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Featured Course: Mountain Aire Golf Club
1396 Fairway Ridge Drive • West Jefferson, NC 28694 • 336.877.4716
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Located in West Jefferson and nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge, Mountain Aire is an established, public course offering 18 holes of well-maintained fairways, complimented by the natural, rugged beauty of the Appalachians. We are located just 30 minutes from Boone. In addition to offering a challenging round of mountain golf, Mountain Aire also "plays" the backdrop for a beautiful golf community called Fairway Ridge.

Mountain Aire Golf Club features a course of moderate length that can be enjoyed by players of different skill levels with its four sets of tees. The blue course plays to a length of 6,415 yards, a modest length by today’s standards, but the course record of 64 indicates that the course defends itself well against par. We recommend the blue course for accomplished players with a handicap of less than 10. The white course measures 5,858 yards, and while the course record is 62, the white course gives most men all they can handle. The gold course is 4,852 yards and is just right for juniors, seniors and ladies who need a little more length than the red tees provide. The red course is played by most ladies and measures 4,140 yards. It is not as long as many ladies courses and can be enjoyed by ladies of all skill levels. The ladies course record is 65.

Whether you are interested in a fun round of golf or looking for spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding mountains from a NC golf course home, homesite, or town home, we invite you to visit the Mountain Aire Golf Club. Visit Their Website at www.mountainaire.com
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1396 Fairway Ridge Drive • West Jefferson, NC 28694 • 336.877.4716
Have you ever taken a golf lesson? Did you see immediate improvement, or did you give up in frustration and revert to your old technique of trial and error? After thirty-three years of teaching, I've noticed a basic pattern that applies to the majority of once-a-week golfers. Understanding the mindset behind this pattern is the gateway to unlocking your potential.

Stage One: The Novice golfer starts off with a clean slate. He or she goes to the practice range with friends several times and has some success in terms of simply making contact with the ball.

Stage Two: The student makes contact most of the time, but wonders why every club seems to go the same distance. Well-meaning friends offer suggestions which produce mixed results. At this point, the student usually seeks professional instruction.

Stage Three: Depending on the instructor's preferred teaching method, this stage can either catapult the student's progress or condemn him (or her) to an endless cycle of fault-finding and error correction.

What is the determining factor in the student's progress? It's the instructor's choice to either focus on mistakes or reinforce and refine the effective parts of the students swing. Am I suggesting that you ignore critical flaws in technique? Not at all. I am saying that a student doesn't have to understand all the technical flaws in their swing in order to correct them. The instructors job is to provide a straightforward key for the student that will reduce, and hopefully eliminate, the technical error. Constant improvement is the by-product of focusing on an idea or suggestion (what to do) rather than obsessing over what to avoid (what not to do). For the skeptics who are well-versed in the nuances of perfect mechanics, this theory may seem too simplistic. How can you possibly correct a swing flaw without understanding the contributing factors?

Please consider these two questions. 1. Do you need to understand the timing cycle of combustion in your car in order to drive? No. You turn the key and start the ignition. 2. Do you need to understand how electricity works in order to flip the switch and turn on the light? Why should the golf swing be any different?

The biggest mental key to improvement for any golfer, regardless of skill level, is the ability to avoid the seductive trap of obsessing over potential swing flaws and reinforcing the feelings of your best shots. The desire to learn is admirable, but it must be accompanied by the ability to stop thinking for 1.5 seconds and just hit the damn ball!

Every golfer has heard the phrase that golf is ninety percent mental. How does this knowledge help the average golfer in his quest for consistency? The first key is controlling your attention; develop the ability to stop obsessing over swing flaws and start reinforcing the feelings of your best shots.
If you are really trying to perfect your Golf swing, then the first question that pops up in your head is "Should I hire a Golf Pro?". Well, in this article, I will give you 10 tips and suggestions which you can use to decide whether you need someone to help you or not. So, let's begin

- Before you can make the decision to get yourself a golf coach, you need to define your goals and to what extent you are willing to pursue them and your budget for the activity.

- One big advantage in hiring a coach is that your specific weaknesses will be addressed and corrected. Take that into consideration.

- A Golf Coach will also be able to help you to get rid of any nasty playing habits which may lead to injuries like "golfer elbow".

- Talk to a prospective coach and learn how he might be able to help you before you commit yourself to him/her.

- Consider the rate for a one-on-one lesson with a pro golfer. Often the range depends on the pro you will be working with and the golf club/school you will be joining

- One option to consider if the golf lesson rates for an exclusive one-on-one type coaching is too expensive for you is to go with a group of other golfer so that you can share the expenses

- If you choose to go with the expense sharing route, remember to join a class that is no bigger than 4 students in it with one coach. The reason being, if there are less students in a class, you get as much attention as a one-on-one session without spending too much.

- One more thing to consider and always keep in mind when you are working with a professional coach is targeting quality over quantity. What I mean by this is that you need to focus on going for a goal of being excellent at a few good techniques than knowing so many that you are unable to execute them properly.

- Any coach worth his salt will teach you things that you can ultimately do on your own even without his/her supervision. This includes both playing a better game on your own as well as proper warm-up and stretching routines.

- Last, but not least, always try to improve on your game in your own time by watching other great pro golfers on television or tournaments or by watching tutorial videos of what makes them great at what they do.
Golf swing speed can be calculated without the need for modern technology. If a golfer can determine exactly how far their golf ball traveled prior to landing, they can determine the speed of their swing. For every 2.3 yards traveled, a swing has to generate a speed of 1 mph.

For anyone who is wondering how useful it is to have this knowledge, they should consider that the only way to increase distance is to increase the speed of the swing. Measuring progress requires some kind of metrics by which measurements can be made.

The next logical question is, "How does one increase their golf club swing." The answer lies within the golfer's body and positioning. The only way to increase the speed of one's golf swing is to improve their strength, balance, and coordination.

Improving Strength

A golfer can't just walk into a gym, start lifting weights and expect to improve their golfing skills. They need to focus on exercises that will improve the strength of the muscles that are most relevant to the golf swing.

There are 22 primary muscles that get used in the typical golf swing. These muscles are located in the shoulders, wrists, lower-back, abdomen area, hips and thighs. If a golfer wants to increase club speed, they need to focus their workout on isometric exercises that will improve overall strength in these regions of the body. It usually doesn't require one to build muscle mass, but instead to focus on firming up and toning the most important muscles. Realistically, a golfer should work on all areas at the same time in order to keep the body in balance as overall strength improves.

Improving Balance - Improving balance is generally a function of improving one's stance and the development of a consistent tempo. The proper stance requires a golfer to be relaxed with the feet positioned shoulder length apart and their inside shoulder pointed at the target. From a proper stance, the golfer will be in the optimum position to start developing a consistent and reliable tempo. One of the reasons why instructors preach against over-swinging is because it throws the golfer's body completely out of balance, which translates to an inability to control the direction in which the ball is going to go.

Improving Coordination

A golfer's coordination is what allows them to get through the swinging process and make contact with the ball at precisely the right place on the golf club. A big part of improving one's coordination revolves around their ability to establish a consistent rhythm. With a consistent rhythm and proper balance, the golfer will have much more body control to get them from the backswing, into the downswing all the way through the follow through without mistakes.

Increasing golf swing speed has nothing to do with how hard someone swings a golf club. It's a function of using proper technique with the requisite amount of strength, balance and coordination to control the club, which will eventually allow the golfer to start ramping up the speed of their swing without losing accuracy.
After a particularly poor round, a golfer spotted a lake as he walked despondently up the 18th. He looked at his caddie and said, “I’ve played so badly all day, I think I’m going to drown myself in that lake.” The caddie, quick as a flash, replied, “I’m not sure you could keep your head down that long.”