It does not matter whether you are a novice who has no idea about golf terminology or a professional golfer at the top of your game. Novices and experts alike find a degree of difficulty in golf. Before teeing up, look through this set of handpicked tricks and tips to get insight about this sport.
When you first start out playing golf, it is important you understand how to properly grip the club. Typically, people think that they will be able to hit the ball further by commanding a hard grip on the club. The optimal grip instead is to develop a hold on the club that is as soft as possible without losing good control of the club. Hold the club like you would hurt a hamster, strong enough to hold it, light enough that you won’t crush it.
Use your body, and channel energy to get a good swing. Novice golfers think the power comes from the arms, but only using the arms can make weak and awkward swings. It is more effective to move your entire body with the motion of the club.
Put your left hand before the ball while putting. Sustain this position as you take your swing and follow through on your stroke. The ball will not jump off when contact occurs and you will be able to hold your stroke more efficiently.
If possible, play with golfers who are better at the game than you are, and study their techniques. Even though you will feel the sting of losing, the game will be a learning experience for you. Do not assume that you can only learn from a professional player; anyone you usually play with could teach you something. Try to pay attention to how they play and get new ideas for your game.
Make sure you do get plenty of stretching in and hydrate yourself sufficiently. Giving proper attention to your body will help you make improvements in your golf game.
Learning to keep score is a very useful skill as it pertains to golf. Knowing your score is helpful for determining your status as a player. Each hit on the ball is called a stroke and each stroke is recorded. Once you have completed a hole, you add up how many strokes it took you, and you then have the total score for that particular hole. So, you want to basically get the fewest amount of strokes as you possibly can.
Hold your club with a neutral grip. If you grip the handle of your club too tightly, your shot will veer off towards the right. However, if you don’t hold the club tightly enough, you’ll hit the ball too far left. Monitor whether your shots pull to either the left or right to see what type of changes you may need to make to your grip.
Bring a high-protein snack with you on the course. Not only will golf tax you physically, but it is also mentally draining as well. 18 holes can be a lot so be sure to stock up on protein.
Align your front heel with the ball before you swing with your driver. If you are going to swing, the ball should be placed between your feet. The only exception to this is when your ball lies on a slope.
To better your skills, stand in the proper position. Your posture plays a big role in determining how far you can drive. If you’re leaning too far forward, or not far enough, then you won’t be able to get the ball to go a long distance.
Prior to purchasing a golf club, consider getting one custom-fitted for you. Since every golfer has a different height, weight and body structure, a club that works well for one golfer may not work well for another. Getting the perfect club for you is half of the battle, the rest is just learning to use it properly!
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.