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Golf Fitness – Is it important?

Golf used to be played many years ago by old gentleman folk enjoying a leisurely stroll around the estate, playing a little bit of golf whilst planning to take over the world more than likely. That has all changed now. It’s about strength, power, flexibility, agility and peak physical fitness.

Gone are the days when you see golfer’s smoking and drinking cans of beer as they compete in tournaments all over the world. There is your die hard’s like Jimenez who you still find smoking the odd cigar (if and when he plays) but its not how the younger generation of the game see it. The juniors of the world’s very best tours take their physical fitness extremely seriously. It’s not just an add-on to the regime but a central part of it. They all spend hours in the gym increasing strength, building power for those 300 + yard drives and flexibility to keep them at the top level for as long as possible.

Most amateurs would agree that to play golf its not necessary, which to some extent is true but if you are looking to hit the ball further, become more consistent and shoot lower scores getting fitter or staying in good shape is key. It is estimated that on a normal round of golf of 4 hours the player will burn 400 calories. That’s a significant amount which justifies golf as an excellent game, if played regularly to control weight, although not to get you fit. This needs to be done as a supplement off the course and in the gym.

Si is fitness key to golf? Yes if you wish to improve. No if you just enjoy having a hack around with your mates once so often.

Whats the future of golf analysis?

Golf like many other ports is slowly pulling itself into the new era of technology. Technology offers so many new exciting opportunities which will either be a huge benefit or like some will say cause the sport to lose its traditions and true identity.

Golf analysis comes in simple ways such as recording swings at the driving range and reviewing afterwards to new mobile apps that analyse everything from number of shots per round with certain clubs to how many slices or hooks. The market is endless with golf as it is such a varied sport with multiple factors and disciplines.

Players are now so focused on any potential competitive edge that they look in all directions to find the latest fitness programme or piece of technology that gives vital feedback for improvement.

It’s now not good enough just to have a coach on the driving range providing instruction. All the tour pro’s expect a level of tuition that far exceeds the knowledge and ability of a seasoned coach. Nothing will ever replace the coach thats a definite but it will become increasingly supplemented by technology. This can be a simple recording device to major complicated equipment analysing everything providing streams and streams of data. Some may say its information overload and golf is about ability, mental strength under pressure and practice, however the new breed of pro golfer is relying more so than ever on technology. To them its necessary and creates competitive advantage the more information they hold at their disposal.  It will not be long before this type of analysis becomes mainstream as the cost to deliver decreases and it is marketable.

So the future of golf analysis is bright as the availability of technology increases. More and more golfer’s will be committed to receiving feedback from multiple sources, digesting it and eventually implementing it. Golf like all other sports will need to embrace the change, adapt and instigate a way forward that mixes tradition with new. Its the only way.

Golf lessons, whats the real value?

Time after time golfers choose not to get lessons. They either can’t find the time or enthusiasm to learn the beautiful game or its bot what they play golf for. It’s easier and more enjoyable naturally to book a four ball with some friends, have a bunch beers in the clubhouse bar afterwards.

There is one thing that every golfer will do once they’ve finished and had time to reflect – wished they had played better or taken another option when faced with a challenging shot. Golf is a game that very few, if any, ever master. Even the very best that have graced the game such as, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholas and Arnold Palmer all at times badly. One thing that sets them apart from the rest of us – Their desire and determination to succeed and get better.

It’s agreed that golf for some is not about getting the lowest score and more about the sense of freedom one gets when they are walking the fairway, leisurely hitting a ball around sharing laughs and jokes with friends. However, for the rest there is a burning motivation to improve, score better and win the club competition. The worrying thing is that this large percentage still struggle to get the professional tuition needed to really see those dreamed of shots and scorecards.

This is the real value of lessons, whether its from the local pro at your club or through a website/mobile app (some of which provide world class tuition video’s from the worlds very best coaches) which saves time mucking about getting to the club or driving range and the convenience of tuition as and when the golfer requires it.

Golf is a game that needs to be learned and practised over and over again. The only way a player of any level is going to get better is to be taught the correct technique, practice with purpose and take that new found ability to the course and persist with it until it becomes second nature. Tour pro’s still after earning millions and winning multiple tournaments get lessons – they practise continuously.

The real value of lessons is measurable only by the individuals. Is ot a goal to become better, if so, the latest clubs at American Golf won’t get you there. First class lessons will, no if’s or but’s.

Wedge or 7 iron around the green?

Many golfers find the shot around the green the most difficult to master. It can only be a matter of yards but causes great frustration.

Nowadays, you as the golfer have multiple options to undertake the shot. 3 wedges, a putter, midsize iron and even the fairway wood if your Justin Rose. The aim is to execute the shot with the least amount of difficult with one goal to get the ball as close to the hole as possible, if not in.

The amount of golfers that struggle is huge, mainly because of the lack of confidence and bad technique. It’s a definite that everyone has encountered the duff, the thin or the complete air shot trying desperately to control the length, directory, spin and flight of this small, score reducing shot.

The two real options you have as an amateur golfer are the wedge and the 7/8 iron. Both have their pro’s and con’s and need to be used appropriately given the situation faced.

Confidence has a lot to do with the choice. Are you happy to address the shot with a wedge, flight the ball to the hole, use spin to control the roll out close to the hole or would you feel better using a 7/8 iron, address the ball like its a putter and get the ball on the ground as quickly as possible rolling towards the hole?

The choice can be determined by how the land lies between the ball and the hole. If it is fairly flat with no obstructions such as rough, bunkers or large ground undulations use a 7 iron. Get the ball running towards the hole. However, if you need to fly the ball over any of the former inconveniences the wedge is needed. Pick the club appropriate to the shot.

Build confidence, better scores and measurable results around the green by learning the right style and correct shot selection. The only way is to get professional lessons through your local pro or via videos on excellent websites/mobile apps.

 

Should i buy golf lessons or get new clubs

This question probably doesn’t get asked as much as it should. How many golfers do you know go on about their latest lesson and the new grip or technique for hitting the ball longer? I bet the same can’t be said for the golfer going on about his/her new clubs or wedges or driver?!

There is something programmed into every amateur golfer that they must have the latest irons, wedges or drivers to make them a better golfer. They all get sucked in by the marketing jargon surrounding the latest must have clubs and their hooked. You can’t say the same for the local pro pushing his ‘buy 4 lessons get the 5th free’, doesn’t really have the same appeal. However, it most definitely should.

Golf is a game that has developed over the years and all the brands have jumped on this and spun it with only one intention. To get all golfers buying more of the newest clubs on the market. To be fair they don’t really have a difficult job as most golfers have the mindset that if they buy a new club, regardless of what club, it will make them a better golfer and reduce that scorecard.

The fact of the matter is this. If there was you with all the latest equipment and a pro from any tour with just one club, say a 7 iron from the 1950’s, the tour pro would still beat you on a round of golf if he/she was only allowed to play with that one club and you any club you desire from your new flashy set. Why? Only one reason. The tour pro has over the years had the correct tuition/lessons and without doubt done one thing. Practice, practice and practice so more. The pro could play all the shots necessary with one club to overcome and outwit the golf course.

So to answer the question. Keep the clubs you have, buy several lessons, measure the improvement and have a goal to achieve. Once achieved, buy more lessons or as a treat to reaching the target buy new clubs! check out the latest tuition app Gateway Golf.

2019 – the year of the golf lesson

You may of been playing golf for longer than you care to remember or just a beginner, full of motivation to improve and become the next Tiger Woods but the bet that you’ve hardly had any lessons wouldn’t be a bad one.

2019 should be the year that this changes. Golf is a game that comes and goes with the wind. One round you can play really well with all the luck and the next can’t catch a break and score terribly. We’ve all been there, it happens to the professional on the European Tour as well as any amateur. The difference being the pro’s identify the faults in the their game and then spend hours working it through with their retained coaches on the driving range. Amateurs tend to put the clubs in the boot of the car, drink beers and have a laugh with their playing partners about one shot or another in the round.

This is all well and good if you are happy with just playing golf socially (which is highly recommended). However, if you would really like to see measurable gains in your performance, there is only one simple answer. It’s professional tuition. This can come from your local golf club or form the excellent websites/mobile apps on offer nowadays.

The nature of the golf swing entails many moving parts. That’s why it’s an impossible game to fully master but you can, with the correct advice from quality coaches set the foundations so you have a good base of knowledge and technique to work from.

If there is one thing you want to do in 2019 with regard to golf it should only be to spend some time on your swing. This is guaranteed to improve your game unlike the latest golf club.

Driver or Iron of the tee?

It is an age old dilemma for any golfer of any playing level. What’s the best decision when on the tee – Driver or Iron??

Now it is an arguable fact that most amateur golfers are on average more accurate with their irons, this over time has given confidence which results in better results. Whereas the driver to some can feel like they are holding an alien object with the intent of hitting a little white ball as far as possible in a pre-determined direction.

The facts are simple, the driver is one of the least hit clubs in the golf bag and most of the time one of the hardest. It does however guarantee one thing – it will hit the ball the furthest out of any club you have. The long iron, say a 3 or 4 iron, will increase accuracy and should provide the golfer with that extra bit of confidence once on the tee.

What needs to be accounted for is the situation where the decision needs to be made. Is it the first tee? Is it in a club competition where you need to protect a score or go for broke?

Another important consideration is what is the design of the golf hole that needs to be navigated. If it’s fairly open with a higher percentage of locating the ball if it goes off path, the driver then out ways the option of the iron. Whereas if its a tight, tree lined fairway with OB everywhere then the iron for position would be sensible.

As with any shot in golf a lot needs to be considered. Current playing form, importance of shot in competition or scorecard, the design of the golf hole and most importantly is how you feel when you take all these factors into account. Your inner belief and confidence will play a key role in the outcome. The commitment you put into the shot will provide the desired outcome.

This is all very important but this comes after one essential part. The ability to use the driver or long iron correctly. This comes with practice and knowledge which only truly comes from expert advice and tuition. The world’s very best coaches can be your personal professional. You just need to know where to find them. Perhaps you first point of call before troubling yourself with what club to use is to look at Gateway Golf first class tuition videos…

Whats the value of a golf lesson

It is impossible to put a measurable value on a golf lesson. Each and every golfer that decides to seek the services of a professional will have their own desired needs and outcomes from the tuition.

It can not be challenged that having golf lessons is a definite if any level of golfer wants to improve. Lessons allow a professional who usually has a PGA qualification or excellent pro playing record to analyse a swing, identify weaknesses or areas for improvement and implement a manageable, consistent session that attends to these weaknesses with the clear aim of improving the learner.

The value a golfer will get from a lesson or a bunch of lessons will really be determined by the quality of the tuition and the golfers effort to listen to what is being taught. A lesson may only be 30 mins or an hour long so it is important for the learner to continue what has been taught in purposeful practice sessions at the driving range or on the practice chipping/putting green.

The amount of avid amateur golfers who have never had lessons is huge. Most would rather buy the latest clubs in the confused mindset that the club will improve their golf game. This is just backward! This is where the real value of lessons comes to the forefront. A new set of branded golf clubs may cost thousands, once drivers, fairway woods, wedges and putter are put with the irons. Think how many lessons you could have with that money?! The lessons will undoubtedly make you a better golfer, the new clubs perhaps not so much.

If you are thinking you have not got the time or it seems a huge amount of effort to take the lessons there is an alternative. With the benefit of technology, there are now top quality mobile apps/websites featuring the worlds very best coaches. These are short detailed videos which can be played/reviewed as and when the golfer needs them. https://www.facebook.com/gatewaygolfapp/

Make practice count

It is always a far to familiar sight at the driving range…multiple golfers with a driver in hand trying to hit the small white ball over the back fence of the 350 yard plus driving range. This is not practice, this is male ego on steroids.

Each golfer that makes the effort to spend several hours down the range hitting ball after ball needs a routine and purpose to each session. It is pointless just turning up and hitting balls into the distance.

At first, to warm up, grab a 7 iron and hit the balls at 75%. Slowly increasing to 100% after you feel warm and have stretched off.

The general rule of thumb is to spend as much time practising with a particular club as you do using that club on a round of golf. Therefore, you may use your driver 13/15 times a round at most so it does not need all your time on the range. With this in mind most of your time practising should be focused on your short game , in particular, putting. As they say drive for show, putt for dough.

Once you feel comfortable and ready to focus on your session start with your lowest iron, usually the 9 iron. Depending on the amount of time you intend to spend at the range, use more balls on the lower irons in your bag reducing the number hit as you work your way up to 4 iron, then fairway woods and finally the driver.

Say you spend 1 hour at the range, spend 20 mins working through your irons, fairway woods and driver. 20 mins on the short game, including putter. 10 mins on anything you particularly want to work through and then 10 mins warming down. ideally you should be spending anything between 2-3 hours at the range. You need the time to work through issues encountered on the last round, perhaps practice new techniques/style’s learnt on last lessons or what you’ve picked up through one of the latest golf tuition mobile apps.

You need to make practice count. Have clear goals and a purpose to your session at the range. There is no benefit to getting a bag of balls and hitting them one after the other.

 

Warm up before tee time

Far to often do golfers have a tee time, turn up 10 mins before it, sort the clubs out, get the shoes on, pay the green fee in the pro shop and then walk straight to the first tee. This will only have one result – a poor start, if not poor round of golf. You must warm up not just to get your eye in with your clubs but also to stretch out your body. The golf swing uses most muscles in the body and it is vitally important to warm up.

The first thing to do is have a quick stretch. Ensure you do all body parts. This shouldn’t take to long and will allow you to swing the club effortlessly without risk of injury.

After being all stretched off get to the driving range and begin hitting a few balls with a 7/8 iron at 75%. Slowly work it up to 100% commitment. Once you feel focused and ready to work through your clubs, start with your lowest iron, probably 9 iron and hit several balls working through your irons. Then go onto the fairway woods and finish with the driver.

Now the wedges. Do full shots, half shots and any other shot you feel you may encounter on the course.

Before you go to the first tee from the range spend some time on the putting green. Practice long, medium and short length putts. This is the area which will definitely improve your score or chance of winning the club competition.

The warm should take a minimum of 45 mins, ideally an hour. Only then are you fully ready to take on the challenge of teh course.

Warming up for a round of golf is hugely important. It should be a factor in all golfers preparation to the tee off. You wouldn’t play football, rugby or any other sport without warming up, golf shouldn’t be no different.

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