If you could golf as well as Arnold Palmer, you would probably find yourself on a yacht somewhere doing something else besides reading this article. The fact is that you’re here, so continue reading to find a few tips and tricks to help you better your game, and at least start to beat your playing partners.
For beginner golfers, learning to grip the club properly is key. Many people mistakenly believe they should grip the club extra-tight to hit the ball further. Instead, the club should be held loosely in the fingers. Imagine that you are holding the bird as you hold the club.
Before you swing, check your stance by wiggling your toes. When preparing to swing the club, the golfer should be able to wiggle his or her toes; if this cannot be done, the golfer may be leaning in too far towards the ball. Ideally, your stance should allow for just enough backward lean to allow for movement in the feet.
Don’t take golf too seriously. Stay relaxed and remember that mistakes happen. Keeping a sense of humor will allow you to recover form your mistakes.
Look for the “sweet spot” of your golf club. This refers to a point on the club that should be ideally meeting the ball for the most accuracy and speed. Practice with clubs to find their sweet spot, and remember to have those spots contact with your ball on your downswing.
When preparing for a long putt, it is important to focus on the speed of your swing and the velocity of the ball itself. Don’t shoot for the hole; shoot for a target just short of the hole. Not overshooting or undershooting gives you the advantage of a second putt that is much shorter.
When holding your club, utilize a neutral grip. If you grip the handle of your club too tightly, your shot will veer off towards the right. On the other hand, holding your golf club with a grip that is too loose will tend to send your ball towards the left. Analyze what direction your shots are traveling in, and then make alterations to your grip accordingly.
Prior to any golf shot, always check for the proper stance. Your posture plays a big role in determining how far you can drive. If you are leaning too far forward or not far enough, your swing distance will be dramatically reduced.
If you are mentally prepared it can be very important, just as crucial as being in shape when you are golfing. Block out the stress and issues of your life and concentrate on your game.
Prior to purchasing a golf club, consider getting one custom-fitted for you. Because every golfer’s build, stance and swing is different, not every club will offer the same results from one player to the next. Finding a club that is fitted to your needs will help your swing.
In golf, as in life, it is far less painful to learn from other’s mistakes than from your own mistakes. If you wish to develop a better game, apply these tips and keep practicing until you get better.