Golf is a sport unlike any other played across the world that requires skills, patience and a true drive to gain victory. A good portion of the game is highly mental and without mastering yourself, you will likely be unable to master the ball and get off a shot you are proud of. These tips will show you how to remain consistent with your victories.
A helpful tip when it comes to golf is to be sure to always try to find the reason why things go wrong if you have a bad day or bad shot. It is common to blame outside factors for your shortcomings, but you will not become a better golfer unless you can narrow down how to improve.
When you swing a golf club, put your whole body into it. Using just your arms will not give you the same amount of power for your swing as using your whole body. Your entire body needs to be involved in moving your club. This saves you from swinging your arms too hard, as it allows you to send the ball further.
When golfing with a wind, a common mistake is to simply hit the ball harder, which creates more spin and propels the ball upwards into more wind. Instead, hit it lower– adjust your stance so the ball is back further than normal, and use a longer club. This gives you a good, solid, low hit under the wind.
When you are shooting downhill out of a sand trap steady your hand and keep more weight on your left foot. Open the club face, play the ball back, use a steep back swing and full wrist hinge. This will help you get out of the sand trap that you are in!
Once you have taught yourself to consistently hit the ball, next is to get your swing down. Think of the club as the pendulum in a grandfather clock. Practice swinging your club from side so side as if it was the pendulum in a grandfather clock. Then, swing your club all the way around as if the pendulum was allowed to complete the circle. Did it feel tight when you lifted the club above your head? Then you are forcing it. The club should swing all the way around as if it were almost effortless, without being tight. Once it feels right, this is the circle of motion that you should work within when swinging your club.
Remember, accuracy is so much more important than power, this is why some 80 year-olds can out drive 20 year-olds. Practice with hitting the ball consistently in almost the same spot on the club. This is easy to say or instruct but difficult to do. Simply apply some chap-stick or vaseline to the head of your club and swing. The ball will leave an imprint on the club showing you where the ball was struck. However, don’t use this during a game with friends as this could be considered cheating in a game because it also corrects slices.
As mentioned at the start of the article, the mentality of a player is a big factor in the game’s actual outcome. If you shoot excellent, but can’t focus or allow your rage to control you, the shots will not come across as you hope. It requires self-discipline and emotional control to remain calm and approach each shot with a good attitude.