Golf is an interesting game. Play it well, and it can be a lot of fun. Don't play it well, and experience lots of frustration. Some people are natural athletes, and can pick-up the sport quickly. Others, like me, however, have to work at it, if we want to play well. Fortunately, there are a few things I've learned over the years that anyone can use to become a golfer who can consistently break 100.
These include the following:
Relaxed Grip. It's very common for inexperienced golfers to get nervous and tense up when they get up to make a shot. Make sure you have a relaxed grip on the club, and you'll start to see better shots as a result.
Don't try to kill the golf ball with each swing. We all want to get up and hit the ball as far as Tiger Woods, and think we have to swing as hard as we can to get the ball to go where we want it to go. Trust me, swinging like you're trying to hit a home run in baseball, never works. Practice a relaxed and smooth motion with your swings. Then get up to the ball, and keep the same relaxed motion. This works far better than swinging as hard as possible.
Establishing a target before every shot. Beginner golfers often forget this step. Then, they'll often hit the ball perfectly straight, but either far right or left of the hole. This is because they didn't identify a target before making their shot. Make sure your feet and club face are facing your target on every shot.
Stick the butt out, bend the knees slightly, and get comfortable before every swing. Bad shots often occur due to awkward stances. Keep your feet about shoulder width apart (a little wider for the driver) and line up the head of the club with the ball. Make sure your feet and club are facing the target. The ball should be in the center of your feet for middle irons, slightly forward (closer to the front foot) for the longer clubs, and slightly back (closer to the back foot) when using shorter clubs like the 9 iron, or Pitching Wedge.
Constant Spine Angle. After lining up the club, and getting comfortable with the club behind the ball with the butt sticking out, notice the angle of your spine. This angle should not change during your golf swing. Decrease the spine angle during the swing, and you're likely to chunk your shot (also known as "hitting it fat.") Increase your spine angle (pull up and away from the ball), and you're likely to hit a squibby (also called a "thin" shot).
Practice. Practice more, Practice. Like anything else, if you want to get better, you need to play the game to get better. Playing frequently may not qualify you for the PGA Tour, but the practice should lead to better rounds of golf down the road.
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