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Ernie Els Golf Swing Challenge

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English: Golfer Ernie Els walks up the fairway at the 2008 U.S. Open (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perfect Golf Swing

Anyone having a little bit golfing expertise cannot forget who Ernie El is. The popularity of this famous golf star rose to a new height when he won the British Open Tournament. This victory of Ernie was not a common one. In this British Open Tournament, which is thought to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in a golf year, Ernie presented an outstanding performance.

Ernie is one of the South African golf players and is also known as “The Big Easy”. The reason behind this nick name of his is that he is 6ft and 3 inches tall in stature, and has such a stance which is perfect for golf swing. Ernie is one of those players who has remained number one for a long time and have won sixty-five victories. Four of these victories are major championships which makes his profile particularly impressive.

In 2010, keeping his outstanding achievements in mind, he was elected the World Golf hall of famer. This is truly a great honor for any golfer to achieve such a position in a short span of time.

Theodore Ernest El was born in October 17, 1969 and has a weight of 95 kg. He started his carrier in 1989 and joined the European Tour in 1992. In 2012, the battle for the title of British Open was between Adam Scott who is currently at 13th position and Ernie El who is at 15th position.  In the last day, Ernie surprisingly won the tour due to outstanding performance. In honor of his win, Golf Sports Info announced their new informational offer for new golfers. With the help of uploaded videos, new golfers can learn how to make a perfect golf swing. Golf Sports Info has announced a free perfect golf swing offer and people can get more information about it from their website.

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All Round Better Rounds

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Most golfers are keen to have the best equipment available on the market to pursue their sporting passion.  This habit not only adds up financially, but also in weight which can effect your game / fitness.

The game itself is popular with people of all ages, genders and backgrounds, with the number of people playing consistently high. Every sector of society will be feeling the financial pressures at the moment, none more than those who are trying to enjoy retirement. Apart from having more leisure time in retirement, the game provides social interaction and a good level of exercise.  One of biggest downsides to the game is; the additional coinage spent getting the equipment you really want, not the equipment you have to ‘tolerate’.

One of the necessary areas of luxury is your club horse. By that I mean your golf trolley of choice. So, what’s on offer?

Push, Pull or Stomp

  • Push, or pull, golf trolleys are the cheapest option and although they do reduce the impact of that hefty bag of kit, they still require a reasonable amount of strength.  Personal preference will be a part when selecting a push/pull variety, although many individuals find it easier to pull the trolleys.  The downside to this type of trolley is that pulling or pushing can impact on your back and arms – both crucial for perfecting your swing.
  • Electric golf buggies.  You don’t have to be a President or a Pope to afford one of these, but normally people choose to hire not buy.  While they will remove all of the physical hard work from golf this is also their main downside.  Golf does provide an great moderate intensity type of exercise – important for all players but perhaps more so for older golfers.  If you’re chugging around the course on a buggy, you aren’t really getting the best out of the health benefits the game has to offer.
  • Electric golf trolleys.  These combine all the best bits of both push/pull golf trolleys and golf buggies.  Electrically powered, they take all of the unnecessary strain out of the game, keeping you fresh, alert and keeping your back and muscles in good condition, while leaving you free to reap the benefits to your health that golf can offer.

Fit for Purpose

So, should you rush out and buy an electric golf trolley today?  This is of course down to personal preference.  Ultimately for regular players, they are probably the best solution to the problem of heavy bags of golfing equipment, but don’t rush to buy one.  For infrequent players it may make more sense to start of with a standard push/pull type of trolley.  For more serious and more frequent players an electric trolley will make sense and should also be considered as an investment.  They should take the burden for many years to come, so shop around and make your decision carefully.

Stick With Wisdom

Established suppliers with a longer trading history are a good place to start, not only will they provide quality equipment and accessories but will, for the most part, be able to offer good after sales and service, from experts in the industry.  Most trolleys will come with a range of additional fittings and fixtures, from drinks holders to umbrella holders – important in the UK game, at least.  Think about your own needs and game as well – electric golf trolleys are battery powered and the batteries are designed for different lengths of course, while some are more suitable for more challenge terrain.  With the right trolley you should find that the worst of the strain is taken out of the game, leaving you fresh physically and mentally to perform at your best.

Golf is a popular game, with a number of health benefits and very few risks.  To get the most out of the game electric golf trolleys can reduce the excess baggage you need to carry – while allowing you to focus on the game.

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3 of the Greatest Athletes Who Never Won Olympic Gold

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Roy Jones Jr.The quest to attain Olympic glory is one of the longest running traditions in all of sport, and the spectacle provided by the games is one of the few events that can claim to appeal to a genuinely global audience.

However, despite being the most sought after prize around, many athletes, who have otherwise reigned supreme in their field, have found that coveted gold medal elusive.

Here’s a look at three of the best athletes who’ve never stood atop an Olympic podium;

Roy Jones Junior

 

From the title of this article, you’re probably expecting a list comprising entirely of athletes who, despite having vast amounts of talent, for one reason or another, never quite performed on the biggest stage of all.

However, when it comes to the boxer, Roy Jones Junior, this simply isn’t the case. He only competed in one Olympics, Seoul 1988, and, simply put, he blew the competition away.

He made his way to the final without conceding a single round en route. In his last opponent he faced a competitor from the home nation, Park Si-Hun, an athlete many commentators considered very lucky to have reached such an advanced stage in the tournament, having benefitted from some highly dubious judge’s calls in previous bouts. Nobody with any real knowledge of the sport gave the native fighter a prayer.

In the event Jones duly asserted his dominance and didn’t let up for the whole contest. As far as anyone watching was concerned, it was an almost embarrassingly one sided affair, with Jones landing 86 punches, to Park’s paltry 32.

This however, did not stop the judges voting 3-2 in favour of Park, who, when the result was announced, looked completely shocked. In a moment of brave honesty, as the two men stood on the podium, Park raised Jones’ hand into the air, suggesting to all watching that he knew who was to true winner and was himself unhappy with the result.

Though the decision was never overturned, in the light of various pieces of evidence, it is now widely accepted that the three judges who voted for Park had been bribed by South Korean officials, and the incident is usually ranked as the most shameful injustice in Olympic history.

Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson, who was also a force to be reckoned with in sprint events, has to be ranked as one of the all time great hurdlers.

During his illustrious career the Welshman won 3 World Championships, 2 Commonwealth Championships, went undefeated in the European Championships for 3 consecutive tournaments (constituting a 12 year unbeaten streak) and, at his peak, between 1993-1995, won 44 races in a row.

Unsurprisingly, in the course of notching up all these feats, he set a fair few records. His world record for the 110m hurdles stood for more than a decade, and the record he set for the 60m hurdles, way back in 1994, has still never been bettered.

Despite, all of this, Jackson only has a single Olympic medal to his name, a silver which he earned in his favoured event, the 110m hurdles, in his first Olympic games at Seoul in 1988.

At the 1992 games in Barcelona he was contending with an injury and only managed a 7th place finish. In 1996 he narrowly missed the podium, coming in 4th and by 2000 he was past his best, coming in 5th.

Whilst Jackson’s timing on the track was impeccable (he was said to start “on the B of the BANG”) he timed his athletic peak less well, with his major spells of dominance sadly falling between Olympic years.

Paula Radcliffe

We end the list with another British athlete whose dominance of their sport has never been reflected in their Olympic performances, the female marathoner, Paula Radcliffe.

Before even going into her track record at the Olympics, it has to be stated that Paula is, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest female marathon runner the world has ever seen. Despite suffering from both anaemia and asthma, both of which are usually a hindrance to distance running, Paula holds the women’s marathon world record time by quite some distance. In fact, 4 of the 5 fastest marathon times ever achieved by a woman are Radcliffe’s.

Unfortunately, she’s never been able to shine at an Olympic games (as of yet, anyway). She was blighted by injury in both the races she’s taken part in, suffering a leg injury ahead of the 2004 Olympics that prevented her from even finishing (the only time she’s ever failed to cross the line) and picking up a stress fracture just before the Beijing Games which confined her to a 23rd place finish.

Will Kerr is a sports writer with a diverse pallet, commentating on everything from athletics to motorsports. You can read more of his work on UK Net Guide.

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Six Golfing Swing Tips

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A great game of golf is always easier to appreciate and enjoy with full control over the swing and drive of the club, some would argue that it is actually better to not have control, just go with the flow but how, and where is that flow? to achieve fulfilment from a few fancy strokes.  This is a quick guide to a super swing and a satisfying session of the sport, golf.  One interesting yet highly undervalued recommendation is to remember that golf travel insurance saves money.  Golf sets cost between seven thousand pounds for a limited edition iron set, to around fifty pounds to a basic starter range; with the insurance costing a lot less, it is common sense to ensure that the tools of the trade are protected.

Now the clubs are covered, what is the best way to make use of them?

Swing Improvers

Imitation is the key to a lot of achievements, including golf greatness.  The best of the best have all imitated their role models to learn the keys of turning on a great game.  Whether it be Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, or NickFaldo, they’ve all spent years of time studying others to manifest the technique behind a truly great swing.

Besides observing others, making the effort to check yourself (before you wreck yourself) is the most educational and useful of all. If possible, record going for the long drive with a mobile phone.

It goes without saying that practice makes perfection. Whether on the green, the rug, or in the bath: any type of physical and mental preparation will assist the posture and mentality of hitting the ball.

Be legit, and quit:  only temporarily, until the head is back into the game. Frustration breeds disarray so pushing the putting will only prove an obstruction.

Swing Impairers

Be very careful about choosing role models.  If the person copied is making a cock up of their course: that is what will be influenced.  If an associate is a bad golfer, be selective about who the game is played with, or at least, what the attention is focused on.  Married partners, or close friends have been known to unknowingly copy each other’s style.  Choosing to isolate from bad influence is especially important for attitude, which is the key to any sport or endeavour.

The fool looks cool on the green, and the designer sunglasses may even provide the service of solar protection but they tend to distort the accuracy of distance; on the course the sunglasses stay in the case, for golfers who care more about their craft than looking daft.

A little golf course courtesy goes a long way, and as much as an individual has grown in excitement for the game, or an obvious basic action would improve another golfer’s technical ability, or it might even seem like the opportune time for a colleague counselling caveat: bottom line is don’t offer advice unless it is asked, or even more plainly: live and let live.  A common, yet often broken general recommendation of golf is to leave out any voluntary verification’s or recommendations, unless your valued opinion is asked.  This type of easy aid is occasionally deemed as impolite and arrogance.

The Swinging Six

Of all the instructions in the universe regarding golf the holy six will free anyone to reign in redemption. These super six will be focused deeper in the next article but for now they will get a small mention:

1)      Mind the Mental: The mental is life: what focused on becomes reality, so when it comes to golf, the right attitude will create fortitude.

2)      Position the Posture: The body affects the whole physiology: besides supporting the muscles that are most effective for movement, the mind responds with the body according to how much ease or tension it manages – all of this synchronises to a successful swing.

3)      Pivot for Punch: the swing is formed from a connection of elements including arms, legs, and a torso: the synergy of these elements determines the final outcome.

4)      At Arms: What are the arms doing? Pre, during, and post swing all influence the synchronisation that leads up to the put.

5)      Get to Grips with it: How the tool is held determines how the tool can be used. Although they are both used in sport to propel balls into holes, holding a snooker cue is very different from griping a golf club.

6)      Arrangement: The open green, the golfer, the golf club, the ball, and the tee: what, where, and how all have an influence on the result.

Game for Living

This should have at least provided some basic ideas to get started on the golf course.  The sport is so much more than just hitting balls into a long distance hole, the sheer growth that goes into creating a great golfer is influenced in general by past actions, as well as inspiring in general for future actions.

To take time to learn this game of golf, which some have termed as a ‘game of life’.

For info improving the great game of golf see the other articles within this site.  Club Direct is recommended to contact for insurance on your golf trips.

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A Quick History of Golf

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While the definitive history of golf has yet to be uncovered, the game has existed in one form or another since at least medieval times, when games were played with balls and clubs.  The game itself grew out of a ball and club game on the fjord of the Firth of Forth in Scotland.

According to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the game of golf was invented in Scotland.  While ball and club games were played in other places, like the Netherlands and China, among others, the golf game we recognize today with 18 holes almost surely originated in Scotland.  In fact, there is 1457 documentation of the existence of golf in the form of an Act of Scottish Parliament wherein James II of Scotland banned the playing of “gowf” and football because they were distracting soldiers from practicing archery, which was needed for military tactics.

Golf was banned in Parliamentary Acts of 1471 and 1491 because golf was deemed unprofitable, and Mary Queen of Scots was frowned upon for playing golf right after the murder of her husband in 1567.  Golf was not considered a suitable pastime for women at that time, so it was scandalous that she played at all, but particularly scandalous that she would play after the murder of her husband.  Since one conspiracy theory speculates that Mary herself was responsible for her husband’s (who was also her first cousin) death, it may not be surprising that she was nonplussed enough to play a round of golf.

Later, James VI of Scotland would ban golf, but was given balls and clubs on three different occasions by people trying to convince him that the game was fun.  James eventually became king of England, and it is thought that his son and attendants played at Blackheath in London.

A lawyer, Sir John Foulis, has ledgers that record games of golf played at Musselburgh Links in 1672 – the same course where Mary Queen of Scots supposedly played in 1567, and the oldest golf course in the world.

Thomas Kincaid, medical student and avid golfer, was the first to write instructions for playing the game.  He played Brutsfield Links and Leith Links, and in his notes we find the first mention of a handicap system, and descriptions of his golf swing.  This diary dates back to 1687.  The oldest specific rules for the game were written for the Company of Gentleman Golfers in the year 1744.  The club, which later became The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, played at Leith and the society still exists today.  One group, called The Royal Burgess Golfing Society, claimed that they were formed in 1735, but the Edinburgh Golfers are generally known as the first group of golfers, who also established the rules.

Emigrants from Scotland to the British Colonies introduced the game of golf, and as early as 1779 there exist advertisements in the Royal Gazette of New York City for golf clubs and golf balls.  Additionally, there is documentation of a golf club in Savannah, Georgia from a 1796 issue of the Georgia Gazette.

The 1850s saw a keen interest in Scotland emerge in Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who built a castle (Balmoral) in Scotland and were instrumental in the railway being built between Edinburgh and London.  When this happened, tourism to Scotland increased greatly, and English people became interested in Scottish life and culture.  Golf, of course, was a big part of that and this time period saw a spread of golf courses across the British Isles.  By 1880 England had 12 golf courses, and by 1914 it had over 1000.  Also by the 1880’s golf groups emerged in South Africa, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Tracking back to 1868, the Meji restoration in Japan saw the country striving to become more modern, and Japanese people traveled to America and Europe to set up trade and learn about new business, science, and cultural trends.  In turn, people from Europe and America traveled to Japan to help set up banks, schools, factories, and shipyards.  By 1903, British people living in Japan developed their own golfing club in Kobe, and in 1913 Japanese natives founded the Tokyo Golf Club.

As golf maintains its popularity, so the industry grows.  What used to be old, wooden clubs are now made from graphite and titanium.  What used to be a wooden ball was then made of leather, and then balls were made from dried sap.  Today golf balls are made from urethane blends or surlyn, and are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.  You can even choose the type of ball you want, depending on your golfing style.  It’s safe to say, golf will be popular for many years to come.

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Disc Golf Driving Tips

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The sport of disc golf is one of the most fast growing sports in the world. Currently, there are more than 3000 golf courses all over the world, and some of them are free to play on by aspiring disc golfers and professionals. The sport is taking the world into storm because it offers many benefits to players. It does not only allow players to have fun and enjoy, it is also a great sport to maintain good health and fit body.

One of the popular throws in disc golf is the drive. Every player should master this technique in order to win over the opponent. This throw is the first shot every disc golfer need to take on each hole. The disc should be kept in control and have proper distance, so that the following shots will be easier to get to the basket.

When driving disc golf, there are essential tips that every player should bear in mind. These tips are the following:

  • Achieve an appropriate form when handling and throwing the disc. If you have the right form, the disc will successfully land in the basket or the place you would want it to land. It is recommended to find different techniques on how to throw the disc smoothly in order to succeed in the game. Observe other player’s techniques to help you improve your own driving style.
  • Find an open field or golf course where you can practice thoroughly. You can experiment with your techniques on how to throw the disc, and learn from it. Use different grips and styles until you find out which technique will work effectively for you. At least aim for 200 feet of distance with your throws.
  • Be patient and determined to reach your objective of getting better with golf disc driving. In the right time, all your efforts will be rewarded.
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