It does not matter if you are an amateur that confuses birdies for pigeons or an expert, long-time golfer. Golf has a number of opportunities and unique challenges for players at all skill levels. Read on for some tips to help you become a better golfer.
Walk and don’t rent a golf cart. This turns your golf outing into an exercise outing, as well, which will do wonders for your health if you golf every week. Walking is also a good way to warm up before and during play.
A great technique for bettering your swing is to make the most of your entire body weight as a means to gain additional power. Beginners often mistakenly believe that the arms power the swing, but using the arms only leads to a low-power, unbalanced swing. Moving the whole body with the club motion is much more effective.
An easy exercise, a “toe-wiggling” exercise, can show golf stance faults. If it is too difficult to prepare a swing while moving the toes around, it means the golfer is too far in leaning towards the ball. Make sure your weight is on the balls of your feet to give yourself the proper stance.
Focus on how you will proceed with the next shot. Don’t think about your past shots or the water hazard you’re going to have to face; don’t get distracted from the very next shot that’s up. Forget about your mistakes; move on, and do better next time.
Make sure you stretch and stay hydrated. When you’re in good shape, your game will improve.
Don’t starve on the course, bring a small snack or high protein bar with you. When played properly, golf can be both mentally and physically challenging. The extra calories and protein in your snack will help keep your mind honed in and your body less tired, giving you the energy necessary to complete all 18 holes.
A good stance is the foundation of every golf shot. Your ball will only go as far as your stance allows. The golf ball will not travel very far if you slouch too much or too little.
Don’t purchase any new or used golf club until you are sure you will be absolutely comfortable with it, including any custom fittings, extended handles, or unique grips it may need. This will make the club suit your body type exactly. A golf club perfect for someone else may not work for you. Getting a club tailor-made for your proportions can improve your game.
Before you swing, make sure your hands are positioned properly on the club. Place the handle on your palms, and point your thumbs down. Both of your hands should be touching. Choking the club is the best way to hit long shots.
Now that you have taken the initiative to learn something new about the sport of golf, you can impress your golfing buddies (or that gorgeous pro shop attendant) with the information you’ve just picked up. Look for new ways to apply these skills to your current game, to make the game even more challenging and engaging.