May The Force Be With You

Written by Reg Hardy

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A Plain Vanilla Draw

Self discipline is a necessity for all draw shots. Make sure you keep your bridge hand onrepparttar table a couple moments afterrepparttar 145694 cue impactsrepparttar 145695 cue ball. Very often, we try to getrepparttar 145696 bridge hand out ofrepparttar 145697 path ofrepparttar 145698 returning cue ball and in our hast to do this we fail to commit to a crisp stroke and as a result, end up with a stop shot.

Remember also, you want to set up your bridge so you can achieve a low hit onrepparttar 145699 cue ball. You do this by using an open bridge and extendrepparttar 145700 bridge hand fingers out towardsrepparttar 145701 cue ball.

Here's an interesting "twist" with an old friend,repparttar 145702 "ghost ball". Visualize a ball two inches beyondrepparttar 145703 object ball and imagine your cue tip going throughrepparttar 145704 object ball to this imaginary ball. This will help you deliver a nice reverse spin.

Get your draw shot attempt out of your mind. You need to be completely relaxed. If you are thinking about your draw, you will have problems.

You need to loosen up on all shots, but particularlyrepparttar 145705 draw shot. You must turnrepparttar 145706 brain off when you are shooting. Your efforts should be automatic.

“Use The Force Luke, Use The Force!”

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“How to Develop More Power in Your Golf Swing”

Written by Sean Cochran

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It comes down to this idea:repparttar mechanics of a golf swing require specific levels of flexibility, balance, stability, strength, endurance, and power to perform it efficiently. If your body does not haverepparttar 145635 required capacities ofrepparttar 145636 aforementioned list, thenrepparttar 145637 result will be? Anyone want to guess? Well, let me give yourepparttar 145638 answer: a less than optimal and less efficient swing than possible. Essentially, your body supports your swing much like a foundation supportsrepparttar 145639 house you build upon it. I am sure that all of you would choose to build a house on a stone foundation rather than a sand foundation, wouldn’t you? I will say that many of you make a different choice when it comes to your golf swing. I quite often see amateurs developing their swing on a “foundation of sand,” not a good thing to do in my book.

Regardless of how much time you work on your swing mechanics, if your body does not haverepparttar 145640 “golf strength” to support your swing, you are limiting your potential. I have seen it numerous times, people practicing atrepparttar 145641 range who struggle, not because of trying to get better, but because their bodies are limiting what they can do with their swing. Quite often I see people with limited flexibility, poor balance capabilities, and low levels of strength and power. The bottom line is that your mechanics will not get better until you fixrepparttar 145642 body that swingsrepparttar 145643 club!

Up to this point we have discussedrepparttar 145644 two most important ideas when it comes to power onrepparttar 145645 golf course. A review ofrepparttar 145646 topics tells us that they are optimal swing mechanics andrepparttar 145647 proper levels of “golf strength” inrepparttar 145648 body. One withoutrepparttar 145649 other is going to leave you short when it comes to your potential inrepparttar 145650 game.

Again, I probably see point number two, golf strength, being addressed less often than swing mechanics when you get right down to it. The pros are all aware ofrepparttar 145651 importance of golf strength, why not you?


We have come torepparttar 145652 final point, and that is equipment. I thinkrepparttar 145653 majority of golfers are aware ofrepparttar 145654 technological advances that have occurred in golf equipment overrepparttar 145655 last 20 years. I mean, think aboutrepparttar 145656 ‘80’s when we were still playing with woods that actually had wood club heads! Imagine that for a moment, and now we are using drivers with space age faces that shootrepparttar 145657 ball off of them at warp speed. In addition, we have to mentionrepparttar 145658 advances in terms of golf balls. How manufacturers design golf balls today makes a difference in how far they travel. What a lot of people do not realize is thatrepparttar 145659 USGA has set standards on how “hot” driver faces can be and how “fast” balls can come offrepparttar 145660 face of drivers. Most clubs are reaching this limit, and anything past these USGA rules becomes illegal to play. So what does that tell us? 1) Club manufacturers have done a great, and I mean great, job inrepparttar 145661 advancement of technology, and 2) to increaserepparttar 145662 distance on your drives you are now going to have to turn to points one and two of this article.

So what does improving your power really come down to?

It comes down to three simple ideas. Number one is improving your golf swing mechanics. Improved mechanics will improve your driving distance. Number two is improving your golf strength. By improving your body as it pertains torepparttar 145663 golf swing you will improve your distance offrepparttar 145664 tee. Finally, equipment does make a difference, if you hitrepparttar 145665 ball correctly. Best of luck with your game, and if you need additional information stop by our web site

Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness instructors in the world today. He travels the PGA Tour regularly with 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. He has made many of his golf tips, golf instruction and golf swing improvement techniques available to amateur golfers on the website To reach Sean you can email him at or call 503-644-5500.

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