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The clip you’re about to see is a demonstration of distance control using aboutGolf’s PGA TOUR Simulator.
The aboutGolf PGA TOUR Simulator is truly amazing. But, don’t take my word for it, watch the clip and see it for yourself.
The term “hero” came from the Ancient Greeks, who defined heroes as mortals whose accomplishments were so extraordinary they immortalized them. We humans need heroes, perhaps to set the upper limits on our own personal goals and aspirations.
The game of golf in the twentieth century has had but a handful of legitimate heroes. American golf’s first true hero was Bob Jones, the articulate gentleman and consummate sportsman who won the original “grand slam”. New York gave Jones a ticker tape parade.
After Jones came a slew of near-heroes such as Hogan (too stoic), Snead (too crude), and Nelson (retired too soon). But then came Arnie, the swashbuckling (how cool would it be to be considered a swashbuckler), go-for-broke man of the people who had the magical ability to make everyone in the gallery feel as if he was playing for them alone.
The indoor golf center is a unique, challenging, fulfilling, exciting business. Central to traditional indoor golf centers are golf simulators – such as those offered by aboutGolf, which have become the most favored indoor systems in North America and throughout many parts of the world. There is one very strong fundamental reason for this global preference –aboutGolf simulators generate more revenue, as users favor aboutGolf simulators for their accuracy and realism. Additionally, aboutGolf simulators provide a quality of play that sustains user appeal year in and year out.
But, simulators alone don’t make indoor golf centers successful. In fact, there are five common planning mistakes made by indoor golf centers that can challenge success …
In the previous two articles on balance, I discussed the physical components to balance and how they relate to the human body.
Today, we’re going to look at the actual application and execution of how to effectively employ balance in the golf swing.
Before unveiling the secret, let’s first redefine what balance is all about.
To succeed in the indoor golf center business, you have to “work smart,” be aggressive and pursue every opportunity to improve – just as in any business. To paraphrase the great Sam Walton, “Succeeding isn’t about being 100 percent better in one way, it’s about being 1 percent better in a hundred ways.”
What Mr. Walton means is that even if you have great people, a solid plan for managing tee times, excellent food service, a good advertising plan and a well-kept, pleasant physical environment, you’re only partway down the road to success.
In physics, terms such as center of force, center of mass, center of gravity, torque and leverage can be easily defined and quantified as they relate to each other and to other objects.
In golf, these same forces are at work throughout the swing; however, the ability to isolate, quantify, and improve such factors depends on one very significant variable … the human body and how it is able to maintain balance.
In the simplest explanation, the golf swing relies on balance.
Look at a golfer from 300 yards away and watch him take a swing.
You won’t be able to see his ball flight.
You won’t be able to see his path, plane or angle of attack.
You won’t be able to see the grip position, face angle or impact position.
However, generally, you can still assess a golfer’s ability, using the single most recognizable attribute visible from this macro view: BALANCE.
There is no greater indicator of overall playing ability or golfing prowess than the way a player is able to swing in balanced position.
Why Golfers Don’t Improve … And What You Can Do To Break the Pattern and Make This Year Your Best Ever!Posted by Ben Witter on: April 27, 2011
The National Golf Foundation has been tracking golf statistics for the US Golfing Population for more than 30 years. Despite all the changes in both equipment and instructional technology, improvements to courses and conditions, and an increased availability of instructional information, golfers are NOT improving. In fact, as a whole, they’re statistically getting worse.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the key reasons golfers don’t improve and then begin the journey toward a greater understanding of what can be done to become better.
Author Bill Bales is Founder of aboutGolf
P.G. Wodehouse said, “To find a man's true character, play golf with him.” Perhaps this is why the game of golf provides sport’s most effective forum for human bonding. There's something about that gentle walk through the Elysian Field we call a golf course that compels us to bare our souls and conjoin with our compatriots.
For so many years a sport dominated by men, it wouldn't surprise me if the term “male bonding” had been used more than anywhere else in association with a round of golf. Maybe, as the starched-collar guardians of our great game open the doors to the finer gender, we'll see the growth of “female bonding.”
But, golf remains much more a world of male camaraderie. As my curmudgeonly friend, Fred, once said, “A day on the course is about fellowship … with the emphasis on ‘fellow.’” Perhaps that's why my wife, who could have been a far better golfer than I, rides horses.
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