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Golf Fitness Evaluation Is The First Step Towards Improving Your Game

Golf fitness evaluation can be an invaluable tool in helping any golfer to assess where they currently stand and thus help them reach a decision of what they can do to improve.

It is now an accepted fact amongst golf experts that an improvement in golf fitness almost always means an amazing improvement in the quality and standard of play by any golfer, whether in the junior level or a senior citizen, and irrespective of whether they are male or female.

In the old days it was rare for golfers to think of anything like golf fitness evaluation. In fact the word �exercise� could have been classified as a dirty word in golf.

In those days golf was considered a gentleman�s game where most played an almost entire game while hardly breaking into a sweat. Therefore exercises and golf fitness evaluation programs were virtually unheard of. But times have changed.

The modern game has changed and golf-specific exercises are the rule rather than the exception amongst professionals and so are golf fitness evaluations.

Even amongst amateur golfers who are serious about improving their game, it is important to do an evaluation of ones� golf fitness. Without any evaluation of your current golf fitness level followed by some concrete action, like joining a golf exercise program, chances of enjoying your golf game are very slim and the possibility of you improving your handicap are close to nil. This is because increasingly you will find yourself playing against golfers involved in golf exercise programs.

In fact recent research has clearly proved that as golfers who do not exercise, grow older, their game deteriorates making it a more and more frustrating experience rather than the enjoyable leisure activity they may have known for years.

It is now becoming increasingly clear by the day that golf fitness evaluation are set to become even more commonplace and a vital tool to help golfers take the necessary action to improve on their game.

The Basics Of Buying Ladies Golf Clubs Part 1

Ladies are at a disadvantage when it comes to putting together a set of golf clubs that fits them well and from which they can get the most out of their games. The reason is that there are few choices in normal off-the-shelf ladies golf clubs. With typically less than 10% of sales for a golf club company coming from ladies golf clubs, there are simply few choices in club styles, shaft flex, swing weights, or lofts normally available in most golf shops. An exception to this is the excellent line offered by Nancy Lopez Golf Clubs. That is the subject of another article, but you can easily find their web site with a simple search.

In general women have slower swing speeds than men and need shorter clubs and higher loft. There are of course women with better and stronger swings than most men. Lorena Ochoa of the LPGA tour averages about 270 yards on her tee shots. This is astonishing for a woman who weighs about 115 pounds! She is the top rated professional woman player in the world, however, and this article is meant for women with less ability than the top LPGA pros possess.

Driver Considerations
You must know your swing speed with at least a driver and preferably with both driver and 5 iron. Women who can swing the driver more than 70 MPH can use titanium faced drivers effectively and take advantage of the spring effect off the face that such a club offers. If your driver swing speed is more like 60 MPH, you would have to find a special titanium face, and these are not readily available. If you are that serious you will probably be having custom ladies golf clubs made by a certified fitter and club maker. So in that case ask your club maker if he or she can offer options. As for club face loft, the slower your swing, the higher the loft is needed. If you can easily get the ball in the air, a loft of 13-14 degrees should work well for your driver. If you have trouble getting the ball in the air, you may need to use a 16 degree 3 wood to get the most out of your swing. Other ways to help get the ball a bit higher in the air are to use an offset hosel or a more flexible shaft.

Fairway Woods
Fairway woods are critical clubs for women or men with slower golf swings. If your swing speed is in the 60MPH range, you should start your fairway woods with a 5 wood and leave out the 3 wood. Your other woods would then probably need to be a 9 and 13 wood. The reason for skipping an odd numbered wood is because you won�t be hitting the ball that much farther with a 5 wood than you will with a 7 wood, for example. In other words the gap in distance between the two clubs is not enough to justify carrying the other club. Regarding club length, there should be at least a one inch difference for each odd numbered club. That is, the 7 wood should be one inch shorter than the 5 wood, and the 9 wood should be 2 inches shorter than the 5 wood, for example.

For women who swing 70 MPH or greater, a 3 wood could be a good choice, but it should have at least a 16 degree loft in order to keep the ball in the air longer. This group of golfers can justify having every other odd number wood in their bags, such as 3, 5, 7 and 9 woods, for example.

History Of Golf

For generations, the favorite type of recreation in my family has been golf. I remember being a small child and trailing my great-grandfather, my grandfather and my own father around the golf course near my mother’s place of work. Come to think of it, my only memory of my great grandfather is that of him with a golf club in his hands. Actually, the same goes for my grandfather as well. I remember that as a young boy, the first time I ever received applause in the classroom was when I talked about the history of golf. I guess everyone was surprised to see an eight year old knowing so much about an adult’s game. Actually, I can still remember it vividly now.

The Chinese, French, Dutch and Scottish all have solid claims to the origin of golf. As early as the year 1297, on February 26 of that year to be exact, golf was already mentioned in Holland in a city known as Loenen aan de Vecht. In that place, the Dutch played the game with a stick and a leather ball. The person who hit the ball at a target several hundred meters away the most number of times won the game.

Generally, golf is considered to be an invention of the Scots and the game was also mentioned sometime in the 15th century, particularly as part of a listing of laws that prohibited the playing of the game, then known as “gowf.” There is some belief among historical scholars that gowf may actually refer to shinty or hurling or even to modern field hockey. These scholars believe a game that consisted of putting a small ball in a hole in the ground using golf clubs had its origins in the Netherlands in the 17th century. The term golf is believed to have originated from the Germanic word for club.

Meanwhile, historians point out that the oldest playing golf course in the history of the world is located at Musselburgh. It was called the Old Links and evidence points to the fact that golf was played on this course way back in 1672 although some reporst say that Mary, Queen of Scots, actually played in that gold course as early as 1567.

A Golf Exercise Program Will Leave Your Playing Partners In Envy

It’s no secret that a golf exercise program can put you heads and tails above your playing partners and competitors. Why do you think all the Pro’s are doing it?

Golf is no longer just the leisure game it used to be. It is now recognized as an athletic sport. As with all other athletic sports, your body’s strength plays a crucial part in how well you play the game.

FACT: A stronger body plays better golf. Most strength-building workouts can be beneficial to some degree, but a golf exercise program will enable you to hit longer — and straighter — drives with less effort and hit more accurate shots, which will consequently lower your scores.

GOLF TIP: Strengthen Your Back and Prevent Low Back Pain — so that you can play 18 holes without fatigue

Did you know that doing even just one exercise will greatly improve the strength of your back so that you will be able to play 18 holes, or hit balls all day without any pain?

I call this powerful little exercise the “Lying Superman.” You won’t believe the amazing difference this exercise can make in your strength until you actually do it — so go for it! All you have to do is lie on your stomach on the floor with your hands at your sides. Raise both your upper body (chest), arms and legs as high as you can. Hold it for a count of 10. And that’s it! Just do this simple exercise for 2 sets every day and you can say goodbye to low back pain!

Playing golf at an optimum level requires muscular strength, power, and endurance. Contrary to what most people think, long practice sessions and hitting hundreds of balls will not improve these components. In fact, they will only result in physical injuries (from overuse) and a great deal of frustration.

Participating in a golf exercise program is the answer!

Golf Advertising – Taking It On The Green

I�m not too much of a bourgeoisie kind of a guy, in fact, I probably relate more with the serfs (I know I just mixed socio-economic systems, bear with me). This particular fact about me is the result not only of a static social hierarchy (although social fluidity is touted like its simple matter of signing up for your preferred lot), but also as a little bit of personal taste. For one, I�m not real big on the uniform that seems to permeate the elite. Pastels don�t sit well with me and pleated white and khaki shorts just above the knee make me feel uncomfortable. I�d rather sew up the rip in my jeans, put my feet on the table and curse a little with my friends. There is one thing though�golf.

Wow, getting a group of friends together, totting along a course regulation breaking cooler and swinging some sticks�now we�re talking. The thing about golf is that there isn�t a thing about golf. I like to be outside. I like the tranquility. I like the sound when your driver connects just right with the ball. I like walking up my ball and quietly thinking about my next shot. I like that I could measure out 150 yards for you with a golf ball and my 8 iron. I like that on some days the cup looks really big and on others I fear it. I really like the sound made when the ball finally drops. And I even like that I�m not very good at golf and probably never will be, it�s a big outdoor chessboard. These are the things about golf to me.

Recently, though, the sanctity of my church has been infiltrated by heretics and plunderers. By far the most unnerving area on the course for me is on the tee box. I have a slice, sometimes I miss the ball all together, I can usually feel the group behind me creeping up, it�s just an all around difficult spot for me. So what I�d like is for anything that can be not unnerving to be so. That�s why when I started to see golf advertisements placed on the tee box I felt wholly unhappy.

I�m not sure if the tee box should be designated as an advertising free zone, or not, but I really can swing better with a mind free of the heaviness that bears upon it when confronted with issues such as freedom of speech, product branding and commodity fetishism. So, golf advertisers�you�ve got us. We�re hooked, we like your game, we use your product, we�ll read your magazine, but please, please leave the tee box alone.

Experiencing A Great Golf Game

Although great deal of interest has been recently directed to the amazing game of golf, as in all things in life, golf does maintain a fair part of its own mystery and does indeed entail change and progress. For example, the origin of golf is still open to debate among Chinese, French, Dutch and Scottish, while the golf course has not always had eighteen holes. Whether people will one day agree on who invented golf first or decide to add more holes on the golf’s playground is a matter of time and interest. But, what golf professionals, fans, and spectators in general, undoubtedly attest is golf is an excellent game to exercise the human body and mind.

In fact, the most crucial aspects of the golf swing and the game, in general, all revolve around the building of a strong and solid foundation fro the body, the mind and the basics of an athletic swing. Specifically, the most important concepts that play a critical role in our understanding of what creates a great round of golf, as well as to what contributes to a lifetime of enjoyment of the game, are stamina, stability, strength, flexibility, spirit, sequence and skill.

Although many golfers tend to ignore the cardiovascular element of golf, the great American golf championship Tiger Woods has stated that fatigue can affect one’s focus and cause the player to make a bad decision. If one considers in addition to this comment that golf walkers cover approximately a distance of 4-5 mile in each round, staying in shape is as important as knowing how to golf.

Then, a golfer has to think about stability. Developing strength from the core region of the body outwards, allows forces to be transferred successfully from one’s feet to his arms and thus to his ball swing. Finding and practicing on keeping a specific posture, stabilize one’s trunk and joints, can separate the good from the great golf player. More specifically, strength comes in many forms with regard to the golf swing. Exercising and developing strong back muscles allow the golfer to exercise greater forces on a swing. In fact, experts support that combined muscle strength produces balance and coordination.

Of course, flexibility is perhaps the most crucial physical characteristic a golfer must possess, as it directly influences a golf swing. Maintaining a tight body might result in a restricted swing motion and produce less that optimal results. Keeping a flexible body posture, while being firm and confident is a goal few golf players in the history of golf have managed to attain. Directly affected by the flexibility factor, a true understanding of proper body motion at each sequence will ensure consistency in one’s swing. Essentially, it is the goal of every golfer to manage to develop and maintain a fluid, but repeatable golf swing. But apart from the necessary golf practice, developing good swing mechanics requires the presence of skill. Considered as an absolute necessity, in every sport, skill cannot be underestimated.

Finally, a golfer should keep in mind that a winning and positive attitude is everything in this game. As in every competitive game, what one thinks, says or how one selects to act can contribute positively or negatively to the game’s outcome. Keeping a positive and hopeful spirit when playing golf can be one of those things that will lead you to victory.

Strength Training For Golf � No Gym Required

Strength training for golf is viewed by golfers as a lot of work, time-consuming, boring and you need a gym membership to do it. None of the above is true, and if you read this article, I�ll explain why.

You see� strength training for golf isn�t on machines anyways�so that eliminates the requirement of a gym. All you need is a pair of handweights, exercise tubing and a stability ball and you�ve got your entire �in-home� golf fitness gym.

It�s not a lot of work, if you pick and choose the area you want to focus on. It�s not time-consuming if you do it in the convenience of your home, and have a plan of action. And lastly, it can be a lot of fun, when you use bands, exercise balls and training equipment specific to golf.

There many �so-called� strength training for golf programs, but when you take a look at them, you�ll see pictures of golfers sitting on their butts in a machine. I don�t know about you, but I think golf is done �on your feet�, right?

Strength training for golf is becoming �mainstream� with the golfing community. We see and hear all the pros doing it and playing their best golf; so why wouldn�t we amateurs do it also?

There are so many reasons why to participate in a strength training for golf program, that you can�t overlook it and say you don�t need it.

Lacking power in your swing? It�s because your body can�t produce any stored energy from a full backswing with torque in your core. That�s a �physical� issue, not mechanical.

Is your golf swing inconsistent from one swing to the next? Swing faults originate from some deeper physical limitation that�s not allowing you to make a mechanically sound and repeatable swing. How many times have you taken a lesson and heard your pro say, �you need to make a full backswing�, but you just can�t physically do it? That�s a �physical� issue, not mechanical.

How about injuries? Do you have one at the moment? The golf swing is physically damaging to the body if you don�t have enough strength and flexibility to withstand the force the golf swing puts on it. Swinging a 3 foot long lever (club) at up to 90 mph is unbelievably stressful on the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body. That�s a �physical� issue, not mechanical.

I could go on and on, but I think you might get the idea by now.

Strength training for golf may be your �missing link� to your best game ever! If you�ve tried all the �other� methods, this is the ONLY one left. Why wouldn�t you explore the possibilities a little more?

If you�re looking to add power to your golf swing; improve your consistency; and prevent golf injuries, then you�ve got to consider strength training for golf.

Where to Find Info On Vintage Golf Carts Online

Vintage golf carts are unique and sometimes can seem to be a rarity. However, there are quite a few that exist mainly due to two reasons. Either the owner has taken great care of them over time, or a vintage golf cart enthusiast has restored it.

Although it may seem difficult, parts for vintage golf carts can be located online. Vintage Golf Cart Parts (http://www.vintagegolfcartparts.com) claim to be the number one online source for 1979 and earlier vintage golf cart parts. This may well be true � in fact it appears to be near impossible to find anywhere else online! There are many sites are listed as sources for vintage golf cart parts, but almost all of them refer to this one.

A wealth of information can be found on this site. Not only is it a catalog, but it contains various information about vintage golf carts and manufacturers. Club Car. Cushman, E-Z-GO. Harley Davidson, Marketeer/Westinghouse, Melex Pargo, Taylor-Dunn, Yamaha and the Miscellaneous section. Pictures and a summary of the history can be found listed for each manufacturer. There is even wiring diagram details and a guide for serial numbers.

Vintage golf cart pictures, articles and advertisements can easily be found in the museum gallery on the site. For the vintage golf cart enthusiast, there is even a classified section to help you locate parts for your vintage golf cart.

If you have a question about a vintage golf cart or vintage golf cart parts, a support section is available to assist you. You can either call them on the phone or email them. No purchase is required for this support, which is a nice feature that is offered by the site.

Other options online, Vintage Projects has the 1958 plans for building vintage golf carts (http://www.vintageprojects.com/go-kart/golf-cart-plans.html) written in two parts for Popular Mechanics magazine.

If you need a quick repsonse regarding vintage golf carts, an online forum may be of use to you. A plethora of manufacturer specific forums plus tips and tricks and ‘Ask the Cartfixer’. While it is not limited to vintage golf carts, there are discussions about them and it is frequented by knowledgeable golf cart enthusiasts.

Using the above mentioned resources, you too, can become an avid vintage golf cart enthusiast. Whether you are looking to restore your own golf cart, or purchase one already restored, the internet can provide you with the information you need for vintage golf carts.

Choosing A Golf Trolley

Golf is a sport that is growing in stature as well as popularity. Tourist resorts, hotels and beach rentals have started to promote their packages with golf being at the top of their activity list. There was a time when Golf was a sport of the privileged but today almost everyone can play it. There are small golf clubs, tee clubs and golf parks mushrooming all across the world that offer plenty of choices from 8-holes to 16 holes and even more. So if you are a golfer by profession or by hobby, you will need golf clubs and a different club for a different shot and of course a putter.

Golfers have been through three different eras: the first one included a caddy carrying your golf clubs, the second era saw golfers use a buggy or a cart but the third era, which the newest one has modern and efficient options like the golf trolley. There are different types of golf trolleys available online including remote controlled ones for example the FCC remote controlled golf trolley. Here is a look at some of the important features of the trolley:

* The net weight of the golf trolley is 12kg without the battery
* When the trolley is open, the size is 113 x 68 x 92cm
* When the trolley is folded, the size is 82 x 68 x 31cm
* It runs on battery: 12V 24A 11.7kg
* It has a double motor and the specifications are: 360W
* The total load capacity is 25kg
* The maximum speed is 8km/h
* It can cover a distance of 18 holes on a 28A battery and 36 holes on a 33A battery
* Included with the golf trolley are scorecard holder and anti-tip wheel
* You can choose optional accessories like a drink holder and a travel bag
* The golf trolley has a state-of-the-art blue-tooth system. All you will have to do is adjust the turning angle as the handset is factory set in such a way that it will travel in a straight line.
* One of the salient points of this golf trolley is that you don’t have to push it. It will carry your golf bags and follow all your instructions through a wired handset.
* The golf trolley has been created in such a way that it has a modern appearance combined with powerful capability. It is available in two colors: black and silver
* You can fold it with ease and keep it in your car and travel with it anywhere
* It can be operated with ease and doesn’t need rocket science

Types of Trolley

There are basically two types of golf trolleys. One is the manual trolley and the other is the electric trolley.

Manual golf trolley

The manual golf trolley is light weight and an economical alternative to the electric trolley. It is also known as the push or pull trolley. Your standard golf bag can fit in with ease right onto the front section of the manual golf trolley. You can go for the 2-wheel manual trolley, which has to be pulled behind you while the 3-wheel golf trolley can be pushed or pulled. While buying a manual golf trolley, you need to consider several aspects like the durability of the trolley. The manual golf trolley is lightweight and strong too. As a result of the weight, you will be able to carry it along with you to different places. Just fold it and keep it in your car. You need to also ensure that the manual golf trolley you propose to buy folds neatly.

Electric golf trolley

The electric golf trolley is a saving grace for many professionals of the game. The electric golf trolley adds the angle of convenience to the game of golf. Unlike the manual trolley, you won’t have to push it or pull it. It can be controlled using a remote and will operate on battery. One of the aspects that you need to consider while shopping for an electric golf trolley is the batter power. If the battery is not good enough then it might run out at the 18th hole and you will have to push or pull the heavy piece of machinery all the way to the exit or the 1st hole. Ensure that it lasts long enough with just one charge. Find out the life span of the battery and the time taken to charge it. As compared to the manual version, the electric golf trolley is expensive but overall, it is a good long-term investment.

How A Golf Trainer Can Help Take Your Game To The Next Level

Having a golf trainer in your corner to give you guidance, motivation and ongoing, cutting-edge golf fitness information will put you leaps and bounds above your playing partners and competitors.

An experienced golf trainer will be able to diagnose your current level of fitness, physical limitations and prescribe the right program for you in which you will make the most of your time and money.

I hear so many horror stories of a ‘general’ fitness trainer calling himself a golf trainer only to end up making the client (golfers’ ) game even worse.

How discouraging would that be?

A qualified golf trainer will not only have the appropriate education and background, but have a deep understanding of the golf swing and mechanics. And be able to apply his/her exercise physiology knowledge to the benefit of the golfer.

Upon meeting a potential golf trainer you should ask some golf-specific questions to test the golf trainers’ knowledge of golf. You’ll know in less than one minute if they in fact do know something about the golf swing. If you have the least bit of hesitation, move on to the next golf trainer until you find one you feel will help you the most.

Now the bad news!

A golf trainer is a specialized professional and will not be cheap. Most of you will not have the the luxury to have a golf trainer one time, let alone 3 to 5 times a week, every week. This would cost in the thousands of dollars every month.

The average, �qualified� golf trainer will charge anywhere from a low of per session to a high of over 0. The more experienced the golf trainer, the more they will charge.

So what are you options if the above scenario is a little too out of your economic reality?

The next best thing is to get some golf fitness videos (dvds) that take you through the entire golf fitness session from start to finish�including stretches, warm ups, cool downs and advice.

This is the next best thing to having a golf trainer in person. I have been fortunate enough to receive hundreds of emails and letters from golfers who have greatly benefited from this format of training.

There are not too many fitness and/or fitness videos (dvds) on the market that take you through an actual workout. Most of them show you the exercise and discuss the do�s and don�ts.

What you really need is a fitness videos (dvds) that takes you step-by-step through the workout so you have an idea of proper technique, pace of the session and a huge sense of satisfaction when it is done.

Then to have the wherewithal to put that video (dvd) back in the player in 48 hours and do it again. And again. And again. This will give you the best, most quickest results.

You really want to make sure it is a �complete workout�. Not just exercises and then you have to figure out how to put them together in a workout format. I can�t tell you how many times I�ve purchased workout videos only to have to figure them out on my own.

What a big waste of time and frustration!

You want �plug-and-play!�

So there is hope to finally have a golf trainer in your home on a weekly basis. One that will motivate you and inspire you to continue and strive to be the best you can be.

Go out and get your very own golf trainer!