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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.

What makes the Masters so Unique?

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I was in my local watering hole the other day for a pleasant Friday afternoon pub dinner, only to find a golf tournament being shown on the big screen slightly surreal but none the less enjoyable. It seems that every time the PGA or European tour come through, not too much attention is paid to these relatively high stakes competition but when the Masters comes along even the most passive of a Golf enthusiast are truly engrossed in the four day tournament this year held in Augusta.

As I found myself enthralled by the amazing shots and the drama of the game at hand it caught me unaware that an hour had passed and I hadn’t taken my eyes off the screen, watching each and every lusciously carved shot by Schwartzel.

Obviously it is a Major Tournament and the golfer is judged on how many Majors they win over the course of their career, but there always seems to be an extra feeling of urgency when it comes to each player’s shot. On paper it is just another major and the money would pale in significance to what I feel is the major factor that inspires the pressure and excitement.

The competition itself is steeped in tradition and has many different awards for the players that happen to perform exceptional feats during the tournament. The main privilege of winning the Masters is that you are presented with the hallowed Green Jacket, the symbol of Golfing stardom.

As a casual golfer and a “part-time” of golf tables, the controversy surrounding some well known wild cat named golfers and the fresh faces of the European golfers has stimulated a world wide interest in the game and long may it continue.

Europeans such as Lee Weswood and Rory McIlroy have gone a long way to stimulating the interest in the sport, with McIlroy leading the standings after the first day it was thought that a European might find himself wearing the green jacket, being the first European to win the tournament for 15 years, since Nick Faldo won his third Masters Title since 1996. This would have gone a long way to re-igniting the spark for European golfers but like all competitions talent needs to be weighed in relation to keeping a calm head and the tournament favorite McIlroy failed to capitalize on his leading position and dropped to seventh at the closing of the competition, instead handing the competition to South African Charl Schwartzel after some stunning shots on the final day, including a 20 foot sink on the last hole to finish the day six under par.

Overall the competition this year was an exciting spectacle of grit and determination and as golf tournaments go, one of the best in recent years with its fair share of ups, downs, birdies and the odd eagle.

Andy is more enthused with the technology in place on the golf course and works on behalf of a golf trolley battery shop selling a variety of golf batteries and other leisure batteries. Follow him on Twitter @andym23.

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How to Hit Better with Your Golf Club

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Who doesn’t know Tiger Woods? He is one of the most popular names when it comes to golf. Aside from natural skills that he possesses and the years of training to perfect his sway and hit the ball, another thing that he perfected through time is using golf equipments, which is very important in the sense that you have to know how to deal with the things that you are using. You might have an idea of how to use it, but do you have the skill to use it properly? The skill might have something to do with the genes or with constant training, which is somehow hard to control. But what you can do is to properly choose the equipment that you are using and be familiar with it.

Golf club and golf balls are the two things that you need to have in order to play one. Of course you need to have a place to practice on.

Choosing the right golf club is very important especially if you are a beginner. People that are starting to play golf must understand that in this point of time you don’t need to have all the equipment or kinds of golf clubs that a pro would use. There are various clubs that are being sold on the market. You have to  know which can be useful to you and which one should be reserved when you are about to be a pro in the game. Before you could play one you need to have a set of golf clubs to use. A standard set would consist of 3 woods, 10 irons and a putter in various configurations. The question that you have to ask yourself is whether all of these things are useful for you or you are just wasting money. When purchasing a golf club, it is advisable that you read golf club reviews. Not only will it give you certain tips in buying one, but also golf club reviews could give you an idea on which one to use and which type to buy. They are not strict rules, but they could be very useful especially when you are just starting to explore the world of golf.

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Using Airsoft Targets To Enhance Your Shooting Skills

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The game of airsoft is amongst the many different kinds of extreme sports that continue to rise when it comes to popularity. Just like any other sports, it also involves the use of different kinds of equipments and accessories. The major equipments being used in playing airsoft are electric guns, tactical airsoft gears, targets, ammunition, and other accessories. Since airsoft revolves around using ammunition, this kind of extreme sport is usually being played by grown ups, although there are also times when kids are allowed to play — as long as they are being guided accordingly by grown ups.

For you to be able to completely enjoy the game, you should have complete airsoft equipments and accessories. Without proper protection, playing this game may get you injured. This is very true especially when you are playing against other players in a group or team battle. That is one reason why you should wear a complete set of airsoft protective gear that includes a helmet, a pair of gloves, boots, goggles, face mask, knee pads, and clothing. But, if you are only playing a practice game where you are shooting at airsoft targets, then wearing protective airsoft gear may not be that necessary.

If you haven’t tried playing the game of airsoft yet, then it is time for you to find some time and play the game as surely you will find it interesting and enjoying. Not only that you can exercise yourself physically, but also mentally as the game also encourages the players to think about tactics and strategies that are needed to win games. For you to be able to increase your skills regarding the game, it is advisable that you keep on practicing with the use of airsoft targets.

Due to the popularity of airsoft, there are now a lot of stores and sport shops that sell airsoft guns, ammunitions, gears, and accessories. If you want to purchase your airsoft equipments, gears, and accessories, the best venue to check is online. The internet can provide you with a very wide variety of choices when it comes to airguns, gears, targets, accessories, and many more.

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