Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Golf: Practice Makes Perfect....

Well, actually we're talking about golf here, so it's never going to be perfect. Sure, every once in a while you can hit that perfect drive, or spin a wedge 6" from the hole, but more often than not, your shots are going to be off. To me that's not a bad thing, it's what makes me want to go out and play more, because golf is one game that you will never master, but you will have loads of fun trying.

Surely the best way to get better at golf is to play. The more you play, the more you become comfortable with the game, with your swing, and you learn to relax, which is one important key element in a good golf swing. So how do you develop a good swing? Well, the first thing you can do is find a good instructor, a PGA pro can help you with any number of swing problems and get you on the right track. When I first started seriously trying to get good, I had the pro at a local shop fit me for the proper irons and shafts, and watch while I took advice and developed a swing that was correct. After that phase, there comes a lot of range time, which you can turn into a fun day of practice. It doesn't have to feel like work, although you're constantly learning.

When I go to the range, I enjoy taking my time there, and might spend hours hitting buckets of balls. Over the years I have developed my own swing, my own feel, so that's what I work on. Now, I don't mean to just stand there and hit ball after ball seeing how far you can make it go, though I see many doing that. One of the things I do is use my imagination and play golf, even on the driving range. There are several courses I play quite often and in my mind I know the layout of the holes, I can think to things I have done good and bad at several hole locations, so I practice on that. Let's say I have a problem with #12 at Foxwood, a tee shot over water to an uphill fairway, then a dogleg to the left going into the green. So I want to work on a fade (for me since I'm a left handed golfer). I hit my tee shot at the range, judge where it lands and picture the fairway at that particular hole. Now I can work on my approach shot to get the fade I want, distance, and leave myself on the green, or practice a layup with a short wedge to the green. You can use your imagination while on the driving range and actually play a whole round of golf like this. You will be surprised at a couple of things, how fast the time goes by, and how much you will improve your shot making abilities when you get back on the course.

Range time is the time to work on your shots, try new things, develop new strategies. Maybe you want to learn to fade or draw the ball consistently, hit high or low shots, develop more backspin with your wedges...this is the time and place for it. Don't try to make many swing changes out on the course, by doing that here on the range, you can have your game ready and enjoy that round of golf.

Also, you can get so much information from videos such as the PGA tour produces. Personally I have a whole library of this stuff, and it's not only fun for me to watch on a rainy day, but the information I take away is a lot of what I try when I do go to the range for practice.

And on those days I stay at home, well, I have a flag stick with a small green in the backyard, and a chipping net for accuracy training, and I hit those plastic practice balls quite a bit there. That can help you groove a repeating swing faster than you realize. Oh, and of course, I have my personal trainer, Tanner, who loves to chase them and run put them under his tree.

If you get out to the range, try this little method of practice. Use your imagination and see where it takes you.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Golf...Getting the Swing Back

I haven't been here for a little while, so much to do with not enough hours in the day. If you have read here in the past, you know this last year has been hectic with lots of medical problems, seemingly all at once. After a small stroke last year, one of the things that depressed me the most was the loss of vision in my left eye, which has been coming back, although very slowly. This caused me to lose the ability to do one of the things I enjoy most, playing golf.

With the coming of springtime and warmer weather though, I have been working hard to get my swing back. At first it was impossible to hit the ball, my vision causing me to not have focus when I set up to the ball and tried to swing. I always topped it or shanked it to the left, everything but a good swing and strike. I'm happy now though, because over the past couple of weeks I have worked very hard at practice in the back yard and it seems to be paying off. I feel my swing is back, maybe even better than before simply because I have had to concentrate so much on proper ball striking, and now I'm back to hitting it straight, being able to play fades and draws again, and it feels good. I haven't worried too much about distance yet, because that's there with proper striking anyway, and now it's time to head out to the driving range and work on that part.

Unless you're an avid golfer, this probably doesn't mean too much to you, but for me, it was a loss of something I loved to do for a while there. Now that it's coming back to me, I have learned to appreciate it even more than before. I think that over the next few days I'll write more about practice, how it's helped me and how it can make a difference in your game. Now that I'm ready for the range, it's just a matter of days until it's time for the course again. Look out Tiger and Phil.......

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fragrance Online....

Of course everyone likes to look good, smell good, and feel good. I want to tell you about a site I found that helps you do just that. They have perfumes for both women and men, at what I consider great prices, plus you have the convenience of shopping from right at home on your computer. It doesn't get much better than that!

Fragrance Online has many products to choose from; they offer gift sets for that someone special, hair care products, skin care products and much more. They offer fragrances from over 120 different design houses, so you have quite a lot of brand names to choose from. You can shop from the list, or simply choose your own favorite brand and go from there.

For ease of shopping and the convenience of doing it from home, I recommend trying this site and getting to know all the special deals they offer. From perfumes to your favorite hair or skin care products, you can find virtually everything you need. Also right now you can take a simple online survey of the website and get an additional 10% off your next order.

You owe it to yourself to check it out, so go to Fragrance Online and browse through all their products. I can bet you'll find something you like.