Golf Tips To Improve Your Game
Although golf is often regarded as a gentleman’s game, that is far from the truth. In fact, one of the most unique aspects of the sport is that there is no age barrier; just about anyone can participate. So, whether you are 18 or 81, you can compete as long as you can swing a golf club in any of the best golf destinations, whilst applying all the best tricks and hacks to improve your game.
However, before you can call yourself a golf player, you must understand the intricacies of the game as it requires tact, accuracy, focus, patience, and discipline. If you are an aspiring golfer, these are some of the most fundamental golf skills that are needed at your fingertips to help improve your game. And having the ability to master them is what makes both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy two of the greatest golfers in the world.
Beyond the above-mentioned skills, there are certainly more tricks you need to master; such as selecting your club, course management and more which will all be discussed in this article. We will dig deep into some of these practical skills to help you understand how to perfectly hit the golf balls to make the holes. The following hacks will help you improve or boost your golf game so that you can become a champion in your own right.
Select a Good Golf Club
If you are an amateur golfer, you are most likely to choose your golf club depending on the length. This is because many people tend to assume that for short holes, short clubs should be used and likewise for long holes. However, this can sometimes be considered as a golfing sin.
For most professional golfers, on the other hand, the most important aspects they consider and look out for when choosing a golf club are the wind, the tendencies of the shot and the surrounding hazards. Most importantly, professional players also take into consideration the approach of their shot as this will help them hit the right hole.
Additionally, a good golfer recognizes that when you hit a shot with a three-wood, you are likely to hit the hole and if you are lucky enough, you are likely to come out tops. With the present golf rules which are very flexible, it does not mean that you should jettison the aforementioned rules.
Know How to Position Your Clubface
Although many of us are aware that a clubface is the front striking surface of a club head; the problem here is that many upcoming golfers do not know how to position it. The majority of golfers assume that positioning their feet at that specific target is the best option, while others attempt to place their shoulder nearly opposite their legs. Also, with some other golfers, in trying to show their expertise, position both feet in line. Although not incorrect, neither of these tactics are advisable.
So, how do you position your shots? An excellent way to position your shots is for you to initially check and analyze the hole you are targeting from behind the ball as you prepare to swing. This will offer you a good view of the hole and thus enable you to target it from wherever you are. As you are about to swing, you should place your clubface close to the golf ball and ensure that it is positioned facing the target. Make sure action is taken before you get a foothold. It will go a long way in helping you. This is why good and gripping golf shoes are essential.
Maintain Your Stance
Having a good stance and balance goes a long way to determine whether you are going to make the shot or not. For some golfers, they gain an unusual habit constantly adjusting their stance or posture in line with their club. This is not always necessary because if you can maintain a regular stance, it will be easier for you to take a good shot and this is key to your golfing future.
Regardless, it does not mean you can not make little changes to your stance; however, the quality of your game will further improve if you have mastered the art of standing and holding your club, which must not be distant from how you position yourself when you want to swing the golf ball.
Furthermore, another critical trick to adopt for maintaining a proper stance is to avoid keeping your head down when you want to swing. So, always ensure that your head is up when you are about to swing. At the same time, you should imbibe the habit of placing marks on your ball with the side of the head facing upwards and try to mark only when the tails are up. You will certainly benefit from this practice when marking balls as it ultimately offers the opportunity to place your club on the right spot.
Have a Good Grip
The fact here is that if you do not have a firm grip on your golf club, you also won’t be able to have a good swing. So, this is why the next most important trick an amateur golfer must learn is how to how to grip a golf club. For you to have a firm grip, you should wear a glove on the one hand and place the club in-between the palm and knuckles. Then move on to place your free hand on the handle of your golf club. If you are able to do this, you are sure to gain a strong and solid grip on your club.
It is common for many amateur golfers to anticipate or fear a gush of wind which oftentimes forces them to lose their grip. However, this can sometimes be turned to the favor of the golfer. A good example is that regardless of the nature of the shot a player plays, the direction of the wind can affect or impact your gameplay. In summary, knowing how to grip your club will go a long way in determining how well you will play your game.
Aim for More Breaks
As an amateur golfer, if you tend to miss your holes often, don’t be discouraged. As the saying goes ‘the more you hit the holes, the better your chances of winning’ and with more ‘breaking’ practice, the ball will eventually hit the hole. The important thing to remember here is the force you put in hitting the ball. When the correct force is applied with a much higher play whilst aiming for the break, it is very likely that the ball eventually becomes sluggish in movement and may even hit the jackpot.
So, whenever you want to test your golf skills, you should find a way to be consistent in breaking your ball correctly. Hence, the best option for you is to practice on the two available holes until you can hit correctly. Obviously, doing this will enable you to make more holes, and you will be on your way to becoming a professional player after all the hard work you have done.
Pile Your Chips
No doubt golf is a sport that has so many terms and a ‘chip shot’ is yet another one to remember. This is a shot played near the green which is usually underrated by many golfers. However, you must know that chips are hardcore determinants of whether you will hit the shot or not.
To improve your expertise in chipping, try to focus on piling or stacking your posture. In other words, your left hand and your weight must rest on your left leg. This will guarantee a firm control of the shot as well as ensuring that you hit a good one. If you do not take staking your posture or piling seriously, be rest assured that hitting holes will take a longer time to master and at the same time, it may be very difficult to measure the distance and the reach of the ball. However, if you are able to stack, you will quickly learn and master the ball and how far it will travel.
Swing As if You are Walking on a Train Track
Ever been on a train that leaves you swinging back and forth regardless of whether you are standing up or sitting down? This is because a train track is never straight, and so is the golf course. So the next time you try to swing your shot, you should view the golf course like that of a train track. This rule is sacred if you want to stay confident and continue winning your future games.
But how do you imagine the golf course as a train track? First, start by standing in an arc position as if you are preparing to walk on a track itself. This method allows you to swing the ball with a more accurate aim at the hole.
To further assist you in your train track focus, you should also find a way to place the ball on your stance. Now the question is when do you actually take the essential swing? Easy…by placing the ball not too far away from the club. This way, you get the best swing which ensures that the distance between the club and the ball is not too wide. Adopting this technique will also enable the club to have a maximum impact on the ball.
Complete Your Shot
So you have mastered the above tricks, but there is still more to learn. Appearing in your nice golf shoes and golfing clothes is still not enough to make you a good player until you master the next trick on how to properly complete your shot. This includes playing the ball on the ground and at the back and then allowing the sand to do the remainder. Remember, you don’t have to dig your club in the ground to enable you to hit the ball.
To make a complete finish, one of the critical things you keep in mind is first to find a comfortable position. Most importantly, you should get your mind off hitting a full shot which may eventually distract you from achieving the desired result you actually wanted.
Keeping your eyes on the ball is another critical trick to ensure that you swing without missing. However, you do not need to follow through on the ball until your swing is complete or full. Too much time spent gazing at the ball won’t get you the desired result either. Rather, it is simply critical to understand that an awesome golf swing doesn’t end with just the ball itself. You must also follow through with your hands moving them above your shoulders, then you have an excellent chance of hitting the ball in the direction you want and of course, you will surely win.
Observe Your Weaknesses
No one is perfect. So, as an amateur golfer, whether you practice every day or once in a blue moon, it’s crucial to always be on the lookout for your golfing weaknesses. Thorough observations of your gameplay will better help you to understand the areas where you need improvement. So, start by taking a note of the total number of fairways you were able to make during each session, the number of greens you got, or how long it took to take a shot when you are on the green.
When all the above questions have been honestly answered, only then will you better understand how you are to progress in future games which eventually means that you improve over time. Amidst observing or monitoring your weaknesses, never forget to follow through with practical answers and solutions.
Grab your golf bag and golf cooler and head over to the course. With the help of the above tips you certainly can pop a few holes when playing against your best mate; who knows, maybe you will become a professional golfer one day.