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19th Hole
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Golf Blogs By Anyagolf

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Anyagolf
Posture
Nov 6, 2014 7:27 PM
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Now that you've gotten your grip down along with your ball position, it's time to focus on your posture. Golf is an athletic sport, and looking at golfers on tour nowadays, you'll find that many posess an atheltic posture. Their spine angle is straight and their legs have a nice slight bend to them, giving the pro a solid foundation to make a turn. Posture: The easiest way to see which posture is best for you is this: slightly bend at your hips with your spine slightly tilted over, but straight. Then take a slight bend in your knees with your feet shoulder width apart. Your weight should feel a little more in your heels like it would if you were to squat. Now, without a club drop your arms beneath your chest and see where they naturally fall. That is where your natural arm position will be. Your arms should feel light as well when holding the club. You can practice this in a mirror in your house so you can get the feeling of where you arms will fall. Standing too close to the ball or too far away can cause numerous issues in the golf swing, so making sure your posture is the same every time will ensure consistency. Everyone's posture will look a little different: if you were to compare Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott's posture, Bradlepy looks a little more bent over at the ball and his hands seem lower. This is because he is taller and has longer arms. So focus on finding your natural athletic posture.
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Anyagolf
Ball Position
Oct 31, 2014 6:14 PM
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In my previous blog, I talked about the importance of the grip. Now's it's time to talk about ball position. Changing your ball position can greatly affect how you hit a shot. Pros use it all th etime to help hit a draw, fade, punch, knockdown, and high shots. For standard shots, here are some photos to help you know where to place the ball with the each club. Ball position: Depending on the club it will change your ball position. With the pitching wedge through the 7 iron the position of the ball will remain the same, which is in the middle of your stance. With the longer irons, you’ll move the ball half a ball to a full ball up in your stance. With your driver, you’ll place the ball just off the inside of your front heel. If the ball is in the wrong position at the start of the swing, even if you swing it perfectly it can cause you to hit the ball poorly. I could go into all the technical reasons for it, but my advice is to just listen to me and you’ll be happy you did.
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Anyagolf
STARTING WITH THE FUNDAMENTALS
Oct 23, 2014 5:08 PM
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So you’re interested in starting to play the game of golf? Or perhaps you took lessons in the past and have forgotten which way of the club is up and down. Maybe you’re wanting to learn so you can go play with your significant other or because you think it will help you get a career boost. Or maybe you just like self-inflicted torture. Whatever your reason to take up golf, congratulations. You’ve embarked on a journey that will cause you undeniable joy and also moments so frustrating that you’ll question your own sanity. Growing up I was fortunate enough that my father was a PGA teaching professional and I grew up around the game. I could walk from my house to the first tee in less than fifty steps. My father is a great instructor and knows how to explain the game in a way that is not confusing. From the beginning my dad always instilled in me the importance of the fundamentals of the game: grip, posture, alignment and ball position. These four basics are the foundation of the game. Think of it this way: if the foundation of a house is built on unsteady ground, the house will eventually topple over. I'll go over the grip first. You have to hold the club no matter what, so you might as well learn to hold it properly. Grip: First things first. You need to hold the club in order to swing it. For a right hander the left hand will go beneath the right hand. First hold the club in your left hand towards the top of the grip and with the thumb going straight down the grip and your fingers wrapped around. Then, place your right hand over your left with the right thumb slightly touching your right index finger. This is a neutral grip. You want to hold the club just strong enough that it won’t slip from your hands, but not so tight that you feel like you’re choking the club to death.
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Anyagolf
Is ignorance Bliss in Golf?
Oct 9, 2014 4:05 PM
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Often times I hear people say who have never played golf, “That’s not a real sport!” or “Golf is so easy.” I listen in annoyance and immediately know that person has never played a round of golf nor have they have ever attempted to hit a golf ball. No, a person doesn’t leave a golf course with bruises and battle scars. Nor does it require a lot of physical endurance, especially when one has the option of playing a round in a golf cart. However, golf is not a game for sissies. Not many things can feel as unnatural as trying to swing a metal stick around your body, while trying to keep your center of gravity, and at the same time making a small object (the golf ball) go towards your intended target that is perhaps a couple hundred yards away. Golf is challenging on many different levels. In order for a person to become a great golfer, they have to learn a lot of different shots. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. Without hesitation I can think of twenty different shots that I work on consistently. Take into account that every golf course is set up differently and that weather can dramatically change the flight of the ball and how a player needs to approach the course that day, you’ve got yourself a very difficult sport: Golf requires the use of fine motor skills. Because the sport is built a lot around feel, it takes a lot of hand-eye coordination to play this sport very well. Less than %1 of the world makes a living playing professional golf. If it were that easy, then more people would play for a living. Golf is mentally demanding. I can’t tell you how much I have learned about myself on the course. How do I handle pressure? How do I handle myself when I hit a shot perfectly but get a bad bounce? How do I recover from a bad hole? How do I learn to stay in the present and not worry about a hole I haven’t even played yet? There is a lot of thinking that goes on in golf and learning when to turn your brain on and off can be one of the most difficult aspects about it. Golf teaches you how to think smart. In golf there are many options a person can take when approaching a shot. Do they want to be below the hole? Is there less trouble on the right or left? This thought process can help people think more cognitively in life. For instance, there are many times when I have been completely impulsive and didn’t think about the consequences and then quickly regretted my impulsivity. But, golf has taught me to turn my brain on when there is danger around and to learn that sometimes the safe shot is the best shot. You will also learn there is a time to go for it and that the risk of going for it is more rewarding than the potential consequence. Golf requires integrity. I personally don’t know of another sport where athletes are expected to call penalties on themselves For instance, if my ball moved on the ground after I set my club down, and no one else in my group saw it move, it would be my duty to call a penalty on myself. If I see someone intentionally cheat, I immediately can ascertain that person is dishonest off the course as well. Honesty and integrity are extremely important traits that many people find hard to adhere to. Golf is physically demanding, but for different reasons. As I stated earlier, in golf you have to learn how to hit several different shots. However, the hardest part about it is repeating the same motion over and over again. One shot you may hit great, and the next shot will make you want to throw your golf bag in the lake. Regardless, golf does take a lot of skill and not everyone is going to swing the club like Tiger Woods. With knowing that, comes acceptance in knowing one’s physical limitations and learning to do the best with the skill set he or she has. I can attest to the fact that golf is in no means a sport that is for weak or feeble minded. There are days when golf makes me like feel like I am on top of a mountain. Then there are days that make me want to get into the fetal position and cry. The best part of about golf though is how humbling of a sport it is. In my personal opinion, this sport requires someone to stay grounded within oneself because there will be good and bad days. So I encourage you to give it a go and see just how much golf can really toughen you up.
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