Swing Through The Summer
The Masters may be over, but you can still spend the summer mastering your golf game. At Holbrook Communities, we believe that active adult living should be about doing what you love. So here are some of our top golfing tips to help you step up your game on the green.
5 Tips For A Great Golf Game
Improper alignment is one of the most common mistakes amateur golfers make. Some try to align their feet with the target, others think their shoulders should be parallel to the target. None of these is correct. The best way to align your shots begins by gauging the target from behind the ball. This will provide you with the perspective you need to aim exactly where you want the ball to go. Next, position your clubface behind the ball directly in line with the target. After the clubface is position, set your stance. Most players do best when they align their lower body to the left of the target and their upper body parallel to it. However, there is no one correct way to position your body. Find what works for you. Just keep in mind that aligning your body directly at the target is rarely successful.
Most golfers know that on shorter holes they should use shorter clubs and on longer holes they should use longer clubs. But experienced players know there is more to choosing a club than just length. You also need to factor in conditions like natural shot tendencies, wind, hazards, and hidden dangers in prime landing areas. Most importantly, you need to look at what type of approach shot will follow. If a hole is 365 yards long, a good drive will still leave a 70 to 80 yard approach. It would be better to hit a 3-wood, leaving a full wedge approach. Plus, a shot with a 3-wood is more likely to hit the fairway than a driver shot does.
FUN FACT: The longest recorded drive was 515 yards. While playing in the U.S. National Seniors Tournament in 1974, English-American pro golfer Michael Hoke Austin drove the ball a mind-boggling 515 yards.
You might assume that your stance will change depending on the club, but that’s not true. When it comes to full shots (not pitches, chips or putts), maintaining a consistent stance is critical to becoming a better ball striker. Although there might be minor adjustments in spine angle, ball position, or stance width, generally your position over an iron should not be much different than your position with a driver.
Good golf players always start with a good grip. This is how you should grip your club:
- Grip the club with your gloved hand and emphasize the handle’s placement in the fingers between the first knuckle and the palm
- Apply the ungloved hand so it wraps comfortably around the handle.
- The thumb and index fingers of both hands should form two Vs, both of which should be pointed somewhere around the right side of your chest or right shoulder.
Follow this advice and you’ll have a solid grip.
Play With The Wind
Many amateurs fret about playing in the wind, but better players know how to use wind to their advantage. If you have a stiff wind blowing from the right, instead of battling it, hit a drawing tee shot so that the wind will help move the ball from right to left. Also remember that no matter which way it’s blowing, don’t think you need to swing any harder than normal. Just accept the fact that the wind is blowing, and although it may be in an undesirable direction, you will be better off if you don’t fight it. This will only mess up your rhythm and tempo.
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