Golf Mats – What You Don’t Know Could Lead To Injuries

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imagesNobody ever tells you about the dangers of hitting golf balls from a hard surface turf mat… Learning golf is hard enough – How much harder it is to play well if you’re trying to hit shots off a hard surface mat! You might as well practice hitting shots from a cart path.

Why do people even consider practicing golf from a hard surface or AstroTurf mat? Astroturf is nothing like grass… as far as hitting a golf ball goes. Think about it – Would you play golf on an Astroturf golf course? What most golfers don’t know about hitting from a golf mat could lead to serious, life-long injuries. When you hit from a hard surface or Astroturf, you may be subjecting your body to a shock that over time can lead to pain, inflammation, joint troubles and even long term injuries. Proper Golf-mats helps you to give up from joint troubles and even long term injuries. Continue reading

Golf Tips to Improve Your Swing at the Driving Range

golf_instruction2It’s hard to find time to practice you golf game when life gets in the way. And the million dollar question is, even if you can find the time to practice golf are you sure the practicing the correct things to improve your golf game?

Here are a few golf tips to help you make the most of your time at the driving range.

1) Identify Your Weaknesses and Practice That Aspect Of your Game. One of the biggest mistakes golfers make when practicing – is that they practice what they are good at. I’m guilty of this myself and it’s easy to understand. When I’m pounding the ball off of the tee, but putting poorly — It’s much more fun to drive a bucket of balls off of the golf mats, strike a pose and watch the ball sail a few hundred yards rather than head down to the putting green and get depressed missing a pile of four-footers.

2) Now that you have determined what it if that you want to practice you have to you need to determine practice drills that will help. I also like to come up with goals that indicate success. For example I’ll pledge not to leave the practice green until I make 8 out of ten putts from without leaving a putt short. This is where professional golf instruction will pay off – have your golf pro give you specific drills to work on during your practice session and keep a golf practice journal to chart your progress as well as struggles. One of the worst things you can do is practice in ignorance – you could actually be practicing and reinforcing your swing faults.

3) Practice at Home – Ask your instructor for golf drills that you can do at home (inside or in your backyard). Some drills can even be done without a club or ball (core weight transfer drills, one piece takeaway,…) There are some great golf practice mats available today that make it easy to work on your short game in the backyard to help develop touch around the green.

4) Practice at the office – If you have a casual office atmosphere, see if you can get an office putting green. We have a putt off every day we can at my office and chart the results on a calendar for all to see. The putts are 6-foot and in and usually we keep the putting mat flat. You wouldn’t believe the pressure – great practice for the real thing.

5) Seek Feedback – Get A Golf Mirror or have your Spouse or friend give you feedback. Sometime what we think we are doing in our mind is not at all what we are doing in reality. If your trying not to sway or dip or slide – ask for some feedback or get some other training aids that will tell you the truth.

6) Practice slowly and deliberately on the driving range. If your in full swing mode for example go through your whole routine – pre shot, address, practice swing, and swing. And then evaluate each shot and try and pick-up and flaws in your swing. The Same goes for putting drills on the practice green – approach each shot like it’s the real deal. This will increase your consistency dramatically when it’s time to take it to the course.

7) Journal – Journal – Journal – Journal your practice sessions and rounds played. Track fairways, greens in regulation, and putts at a minimum. And remember to practice the weak areas of your game. You may not see a drop in your scores right away, but stay with and I guarantee you will. A good positive measure is to to track your good holes for example how many pars, birdies, and bogies (depending on your handicap) did you get. If you better your good scores, your big numbers will also drop and you’ll start seeing better scores.

Golf Swing Training Aids: Increasing Your Golf Swing Distance

golf_swing_systemWhat do you think are the best golf swing training aids? The golf aids are on its hyped nowadays and are also over-sold. Many opinions from people invest more on time and also in money to purchase a core-training exercise with a ball and a simple mat. Yes, a mat and a medicine ball, this is what you need. They are not really golf training aids but you have to first and foremost be fit. Tiger Woods is one of the well-known golfer who started to just staying healthy, the power and the vigor when he do his swing simply reflects what he has.

Next to being and staying healthy is to have the best and cheap golf club grips for your training. When you have these grips, you should be able to use it regularly and practice correctly to improve your gripping skills. There are many different sizes of grips available for your own comfort at your local golf stores at an affordable price. When you have a correct gripping you will surely improve and hit the ball the way you want it to.

Another important factor for your golf swing training aids is your practice. Yes, practice, practice, and more practice say it all. The pros practice as much and as often as they can. If you do not have so much time to spend at a driving range then the best replacement for that is your garden or your backyard wherein you can have just a cheap hitting mat and a hitting net plus many golf balls which are just cheap. In your garden you can hit the ball over and over again and it would make you feel satisfied. You can buy these materials and equipment at your local golf stores or even online.

These are just a few tips for you to improve your golfing skills. Just practice, appropriate golf training aids, consistency and again practice, practice and a lot of practice. The more you have dedication on your golfing skills the more you will learn from all the mistakes and the improvement you have all throughout the experience.

There are a lot of golf training aids you can purchase at your local golf stores and you can always have a try to any of the brands they offer. You just have to make sure that these golf swing training aids will really help you in your golfing skill prowess. Enjoy and have fun with your golf aids!