swing using my irons but with the golf woods and driver, I was very lousy. Just this year, I took a few lessons and all of a sudden, my golf drivers and woods had become my favorite tools.

In fact, my last two posts are all about my driver and my quest for that elusive perfect swing. I am currently visiting pro shops, chatting with the pros and trying to find remedies to my golf driver that will make it a lot easier for me to hit the ball long and straight. While I still intend to do that, the hidden shopper in me came out and as a result, I now have a new driver!

I will be swinging both my new and old drivers in the golf course today and I will be reporting my observations in this site.

Enjoy golfing!
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Experimenting with Lead Weights

My experiment with lead weights is not yet over and I will add a bit more of it on my driver. I also realized that the lead weights that I bought are not the type that should be installed on drivers. It is actually the kind that a golfer installs on his putter.

The lead weights for putters are a bulkier while the ones for drivers are thin and looks like an ordinary tape. The problem with lead weights for a golfer's putter, when installed on drivers is that they get dislodged upon the club head's impact on the golf ball.
That's one golf lesson that I learned today.

Will keep you posted.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Using Led Weights To Cure The Golf Slice

Going to the golf courses or driving ranges with friends enable me to enhance my knowledge of golf equipments and proper swings. For instance, I seem to be having trouble using my new driver and with the help of a friend, I realized what was wrong with. I the driver quite effectively during its first 2 weeks but all of a sudden, I started experiencing the golf slice. In rare moments of self analysis, I started to suspect that my club head is too lightweight for my fast swings. I therefore need to swing using only 70% of my normal speed to be able to get it straight and evade the golf slice. The problem with this is consistency. Whenever I get tired, my body finds it hard remembering how fast or slow my swing should be.

Yesterday, I went to the driving range with a friend. The guy had a built and swing speed similar to mine and therefore, we can each others golf clubs. A full speed ,my drives were slicing as usual when I thought of using his driver. My drives became all of a sudden consistently straight and not even one sliced. When I moved back to my current driver, I immediately felt that the club head is way lighter and once again, I experienced the slice. 

That's when somebody suggested that I use lead weights? With nothing to lose, I am trying a Pro’s suggestion to use lead weights. Since my balls hook to the right, I installed lead weights on the heel of my club head. I am told that it will not completely cure my problem but it will help. Of course, I will have to experiment on the amount of lead weight that I will use. I should be careful not to put too much or too little.

Let’s see what will happen.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Jimenez with his 61 and the lowest golf scores in the world

Miguel Jimenez has just scored a very low 61 to take the lead in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. Upon hearing of the news through CNN, I marveled how a player can possibly score that low. I was once on the same flight with a player who scored 76 and that was the lowest that I have ever seen up close. In televised golf competitions, the lowest scores that I remember are mere 65’s and 66. I then thought that Miguel Jimenez must be some kind of a superman.

Miguel Jimenez
But upon searching the net for the lowest recorded scores, I realized that Miguel’s 61 is nothing compared to the countless 58’s (scored by pros), a few 57’s, a 56, and Homero Blanca’s 55 on 1962. It is also worthwhile pointing out that Homero Blanca got the all time lowest golf score in the world while playing as an amateur. He scored 27 on the front nine and a 28 at the back.

For more details, please refer to this link.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Barney Adams "The Wow Factor"

I used an Adams golf club for the first time at the Orchard Golf and Country Club. I wasn't exactly having a good game and my clubs seemed to look very ugly. My concentration was very bad that I was unable visualize being able to hit the ball straight.With golf being a game of concentration and confidence, it wasn't surprising when I hit vicious curves (slices) one after the other.
That was until I saw the club being used by a golf buddy (flight mate). His swings looked effortless but his balls were long and straight. Being used to the shape of most hybrids, I noticed that what he had looked quite different. I asked to check his 7 wood and was an Adams Golf. I used it in my next tee off and noticed that my swing felt effortlessly beautiful and my ball was straight. I attributed it to the shape and weight of the club head. From then on, I became a fan of Adams Golf clubs. Looking it up; I found out that a lot of PGA pros actually use Adams Golf.

Below this post is a link to a book written by Barney Adams, the fine gentleman who founded the company that manufactures the fine Adams Golf clubs. Entitled,”The Wow factor: How I Turned One Great Idea and My Unbridled Enthusiasm Into a golf revolution” talks about golf and his business success formula.

Please check this link to read the entire book (Free!).
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Having Fun in Golf

I played golf and took some photos yesterday. I thought that it's probably a good idea to start a web site where I can share my enjoyment of the game as well as the various lessons that I have learned. Through the past several months, my golf swing has changed several times but it's only now when I realized I have just started to understand the game of golf and its various mechanics. In this blog, I will talk about my analysis of various golf issues, how mediocre it may be. I am not as good as Tiger Woods (at least, not in the race to having the most number of sexual partners) but I am on my way to getting there, one less stroke per game.

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