Accurate Golf Lob Shots

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Accurate Golf Lob Shots

The golf lob shot is usually a short shot of no more than 50 yards at most, and is usually employed to get the ball high very quickly, often to get it over an obstacle of some kind. It is a shot that can be used in a sand bunker, for example, where you need to lift the ball forcefully and drive it towards the hole, all in one shot, though perhaps a sand wedge is actually more useful in such a situation. A lob wedge is generally used to gain greater accuracy than a full iron shot.

In your set up with a golf lob shot, aim to the left of your target. The reason for doing this is that the ball will spin towards the right upon landing on the green, thereby cancelling out the original left of target attitude. At least, that’s the theory. If you want to add extra height to the ball, say, to lift it over a particularly high obstacle, then open the clubface more before striking the shot.

The swing is important if you hope to get a fairly accurate golf lob. Start by setting your weight fairly evenly distributed on both feet. Feel comfortable with your stance and well balanced. Then you should swing the club back, keeping on your body line, and then swing through without letting the clubface turn in any way. If you finish the shot with the clubface open, that is, pointing upwards towards the sky, then you will have maximised your height potential for the shot. This will also give it a higher degree of spin, which should make it stop quickly once it hits the green.

The reason why you should use a golf lob wedge for shots around 50 yards or so, and not just stick to a sand wedge or pitching wedge, is that it has additional loft, or lifting power. This means it will fly high, but not go to far forwards. This in turn means you can take a full strength swing at the ball, and not be forced to hold back in what is basically a fairly unnatural action. Being able to let fly, as it were, also lets you set a more accurate direction, causing the ball to go more or less where you want it to go.

The golf lob shot is not the easiest of shots to perform. If you give it too little strength it will die on you, going little forward distance and gaining little height as it goes. If you hit too hard it will possibly go too far and not high enough. You really need to “feel” you way through each shot, so a lot of practice is probably the best way to gain the necessary experience.

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High Profile Sponsorships Gone Wrong

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As we all know too well, the world of sport, motorsport and celebrity is one that revolves completely around money. People, CEOs and famous athletes will do anything to succeed in their respective position – and do even more to secure lucrative sponsorship deals. The aforementioned agreements are usually worth millions to the figure and can boost the popularity of a brand overnight. But what happens when it all goes wrong? When the sponsorship deals goes sour? Let’s have a gander.

Tiger Woods

Mr Tiger Woods – that’s not his real name either, Google that! – is, or was, one of the most respected athletes of our time. He completely revolutionised the game of golf when he came on the scene in 1997 and, for well over a decade, dominated the sport with his incredible shot-making and will to win. One problem, though, the guy liked his women, and a that love of the opposite sex came back to haunt him when a series of unfortunate events lead to the media finding out Woods had been cheating on his wife for years with quite a lot of women.

The news shook the world, disappointed millions of fans and surprised even Woods’ closest friends, but one thing that Woods lost more than his dignity was his appeal to the big sponsors. Tiger was signed up to everything: Nike, Gillette, AT&T, Gatorade, the Moon, Jesus, you get the idea. But when the news broke, his multi-million dollar partnerships looked very rocky. He single-handedly tarnished the reputation of the aforementioned companies – and, rather surprisingly, the companies weren’t very happy. Especially AT&T, who are a bit like O2 in Britain, as they invested hugely in utilising Woods’ high-profile image to sell their mobile phones.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant isn’t really that well-known to us Brits, but in America he’s one of the most famous basketball players ever – think Michael Jordan but not as good. So when charges of sexual assault were thrust upon Kobe back in 2003, the Yanks gasped and the basketball-playing children of America instantly lost a hero. Kobe managed to get the charges dismissed, but his big-time endorsement partners were about as interested as the general public is with a political speech.

His contracts with McDonalds, Sprite and Nutella all vanished, losing Kobe $6 million a year just like that. He has since kept his public figure quite low-key and continued to play ball for the L.A. Lakers, but his trail in 2003 was enough to tarnish his image forever.

The F1-cigarette deal

For decades Formula One cars were lavished with the branding of major cigarette companies. Ferrari had one of the most successful deals with Marlboro, as they have been in agreement with each other since 1984. But when the EU banned cigarette companies from advertising on the actual cars in 2007, there was up-roar, as they felt like why should they change the habit of a lifestyle?

But while the advertising on the cars may be banned, the sponsorship deals aren’t. Marlboro still sponsors Ferrari and has recently just extended their partnership until 2015. So while this deal may have gone a little sour for the entire F1 community in 2007, the money is still there burning away like the embers of a cigarette.

McLaren and Libya

Can a sponsorship deal really fail before it’s even begun? Well, with the McLaren/Libya deal, there is certainly a case for it. McLaren were in talks with the Libyan Tourist Board – before all the uprising began – to place a ‘Visit Libya’ livery on McLaren’s F1 cars.

Obviously, we all know what’s happening to Libya in recent times and McLaren has since insisted no deal will ever be done, but what makes the story more interesting is that the man who was instrumental in the deal has been accused of dealing with Saif Gaddafi – aka, the son of Colonel Gaddafi.

Alex Waters, the aforementioned, has since denied the allegations, but as Saif Gaddafi has been killed in a Nato airstrike, it seems that will be the end of this story. Just imagine, though, if the deal had been agreed and then the whole Libya uprising began. McLaren would have looked mightily embarrassed.

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Golf’s Rory McIlroy’s Success Includes Strength of Character

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It’s said that Rory McIlroy has the right “stuff” of character; both humbleness and confidence.

There are high hopes and great expectations from Padraig Harrington and Greg Norman. One is that McIlroy just might beat Jack Nicklaus’ who had 18 majors and the other is to be the replacement after the sad loss of Steve Ballesteros. In a dignified manner at the Masters, McIlroy handled his debacle on Sunday, showed his mettle while speaking publicly about Tiger Woods’ ebbing game and the humanitarian trip he took to Haiti; when all the while, he could have been preparing for the U.S. Open. Being there in Haiti gave him the dose of perspective that he felt he needed.

His awe-inspiring performance at the U.S. Open seems to be over-flowing with the assurance of many more majors ahead.  With a flawless four days of golf, finishing Sunday afternoon at Congressional and shattering the Open’s record, McIlroy, is defying the logic in the toughest of tests in golf with a “2-under 69”.

What a wonderful glimpse the world was allowed, as this young man of 22 from Northern Ireland, fell into the proud arms of his father. Gerry McIlroy, who took on three jobs so that his son could aspire to this very moment, was truly delighted and much more than he imagined it to be. “Happy Fathers Day, Dad”, said McIlroy. Both his parents have been behind him and at an early age had a putting green; good in all weather, installed in their back garden in the outskirts of Belfast in Hollywood.

Over the weekend in Northern Ireland fans watched Graeme McDowell trace his steps back over the bridge towards the champion and hug him. McIlroy truly feels that nothing this kid does ever surprises him and that he’s the best player he has ever seen. McDowell, as well as everyone else thinks that Rory McIlroy is a breath of fresh air and possibly the next superstar of golf.

Not since 1897 has there been such a streak of players in their 20’s winning a major, and this well grounded young man from ‘the old country’ moves into No.4 across the world, beyond anyone else competing in the final two of this year. To the grand stage of sports McIlroy has arrived, and the expectations we all hope, will not be overwhelming for this young man who is very new to all this; and that he continues to play, and to make sure that he does not take himself too seriously.

In a game where no one lately was standing out, McIlroy is filling a noteworthy void; one in which carries an engaging attitude and strong personal attributes. Something that sorely is missing in many of today’s ‘super stars.’ Most seem lack inner strength and fortitude and fall apart because celebrity has become like a god to them. They lose respect for themselves and others. Rory McIlroy, please don’t change.

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Going for the Expensive Golf Irons?

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If you are starting out with playing golf, you may have that notion that the most expensive golf irons are the best ones. As a matter of fact, you may need to invest on a good set of golf clubs, which can actually cost you dollars. Yet, if you want much cheaper golf irons, there are some that are from high-end manufacturers. You will be able to determine which golf irons are really good for you if you actually know what to look for.

You do not have to go for clones or non-popular brands if you want to get cheaper golf irons. There are even used golf clubs which once were the most expensive golf irons placed on auction. In addition, there are players that would trade in their most expensive golf irons, which make them bought at much cheaper prices. Yet, it will not be necessary to invest on the most expensive golf irons if you are still a newbie. Your swinging style will still change as you would gain more knowledge regarding the sports and develop your very own technique.

However, not matter if you are getting the most expensive golf irons or just the cheaper ones, check for a few aspects to make sure you are getting the best kind. Carbon steel, titanium or stainless steel should make up the club heads. You should avoid those that are made from low quality materials such as zinc or steel and aluminum blends since these would not last long. One of the most expensive golf irons are the forged golf clubs. The best golf irons are those that are made with utmost care and quality, which is the main goal of many established manufacturers. So that you would not have to pay more, there are also expensive golf irons that come with warranty. It is wise to invest on the most expensive golf irons if you have developed your own technique already.

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How to Correct a Golf Slice

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Few things are more agitating to a golfer than having to deal with frequent slice shots. You may have the perfect set of clubs or the best golf GPS system money can buy, but if your shots are curving to the right you are not going to be happy with your score at the end of the round. Fortunately, learning how to correct a stubborn slice is not as hard as some players make it out to be. It does, however, require a little know how and practice.

Most slice shots are caused by an incorrect swing path. When the face of the club is even slightly open it will cause the ball to spin and go off path. Having a weak grip is another cause of slicing. A weaker grip forces you to not hit the ball dead on when you make contact.

Since a weak grip is a common cause of a slice, you should try to correct this possibility first. A weak grip is not actually how tight you are holding the driver, but is actually when you are holding the club at too much of a counter-clockwise angle. To correct this, adjust your grip more to the right if you are right handed, or more to the left if you are left handed. Try to keep your grip only tight enough to maintain control of the driver. Your arms and wrist should not be tense as you swing.

An improper backswing can also wreak havoc on your shots. When you pull back, your driver should be over your shoulder and not over your head. A good way to practice this is to pay attention to where your left arm (if you are right handed) is going. If your arm is crossing your chest you likely have a good backswing. Try not to let the position of your wrists change during your backswing, as this can produce errant shots.

Oftentimes you can correct a golf slice by simply increasing the speed of your swing. If you believe your grip is correct you should try this next. You should also pay attention to your stance. Try not to bend over, standing straight with your knees just slightly bent. Your feet should be spread to approximately the same width as your shoulders. Never take your eye off the ball and try to clear your mind before you swing.

You may need to practice these things over and over until you are certain that you have corrected any errors. A slice could be caused by just one or several of these mistakes. The good news is that with practice you can correct a golf slice and move on to playing the best rounds of golf you’ve ever played.

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