The driver can undoubtedly be one of the toughest clubs in the bag to master, however it is also probably the most fun club to hit as a solidly struck long drive is one of the best experiences in golf. Many golfers might believe that you need big muscles to hit the ball a long way but the truth is that the longest drives are 80 percent technique and 20 percent physical strength. If your technique or mechanics are poor then you will never get maximum distance from your drives.

Selecting the right driver:
Choosing the right type of driver for your swing is very important. It is important to know the speed of your swing, if you are able to generate club head speeds over 100mph then you need to make sure to use a driver that has around 9 to 9.5 degrees of loft and a stiff to super stiff shaft. If your club head speed is less, then you should consider a driver with around 10 to 10.5 degrees of loft and a regular or senior flex so you can get the most distance.

Getting lag is one of the secrets to hitting the ball a long way. Lag refers to the angle formed between the club and the left hand (for right handed players). The idea is to release this at the last possible moment to maximize club head speed. One tip to help you get more lag is to keep the dominant arm passive and also to use very light grip pressure. Another swing tip to help you generate more lag is to think about pulling the club with the left hand (right handed players) on the downswing as this will encourage a more inside to out swing path which is ideal for straight shots.

Remember also to swing within yourself as this is key to not just hitting the ball far but to also do it on a consistent basis. Also, learning to hit a slight draw is ideal for getting the most distance from your drives especially if you are facing a strong head wind. A draw will also give you more roll on the fairway resulting in longer drives. While physical strength is not the most important factor in long drives, it cannot hurt to lose weight if you need to through dieting and exercise. Also doing weight training to build muscle strength can be useful to increase your golf driving distance.
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A Few Highlights to Honing Golf Skills Faster and More Efficiently
By Marla Benner
Chicora is Native American for “The Land.”

Chicora was built in 1952 by Harnett County citizens as a Country Club. In 2003 all of the Chicora Country Club’s facilities were sold to an outside Golf Group. However; in the summer of 2006, a group of prominent local Club Members, that also call Chicora home, joined together to form a new company known as the Chicora Golf Club. Because these owners live on or near the facilities they ensure the Chicora neighborhood and Golf Club will always live up to its Country Club status. ‘The Land’ offers a challenging 18 hole Golf Course, a Putting Green, Driving Range, Full Service Pro Shop, Golf Lessons by a PGA Certified Instructor, Golf Carts, Rental Clubs, Full Service Bar, Food, Member and Public tournaments, ABC Permits, Swimming Pool and Club House Facilities for reserve.

Make sure your visit Chicora Golf Club very soon!
Located in Dunn, North Carolina, Chicora was voted one of the best golf courses in the greater Raleigh / Fayetteville area. The Chicora Golf Club is an excellent choice for beginner and professional golfers alike. Players from all over recognize the 18-hole course as one of the most challenging in the area - and that’s not even the best part about it yet! The climate at our location makes our course playable almost year-round! The air is always fresh, the landscapes are inspiring, and the atmosphere is truly on a class of its own.

More Amenities and Services
The Chicora Golf Club is home to more than just the most outstanding course on this side of town. The club also has all the amenities you need for the best golf experience possible. Chicora also has a putting green, driving range, full service pro shops, a fleet of golf carts, and also offers golf lessons from PGA certified instructors. These facilities are ready at all times and available for tournaments and competitions. They also have facilities and amenities ready for spectators and other non-golfers. Guests can reserve the swimming pool and club house facilities, or marvel at the beautiful views the course offers.

Hosting Your Special Events
One of the most notable amenities found at Chicora Golf Club is the beautiful golf course, which serves as the venue of choice for many receptions and other significant events. Whether you are celebrating a lovely spring wedding or a summer company retreat, the club has the facilities to make your event a success. More than the venue itself, Chicora also provides assistance with event planning every step of the way.

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There are a number of ways a golfer can improve their swing, drive and score. Meeting with an instructor, watching golf instructions videos and clips, covering various aspects of golf, can help new players and seasoned players alike. Improving your game starts by identifying areas that need improvement. What part of your game needs help? Here is a list of golf tips categorized in six parts:

Golf Basics - These tips on golf basics are great not only for beginners, but for golfers of all skill levels who need a refresher on the fundamentals such as the grip and the set-up position. So many other problems with a golfer's swing can be helped simply by improving his or her grip. A good swing starts with knowing the proper way to place your hands on the handle of the golf club.

Driver & Iron Play (full swing) - Drivers and irons are used for what's called the "long game," which consists of hitting the ball as far as the golfer can to drive it closer to the hole. This skill, also known as full swing, is essential to completing regulation holes under par, but oftentimes beginners struggle to perfect their long game. Fortunately, there are a number of resources out there for self-starting beginners who want to work on hitting those long, straight, consistent drives down the fairway toward the hole.

Wedge Play (Chipping, Pitching, Sand Shots) - If you're unsure of your chipping or pitching, or you struggle on bunker shots around the hole. Find tips to help you to improve your wedge game and ultimately reduce the number of strokes for each hole. Most golfers don't get a lot of experience before they're already playing their first round of golf. Getting balls out of tricky bunkers and onto the green takes skill and practice. Bunker shots require specialty clubs called wedges to lift the ball out of the sand pit and back up onto the playing green toward the hole. Similarly, players who find themselves in the rough grass just outside the putting green might have to chip or pitch their ball over the last few yards with a wedge in order to maintain control and guide the ball closer to the hole.

Putting Tips - Every golfer - even the best putters on the planet - wish they made more putts. Search for online instructional articles and videos whose aim is to help you make more putts, either through developing the basics or by suggesting practice drills that can help. But, here is one putting tip that is more important than all the rest: Simply spend more time practicing your putting. You'd be surprised how many golfers skip the putting green at the practice facility.

Mental Game Tips - So we're not into mind games and mental tricks on the golf course! But then, maybe that's why we don't score better than we do? All we know is that many of the best golfers in the world employ "mental coaches" (otherwise known as sports psychologists) to help them with their games and with golf psychology. If you think you might derive some benefit from access to the same mental tricks and tips that the pros employ, check out a book titled "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect."

Golf Fitness - Golf fitness is important for golfers who truly want to improve their games - and who want to improve their physical abilities. Because golf fitness means addressing issues of strength, flexibility, and balance, paying attention to golf fitness can improve your scores. Check online for exercises that describe and demonstrate exercises that target muscles specific to golf. Walking the course rather than riding in a golf cart doesn't just benefit the golf course - some may argue that it's better for the game overall. Head-to-Toe stretches is a good way to start every day but it's a good routine you can do on the driving range or even on the first tee in order to get your body primed for golf.

While it's important to recognize which elements of your game are lacking and which you are particularly skilled at, finding a balance between these strengths and weaknesses, as well as practicing in areas that need the most improvement, will help improve your score and eliminate more errors the more you practice and learn.

Fortunately, in recent years, more and more resources have become available for more specific help on everything from putting to short-game improvement, as well as books and guides for both male and female golfers to improve their specific games

For a quick refresher, golfers may choose to create and carry a list of faults and fix-it tips that they can use as a quick reference checklist to help you diagnose the causes of errant ball flights (slice, draw) and common mishits (fat shots, topping).

Let's not forget that one of the most basic of golf basics is this: practice! You'd be surprised how many people think they can get better at golf simply by playing every once in a while. We believe you should always keep the focus on enjoying the game, but if you also want to become good at golf, making time to practice is a must.
Learn How to Increase Your Golf Driver Distance Quick
By Kenneth Gorveski
There are some sports out there that most people can play at any age. This sport is also one of most growing global sports in the world. The game of golf is one of the sports that anyone can play for anyone. Most people think that golf is a stuffy sport for old overweight guys. Golf has been become a game that is accessible for anyone. There are 34,000 courses around the world, and 15,375 of those inside the US. Golf is also one of the games that helps with exercise and a great way of a cardio of workouts.

The game started in the 16th century in Scotland at St. Andrews golf links; a course that still operates today. It was once banned in Scotland because they needed the fields for military practice, but the ban was lifted shortly after. The game has grown since then when Kings and Queens of Great Britain took an interest in the game. Golf first entered America in 1729 when the governor of Massachusetts started playing the game on his private estate.

One thing that golf has to offer is a game that is safe for all ages. With the recent concern growing over youth football, baseball players tearing their arms apart, and basketball almost limits itself to those very tall. These sports have been rising in injuries and have been causing issues for people as they enter adulthood. Golf is a sport that can be played by many individuals, both male and female. There are some youth programs, like The First Tee, that help out those wanting to get introduced to the game. Unlike football and some other more phycsical sports, golf is one of those games that you can continue to play throughout your life. There are vast opportunities for young people who excel in the game for college scholarships.

And, it is a game one can begin in adulthood. The Play9 program was introduced by the USGA, and it is great for those just getting started in golf. Most people complain that golf takes longer than 4 hours and is a waste of time and money. Play9 is a way to give people a better alternative. This allows individuals or groups to have fun at half the cost and the time needed. Even talking to your local golf shop pro is a good way to get introduced. They have all the tools and lessons needed to help you to play better and more often.

Golf is one of those fun games where you want to achieve more out of the experience. It can be a frustrating game at times but it also challenges people to get better. Players will try to beat their competitor all the time for bragging rights or the sometimes the loser has to buy the beer after the round.  I can speak from personal experience the amount of charity golf scrambles I've played in. People want to have an Ace on their team to make them and their company look good. Business people use the game a way of socializing with their colleagues, talking about their game and business all in the same setting.

Business people have always enjoyed the game and the amenities that come with it. For some reason, it seems like the term CEO and country club are supposed to go together. Therefore, it's not unusual for there to be a business transaction or discussion on the course. It is also a good time to do it. You have a common interest in golf itself, and if you're a good player the prospect will want to play with you more often. They like trying to beat the bigger and better player. It gives you the opportunity to talk to the prospect or client for at least 4 hours and it's plenty of time to talk personal stuff and business as well. It's plenty of time to ask questions about business and offer any proposal. It is suggested that the proposal is done after the round. During the round could be a distraction from the enjoyment of the game itself. And if you're a member at a local club, that is a way to help invite the prospect or client to a place that they have never been before. They will usually like the place they visit and want to play or be engaged with you more often.

There is also the health benefits of playing golf. It is one of those games where you do not be a large athlete or have to workout everyday in order to enjoy. It is recommended that serious golfers do exercise to help with staying fit for practices and all the rounds involved. It's a great source of cardio and staying fit without any heavy listing or being completely sore the next day. During a 4 hour round, the average male will burn about 2500 calories while a female will burn about 1500. It's also a great for heart health, memory and mental health, and helps those with trying to keep up with all of the step meter bands. The natural layout of the course is a challenge for walkers and exceeds more that 10,000 steps per round. There is always the factor of low injury risk as well. A person may be a little tired after the round or the next day, but will not feel like they just ran a 5k or got done playing a game of flag football.

Golf is an enjoyable game with many different fun challenges. There's all types of courses out there for people to explore and enjoy as well. People plan personal and business trips around the different courses around the country. From Pebble Beach to Myrtle Beach, there's always a place to do business and pleasure at the same time. Golf is a fun game to grow with and enjoy in life. The benefits are plentiful, and likable. It's a good way to get out and to relax for a day out of the house. You may hit a bad shot during the round, but it happens all the time. After the round, no one walks away angry and upset about how they played. The ones that do this for a living aren't even mad because they get to play golf as a career. Golf is a game that is growing, and needs everybody to help it grow as well.
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