Improving Your Golf Balance

Written by Jason Griffin

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If your golf balance is a little off in your game, you may want to do some simple exercises to improve it. Just kicking a ball around your backyard can help. You can also set up a little obstacle course and weave in and out of it to improve your balance. If you have kids, they will have fun withrepparttar course, too! Actually, they may even set up one for you!

You can also buy a balance board to help you with your center of gravity. You can easily make one yourself out of some scrap wood or you could find a nice one online or at a local fitness equipment store. These boards are challenging and fun to use. Once you can balance for an extended period on one, pick up a golf club. Then practice your backswing while balancing yourself. This will dramatically improve you golf balance.

In addition, working with flexibility exercises helps increase your golf balance by releasing muscle tension. Try some simple yoga stretches to help with loosening up tight muscles. Yoga or pilates can be a real benefit forrepparttar 146641 golfer. These types of exercises tend to create long lean muscles and promote flexibility. Just whatrepparttar 146642 golfer needs forrepparttar 146643 right golf balance and a fluid swing.

Another useful item is a yoga ball or exercise ball. Even just sitting on one of these balls requires balance - so try using one for part ofrepparttar 146644 day. Work up gradually until you can sit onrepparttar 146645 ball for 30 minutes at a time. These ball exercises can help you develop proper posture, increaserepparttar 146646 mobility of your lower back, and develop overall control of your body core. Improving your core strength and flexibility will help you developrepparttar 146647 correct golf balance.

Since balance is fundamental to every aspect of your golf game, spend some time each day working on developing it. Who knows? You could find your swing and your score improving significantly, and who couldn't use that!

About the Author: Jason Griffin is a regular golfer who loves playing golf and helping other golfers, hackers and weekend players get more enjoyment out of the game. He is the creator of Guide to Golf Equipment - Your Information Source for Equipment Used for Golf. (

NBA Draft Notes

Written by Seth Berkman

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12th Pick- A heated argument breaks out next to me about who is better, Julius Hodge or Rashad McCants. Everyone keeps it cool though, which is what makes actually being atrepparttar draft great. Each fan has their own guy they want to see make it as well as their team loyalties, evenrepparttar 146577 Michigan State alum by me who shouts for Alan Anderson before every pick. Yaroslav Korolev is taken. The first reaction for most fans is one of bewilderment, but then you realize it’srepparttar 146578 Clippers and it all seems to make sense.

13th Pick- Stephen A. begins yelling throughoutrepparttar 146579 theatre, that how could two star UNC players not get picked before some ofrepparttar 146580 foreign prospects. What do you know, Charlotte takes Sean May, building a Carolina connection forrepparttar 146581 Bobcats. I can only start to think about a few years back when Chicago loaded up on Duke players...that worked out well.

14th Pick- McCants is drafted next, making Stephen A. look like Nostradamus. The Carolina delegation inrepparttar 146582 crowd has been quite vocal these past 10 minutes.

15th Pick- The Nets fans by me all want Hakim Warrick, who I wouldn’t mind but would rather have Joey Graham. In utter disbelief, they take Antoine Wright. Knicks fans begin to smirk atrepparttar 146583 Nets fans inrepparttar 146584 crowd who definitely wanted a forward.

16th Pick- Joey Graham is taken byrepparttar 146585 Raptors- some Nets fans sigh. I begin to think though thatrepparttar 146586 previous pick for Wright wasn’t so bad, since they have needed outside shooting forrepparttar 146587 past 4 years and this kid can supposedly light it up. Plus he was a consensus top 10 pick and maybe luckily slipped into NJ’s hands.

17th Pick- Danny Granger is announced to subtle applause.

18th Pick- Gerald Green goes to Boston, quite fitting that he puts on that color uniform, don’t you think? His crew sitting behindrepparttar 146588 green room cheer wildly, while a lot ofrepparttar 146589 crowd begins to exit. A "Boston Sucks" chant begins inrepparttar 146590 back as New Yorkers make sure to show their ever-loving admiration for Beantown sports.

19th Pick- In between picks, Roy Williams walks throughrepparttar 146591 crowd torepparttar 146592 delight ofrepparttar 146593 Tar Heel fans. I feel like starting a Let’s go Duke chant. I then think that Hakim Warrick would be a perfect fit forrepparttar 146594 Grizzlies to team up with or replace Stromile Swift. Warrick is picked up by Memphis andrepparttar 146595 Syracuse fans go wild. Still no one has said a word to Bilas off-camera.

20th Pick- Julius Hodge, a Harlem naitve receives a warm ovation, perhaps one ofrepparttar 146596 biggest ofrepparttar 146597 night. He probably seemsrepparttar 146598 most happy of any draftee to be there, pumping his fist inrepparttar 146599 air and smilingrepparttar 146600 rest ofrepparttar 146601 night through.

21st Pick- Phoenix takes Nate Robinson who a lot of people seem to have forgotten about. The crowd likesrepparttar 146602 pick and then likes it even more when they learn he may be a Knick as part ofrepparttar 146603 Quentin Richardson-Kurt Thomas deal.

22nd Pick- Jarrett Jack. A guy next to me exclaims afterwards, "Man,repparttar 146604 ACC is runnin’ this @#$!" Indeed they are.

23rd Pick- Francisco Garcia. Nice applause butrepparttar 146605 New York native is absent fromrepparttar 146606 festivities.

24th Pick- Luther Head. Decent reaction fromrepparttar 146607 crowd, but they are beginning to disperse at a faster rate, with about 70% just waiting around to seerepparttar 146608 Knicks at no.30.

25th Pick-Johan Petro. The Anti-France bashing begins and most fans laugh atrepparttar 146609 pick. There is a slight buzz afterrepparttar 146610 announcement ofrepparttar 146611 potential trade ofrepparttar 146612 22nd pick (Jack) to Portland forrepparttar 146613 27th and 35th picks.

26th Pick- There seems to be less onrepparttar 146614 trade front in this draft as compared to year’s past. Greg Anthony gets about a makeover in between commercial breaks, he lovesrepparttar 146615 face makeup. Jason Maxiell isrepparttar 146616 pick forrepparttar 146617 ‘04 champs, some ofrepparttar 146618 crowd overly supportrepparttar 146619 pick, some loathe it. Hate it or love it, this underdog is going to one ofrepparttar 146620 top teams inrepparttar 146621 NBA.

27th Pick- Portland takes Linas Kleiza and almost in unisonrepparttar 146622 crowd says, "Who?" Fans search frantically in their Draft handout booklets to find out who was just taken.

28th Pick- Ian Mahinmi. Most ofrepparttar 146623 crowd may not know who he is, but they love it when a player comes fromrepparttar 146624 pay seats throughrepparttar 146625 fans and ontorepparttar 146626 stage.

29th Pick- Wayne Simien is chosen to a decent ovation, although I’m sure Dickie V. will burst a vein yelling about how 28 teams could pass this kid up.

30th Pick- The buildup torepparttar 146627 pick,repparttar 146628 Knick fans overwhelmingly want Chris Taft. When David Lee’s name is called though, they are PO’d and many leave disappointed, a seemingly annual ritual at recent drafts.

2nd Round Notes: Russ Granik must berepparttar 146629 most loved man inrepparttar 146630 building as he gets a huge response from what is left fromrepparttar 146631 crowd. Before every pick they chant his name and you can tell he eats it up. The fans like Salim Stoudamire at 31 and as typical with Duke players, there is some love, mostly hate when Daniel Ewing is taken at 32. The next two picks consist of Who’s? (Brandon Bass) and Ooooh’s (CJ Miles). I notice that when Granik comes torepparttar 146632 podium, Bilas isrepparttar 146633 only one onrepparttar 146634 ESPN crew who pays attention torepparttar 146635 pick. There is a lot of love for Ronny Turiaf who is sitting inrepparttar 146636 crowd. They loudly chant his name before he is selected byrepparttar 146637 Lakers and his family gives hi-5’s to allrepparttar 146638 fans around. I stick around ‘tilrepparttar 146639 Nets at 43 and don’t even bother looking up who Mile Ilic is. Exiting Hakim Warrick walks byrepparttar 146640 lobby, shaking hands and signing autographs as well as Fran Vazquez. I leave somewhat disenchanted by my team’s selections, but glad to have come torepparttar 146641 event. All I can wait for now is summer leagues to get started and training camp to roll around, only four months left untilrepparttar 146642 new season officially begins.

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