Can Anyone Learn to Swing a Golf Club?

By Dennis McCann

Anyone can learn to swing a club, and play golf. Golf is like any other game; it is a compilation of a number of skill sets. One must learn to swing a club, to move the ball; one must learn to aim, to move the ball in the correct direction; and the object then becomes moving the ball proficiently around the hole and ultimately around the course. The object of golf is to score as low as possible. This article will discuss the swing itself, but do not think that a great swing instantly makes a great player. There are many skills to learn in playing any game, and golf is not different.

If you have been on a driving range, you must agree it is quite an interesting amusement watching all of the different methods people employ to move the golf ball. You have seen the chop, the push, the scoop, and on and on. It is amusing at least and excruciating worst, but entertaining none the less. Have you ever wondered why people swing the club the way they do? Are they mimicking a tour pro, or are they making it up on the go? The answer is that they do what they think is correct. This is not a characteristic only of golfers; this is a characteristic of anyone trying to learn a new skill. Boxing, lawn mowing, baseball, hammering, whatever the skill may be, there are different takes on how to do it. So as we watch the folks hit balls at the range, can we conclude that there are many different ways to skin a cat and one method is not better than the other? Yes and no; as long as the method employed allows you to move the golf ball from point A to point B efficiently, then yes. If you can consistently move your golf ball as you predetermined, then you are playing golf and your swing is O.K. However, if the method that you use is inconsistent, unpredictable, and limited, then no, your swing is not as good as it could be, or should be.
 
So how do you know if your swing is O.K.? If you are eating with a knife and fork and you are getting the food to your mouth in proper bits, assuming no bodily injury, then you are probably wielding the eating tools properly. I know, I have seen it too, the off person who holds their fork like a bicycle grip, but the food is consumed, and these folks are not losing weight, so they know how to wield a fork. The same is true of golf; we have seen many different swings, with different looks, but they cannot be called wrong if they produce the desired results. So the determining factor as to an efficient swing and a bad swing can be pared down to results. Does the swing in question produce good results? This is a simple concept, but some may argue what constitutes good results, and I must say this is an individual thing. A beginner may consider his swing a success if he can get the ball airborne. An expert would only consider his swing sound if he can consistently and on command move his shot as he has drawn it up in his mind. Ben Hogan said that he only hit about 3 perfect shots per round. Ben would move his ball toward the hole; if the pin was on the left he would draw the ball in, starting it at the center of the green and working it toward the hole. Likewise with a right side pin placement, Ben would fade the ball into the pin location, starting the ball in the center of the green and curving it toward the hole. If Ben decided to fade a ball into a right hand hole position and the ball ended in the middle of the green he would consider that a miss hit shot.
 
You are not Ben Hogan, but a good golf swing for the average player, needs to accomplish a few basic requirements;

·         The swing must allow the player to hit the ball first and flush, meaning ball then ground.
·         The swing must allow the player to produce adequate distance.
·         The swing must allow the player to adjust and control trajectory and spin.

Some of you may want to add to this list and please feel free to do so, but I believe these three elements make up the basic criteria of a good swing. If you can do these things, you can play golf. Before we move on to how to accomplish these basics, I must point out that if you cannot do these things, it does not necessarily mean your swing is incorrect, it may mean that you have not mastered the skills yet. Remember, golf is an athletic action which requires some athletic timing and ability.  Kicking a football is an athletic action that most of us can do, but as an athletic movement it can truly be mastered only by a great athlete. Golf is like that as well; only great athletes can ever hope to be top players. But unlike football kickers, average golfers can actually become quite good and compete at very high levels. Just remember that golf is an athletic movement and a lot of our failure in golf can be laid at the feet of poor athleticism.
 
All of that being said, golf is not high jumping; an average person should be able to average 80 around a par 72 golf course with little trouble and a sound swing. Before you write me and tell me that you know people with good swings who cannot break 80, I will tell you that there is more to golf than a good swing. Most talented players, who cannot score, do not score well because they do not know how to play golf. In case you were not listening; swinging the club is not playing golf, it is an element of golf. So what is the first fundamental of the golf swing? The first fundamental of the golf swing is to understand how to use the golfing tool. Remember the golf range, and the folks scooping their way to bad golf? These people scoop, because the golf club looks like it is made for scooping. In reality, the club does resemble a big spoon. The club has loft designed into the head to lift the ball in the air, right? So the beginner thinks that he needs to get under the ball. In reality however, the golf club is a little more dynamic than it looks.  In fact the golf club is quite an ingenious design of physics. The club is designed so that the user can use it by applying only one force; tangential force! I know you all have heard that the golf swing is all about centrifugal force and on and on, blah, blah, blah. Well I am not a physicist, but I did take physics in school and I know that centrifugal force is an imaginary force. What? Yes, you heard me, there is no such force of physics. 

Look it up, centrifugal force is an idea, a concept to explain appearances, not a real force! So since we have cleared that up, we can dismiss the idea of applying a non-existent force to the golf ball. I only mention this because the idea of centrifugal force actually puts the picture in our mind of a club flying around in a circle and merely picking the golf ball up at the bottom and lifting it on its way. If this is your picture of the golf swing, I recommend that you rethink the golf swing. The club head does not trace a circle; in fact the head does not really trace any geometrical shape, but if pressed I would say it traces somewhat of an ellipse. Now please, do not think that I am arguing circles or squashed circles to be a smarty pants. These concepts are very important to visual learners. Some people can do anything they can visualize; these people must be made aware that the golf club does not swing in a circle, constantly being pulled outward. First and most important, this is not what is happening, and second it is not the picture you want in your mind. Remember, if centrifugal force were a true force, and you really swung the club centrifugally, then if the club head flew off during your swing (based on centrifugal force) it would fly directly away from you. For example if it flew off right at impact it would fly right into the ground. Now anyone who has ever had a club head fly off at impact knows that it does no such thing, it in fact flies out in front of you, down the target line. Why does it do this? It does this because the force you are applying to the golf ball is tangential force, not centrifugal force. Simply put an object traveling in an arc will leave the arc on a line tangent to the arc. This means that tangential force will move the ball, or the club head if it flies off, directly down your line of play. So it has taken me a while to get there, but what this means to you is that you only have to apply tangential force to the ball, meaning hit it flush in the back and the ball will travel forward. Your job is to apply this forward momentum to the ball. The clubs job is to apply trajectory and spin to the ball.
 
If you learn nothing else from this article, please learn that the golf club is designed so that you only need to apply that one force. You make the ball go forward; the golf club will do the rest. That is why you have 14 clubs to choose from; sometimes you want the ball to go higher, sometimes lower. The club will take care of trajectory, spin and distance; all you do is apply the force.   For the most part, on full shots you apply the same force for a driver as you do for a seven iron. They go different distances and fly different trajectories, but you have done nothing, but apply the same force to the back of the ball. That brings us to hitting the ball flush. To make the ball fly straight you must contact the ball directly in the back of the ball, generally near the equator of the ball. If you think about your golf clubs, you will notice that when you putt the putter will contact the ball directly on the equator. If you hit it below the equator the ball will loft in the air and if you hit above the equator you will pinch it against the ground and it might hop a little. If you have read any putting books you might have been taught to forward press your putter (meaning leaning your putter handle forward of the blade and ball). The reason some teach this is because putters like all clubs have loft and if you sole your putter with your hands directly in line with the ball and the head of the putter you will hit the ball slightly below the equator and the ball will loft in the air. Keep in mind that the putter was designed to do just that, hit the ball up into the air slightly and then roll out. Some teachers do not like this effect on slick greens, so they advise the forward press with the hands; this takes loft off of the putter allowing your stroke to catch the ball directly in the back, on the equator. 

When you catch the ball directly in the back you will impart maximum forward momentum. This is true in putting and it is true with every club in the bag, so if you know your goal is to hit the ball in the back, and you know that with the club perfectly soled with your hands in line with the ball you will contact the ball under the equator. Your goal with most clubs is to apply maximum force to the ball so you need to contact the equator, if you contact below the equator your shot will fly higher and shorter than you desire. Therefore it is common sense that at impact your hands and the grip end of the club must lead the club head past the ball. Remember to contact the equator of the ball with the sweet spot of the club the loft must be turned down! Meaning hands ahead with a descending blow.
 
Now that you know where to hit the ball for the perfect straight shot, it should not be too far of a stretch to figure out how to hit higher or lower shots. For the perfect straight, long shot every club must lean forward at impact; in fact a wedge will lean more than a seven, which will lean forward more than a driver, but the hands will never be behind the club head. If you ever have a chance to see yourself on camera, take a look at your hands at impact. In relationship to the ball and the club head, your hands should be slightly in front. If they point at your belt buckle, or worse, you do not have an efficient swing and you cannot play consistent golf. If your hands are ahead, then your swing can produce solid contact and maximum distance. For those of you who do not get into this position you must learn how to do it. Now this is a problem, because to properly swing down and through, a golfer needs to produce adequate lag and pivot in his swing. And quite frankly these are athletic movements. You have heard that the golf swing is a marrying of an arm swing and body turn. Unfortunately that is true; I know you were hoping to hear otherwise. The good news is that it is not super hard to accomplish this move to some degree. The bad news is that if you cannot turn through the golf ball you cannot properly compress the golf ball and take your divot on the pro side (in front) of the ball. I mention divot, because if your divots start at or just past the ball it is a pretty good bet that you are contacting the back of the ball properly.

 So watch to see where your divots are appearing, you need to move them forward to play consistent golf. So you need lag and you need to turn through the ball for your swing to consistently contact the ball in the rear. Lag simply is a term which defines how much angle you have between your lead arm and the club shaft on the way down to the ball. At some point that angle will reach 180 degrees. Remember at the top of the swing you want 90 degrees and as you swing down that angle increases until after impact and then it resets in the follow through. The reason you want to retain some of that lag (meaning impacting the ball before your angle hits 180) is so that your club head bottoms out in front of the ball, not behind. That move will guarantee that you contact the ball directly in the back. But that move is not done in a bubble; if you swing your arms and do not clear your body, you cannot hold onto that angle. In fact, if you keep light pressure in your low hand (right for righties) and gently turn through your shots with your body, you will create the lag you need. This really is quite easy and can be accomplished by any coordinated person. You can also preset this gentle turn through the ball by playing with an open stance. There are many methods; you will find what works for you.

The killer of a good swing is the hit impulse. Remember back on the range, and the choppers that we saw? The hit instinct is the strongest natural force in golf. Remember I spoke of the myth of centrifugal force? Any golfing physicist will verify the hit instinct force, this force is not imaginary, but it can be overcome, maybe. You cannot develop lag in your swing if you hit at the ball. The very act of hitting will release the angle that you stored at the top of the swing; you must relax your grip (especially in trailing hand) and gently pivot your body through the ball and into the through swing. Only until you develop effortless power can you play the game well. If you hit at the ball, you will produce powerless effort. An affective powerful swing comes from proper ball contact, from a club travelling on the proper path. If you can hit the ball in the back consistently you can control the curve and trajectory of the ball. And if you can control the ball effectively then you have a good swing.

Dennis McCann

Columbus, OH

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Five Free Golf Tips for Beginners

By Jones Harington

Starting a new game, like golf, is never easy. If you want to learn it fast, you might as well give up now because this attitude will only lead to frustration. It takes time to learn the game of golf and it is not like basketball or soccer. You cannot just pick up a ball, shoot it at a basket or kick it towards the goal. There is much more to golf than most sports.

Sure, it seems like you might just need a few free golf tips for beginners and you will be ready to go, but there is much more to it. Even with the five tips you can read below, you should consider attending beginners golf clinics, taking a series of lessons, or at least getting the advice of an area golf professional or a top golf guide.

Tip #1 – Start with Putting

Most of us have at least gone to a mini golf course or a putt-putt course, so putting is pretty easy to pick up on. This is actually the smallest portion of the golf swing and will help you to build the rest of your swing from it. Find a consistent set up and routine for your putting and you will find it much easier to become consistent.

Tip #2 – Move to Chipping Next

Chip shots are used when the ball is on a flat surface within a few feet of the green. Most golfers refer to this as the fringe, but it could be the fairway before you reach the green. Either way, the grass should be very short and you want to chip with an iron. Most will find a seven iron or eight iron to work well for chipping.

The idea with this type of shot is to land the ball on the green quickly and let it roll to the hole like a putt. The stroke should be much like your putting stroke and you should see the ball go up into the air just a little bit, then roll out towards your target. Put 60% of your weight on your front foot and keep your feet very close to each other when chipping.

Tip #3 – Build your Swing with the Pitch Shot

Moving to the next shot around the green, you want to learn how to hit a pitch shot. This shot is usually hit with a wedge of some sort and does not require a full swing. You will only need to swing about halfway back and forward to hit a good pitch shot (depending on how far you are trying to hit it). A good drill to work on is the toe up to toe up drill. This is when you take the club back until the toe is point towards the sky, then through until it is point to the sky again.

Tip #4 – Learn the Rules of Golf Before You Play

Before you decide to go play golf on an actual course, you should take the time to learn a few basic rules of the game. Make sure you understand how the rules work and as a beginner, this will help you to keep an honest score and see real improvement. You may need a few lessons and some time on the range before going on the course, but don’t forget about the rules.

Tip #5 – Learn Proper Golf Etiquette

Another thing you want to learn before you go out on the course is proper golf etiquette. Out of all the free golf tips for beginners, this one is the most important. This will keep you from playing slowly and will keep you from irritating people behind or in front of you. If you learn proper etiquette it will go much further when playing with other golfer than your actual skill level will.

All these tips are important and I could probably triple this list without giving you enough information to start playing golf. It is very important that you get some type of guide or take lessons before you try to play the game with others. Just make sure you choose the right teacher before you spend your money on lessons.

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Do You Know All of the Best Golf Tips?

By Carl Walker

If you do not yet know all of the top golf tips that there are to be found then you had better get a move on. If you want to improve your game that is. There is no better way to brush up on your playing than to make use of some great golf tips. And the best thing about golf tips is that they are so darn easy to find.

You can find hundreds of the best and most popular golf tips on the internet. In a matter of minutes you can have tons of amazing golf tips at your disposal and most of them will be so basic that you will be shocked at how quickly they will improve your game.

Your game needs to be excellent if you want to be able to rule the links at your home golf course. There is some [pretty stiff competition out there and in order to you to kick butt you need to know all of the latest and best golf tips. By doing a basic search online for some golf tips you will find all kinds from tips to help you improve your swing to tips to help you aim better. You will even find all kinds of golf tips to help you choose the best possible equipment in your price range. We cannot all afford the top of the line clubs so finding out how to make the most of your dollar is one of the best golf tips that you will ever come across.

You should spend more than on day searching for good golf tips. These should be something that you are always on the lookout for, you never know where you will come across some fantastic golf tips. You can get them from your friends who play or from watching golf shows on the TV. It does not matter who or where you get your golf tips as long as they can be put to use in order to make your golf game all that it can be and more.

If you are having some trouble in a particular aspect of your game then ask someone for some advice. Do not wait for good golf tips to fall out of the sky because this does not happen very often. You need to be brave and speak up. If you see someone doing something that you have had trouble with ask him or her how they make it look so easy. This is the best way to get the golf tips that you really need and that will really have the biggest impact on your game each time that you play golf.

You may even want to take a few lessons with your local pros. These guys are full of great golf tips and they are always willing to share. Take some lessons and really pick their brains in order to glean all that you can from them. And when the lessons are over ask if they have any more good golf tips for you to take home and mull over. They might just have some.

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Little Known Secrets and Golf Tips For Beginners

By Timothy S Jenkins

No two people will ever have the same golf game or the same golf swing. That much you can be sure of. If you’re just beginning to find the joys in playing golf or you’re still on the verge of considering the sport, I’m sure you are also in the lookout for golf tips for beginners. First and foremost, it is important that you work on your golf swing first. Once you find your very own golf swing you will be able to continue improving on it as you progress on the golf course.

Perfecting your very own golf game will take loads of time and practice. However, when you are finally comfortable with holding a club, practicing hard will still feel like shooting the breeze. Here are some golf tips that beginners can practice whether in the living room, office or out there on the driving range.

Be Still: Avoid Moving Your Head

The position of your head before you swing should be aligned with your spine. Avoid tucking your head close to your chest and looking straight down because it will interfere with the proper execution of your golf swing. Also, you want to raise your nose just a bit so that your left shoulder will fit right under your chin. Remember to keep your eye on the ball at all times because this will help you keep your head from moving to and fro. This is one of the very effective golf tips for beginners.

Get a Good Grip: Hold Your Club the Right Way

Even if you are keeping your head still and your hips swayed at the right way, if you do not have a good grip on your golf club, your golf swing will yield unsuccessful results. How to grip your club is one of the very important golf tips for a beginner. If you’re holding your club, your hands should not be facing right down. You should have your hands to the side, like you’re about to shake somebody’s hand, thumbs going in the same direction as the head of the golf club. Also, you have to be relaxed and comfortable enough with the way you’re holding your golf club. For a beginner in golf, practicing this golf tip will help you be on your way to hitting balls faster.

Body Motion: Be Aware of Your Body

A lot of people do not know that golf uses a lot of muscles. If you’re not careful, you might hurt your back in the process. Using the wrist might be the obvious golf tip for beginners but really it is not. You have to understand that a good golf swing comes from the legs and the trunk of your body. Also, a golf beginner should take note of having the correct golf fitness to be able to really play the game.

Even if you’re still contemplating on whether to take up this sophisticated sport, be sure you are getting good golf tips for beginners. If you’re still too shy and afraid of tackling the greens, you can start practicing your drive in a driving range. Keep in mind these golf tips for a beginner and soon you’ll be hitting it out with the pros!

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Seven Top Golf Tips to Curing Your Golf Slice

By Ron Reich

The golf slice is a nuisance to golfers. The ball ends up nowhere near your intended target, thus ultimately raising your golf score.

Eradicating the slice from your game is a major solution to bringing down your golf score. Below are some of the most effective tips for correcting the golf slice.

Golf Tip #1: Check Your Grip

For right-handed golfers, check that the line between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand that is gripping the club shaft is directly pointing to your right eye. Moreover, the left thumb must be placed in the palm of your right hand or trailing hand. Also make sure your grip is firm, but avoid making the grip too hard to maintain the fluidity of the release during impact.

Golf Tip #2: Thumbs Up at Follow-Through

If you’re gripping the shaft of the club correctly, the grip will be released after ball impact and your hands will take a thumbs-up position.

Golf Tip #3: Leading Shoulder Should Move Down

As you swing the golf club, your front shoulder (or left shoulder for the right-handed golfer) must go down with the swing. Not doing this will result in a slice or the ball being hit from the outside to the inside.

Golf Tip #4: Set-up Correctly

It is important that the golf ball be correctly positioned so that the face of the club will squarely hit the ball and prevent the slice from occurring. Having the ball farther in front will cause you to hit the ball at an arc or with the club face open, thereby causing a slice.

Golf Tip #5: Don’t Hold Back on Your Follow-Through

Don’t stop or shorten your follow through as not to reduce the speed and power of your golf swing. By allowing your follow through to proceed freely, you will maintain a correct balance during the swing. And this will enable you to hit the ball squarely, thus helping you avoid hitting a slice.

Golf Tip #6: Train Your Body with Golf Drills

It’s important to actually perform the golf drills and not just read several golf tips. By performing golf drills frequently, you will be able to build-up your motor memory or cellular memory for executing the ‘optimal’ golf swing.

By performing the golf drills, the correct swing will feel more natural and over time, your body will be trained to swing the golf club consistently at the right rhythm, power, and accuracy. You will be able to actualize the shots that you visualize at a higher rate.

Golf Tip #7: Aim for a Flatter Golf Plane

A slice results from an open-faced hit produced when a golfer’s swing travels an overly vertical golf plane or path. You can stop producing golf slices when you make your golf swing flatter by bending your knees more and turning your shoulders during each golf swing.

Most importantly, review your swing fundamentals to be able to pinpoint the root cause of your slice. Start your analysis from the most basic such as your golf grip, set-up, back swing, follow through, and etc.

Eventually, with your regular review and performance of golf swing drills, golf slices will be a thing of the past in your golf game.

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Top 5 Golf Tips For A Beginner

By Lee Coppin

So you have started to learn how to play golf and no matter your age it is a great game for socializing, health and exercise. You will quickly find that it is a game of many levels and that it will challenge you every time you pick up a club and take a swing at a ball.

In this article we are going to look at 5 golf tips for a beginner which will help you get to grips with playing golf and help you learn to play golf better. In these 5 Golf tips for a beginner we will look some simple but often forgotten truths about the game that a no one tells a novice golfer.

So here are the 5 Golf tips for a beginner:

Golf tips for a beginner number 1- How you approach the mental side of the game of golf is as, if not more, important than the technical aspects of the game. Ben Crenshaw – champions tour player and ex PGA player is quoted as saying “I’m about five inches from being an outstanding golfer. That’s the distance my left ear is from my right ear”. So its is important to include advice on the mental side of the game in any golf tips for a beginner. Staying calm and focused on the course coupled with being confident in the shot you are about to play will allow you to make a swing without hesitation or rush. When you do this, some times referred to a golfer being in the zone, golf becomes an easy game – trust me it does. The key is being able to do this at will.

Golf tips for a beginner number 2 – Learn how to play golf from the experts – know most people will tell you to get a lesson from the local golf professional, this can be very expensive way to learn, it is very effective and focused on your game and faults.But this is not the only place you can learn from an expert. Watching the tour on TV is a great way to see how the top golfers approach the game. The other way is to choose a great online or DVD teaching series and study the great game at your leisure. This is a very cost-effective and allows you to fit the learning around your schedule.

Golf tips for a beginner number 3 – When practicing think of the game from green to tee,not tee to green. I see most golfers when they are at the range or practice ground hit ball after ball with the driver and fairway woods. They seem to be obsessed with hitting the ball 300 yards plus all the time. The club you hit most shots with in any round is the putter and where you need to be the most accurate and controlled is under a 100 yards from the hole. So when you practice you need spend 50% of your time on or around the greens putting and chipping, 30% hitting pitch and chip shots from under 100 yards and the rest banging the ball down the range. If you do this you will see your scores drop very quickly.

Golf tips for a beginner number 4 – It’s not speed but width that dictates distance. Its time for a bit of physics because hitting the golf ball is a lesson in the use of centrifugal force to generate speed and power. The power and speed, which is only important at the point of impact, is generated by the width of swing and the distance between the motor, your body, and the club head. This is why clubs get shorter from driver down to putter so swinging really fast and hard only serves to knock you off-balance which results in a poor shot. You need to swing slow and easy to allow your body time to get in the right places through the swing and use the correct muscles to generate power so you hit the ball the distance you need. An easy rhythmical swing will hit the ball further and more consistently.

Golf tips for a beginner number 5 – Enjoy the game! Sounds a stupid thing to say but to many golfer expect to play like the world number 1, and even they don’t play great all the time, this is just unrealistic. Accept that you are going to hit poor shots and make mistakes. Don’t get angry as this makes you tense your muscles resulting in you swinging badly and hitting poor shots – trust me on this one you can ask my playing partners! Keep a smile on your face enjoy the challenge and take what the game gives you. If you do this you will find that you play so much better.

So there we are 5 Golf tips for a beginner I just know that you will find them useful and applying them to your game and practice these 5 Golf tips for a beginner will help you lower your scores and enjoy playing the great game of golf.

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Simple Golf Tips to Improve Your Game

By Josh Stamos

Not all the people who wish to play golf have the talent and skills. Some of them just possess the willingness to learn more about the sport and follow simple golf tips. A good golfer must have the ability to execute golf swings pretty well. Having the natural golf swing is not a natural thing for people who love to play golf. How do golfers learn to do an effortless and natural swing? Following the simple golf tips will do the trick. If you want to master the art of doing an excellent golf swing, here are the tips that you can do:

Practice your golf swing in a slow motion manner. PGA golfer like Tiger Woods also had a hard his share of poor golf swing days. Among the few techniques that professional golfers share is the slow motion golf swing.

Another essential aspect in playing golf is the body alignment. The body should be precisely aligned to the target. The golfers’ body should be kept parallel to the golf ball to make sure that a golf swing would result into a good shot.

Proper feet position is part of the tips. The golfer’s feet stability and balance will affect the body rotation and flexibility when executing the golf swing. There are required feet positions for different types of club used. The distance between your two feet should be wider if you are going to use a longer shaft golf club. Do the reverse, if you are going to use shorter clubs. Narrowing the distance between two feet when using a short golf club.

Another important concern to resolve is the ball placement. There are golfers who are not familiar on where to position the golf ball. If you are unsure, you may take some tips to professional or more senior golfers. Normally, it is the club that would dictate the position of the ball on the tee.

Learning how to keep your balance is crucial when playing golf. Balancing the body weight may seem to be very basic, but a lot of golfers fail to do this. It is important to remember that the body weight should be concentrated at the ball of your feet. Do not put your body weight on the heels or toes because this will prevent you from doing the right body rotation during a golf swing. Balance and coordination are part of the tips that any golfer should keep in mind.

The correct body posture will result into a better golf game too. Do not slouch your shoulders and the spine should be in line. There should be no bending on the hip and waist area. However the knees must be at least slightly bent. A golfer should maintain a 90 degree angle between the spine and the shaft of the golf club.

Even amateur golfers can play like a professional by following these simple golf tips. However, learning these techniques are not enough. It should be put into practice and constant practice is necessary if you really want to improve on your golf handicap and get a better golf score. You can strictly follow these simple golf tips and you can also experiment in doing other techniques that will help you improve your golf games.

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Golf Tips for Beginner and High Handicappers

By Robert Eubanks

What golf tips should you look for?

Often beginners and high handicappers set out to find video and written golf tips that will make them improve their golf game. However, often, they do not know what tips they should be seeking. So, this article is meant to give an overview of the different types of golf instruction that is available so that you can ask the right questions.

The major categories for golf tips are the golf swing, golf shots, mental strategy and situational strategy, apparel and equipment, golf fitness, and rules and etiquette. To truly learn to play golf well and love the game you need to become proficient in all of these areas. Let’s take them one at a time.

GOLF SWING TIPS: To learn the basic fundamentals to the golf swing you will want to get tips on the full swing and short game. The full swing is divided up into the following segments: the grip; stance; backswing; downswing; impact position and follow through. The short game swing is divided up similarly, but the technique used varies with whether you are putting, chipping, pitching, hitting a bunker shot and/or coming out of rough or a tie lie. Finally, golf swing tips are also specific to the type of club you are using (i.e. driver, iron, wedge, wood, hybrid and putter).

Golf swing tips are also separated into fixes or cures for specific swing faults. Common swing faults addressed are over the top, slicing, hooking, reverse pivoting, topping, hitting fat behind the ball, popping the ball into the air and losing your balance.

So, for you beginners and high handicappers, when looking up golf swing tips use these specific terms to better find the answer that you are looking for. For example, you might search for the “proper grip and stance when hitting a full swing iron shot.”

GOLF SHOT TIPS: Hey, all beginners and high handicappers need to know that there are far more shots than just the basic full swing and short game shots. If you are looking to shape your shot there are low, medium, high, straight, fade and draw and over spin and under spin shots. Based on where you ball is sitting, sometimes you need specialty shots for situations like a downhill lie, uphill lie, below you feet lie, above your feet lie, when the ball is in a divot, buried in the sand, in the water, in deep rough or environmental hazard, on hard pan, tie lies, Bermuda grass, etc… I think I got most of them. Then finally there are specialty shots like the stinger and hitting your driver off the deck that you can learn down the line.

Bite off a little at a time. Initially focus on the shots that will help you the most on the courses that you play most often.

MENTAL AND SITUATIONAL STRATEGY: Golf Tips on mental golf strategies and situational strategies are key to playing golf because in many ways golf is like a game of chess. Mental golf strategies teach you how to focus under pressure and avoid negative mental hang-ups like fear, stress and overconfidence. The advice on these topics includes things like mental foods, visualization, self hypnosis, meditation, pre-shot routines and breathing techniques. You can even find ways to affect the mental focus of your competition, within the rules and acceptable etiquette of course.

Situational strategy is also known as golf course management. It includes things like how to play in the wind, into fast or slow greens, at high and low altitudes, in the morning and evenings, playing to the short or long side of the green, how to avoid trouble, reading greens, etc… If you only knew how many golfers could improve their games if they understood golf course management. You are only as good as your weakest link.

APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT: Golf Tips on golf clubs partly focus on fitting shaft flex, shaft length, club head lie and loft and grips for men, women, and kids with various swing speeds and swing tempos. Some tips also look at the best clubs to carry based on your skill level and the course you are playing. Finally, some focus on where to get clubs at the best price and availability.

Other information beginners and high handicappers can get on equipment and apparel includes a variety of things. You can find out the proper golf attire for different climates including winter golf. You can learn ways to shop for affordable apparel. You can learn how to take care of your equipment and apparel. You can learn about gadgets and training aids to improve your golf game.

GOLF FITNESS: One key to many of the golf tips that you will receive is that you have to be physically capable of pulling them off. This requires you to be in golf shape. So the fitness tips are normally divided into exercises for different segments of the swing or different body part involved in the golf swing. So for example, doing a search on exercises to increase your balance on the downswing or how to help you maintain your posture would yield you to informative results.

GOLF RULES AND ETIQUETTE: Don’t overlook the important of knowing the rules and etiquette. The rules will save you from incurring penalty strokes for rule violations. Additionally, knowing the rules will allow you to know all of your options when playing drops from hazards and/or finding yourself in other unfavorable situations. Search for these golf tips by searching for rules pertaining to common situations first. Examples would be to look for rules for movable objects, playing out of the sand, playing from a lateral hazard, etc…

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