Friday, September 26, 2014

Speed and Altitude Make a Birdie

The primary objective of golf is to score holes with as few swings as possible. That's why a hole-in-one, from tee to cup in one stroke, is often a cause for a golfer to jump in joy.

To achieve this feat, you need two things: speed and altitude, both of which can be achieved by a good swing. The casual golfer can send a ball flying for more than 200 yards with a swing speed of 90 mph. However, hitting fast isn't enough; your hit must also make the ball claw for altitude so that it lands closer to the hole.

Contrary to popular belief, a launch angle of 45 degrees won't make the farthest distance if you take air friction into account, Forbes contributor Steven Salzburg writes. He says a launch angle of 35 degrees can take the ball much farther. However, at a menial 112 yards, that would barely win any pro tournaments.

By applying a backspin, i.e. the backward rotation that helps golf balls grind to a halt after landing on the green, a golfer can send a ball almost twice as far at just half the angle. To nail this shot, you need good form, which is something you can develop through constant practice in front of a golf practice net.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bringing the Golf Course to Your Backyard

Americans have loved golf for well over three centuries. Today, it is a multibillion dollar industry that enthuses over 25 million players within the U.S. alone. Every golfer knows the physical and mental demands of the game are certainly no child’s play, and are passionate about it. Indeed, fans of the sport have taken it from golf courses right into their own backyards.

Practicing golf at home is an effective way to prepare for local and national tournaments. If you are an avid player who aspires to be a professional golfer soon, you might want to consider installing a putting green on your property, whether indoors or outdoors. While indoor putting greens are fun to play on, a wider outdoor turf often provides a better practice area.

With a backyard putting green, you are free to swing about just like in an actual golf course. You can also enhance your balance, tempo, and tension awareness—the three most important golfing skills—with greater speed. A backyard also simulates the experience of an actual golf course, albeit in a more compact setting.

Of course, no amount of practice may prove satisfactory if the putting green is defective. As you already know, golf courses need to be well-maintained since any damage on the green can affect the outcome of the game. Therefore, when buying and installing putting green in your backyard, choose a product of the best quality.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect Golfing

Golf is a sport that takes a lot of concentration and skills. It seems easy when you look at it, but golfers actually dedicate time and effort in practicing their swing, especially because the sport requires timing, rhythm, and balance. So if you are an up and coming golfer, you might as well invest in quality equipment, such as clubs, balls, and golf nets, because you’ll be practicing a lot.