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Are you one of those golfers who sit at home watching the pros play epic shots, or draining long curling putts and think to yourself: ‘man, wish I could play like that?’ Golf demands both, skill and practice and there’s no contesting this fact.

But being an average golf player doesn’t mean you have to stick to your average shots. With some tips and techniques, you can soon be on your way to playing golf like a pro. Interestingly enough, you might notice that often even an average golf player hits a shot that is pro-quality. That moment brings pure bliss to the game. Let me enlighten you with several golf tips that will improve your game significantly

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7 Tips to Think Like a Pro

  • 1. The first pro advice that I would give you is to aim not towards the trouble but away from it. You must be going all ‘duh!' on my right now, but this is what golfers tend to forget. And they tend to forget a lot! Make sure that if your ball has a hazard like a bunker, you aim to avoid it or if there's a hazard on either side of the fairway, you end up shooting in the upward motion instead of just shooting sideways. This one piece of advice would save you from a lot of trouble. If you eliminate the trouble, you can shoot much more freely and ensure an aggressive swing.
  • 2. Golf can end up requiring you to be healthier than you already are, I hope you're aware of that. Hitting a good shot on fairway sometimes requires you to turn your back completely towards the target. You must be thinking why, well, if you after selecting a driver make a full turn in your backswing, so full that your back ends up facing the target. This ensures that you generate a lot of torque and coil as you make the big shoulder move while turning on your hips. It is so far the best technique I have come across to gain a full swing in my shots. Although, you'll need to practice for it, do not just give up if you don't get the best positive results soon.
  • 3. Another helpful tactic is escaping the fairway bunker. If you're stuck in the fairway bunker what helps you get out of the mess, is how you keep your lower body very quiet – in other words, you do not make unnecessary movements at all! It might appear difficult in the beginning, but you have to perfect the shot. You can try this by thinking that you are inside a barrel, and you have to hit the shot without letting your right side bump into the barrel during your backswing. And neither can you let the left side touch your follow-through. Simply put minimum movement, and solid body is what you need to get through with this tactful shot.
  • 4. Did you know that there's this helpful saying, measure twice cut once? I like to stick by such rules because they tend to encompass the centuries-old wisdom of sport.  So just like before you end up cutting a piece of the wood you have to make sure that you have measured it accurately and it is of the right length, you similarly stand and assess your position completely before hitting a shot. You have to weigh every technical detail such as the distance etc. and your angle before choosing a club for the next shot. This tactic helps you get your mind in a focused zone, once you're done assessing all the elements, and you have imagined every possible outcome of playing a specific shot correctly, all you have to do is manifest that shot. So taking in all the risk factors does help a lot with perfecting your shots in the long run.
  • 5. It's a simple mechanism. How high your pitch shot flies determines how far it will roll green after hitting the green and it all depends on how you much yours shafts are leaning at the address. So if you want a high toss, you have got to lean the shaft slightly backward, and if you're aiming for a low toss, you have to move it a little bit forward. The shaft must always point to the center of your body, that is the rule pro golfers tend to stick by. It is important to remember that during the backswing lower body has to remain passive. With a pre-dominate arm swing, you can assemble your hands. The shaft must return the same position from where you started. In the green, if you’re roughly twenty yards away from your desired landing spot this shot could prove to be your best bet.
  • 6. Once again, there are simple rules, kind of like mini divisions in your mind which can help you assess a situation quickly and reduce the risk of the decisions you have to make. Make it your rule of thumb that you should putt when you can putt, chip when you cannot putt and pitch when you cannot chip. The reason is, if your ball is closer to the ground it is much easier to control it. It’s a very reliable mechanism to go about while playing golf. But to make this tactic work, you should be clear on one thing. What you want your landing spot to be is very important in this regard.
  • 7. The last tactic is not related to golf technicalities but rather, a good play. If you want to develop your reputation as a good player, you should consider focusing on your game ethics. Make sure you don't make mistakes on the course like, interrupting or talking to someone during their backswing. Keep your attitude positive towards the game, even after a couple of bad shots. Ultimately it is just a game and you ought to enjoy it. A grumpy player is not welcomed by the court. Practice excessively and with an aim. I'm sure this would lead you to play like a pro in due time.
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Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this mini guide.

These tips and tricks above can help to keep you from a fate similar to mine, helping to give you the tools you need to get your chip shot down. Now it is time to apply this advice to your golf game and start your journey to a better chip shot, so get out there and practice!

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Top Ten Golf Swing Tips of All-time http://hittingthegolfball.com/ten-golf-swing-tips/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/ten-golf-swing-tips/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:13:52 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=3432 Golf is something very tricky; it is a game that involves lots of tricks and tips. There are a number of golf tips that you can master in order to become a better golfer. So here we have top ten golf swing tips of all-time. They will help you to play at a higher level […]

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Golf is something very tricky; it is a game that involves lots of tricks and tips. There are a number of golf tips that you can master in order to become a better golfer. So here we have top ten golf swing tips of all-time. They will help you to play at a higher level so let’s get on the list:

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Golf Swing Tips

  • Keep Your Hands Low: Keeping your hands low is a key factor in lowering the trajectory of the ball. Constraining the stature of the follow-through will successfully lessen the height of your shots. Moving the ball back in your position or picking a more grounded and stronger club are also methods used to achieve a lower shot trajectory but these methods don’t work all the time and are more difficult to execute. Rather, keep your hands low in the complete, and the direction of your shots will be lower.
  • Give Your Spine The Forearm: Ensure you're on-plane at the highest point of the swing to ensure strong ball-striking and expanded exactness. Make sure that your right forearm is parallel to your spine, your left wrist is level, and your elbows and arms form a tight triangle. The achievement of all these objectives indicates the rotation of your shoulders into a perfect back-swing.
  • Use Your Body For Power: It is common knowledge for anyone who is even remotely familiar with golf that the power does not just come from the arms, but instead it comes from the whole body. To figure out how to control the club with your body rather than your arms and hands, place the club behind the ball at address while keeping your body in a dead-stop position. Now without taking a back-swing, attempt to drag the ball into the air. In case you're a player who relies upon his or her hands to control the club, you'll presumably face some problems with the technique at first. But with time and practice you will find that once you begin moving the club with your body, you'll be able to control the power of the ball more reliably. This method will aid you in turning entirely through the ball on the downswing.
  • Relax your grip: Tips that relate to grip are tough to come by because every player feels comfortable with their own grip. But there is one tip that all golf players can benefit from regardless of their grip style. That is, applying a relaxed grip in order to increase and promote clubhead speed. Most players who are new to the sport hold on to their clubs too tightly and lose power as a result. Your grip shouldn’t be too light. Of course, you don’t want the club to spring out of your hands while making a shot. So the grip has to be tight enough to hold on to the club but not any tighter.
  • Stay still while putting: As the game progresses and reaches near the hole one of the best tips you can benefit from is keeping your body perfectly still. Unlike a full swing where power and speed are the primary requirements, putting is all about a players accuracy and control. The best method to achieve this control is to keep your body stationary while the putter swings and slightly guides the ball into the hole.
  • Hinge For Power: Golfers who have less experience in the sport have issues hitting iron shots because of two deadly defects. In the first place, the takeaway tends to be too low to the ground, which postpones the best possible pivoting of the wrists until past the point of no return in the back-swing. Second, in a confused push to take control, the arms tend to swing too far in the back-swing. This causes a breakdown in the act and more often than not prompts a switch to rotate. These imperfections create mis-hits and must be avoided for a better swing.A few fundamental advances can be taken to pick up control over the length of the swing with a specific end goal to make more robust contact. At setup, a 45-degree edge ought to be available between the left arm and the club shaft. Making the right wrist pivot in the back-swing will result in a considerably better ball-striking and, therefore, more steady separation and heading on every single iron shot.
  • Pick out a specific target: Picking out a particular goal downfield can really help with the accuracy of your swing. It doesn’t matter what kind of shot you are hitting, picking out a specific stance before you take your position will take your game to a whole new level. Instead of aiming for the entire fairway aim for a more precise spot. If you aim small, you miss small.applying this technique will increase your confidence and accuracy and ill make you an overall better player.
  • Don’t slide: This is one of the simplest and most effective tips to improve your golf swing. All you have to do to follow this tip is to avoid sliding during both parts of the swing, i.e., moving away from the target and moving towards the target. Your weight should be in the middle of your stance while you swing. To avoid the slide on your back-swing pay attention to the position of your right knee. As long as your right knee is able to maintain its position, you will be able to avoid sliding an improve your game dramatically.
  • Quiet hands on the takeaway: Average players focus too much on their hands in the takeaway phase of their swing. This results in the club being off-plane by the time the back-swing is finished. To keep the club in a steady position all the way through to the top, keep your hands out of the takeaway and let your shoulders do all the work. This is not going to be an easy habit to shake and like any other sports practice is key to make a swing that is generated by your shoulders instead of your hands.
  • No flips: “Flipiness” means the dreaded early release of the swing. This happens when your body gets too far before the golf ball. At the point when this happens, your club will definitely slack, for the most part with an open face. On the base of instinct, your hands will try to close the face. This level of timing is troublesome even for the professionals to execute on a reliable premise.
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Conclusion

You should take your time before swinging an be patient to avoid the early release of the swing Follow these tips and practice a lot and you will definitely see a massive improvement in your game.

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The Top 10 Golf Destinations to Visit in 2018 http://hittingthegolfball.com/top-golf-destinations/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/top-golf-destinations/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:02:01 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=3428 There is so much more to play than those few old holes. If you haven’t yet figured out the best golf destinations to visit for 2017, here we have a rundown to help you out. Following are the finest golf destinations around the world that are must visit for every golf lover. Have a look […]

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There is so much more to play than those few old holes. If you haven’t yet figured out the best golf destinations to visit for 2017, here we have a rundown to help you out. Following are the finest golf destinations around the world that are must visit for every golf lover. Have a look at them:

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  • The lodge at sea island, ST. Simons, GA. The lodge at sea island is known as home to Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and many other tour players. But it isn’t just home to pros, anyone who visits is royalty. To live, and too to train in such a luxurious coastal area is a dream come true as you find many other people with the same lifestyle. "The Ultimate Man Cave," the men’s locker room is a place where you can relax as long as you like. After golf, you can enjoy any kind of activity you desire.it's a 40-room lodge where it seems as though your fairy Godmother just paid a visit, all that you desire is in your grasp you have a butler available at your service 24/7.
  • Ireland and Northern Ireland.The Royal County Down after being awarded the no. 1 course in the world by Golf Digest in 2016 is the new hot spot for golfers from all around the world. It has been in the spotlight the whole year and doesn’t seem that they are moving anytime soon.The Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open hosted by the Strand links at Portstewart Golf Club has attracted a great number of golf lovers. Golf seems to be at its peak in Ireland, apart from this it is only the first time since 1951 that The Royal Portrush Golf Club is hosting the Open championship in 2019 ad the aura before the championship is all that a golf lover can wish for. An article in the IRISH INDEPENDENT, Robert Trent Jones Jr..has moved meters of land to make his golf ground the best in the world. To enhance the beauty of his ground he has constructed 14 cottages with 48 rooms to add drama to his beautiful and extended grounds.
  • Bay Hill club and lodge, Orlando, FLA. If you want to mingle with the best professionals a visit to the Bay Hill Club, will prove to go a long way. You can bask in the aura of golf's greatest ambassador, the late Arnold Palmer.the staff is very polite and will treat you with good care they will know your name and give you a private club feeling. By any account, if you try it once, you will definitely come back for more. The scale of the place is intimate, and the grounds are one of a kind.
  • Laucala, Fiji.The moment you touch the ground you have to hit the spectacular 18-hole course. The view during your visit will be amazing, the volcanic mountains, cliff faces and the thundering sound of the South Pacific. The most famous grounds are located on the land that previously used to be a coconut plantation. The signature 12th hole sits right on the edge of the ocean.Once you’re done with golf, you can hit the waves or do any number of indoor activities. They have 24 villas with a staff count of an incredible 350.the minimum stay of three nights is $14,400.it’s worth every penny.
  • Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand.The Banyan Tree in Phuket has been known as Thailand's best golf course for quite some time now and is now also known as  Asia's best-golfing destination. Paul Jansen had done a lot of work on this par 71 course with the length of 6,756 yards. It is an Idyllic spot due to its backdrop of the Phuket mountains, lagoons, and tropical foliage. The villas her cost for a couple for two nights $1,100, as all the villas have their own private pools.
  • Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, N.C. The lodge that was made by the golf legend Peggy Kirk Bell who passed away in November 2016 at the age of 95, even in death she lives among us through her resort that is now owned by her family. It has two pristine Donald Ross courses on which the U.S.Women’s Open have been hosted. Kelly Miller, the president of the resort, notes, “The goal now is to keep her legacy going and her memory alive.” So far any golf lover with knowledge about the history of golf and the need for the homey place, this is the place to visit.
  • The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado. This golf course with its entertainment also has a lot of history. Jack Nicklaus won his first significant back in 1959 on the iconic 18th hole on the East course. On the amazing property in the Rocky Mountains, you can choose from the three major courses. With 99 years under its belt, the resort turns 100 next year. The resort will also be hosting the US Senior Open by the end of next year as planned. The enormous property has lots of commodities, including the fly fishing, tennis, a spa and about ten restaurants. The property also has about twenty-six boutiques. The resort has no fewer than 784 rooms, suites, and cottages.
  • Terre Blanche, Provence Côte d'Azur, France. This golf course is located in the delightful landscape of landscapes of Provence Côte d'Azur in Southern France. Terre Blanche has two championship courses with 18 holes each names Le Château and Le Riou. The annual French Riviera Masters on the Senior European Tour is held on the famous Le Château. The five-star resort is surrounded by the most beautiful lakes, a forest, and lovely waterfalls. The resort has 115 suites and villas with extremely breathtaking views.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.Designed by Greg Norman, there are nine extremely challenging holes at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This resort prefers quality over quantity. Nine holes may seem less, but they are very challenging and difficult. The resort has 365 rooms and a lot of other sporting distractions. The resort also boasts 114 acres of grounds along with a 7-mile beach. The property has five-star restaurants where you can enjoy meals prepared by Michelin-starred chefs.
  • Fancourt, George, South Africa. The Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links are some examples of the amazing courses at this location. 'The links' is currently the best course in South Africa and was designed by Gary Player. The five-star property is located on the historic Garden Route. It has numerous beaches, coastal towns, and countless vineyards. You can also enjoy their activities like the spa, fishing, cycling and horse riding on this incredible resort.
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Every golfer dreams about hitting every shot accurately and perfectly, but only pros get to do that. You must have observed the pattern that often, even an amateur ends up hitting a shot like a pro.

But to turn that occurrence into a routine from a mere possibility, one needs not just experience and practice but skills. You ought to know the tactics that golfers have learned over the years and passed on; this is golf wisdom, ladies, and gentlemen (Golf is gender-neutral) so golfers out there ought to listen intently.

I’ll give you nine tips which can increase your golf accuracy to a great degree. I’m sure you’re willing to learn. So, let’s begin:

  • Focus on Acceleration While Pitching: I’m pretty certain that like every golfer out there, you focus on the backswing on pitches, and that is one way of doing it right. But golf experts suggest that you focus on the acceleration of pitch more than all those varying backswing lengths. Why? It yields a result, that’s why. The math is simple if you want to hit a shot at 60-yards length, swing the ball at 60mph. I won't say the speeds are accurate, but the key lies in having a mental concept of your target, and these tactics help a lot!
  • The Flex in The Wrist: This is a foolproof method of increasing the shot accuracy according to Sean Foley, is by maintaining the flexion in the wrist. It means that one bends their wrist in such a manner that it gets closer to the forearm. This is a magic move, and it makes the clubface compress the ball and helps control the ball’s trajectory. To incorporate this strategy into your swing, you should start practicing it on a fifty-yard wedge until it becomes a reflex. Once you’re done prepping it up, you’re good to go and play it on the course.
  • Fairways Need An Early Hinge: Another very helpful tip is to hinge your wrist earlier than you normally do while hitting a fairway. You’ve got to do it as soon as you take the club back. Early hinges such as these would give you this feeling that your club shaft is pointing exactly where it should be, so in a way, you have one less thing to worry about as you’re hitting a fairway. This tactic has helped many players increase their fairway shots accuracy to a great degree.
  • The Drill Sessions: I’m sure you must be wondering what your drill sessions should focus on well here’s a piece of advice. Start by practicing low trajectory shots. This improves your control, and accuracy both. You just have to aim at swinging under the wing and at lower trajectories. You need a sand wedge or a lob wedge, for this shot, and you need to hold it in your left hand. While positioning the ball in the middle of your stance, and lean at your left side so that weight shifts there. Swing the ball back at 9 o’clock and then swing it down to the ball.
  • Visualize Accurately: Here’s the deal, you need to visualize everything accurately. Most of the time, golfers end up losing a shot only because of their poor visualization, to cure this you might use a simple method. Just imagine a ring of fire about ten to twenty yards away from the landing spot, now all you have to do is hit your tee shot. This is all you need to do to land the ball wherever you want.
  • The Weight Shift: You know what’s most frustrating? The fact that one cannot hit the ball accurately because of poor assessment of weight shift greatly affects the results and scoring. Begin by completing the backswing, and then start down with a slide-turn of the hips, your weight will move to your left foot. You might feel that your right side is taking over and throwing the club at the ball. That’s alright, as long as you manage to shift your weight towards the target and your left side is leading. Your right knee should end up pointing towards the ball. It would prove that you have made a good shift.
  • Short Irons? Move the grip down. Do you want to perfectly hit the pitch shots on the green wherever you want? Just grip down on the irons. If you’re aiming for close hits constantly with your shot irons, just slide your grip lower. If you aren’t gripping it correctly, it will probably fly too high. It would only make it difficult for you to carry the shots to the distance you desire, especially in the windy weather. This tactic will help you control the trajectory of the ball.
  • Short Approach Shots Need Full Swing: You're an amateur, and you're about to hit a short approach shot, let me guess what mistake you’re about to make. You probably won’t take a full swing. This is one of the most common mistakes that amateur golfers make. Make sure that your body takes a full turn while you hit the shot, not as aggressively as you would for a full-wedge shot but still, what counts is a real turn because only then. What regulates the distance is the length of the swing, and the speed of rotation and a full-swing allows you to assess and control that.
  • Speed Is The Key: It plays a decisive role in the final trajectory and landing position of the ball. If you slow down the shot will fly lower, the same can be achieved by choking down on the club and also by shortening the swing. If you swing faster, it will create more height and spin in the shot. These are the basic techniques that help you get better at landing the perfect shots.

Conclusion

I hope this helps you understand golf tips and tricks that enhance your performance and accuracy. With practice and skills, you will become a pro.

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Solutions for Golfers Over 50: Top Ten Physical and Mental Exercises http://hittingthegolfball.com/golfers-over-50-exercises/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/golfers-over-50-exercises/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:50:17 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=3424 A true golfer is always seeking to enhance his/her gameplay. A good golf game depends a lot on good equipment, but at the same time, you need to sharpen your skills. You need to play more, practice more, but above all you need to exercise more often to increase your performance. There are certain solutions […]

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A true golfer is always seeking to enhance his/her gameplay. A good golf game depends a lot on good equipment, but at the same time, you need to sharpen your skills. You need to play more, practice more, but above all you need to exercise more often to increase your performance. There are certain solutions to increasing your golf skills, you can apply those solutions and have amazing results. There’s a list of exercises that I will be giving you, perform these exercises, and you should see the results in no time!

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1.    Circuit Training

First and foremost, let me tell you that it is the circuit training that helps you push your limits and get to the next level of golf better than any other exercises would. All the exercises that you will be told about ought to be done in a circuit so that you will be performing them back-to-back. Your basic aim for these exercises is to make sure that your endurance increases. Strength training is not the aim because the golf players don’t really require it.

2.    Swiss Ball Russian Twist

The first workout that I want you to perform is the Swiss ball Russian Twist, this exercise strengthens your core and stabilizes you like anything. It also ensures that your hip and spine rotation remains unaffected. These two movements play a key role in a successful swing. You will need a medicine ball for this workout; this particular workout also ensures that you learn how to maintain your posture and balance both. For added benefits, you should carry a dumbbell while rotating to a side. Perform 10-20 reps each time you do the sets.

3.    Single-Leg Single-Arm Deadlift

Deadlift is the mother of all exercises. Nothing is as helpful as a deadlift, and it prepares your body for all sorts of athletic activities. This exercise basically targets every muscle that you would be using in a golf game. You can use a kettle-bell to perform this exercise; a dumbbell would do too. The main muscles that are targeted by this particular workout are the hamstrings. Hamstring is prone to injuries and therefore, working them out can lessen the potential danger of muscle injuries.

4.    Arm Bar with Screwdriver

Are you looking for a workout that increases your shoulder’s mobility and stability? You don’t have to look any further; this exercise does the job while strengthening the muscles at the same time. You would need a kettle-bell to perform this exercise. The weight limits depend upon whatever you’re comfortable with. In the beginning, you might feel like this exercise is a tad bit difficult to perform but with time you will realize it is not all that hard. And the benefits are countless.

5.    Leg Swings

This is a yet another amazing exercise. It begins simply by stretching, and you will not need any other equipment but rest assured, you shouldn’t undermine the importance of this exercise. It is perfect to increase the mobility of your legs and hips; it also works out great for the lower back. Older people are prone to get muscle injuries caused by swinging; exercises of this nature prevent such injuries. You can use a pole to balance your body for this particular exercise. It can be performed by using a weighted golf club as well; it really depends on you.

6.    Hip Flexors Stretch

Hip flexors are muscle structures which protect your lower back and the lumbar regions; they are located in the lower belly. The motion of a swing is explosive, and it activates the hip flexors. They serve as a power source for the swing speed to get stabilized. Training the hip flexors is; therefore, very important. This will help prevent not only the hip and lower back injuries, but it will ultimately enhance your performance.

7.    Mini Band Walk Forward

Improving the glutes has never been easier than this, mini bands are generally available in the market, and they are super cheap. It also targets the leg muscles and the hamstrings. You should purchase the mini bands for various at-home exercises. Glutes also play an important role in a swing; in fact, swings use almost all the muscles. It helps one maintain a proper posture during a workout. And strong glutes do not only help with the golf; you will see the impact of this in your everyday life as well.

8.    Hip Crossovers

The prime reason most of these workouts are focusing on the hips is that the motion of a swing is extremely reliant on the motion of hips and therefore it will help you a lot if you just perform these simple exercises. Keep the repetition numbers minimum at the beginning and increase as the time passes. This exercise helps generate more torque during your swing, and therefore you would be able to play better.

9.    Lower Trunk Rotation

This is another workout that involves most of your lower region. It works for your lower back and obliques and the second muscle it works for are the shoulder muscles. It is a great stretching workout and it also increases flexibility of your scapula otherwise known as shoulder blades. These exercises might look very easy to perform, but they are not as easy as they might look. They are actually pretty hard. It provides with the balance that is required to prevent one’s self from getting injured.

10.    Inverted Hamstring Stretch

 Last but certainly not the least, this is yet another hamstring exercises. Basically, you can never get enough of these, and so I keep mentioning more and more of them. Hamstring muscles that are flexible allow your core muscles to get activated more easily. This in turn speeds up and makes your swing way more efficient than routine. This exercise like many other also helps prevent back injuries.
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Conclusion

But these are not all, the most effective mental exercises that you would need to perform to do better at golf in old age is being prepared. When you’re prepared, and you have all the right equipment, you will feel confident before hitting a shot which helps you get the right shot. Visualizing the shot helps more than a lot. Happy Golfing!

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Golf Tips & Tricks for the Aging Golfer http://hittingthegolfball.com/tips-aging-golfer/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/tips-aging-golfer/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:43:41 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=3440 A golf player is always golf player, no matter when or where he will be ready to play. Although the Boomer generation has now grown old but they are still up for a match whenever you say so. Needless to say, they may have to face a few challenges yet they enjoy their lives, and […]

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A golf player is always golf player, no matter when or where he will be ready to play. Although the Boomer generation has now grown old but they are still up for a match whenever you say so. Needless to say, they may have to face a few challenges yet they enjoy their lives, and we plan to help them further. Here are a few tips for golf players to act upon and keep having fun:

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Tips for the Aging Golfer​​​​

  • Stretching: Although flexibility and strength may be a problem for an aging golfer, stretching can help with all of these issues, but one should know how to stretch and when to stretch. Static stretching and dynamic stretching are two types of stretching that have proven to be very helpful, concerning the problems mentioned above. Static stretching should never be done before a game though, it is crucial, it will not be of any suitable right before the game. Dynamic stretching, on the other hand, can be done before a game as it increases flexibility.
  • Golf Grip: The flight of your ball can be dependent on the strength of your grip on the club. So if some players deal with stiffness as a problem of their increasing age, they can make the ball go just a little further. Although it may sound simple, it does get a little getting used to at times, but it can help in making a draw spin.
  • Prevent swaying: Swaying is a problem that older golf players may face due to stiffness, to prevent it from happening you should open your right foot. The X-factor will increase due to this, and this will relieve your lower body from its extreme responsibilities. As torque is a great benefactor of your game, it will improve your game with a great chance. This will prove beneficial in the game as this is a trick not many people know.
  • Position the ball: When you set up your ground, you should make sure to position the ball slightly a bit behind the actual position it will help you make a draw. It is advised that this is to be done on the days when the course is all dry. On days that the ground is wet, long shots will prove to be beneficial. On a dry and hard day, this will help you gain distance.
  • Swinging Motion: Swing motion is taking your arms back and making you wrist hinge do the function will help you gain power while making a shot, but it will inevitably decrease your consistency, so you have to make a choice and leave this till the end. You should do it only as a last resort.
  • Eliminate bad holes: It is hard to shoot birdies with growing age, but it is easier to prevent the temptation to get the high scoring holes directly. People often end up making balloon scores because they think that they are much better than they are. When one plays with such a player you should play into his weakness and try to make him go for the far-off shots it is all about the scores sometimes consistency pay off. The turtle won the race because he was consistent not because he had more energy or was younger. In a game like golf, the score ultimately depends on who made the least mistakes and shots don't matter if that is all you've got. During the game you should use your experience to your benefit and leave a mark on the field.
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  • Ensure good alignment: While hitting on a range, one should lay the clubs down like many well-known players like Vijay Singh have done. It helps with alignment an also helps your score. There is no shame in doing it as it helps you gain the desired result, although someone younger might not play the same shot this would surely help you be than him.
  • Keep your posture: As hit, you hard one feels starts to slump over and make their knees stiff this is hindrance dung the game. Posture is as important as anything else in the game you have to have a posture that says that you're here to win and show that you have experience. So you have to make sure that your back is straight, but you are relaxed.
  • Create energy: Energy is the leading cause of performance decline in older players. Around the 14th hole, the lack of power and fatigue cause you to stay behind the desired goal. To keep active and energetic, you should not eat heavy food, but rather eat healthy food some fruits or whole grain, but the most important things that you should stay hydrated as dehydration is the number one use of fatigue during the daytime. "Health is wealth" is a commonly said phrase but as a sportsman, it is going to affect almost every aspect of your game.
  • Golf equipment As age continues to increase, so should the equipment. Although it may seem a bit odd in the beginning, it goes a long way in enhancing the quality of the game. Long irons should now be left aside, and the new hybrids should be used that are easier to use. They should let their low-lofted 3-woods, sit aside and take high-launch 3-woods.The club that a player uses should match the strength of the player.A professional trainer said "I recommend that people spend the bulk of their practice sessions making 3 to 4-foot putts. Even a 50 percent conversion of those putts results in a significant decrease in overall score. After all, the end goal is to get the ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible." Playing with the same shafts can drag you down as it is not essential that the shaft that gave you great length when you were young will provide you with the same range now. A club fitter can recommend the best clubs, and you will be amazed by the difference.
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Conclusion

With the tips given above, I hope they help you with your game to a great extent. Happy Golfing!

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Fix Your Golf game: Tips for playing Golf in Wind or Rain http://hittingthegolfball.com/wind-rain-fix/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/wind-rain-fix/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:23:59 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=3415 Playing golf is fun, but there are some circumstances when it is no fun especially when the course is all wet due to rain. The worst part is, your gear can get wet, and it makes playing troublesome. Since golf is a game that has been played for centuries, people have devised ways to thrive […]

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Playing golf is fun, but there are some circumstances when it is no fun especially when the course is all wet due to rain. The worst part is, your gear can get wet, and it makes playing troublesome. Since golf is a game that has been played for centuries, people have devised ways to thrive during a golf game despite harsh weather conditions. I’m sure you must be interested in knowing some of these ways. Below you can find some ways in which you can improve your golf-play even during windy weather and rain. Read on to find out:

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1.    Grab Your Waterproof Gear

It is always best to keep the gear that is waterproof. At a minimum, a waterproof jacket should suffice. If you do not already own one, think about buying one. You can find this gear in the market and even in online stores. Ask your friends about it; they might know where reliable products can be found. But a jacket is not enough if you’re an all-weather golfer, so invest in a complete all-weather gear once and for all. I’m sure you will not be disappointed. And do not forget buying a pair of waterproof shoes because wet feet make it difficult to concentrate on the game and walk.

2.    Something To Hold Onto

Always keep something with you to which you can hold onto. Golf course tends to become very slippery so you should keep something which can be used as a support. During a golf swing, there are two main contact points. One is with the club, and the other is with the ground. Even if one of these is not solid, you have a potential chance of compromising your entire game due to the weather. So from time-to-time invest in your grips and get new cleats because you don’t want them to cost you shots and matches during the game.

3.    New Gloves

If you own only a single pair of gloves, you need some help, buddy. It's never a bad idea to keep a spare pair of gloves because sometimes the rainwater gets through your single pair of gloves pretty quickly. You can keep it inside your carrier bag, and they will remain safe and dry to be used in times of need. There are also special gloves out there which improve grip during wet-weather, and you can keep them for rainy weather. Again, make sure the gloves you get are water resistant.

4.    Waterproof Trolley Cover

You didn’t expect this one to come on this list, did you? What suffers apart from you during a windy or rainy match is your equipment. Irons may get rusty if you do not take proper care of them, so you can find lots of trolley or cart cover in the market to deal with this problem. Mostly they're shaped like a cape, and they have an easy-to-attach mechanism which helps fix them on the trolley during stormy weather.

5.    Towels!

Another essential to keep with you during matches are towels. If the grips are too wet, I can ascertain that you won't be able to hit a decent shot. However, if you have loads of dry towels stocked with you, you would be able to dry the grip and hit shots that do not amount to a failure. This is one of the reasons keeping a carrier bag with you is a must. In short, keep a supply of dry towels.

6.    A Perfect Umbrella

Keeping the right umbrella with you is paramount. If you have a cheap umbrella, it will become nearly impossible for you to deal with the bad weather. Buy yourself a decent umbrella which will stand against the high gusts of wind and keep you dry during the match as it will prove to be your ultimate savior in a severe weather condition.

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7.    Keeping the Score Track

It gets hard to keep track of score during a windy and rainy weather. In case of a match-play or during a competition you would need to keep a score of the match. It is never a bad idea to keep a spare scorecard with you in a safe and dry place; it will save you from a lot of trouble. During rainy weather, your original scorecard might get wet and become unreadable. You can also avoid this from happening by writing down the scores after every few holes instead of writing them down after every single hole.

8.    Less Run Is an Option

Rainy weather may alter the entire manner in which a game is played. If the ground is wet, it is certain that the ball won't run very far and stop. Of the tee, less run might mean that more clubs can be taken on holes, and you would be holding back in this situation but in a rainy weather that is not required. You will notice that chips and pitches grab more often in rainy weather.

9.    How to Hit in the Rough

When hitting in the rough, you ought to hit more firmly. Because, when the course is wet, it tends to slow the progress of clubheads. You need to make sure that the impact is stronger than average conditions for the ball to make it to its target landing position. This tactic would help you make sure you do not lose your shot on the wet course.

10.    Don’t Expect Much

 You ought to keep in mind that despite all the precautions, there are many factors induced by rain and windy weather that you won’t be able to control, and these factors would affect your overall gameplay despite all the efforts you make. So, do not expect your scoring to soar like routine. Especially if you don’t have a caddie, playing in rainy weather can be very difficult. And if you end up dropping a few shots, do not get upset or disappointed because the weather is same for everyone and I am sure it will affect their game equally so it is not just you who is suffering.
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Conclusion

Most importantly, remember to have fun. Minor problems that arise due to wet weather shouldn't affect the prime reason for a sport, which is enjoyment. I hope these tactics help you play better the next time your course is drenched in the rain. Happy Golfing!

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Beginner Golf Guide http://hittingthegolfball.com/beginner-golf-guide/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/beginner-golf-guide/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:49:07 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=3399 I’m not sure for how long you’ve been looking for a comprehensive guide about how to play golf, but you’ve finally found it. I’ve combined lots of tips and tricks for you to keep in mind while playing golf; I hope you enjoy the read.Golf play started in the 1940s in Scotland, and that is […]

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I’m not sure for how long you’ve been looking for a comprehensive guide about how to play golf, but you’ve finally found it. I’ve combined lots of tips and tricks for you to keep in mind while playing golf; I hope you enjoy the read.

Golf play started in the 1940s in Scotland, and that is a modern version of this game, the older version can be traced back to the era of Chinese emperors, so it is certainly not a new game. 


Back in 1475, the Parliament banned golf because they thought it was a distraction for the militiamen. It might appear to be a somewhat sexist game as we see men play it, but neither is it forbidden for women, nor it's true that women cannot play golf; myth debunked successfully.  Golf was initially known as the club as well.

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So first of all, you ought to know the basic golf terms. If you don’t know then you would be pretty much clueless on the course while communicating with other players.

The wooden peg that we place our golf ball on is known as the Golf Tee. The area in which the ball is played for the first time is known as the Tee Box. The part of the golf course which leads up to the greener part of the course is known as a fairway.

You must have noticed a very soft, plush area around the hole, which is known as "the green."  You may also spot some sand filled ditches on the course; these are the bunkers.

Anything that comes between you getting the ball successfully to the hole is termed as a Hazard. It could be a pond, a tree trunk, anything. A hole in one is termed as an Ace. There are a standard number of strokes that it should take a ball to the hole from the tee box; that number is called par.

So it is well understood that good golf gear will substantially improve your gameplay, but relying on good gear to get you through a game is like holding on to crutches.

If you ultimately plan on becoming a good golf player, you ought to focus more on polishing your skills and see if the game is right for you. Plus, right in the beginning you really wouldn't know how to take good care of your golf clubs, and they're likely to get all broken up during the gameplay; why spend a fortune on it.

So if you’re a relatively new golfer, try finding golf clubs that are well-manufactured but are found in mid-price range.

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Another key factor is that golf clubs are different from different stages. You can find beginners set, intermediate golf clubs and the ones that pros buy. If you seek advice from a professional golfer, they would ask you to borrow a friend's clubs, to begin with.  

Another way is to rent the golf clubs from a golf course clubhouse. If you're still persistent and want to own your golf clubs, find some on eBay which is used. The key is to spend the least amount of money on the gear right in the beginning.

Plus, you're not going to need an entire set in the beginning. Buy wood, a couple of clubs, a putter and a sand wedge. This should be enough, to begin with.

Golf is not an intuitive or instinctual game, you could be natural at it, but without some good training, you cannot hope to make a career out of it, or even become a pro. Get enrolled in golf lessons.  

Another prime reason of getting golf lessons is to prevent mistakes from becoming a habit; if there is no one to guide you through the mistakes you're making they will become a habit which is hard to reform. Even while selecting golf lessons, instead of opting for beginner lessons prefer getting professional lessons.

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Like every other sport, golf can also be learned by watching. If you find yourself getting interested in the game, you might end up watching tournaments on TV, or you might visit local golf courses to watch the pros play. The Barclays and The Travelers are some of the tournaments you would love to watch.

Another important thing you ought to keep in mind is the rules of the game. You see, the game has both formal and informal rules and getting a grasp on them will prevent you from making mistakes.

 
Similarly, you ought to consider learning the etiquettes of the game. Memorize the things you shouldn’t do while on a golf course. The etiquettes depend pretty much on where you’re playing and who is it that you’re playing with.

However, some standards are undeniable and ought to be adhered to. Like, you shouldn’t talk to someone during their backswing. You never should walk through someone else’s line. If there’s a group playing ahead of you, you mustn’t hit the ball in them.

If your shot isn’t perfect then don’t get upset, it’s just a game. Be very punctual, and never forget to enjoy the game as you play.

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The key to playing good golf is persistence. No one has managed to learn golf in a month, much less become a pro at the game in a short time. It requires effort, consistency and constant practice so I would say it's a game of absolute commitment.

If you remain committed to it, your efforts would surely pay off. Tracking your progress as the time will serve as a motivation. Even a little improvement means that there's hope. Another psychological tip is never to compare yourself to another player.

While playing golf, always keep in mind that the real enemy is golf course; plan how you're going to penetrate the course. If you're playing a match, maintain your temperament.

Do not get ecstatic over a hit and neither should you get disappointed over a less than perfect shot. It's all part of the game so embrace your failures and work towards betterment.

And always have fun. I hope these tips help you get through your golf newbie phase smoothly.

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Golfer’s Elbow: What it is, What it Does to Your Golf Game and How to treat it? http://hittingthegolfball.com/golfers-elbow/ http://hittingthegolfball.com/golfers-elbow/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:26:11 +0000 http://hittingthegolfball.com/?p=3393 Golf has a lot of benefits, and Golfer's elbow is probably not one of them. In medical terms, this horrible disease is lesser known by the name of medial epicondylitis. ​By mechanism, this condition is the tendinosis of medial epicondyle which is found on the inside of our elbows. This disease is more or less […]

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Golf has a lot of benefits, and Golfer's elbow is probably not one of them. In medical terms, this horrible disease is lesser known by the name of medial epicondylitis.

By mechanism, this condition is the tendinosis of medial epicondyle which is found on the inside of our elbows. This disease is more or less similar to the way lateral epicondyle gets affected in tennis elbow.

So, one thing is evident.

This condition is caused mainly due to the overuse of body in one particular way. To explain it more scientifically, the insertion point where all the tendons meet at the elbow joint, which is known as the humerus, becomes inflamed as a result of constant usage of the wrist.

These tendons are found in one sheath originating from the elbow; and they are involved in the flexing of digits of hands, flexing and pronating of the wrist as well.

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Causes of Golfer's Elbow

So now that you are aware of what Golfer's elbow is, let's explore further and find out the causes of this disease.

It is caused mainly due to the arms swing like motion while playing golf. When you make a hit, it puts stress on the tendons or sheath of tendons that I mentioned above.

In case of using one particular grip, which is the baseball grip the condition can worsen as well. But here’s an interesting piece of news; most of the time people who develop golfer’s elbow have never even touched a golf club.

For this very reason, you may notice that people use another name for this condition known as Pitcher’s disease. It is named thus since it also caused by throwing objects like one would throw a baseball, this kind of motion also grievously stresses the same muscles.

However, the chances of this kind of inflammation are fairly less as this disease is not very common. Other names for this disease are Little League Elbow and Climber's elbow; all of these names have been given due to the various causation of this same kind of disease.

Every single flexor and pronator of fingers and forearms respectively are connected with this one sheath of tendons that originates from the elbow, and therefore all these injuries have one common underlying cause, stressing of these tendons.

Thus the people who get affected by this disease can be rock climbers, by their intense grip that is required to hold onto rocks. The cause of pain in this disease is the intensive grip of the digits of hands, and torsion of the wrist; this usage causes stressing of tendons, which ultimately results in this condition.

As I have explained before, if the epicondyle's lateral side gets affected it is more commonly known as tennis elbow, and this kind of stress on muscles is much more common. 


The condition doesn’t start with a symptom such as unbearable pain, it is a slow and gradual process and by the time an individual seeks medical assistance, weeks must have gone by.

Resisted wrist flexion is the cause of an aggravated condition of golfer’s elbow, so is pronation of wrist. This same process is used to diagnose golfer’s elbow.

So to diagnose the tennis elbow which is otherwise known as lateral epicondylar pain and is caused by wrist's extension, motion corresponding to wrist extension is performed to see if the pain has aggravated.

The reasons and causes behind this horrible disease are unknown on a cellular and molecular level; however, there are hypotheses about the autophagic death of cells, and it is considered to be the cause of chronic lateral epicondylar pain.

This kind of cell death is responsible for a weaker muscle and reduces the density which furthers the prospects of weakening muscles as the arm is used for daily life tasks.

There are preventive measures to be found for this kind of disease, such as flexibility training. It is advisable for sports trainers to train their muscles to prevent this from happening.

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How to Treat Golfer's Eblow

Golfer’s elbow can have specific treatments depending on how your doctor prefers to treat it and what might be the requirements of a particular individual.

But there's a list of non-specific therapies that can be resorted to when needed such as naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. These are anti-inflammatory drugs and rude the inflammation of muscle.

Heat or ice is also a good way of reducing muscle inflammation, as we have often witnessed many athletes use it post-games.

To protect the elbow from straining or the pain from getting provoked, an elbow strap is usually suggested to be worn by the patient.

It also ensures no further damage happens in the case of movement, in my opinion; this is the best measure to prevent further muscle deterioration. 

Whenever such a problem arises, the person is given regular and conservative treatments, and if that doesn't work, the patient is put on steroids and anesthetics to cure the pain.

Compression and elevation are also tried before a regular treatment can begin. If that doesn't heal the condition, the patient is suggested to use a tennis elbow splint.

This disease is chiefly caused due to overuse of the muscle, so rest is always going to help alleviate the symptoms to a significant degree and reduce the discomfort in the elbow caused by the strain.

A daytime elbow pad can be adjusted to minimize the trauma to the nerve. Therapies are inclusive of simple stretching strategies, gradually building up to exercises that help strengthen the flexor-pronator muscles.

The ultimate way of getting the complete muscle motion back is achieved with the help of eccentric exercises. Once the patient is done performing all these exercises for the prescribed time, it is common to be advised to apply ice on the affected area.

 Under normal circumstances, if this condition is treated with rest, ice application and proper exercising the disease can be alleviated then it might be recovered. Very few people need steroid injections, and less than 10% end up needing surgery.

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Golf is a very important game for a sports lover. Golf is a game which doesn’t need a lot of stamina and effort to be played, but it requires accuracy and precision.

In golf you must have a specific technique and skill to play a good shot. It is a lengthy game and requires a lot of distance to be covered by the ball to make the game proceed.

In golf, your equipment must be good and efficient like you must have good golf gear to play the game. It is a great activity to improve your strength of arms and elbows because the regular swing to hit the ball is an excellent exercise for this purpose.

Golf can also release your stress to a great degree. This game is psychologically quite important as it has an ability to keep the mind fresh and can provide comfort. In the new trend, this game is usually played by elders especially after their retirement so that they can enjoy their free time.

Since golf is played on a regular basis everywhere in the world, everybody wants to know how to improve their golfing skills. There are some important factors to be accomplished to become a better golf player in thirty days only.

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Length
A normal golf course has a length of more than six thousand yards which requires lots of effort to be covered.

Estimation of Length to be covered after each hit
You must estimate the length of each hit before the game. As already mentioned a normal court has a length of six thousand yards. To cover this distance accurately and precisely your hits should be well struck and according to the need.

At the early stages, your hits must have high magnitudes and should cover more distance. To defeat your opponent, you need to put the ball in the hole before him. To do this, your ball should cover more distance in less time at the start.

So at the start, the magnitude of your hit matters a lot. Nearly fifty-eight hundred yards must be covered in a hurry and with fewer hits as the one who uses fewer hits to hole a ball wins the game.

Though you have to hit the ball with high magnitudes in the start but at the end when less distance is remaining you must decrease the distance to be covered. As science states low magnitude can result in more precise actions.

So to put the ball in the hole earlier than anyone else you need to be precise and to be precise, you should restrict the length to be covered after each successive hit. At the stage when less distance is remaining you need to vary your hits.

Time by time when less distance remains your hits must cover a low distance. And the last hit must be struck much politely then any earlier to obtain a precise result.

To avoid any problems during the game you must estimate the lengths after each hit earlier before the match. It is a perfect hack to make your golfing skills much better. This estimation can help you catch up with any miss hit and the distance and number of hits ratio can be capitalized.

If you even lack in distance with your hits you can vary your magnitude of other successive hits to gain the distance you have already estimated.

Partition of length to hit ratio
The six thousand yard court must be divided to half and quarters. The first half should be covered with equal hits in the next quarter and the last quarter for precision must be covered in double hits than the previous quarter. This pattern helps you get a linear distance and with discipline.

Magnitude
Magnitude of hits at the start
At the start of the game most important thing is distance rather than precision. To achieve high distance your magnitude of hit must be high. This will allow you to gain more distance with less hits.

To strike high magnitude hits you need to have high elbow strength. As golf stick is struck using your elbow movement. Not only your elbow strength but your style even matters. You need to have more distance between your hands and the surface of the golf stick.

This means the distance between pivot and point of motion must be high to gain higher moment of force. Another factor which majorly affects the hit is the point of release of the hockey stick. From more distance the hockey stick will be released the more distance it will cover.

Magnitudes during the last hits
To hit precise and accurate your hits must be of low magnitude. The lower the magnitude the more precise distance can be obtained. To hit for low distances you must use low magnitudes. The distance of the release point of hockey stick must be decreased to obtain low magnitude and more precise distance from the hole.

Direction
At the start
In the start of the game, direction does not matter much but to have a great ending direction may not be underestimated. You should hit the ball towards the direction of the hole every time so that at the end you can have less distance required from the hole.

At the end
At the end to keep the direction steady is more important than magnitudes. You must hit the ball in the perfect directions so that the ball can be plotted in the hole.

Wind
The factor and vector of wind must be kept in mind. Wind can be very effective towards the direction of your hits. So to have perfect directions the vector of wind may be resolved orally in your mind.

Obstacles
There are many obstacles on a golf field. Trees and stream are the most common one. To avoid any hesitation to achieve your hole you must vary your direction and magnitude of a hit with the position of obstacles.

All of these factors are very important to be kept in mind before the start and during the game. In order to become a better golfer in less than thirty days you must keep on practicing upon your hits keeping the factors of length, magnitude, direction and obstacles in your mind.

You must visually analyze all these factors again and again. This will help you know the conditions involved in a game and the maximum or minimum difficulty a golf game has.

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