Thursday, March 10, 2011

Golf | Golf Fitness | Golf Fitness Supplements

A really unique thing about the game of golf is it can literally be played by people of all ages. It is a game that is played by the young and the old and everyone else in between. There are not too many sports that can make that kind of claim. More and more people are beginning to play golf and that is wonderful. Those that have been bitten by the bug are striving to make improvements, and for those that have played a lifetime are always looking for ways to counter advancing age and continue to be competitive.

Some of the areas that people are focusing on when it comes to their games is equipment, balls, and to their bodies. Advancing technology has brought us new equipment that allows players to be able to hit the ball better and golf balls continue to be improved and refined to accommodate every type of swing. Having your golf clubs fitted for you can make a huge difference on your game and you can even be fitted for the right golf balls. But an area that is also becoming popular is in regards to golf fitness.

Every major sport requires that the participants be in extreme shape to be competitive and it is no different with golf. It takes a lot of strength to hit the golf ball far and it takes a lot to rip your ball out of the deep rough. Take a look at many of the top players on the PGA Tour. They are in excellent shape but not only that, they are becoming stronger and becoming more fit. The first person I think of is Tiger Woods. He incorporates weight training to build strength and muscle. Another prime example is Camilo Villegas. If you have a chance, take a look at the February 2011 Golf magazine. There are a few articles related to getting lean and there is a total fitness guide that can help you to get ripped and in shape like Camilo. He is involved in off-course training, which includes crunches, weights, cycling and other unique workouts. And by following his personal routine he is able to mimic his idol Gary Player (who also is a golf fitness guru), and he can stay with the best of the best on the PGA Tour. In fact he says that if it weren't for golf fitness he wouldn't be on the Tour.

If done in moderation, having a workout routine for golf can help players to be more balanced, have better flexibility which can help you to hit the ball farther, and give you stamina to play the game. No only that, it will make you feel better and can improve your overall health. Simply adding push-ups, chin-ups, crunches, or sit-ups can improve your chest, arms, shoulders, back, and core. A prime example of golf fitness helping the golf game consider Gary Wiren. He is a golf teacher, he is 75 years old, and he can hit the golf ball 300 yards! Nice! He is always doing things to improve his fitness. For example, as he shaves he does calve raisers. While brushing his teeth he does squats. He strengthens the last 3 fingers on his left had with a hand gripper. These are just a few things that we as golfers can do to sculpt our bodies. But you can also enhance your golf fitness by using supplements.

To get the most out of a workout routine you need to eat correctly and take supplements. A simple golf fitness supplement could include a multivitamin. Most of us don't get enough vitamins from the foods we eat, so taking a multivitamin can give us the boost we need to recover and to feel good. L-Carnitine Amino Acid can be taken to help release energy when you need it and to help your muscles to recover as well. Ginko Biloba and Fish Oil, can help keep your mind fresh and focused as you play from the 1st tee to the 18th. Even something as simple as Melatonin can help you to get a good nights rest allowing your body to replenish itself naturally and let you wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the days activities. There are many other golf fitness supplements on the market and you can find something that will work for you. I am no doctor or sports therapist and I am not making any claims to the supplements that I have mentioned. Always check with a doctor before starting any sort of workout and taking any sort of supplement!

The purpose of this post is to make people aware of the benefits of golf, golf fitness, and golf fitness supplements. Will they help you to improve your golf game? Will they make you a better golfer? Well, with practice, golf equipment fitting, a healthy fitness routine, and a good diet you can, in time, shoot lower scores. So try these tips and you will have a better time and you will truly enjoy the great game of golf to a higher degree.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What are the Best Golf Balls for Beginners?

Best Beginner Golf Balls
The market is saturated with all kinds of golf balls to choose from.  You have X balls, hot balls, ladies balls, and numerous others that are available.  Then there is price. How much are you willing to spend?  So if you are a beginner you may be wondering how to simply choose the right kind of ball for you.  What are the best golf balls for beginners? Which ones are the best?

A stronger golfer will usually compress the golf ball so they should choose a higher compression ball. On the other hand a weaker golfer should pick a softer compression golf ball.  A good rule of thumb is the higher priced golf balls are made for better players and lower priced golf balls are designed more for slower swing speeds and beginners.

However, picking a golf ball can still be very confusing when trying to determine 'the right golf ball for ME!'  Especially when you come to find out that last year over a thousand models of golf balls were produced!  WOW!!  So here is an experiment that you can try to choose the best golf ball.

Best Golf Ball for Beginners Experiment

Let's place golf balls into 4 categories for our golf ball fitting guide:

  • Golf Balls Under $20
  • Golf Balls Between $21 and $35
  • Golf Balls over $35
  • Ladies Golf Balls

As a beginner, you should first of all consider golf balls under the $20 category.  Examples of these golf balls: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo, Noodle+Easy Distance, Pinnacle Dimension, Srixon Soft Feel, and Top-Flite Gamer V2.  There are many others but these are probably the most popular.  Go to your local golf shop where you can buy just sleeves of balls.

Or you can choose balls from the $21-$35 category.  Here is a list of popular ones available:  Bridgestone E6, Nike One Vapor Speed, Srixon Trispeed Tour, Taylormade TP Black LDP, and Titleist NXT Tour.  Again, the list goes on and on.

Or you can choose golf balls from the over $35 category.  To help you, here are some that are popular amongst golfers:  Bridgestone B330, Callaway i, Taylormade Penta TP, and Titleist Pro V1.

Whatever category and brand you choose go and buy one sleeve of each.  You are going to put them up against each other head to head with your golf game and clubs.

Best Beginner Golf Balls Test Number 1
Start your head to head test on the putting green.  Putt both brands of golf balls.  How do they sound coming off your putter? How do they feel? Make note of which one sounds and feels the best.

Best Beginner Golf Balls Test Number 2
Now chip and pitch with the golf balls. Which one performed the best? Make a note of it.

Best Beginner Golf Balls Test Number 3
Hit the balls with your mid irons and which one performed the best?

Best Beginner Golf Balls Test Number 4
Hit the 2 brands of golf balls with your long irons and/or hybrids. Again, take note of which one performed the best for you.

Best Beginner Golf Balls Test Number 5
Hit the golf balls with your driver and your fairway woods if you have them.

After you have performed these tests, analyze which golf ball brand overall was the best for your game.  Favor the golf ball that felt the best on and around the green and then work your way back to the tee.  After you have picked the best brand out of the 2 you played with, go back to the golf shop and buy the next sleeve of golf balls from another brand. Re-do the test.  Keep doing this until you have narrowed down the best beginner golf ball for you.

You can also move to another category and perform the test again.  Or, you can pick the best ball from each category and then compare them against each other.

Ladies, you have it a little easier because you only have one category.  A few in your category that you can try are Callaway Solaire, Nike Karma, Pinnacle Ribbon, Precept Lady IQ Plus, and Taylormade Burner W.  But you don't necessarily have to limit yourself to just balls designed for ladies in mind.  You can try any golf ball if you want.

As you can tell, this process can and will take you some time to complete.  But it is a great way to pick the best golf ball.  A good thing to remember is when you go to the store to buy golf balls you usually buy a dozen at a time anyways. Why not buy only a sleeve at a time and compare different brands. Hopefully this answers the question: what are the best golf balls for beginners? Try the above suggestions and you just may find the right ones for you. It will be money well spent and in time you will find the best beginner golf ball for you!