Golf Swing Got You Down? Try These Top Flight Golfing Tips!
by Andie Petoskey | on April 2, 2012
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve played golf for years or are completely new to the game. Regardless of your skill level, find new ways to improve your golf game. Before hitting the links, check out the following tips for a little insight to give your game an edge.
While golf may be a relaxed sport, it is of utmost importance to understand what is happening around you at all times during your round. You have to be prepared when it’s time to take your turn. There will be people waiting behind you who can’t play the hole until you’re done with it.
Try to maintain the same ball position for each shot. Doing so makes your stance mentally ingrained for physical consistency. When you want to give more room for loft with your clubs, try putting your back foot closer to the lead and boost your loft while maintaining ball position. Doing this will make sure that you always select the proper club in any given situation.
In order to have your drives play as close to the same as possible every single time, be sure to practice teeing the ball the same with every shot. If you tee too low, you run the risk of grounders, but if you tee too high, you may pop the ball in the air and lose distance. Achieving a consistent drive and tee height will help you get the most out of each shot you make off the tee.
Watch your position when swinging. How you are standing will dictate the velocity of the ball’s flight. Slouching during your shot will ensure that your ball doesn’t go very far at all.
One way to check for correct posture before you swing is by wiggling your toes. Your feet should have restricted movement to ensure you are leaning properly. You want to lean toward the ball just enough to allow some wiggle, but not excessively free foot movement.
Be sure that you behind the golf ball at a distance of about four feet. At the same time, you should be viewing the location where you want the ball to end up. At this time, you also need to factor in the wind and other conditions. This sort of mental preparation for hitting the ball will pay off in improved alignment and shot direction, so take your time. When you think about all of these factors and position yourself well, you can make a more efficient shot.
Dedicate some time to familiarizing yourself with a course new to you prior to teeing off for the first time. Whether using a map on the scorecard or asking a playing partner experienced with the course, finding out what dangers lurk around the next corner will help you avoid unnecessary penalty strokes or shots into hidden bunkers.
To swing a golf club well, your arms should have strength and be able to move easily. You will need to workout regularly, and take time to stretch before and after physical exercise. Massage loosens joints and muscles, enabling good swing movements. Practicing yoga is also helpful in limbering the torso and arms for a good, smooth swing.
Practice is the key to resolving the common error of slicing. Slicing is caused by a clubface hitting a ball in a way it shouldn’t, which causes the ball to curve towards the right. Your hips, knees and shoulders should all be parallel with the line of target. Avoid using your shoulders or body as you start your forward swing. Instead, rely on your hands and arms.
It is crucial that you maintain all of your minds focus on the shot that you will be making the next time it is your turn to swing. Don’t let the outcome of the previous shot, or any upcoming challenges, influence the way you swing that club. Thinking about past mistakes or future actions takes your mind off the swing, so do your best to just move on and forget about them.
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.
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