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The Secret to Putting Rhythm

Golfers use their putter more than any other club in their golf bag during a round of golf, however, putting is one of the least effectively practiced parts of their game. Mike Shannon, putting instructor at Sea Island Golf Learning Center, and considered by many to be the world's best putting instructor, has some great advice regarding establishing a repeatable putting stroke.

According to Shannon, establishing a consistent rhythm to the putting stroke is essential. For every golfer, speed is everything in putting. Says Shannon, "When you talk about speed, you have to talk about the rhythm of the putting stroke." To establish an individual's rhythm, a simple drill is in order. One that makes use of a metronome.

Establishing a Rhythm

According to Shannon, "Ninety percent of all the (tour) players have a rhythm of 76 beats per minute." All tour players, says Shannon, have a rhythm of between 72 and 80 beats per minute (bpm) with a metronome.

A golfer can establish his or her rhythm using a metronome by putting 12 or so balls to a cup that is approximately 25 feet away. Set the metronome to 76 bpm, clip the metronome to a pocket, and practice putting to the cup in time with the metronome. As Shannon demonstrates, the putting stroke will consist of starting with one tone of the metronome and impact the ball at the next tone.

After putting the 12 balls a few times, says Shannon "most of your balls should be in a pattern." Most of them will be in a two to three foot radius somewhere around the cup.

"If most putts are right around the cup, then 76 beats per minute is right for you. If several are past the hole, three, four or five feet, 76 bpm is too slow, giving you too much time to make the stroke, so turn the metronome up to 77 or 78 bpm. If the pattern is short of the cup, then 76 bpm makes your stroke too short, so turn the metronome down. " (GolfersMD.com)

Once the optimal putting rhythm is established using the metronome, more consistency will be achieved. For putts of differing lengths, although the putting stroke will be either longer or shorter, the rhythm that is established will not change. According to Mr. Shannon, "For good distance control and good speed control, get your metronome and do some work."

Mike Shannon has been recognized as a top teacher by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.

Five Reasons Why You Should Work For the Hotel Industry

The hotel industry is a multi-billion dollar growing industry. There are many job opportunities available in hotels that are both part time and full time. They include housekeeping, waiters and waitresses, kitchen workers like cooks and then you have other areas like management, marketing and human resources. Below are five reasons why you should work for hotel industry.

1. A hotel job gives you the chance to meet and interact with different people from senior company executives to junior level management. That means your job can never be boring. It also means you can get useful contacts that can be helpful later if you need to advance in your career.

2. Working in a hotel gives you the opportunity to grow in your career. Depending on what your career goals are you have the opportunity to rise through the ranks through on job training and experience.

3. The job opportunities are limitless. Across the world there are thousands of hotels and many hotel groups including big brands, like the Marriot, Best Western and Sheraton to mention but a few. Once you have learned the trade in one hotel you have the option of finding a job in any of the thousands of hotels across the globe including working for some of the big names in the industry which is good for your Curriculum Vitae.

4. Opportunities to work abroad. Because many of the big hotel groups are found in many countries across the globe you have the opportunity of working away from home in another country. This gives you the chance to live and experience what it is like to live in another country with a different culture. You also have the opportunity to travel and enjoy travel and accommodation rates at much reduced rates compared to what is available in the market.

5. Opportunities to work in the travel and tourism industry. The training and skills acquired in the hotel industry are useful should you choose to work in the travel and tourism industry. This greatly increases your employment possibilities as the travel and tourism industry includes but is not limited to sectors such as passenger transport, travel agencies and tour operators.