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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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Watch the London Olympics on Television

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If you enjoy watching sporting events then you will want to be sure to tune into watch the London 2012 Olympic Games. They will be broadcast to an audience around the world. The London Olympics will be watched by millions of viewers around the globe. There will be broadcasters from every corner of the world in London with their cameras trained on the athletes. Viewers will be able to watch an amazing array of athletic abilities on display.

These games will take place in the summer. They will feature a wide variety of sporting events. While the winter Olympics feature sports like hockey and skiing the summer games feature sports like swimming, diving, and track and field competitions. The athletes that take part are the best in the world. They have competed against other athletes in their own countries in order to win the right to represent their country in London. Only the best get to go. They are able to compete for medals to show off their amazing abilities. The top athlete wins a gold medal. The second best athlete wins a silver medal. The third best athlete wins a bronze medal. Quite often the top athletes become famous after they have achieved such greatness. They go on to sign big endorsement contracts with advertisers. They use their celebrity status to endorse different products that people might be interested in buying. Many athletes that take part in the Olympics are not very well paid so it is only after they prove their greatness that the money actually starts to roll in.

If you love watching sports then taking a couple of weeks off in the summer of 2012 might be a good idea. You can do nothing but watch sports on television and cheer for your own country to do well in the standings.

The Top Five most Ludicrously Overpaid Sportspeople

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There’s crazy money in sport ––– we all know it. And it’s never been fresher on the mind: January’s football transfer window saw £136 million spent in transfer fees on just four players, Chelsea’s Fernando Torres, Liverpool’s Andy Carroll, Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Aston Villa’s Darren Bent.

But as stunning as those transfer fees are, the real crazy money is in the salaries top sportspeople get paid.
After all, the first big news story of the football season came from the transfer that wasn’t. Having threatened to leave Manchester United, Wayne Rooney’s new contract sees him pocketing £26,000 – the nation’s average annual salary – every day.

Outrageous? Of course. But even those massive earnings pale into insignificance when you compare him to some of sport’s most extravagantly compensated individuals. Rooney might be rich but at least he’s helping to win championships – which is by no means the case for all the stars below. Without further ado, here’s our list of the most ludicrously overpaid sports stars on the global scene.

Fernando Alonso (Motorsport)

Formula 1’s highest earning driver is pocketing an annual £23million retainer from Ferrari – and that’s just his fee for driving. He can (and doubtless does) earn a lot more in top in the form of personal sponsors and team bonuses. Is this fair reward for a driver who risks his life at the highest speeds at the very pinnacle of his sport? Well, first you might weigh up that it’s almost double the fee of the second highest earner, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. But then consider who actually raced to the title this year: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, whose pay packet is a relatively paltry £2million. Does Alonso look a touch overpaid in comparison?

David Beckham (Football)

East London’s most famous footballing son walked into an astonishing £162million contract when he moved to LA Galaxy in 2007. He might have been approaching the twilight of his career in 2007, but that didn’t stop the Americans using a colossal amount of cash to lure him away from arguably Europe’s most prestigious (and wealthy) club, Real Madrid. Sure, Galaxy have enjoyed modest successes with Beckham in midfield, but he doesn’t even play for them all year round – signing, for example, to play for AC Milan during the mid-season break last year. It’s a ludicrously high salary even if you are an international ‘sex symbol’!

Maria Sharapova (Tennis)

Speaking of which…why is Maria Sharapova (current world ranking: 13) getting paid so much more than the current world number 1, Caroline Wozniacki? Ah, yes: that familiar factor in the world of female sports stars: marketability based on looks. Sharapova made history in 2010 by signing the most lucrative sporting contract ever by a female: she will take home around £45 million for wearing Nike apparel. That’s just one of her endorsements; she also has deals with Tropicana and Gatorade. Oh, and doesn’t she earn some money from tennis as well? Yes… although that’s an interesting point: all this reward overlooks the fact that she hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2008. Maybe we should compare her earnings to other models rather than sports stars?

Tiger Woods (Golf)

Despite the recent turmoil in his personal life, Tiger Woods remains one of the most overpaid sports stars. The first athlete to earn over one billion dollars in his career, Tiger has ruthlessly exploited more than just his sporting ability: like many of the other players in this list, the real key to Woods’ wealth is that he’s a marketing machine. From the moment he turned professional, Woods was signing big money endorsements, starting with £40million contracts from Nike and Titleist before he’d won anything at all. Nowadays Nike alone pay him more than £21million a year – handsomely recouped at golf shop tills, no doubt – and that’s before you mention PepsiCo (he launched Gatorade’s ‘Tiger’ drink), Tag Heuer, Buick, Gillette, and at least half a dozen others. However, the picture gets a little murkier following Woods’ recent sordid escapades in the tabloids. Some sponsors have publicly dropped him, others are prevaricating, which means that Woods might have to go back to earning good old fashioned prize money instead.

Alex Rodriguez (Baseball)

Finally, if you thought soccer money was crazy, consider American sport. As characterised in Jerry Maguire, the US sport scene still throws up stories of wild excesses and relentless money-grabbing.

First, take a look at baseball. 8 of the top 10 most lucrative sporting deals in history have been between baseball players and their clubs. Top dog in this league table of notorious money magnets is Alex Rodríguez: A-Rod to his fans, and ‘Darling’, we presume, to girlfriend Cameron Diaz. His 10 year contract with the New York Yankees is worth £180million, not including bonuses and off-field endorsements. Wait, who was the second highest paid player in baseball? Rodríguez again: this time the mere £162million contract with Texas Rangers that preceded his current deal.

Still, at least baseball guys play up to 160 games a season. To really put things into context we should look at what players earn per competitive encounter – and for this we ought to glance at American football. With only 16 games in the regular season, the per-game figures for these guys are staggering. How about Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the (recently defeated in Superbowl 40) Pittsburgh Steelers? His £66 million, 7-year contract will see him earn close to £500,000 every game.

So how does all this make you feel, when you consider the effort you put yourself through every day to earn a living?

A little… undervalued, perhaps?

Garry Hudson writes about all things debt and financial related and currently works for Baines and Ernst

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