Some Golf Tips for Beginners

First off, welcome to the wonderful world of Golf! I hope you’re prepared to fill your head with much needed information and hours of enjoyable swing time. It can be pretty daunting at first but it gets better with enough proper information and effort.

One of the usual complaints of golfers around the world is the inconsistency of their gameplay. This all boils down to poor technique, really. It’s nearly always down to an inefficient golf swing that is very difficult to repeat with any level of accuracy and control.

Try to master a stellar setup position 

Unlike many sports, the ball in golf doesn’t move. That means you’re able to prepare yourself perfectly for each and every shot.

There’s nothing complicated or difficult about a good setup position yet so many faults stem from getting it wrong. The fact that setting up correctly can seem so obvious and even a little mundane, is probably why many amateur golfers completely overlook it. But if you fail to check your setup position on a regular basis (every time you practice isn’t a bad idea) it’s so easy to adopt bad habits. Here are some tips for you:

  • Be proactive and watch lesson and pick up tips
  • Keep a golf club to hand at home or in the office and spend time every day for a few weeks adopting the ideal set up (this will make it second nature on the golf course).
  • It’s a good idea to stay away from the practice range until you’ve mastered the setup position.

Make the checkpoints of a good swing second nature to you

Once you’ve gotten comfortable with a good setup position, it’s time to start building your gold swing.

There is no single, perfect golf swing, but there are certain key elements and positions that can make your swing more efficient, easier to control and more consistent. You can build your swing around these elements by following the videos below. They break the golf swing down into different stages and then give you a series of checkpoints for you to work on at home. Here are some handy tips:

  • Keep a golf club to hand at home or in the office and spend time each day for a few weeks grooving the various positions and checkpoints.
  • Have a full length mirror to check your swing in.
  • Visit the range as often as you can in order to work through the kinks. Don’t be so preoccupied with the flight of the ball or that contact early on.

Build a stellar short game

If you haven’t heard it already, it won’t be long before a seasoned veteran of the game tells you that “golf is all about the short game”. While most us take the greatest satisfaction from hitting a crisp drive that splits the fairway in two, it’s your pitching, chipping and putting that ultimately gets the ball close, and into, the hole.

I think most beginner golfers are concerned most about not embarrassing themselves – which is why they focus on improving their drives and iron play. But as soon as you feel reasonably competent with your full golf swing, I encourage you to spend as much time as possible on your short game. Here are some tips for you:

  • Keep a wedge at hand or at home or in the office and spend time every day for a few weeks adopting the ideal set up and technique.
  • Practice your putting fairly regularly. You can use a carpet at home or your chips in the backyard with either a golf chipping net or airflow golf foam balls.

Make your practices count

A lot of professional golfers will probably tell you this quote: practice makes permanent not perfect.

Lemme tell you now that this is very, very true. I’ve seen a lot of golfers nowadays that waste so many hours and buckets of effort to just pound ball after ball after ball and simply hope it’ll result in a good game. It really doesn’t.

What you can do to not fall into that pit is to make your practices count. Have a goal when you play a game whether it’s to improve your swing, improve your stance, or event just to see how far you can get your ball to go.

Having a clear goal will keep your energies focused and poised to improve your game.

Muirfield Golf Club Votes To Overturn Men-Only Rule

Female golfers of the world! It is certainly time to rejoice! One of the oldest golfing clubs in the world has made a historic move by overturning it’s longstanding Men-Only policy. The members deliberated and voted on the day of March 14, 2017.

Muirfield–The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG), was founded in 1744.  It has been 273 years since then and it is this year that they decided to get rid of the antiquated rule. It is said that this deliberation was done in the aftermath of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews’ (R&A) decision to remove Muirfield as a host venue for the Open Championship as the club had retained the men-only rule in 2016.

The R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has commented that the club would once again be reinstated as an Open venue after their successful historic vote.

The members of the privately-owned club voted a resounding 80.2% in favor of updating their membership policy. Now, women are able to join the ranks of this established club after a vote of 498 to 123.

The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, applauded the inclusive decision through tweeting: “Well done, Muirfield–decision to admit women members emphatic & the right one. Looking forward to seeing you host the Open again in the future.”

The British Open is the oldest of golf’s four annual majors, dating back to 1860. Women’s and men’s single-sex golf clubs, although reducing in number, have been a feature of golf provision in Great Britain and Ireland and comply with equality legislation.

Ivan Khodabakhsh, the Ladies European Tour’s chief executive, said Tuesday’s vote would “begin to restore the reputation” of Muirfield following last year’s ballot. “Sports reflect the values of the society in which we live and today men and women have equal rights. We believe this should be reflected not only in top-level international tournaments but also at club level,” he said.

Scotland’s minister for sport, Aileen Campbell, was quoted saying that the decision was in keeping with a modern country that sought to promote gender equality. “Scotland is a modern country that wants to see gender equality become the norm across all parts of society and today’s decision is another step forward in the journey,” she says.

Britain’s sports minister Tracey Crouch said Muirfield’s decision had been a long time coming. “Golf has the potential to attract a more diverse audience to the game and this decision sends out an important message. It is vital clubs and sports organisations play their part in promoting equality,” she said.

Muirfield had previously drawn frowns and condemnation all over the world as they sustained their men-only policy for so long. As of 2016, Muirfield had remained one of Scotland’s last men-only clubs.

Now that the antiquated rule has been lifted, can we expect to see women members to the club post haste? Not yet, according to Muirfield. In a statement, HCEG said: “The current waiting list for membership at Muirfield suggests that new candidates for membership -men and women- can expect to wait two to three years, or longer, to become members of the club.”

Baby steps, then. The important thing that now women can be included in the wait list. Scotland’s top female player Catriona Matthew called it a “positive step” for Muirfield and golf as a whole.

So, we’re definitely feeling the victory for women and the sport itself. Good job, Muirfield!

Our Picks on The 5 Best Golf Shoes

As it’s a new whole year for Golf, enthusiasts and players need to make sure that their footwear is still in good shape. There’s very little enjoyment to be had if you’re walking on pebbles or rocks every step of the way.

Much like your golf clubs, golf shoes are quite important to a superb game.

What makes a good golf shoe?

For starters, having stability is pretty important if you want to really put power in your swings. For those who need a bit more help with their slow swings, shoes that are flexible are key.

So today, with that in mind, we’ll be discussing our picks on the best golf shoes so far.

1.) Adidas Powerband Boa Boost

One of the striking things about modern golf shoes is that it is no longer limited to a ‘cleats’ look to it. The Powerband Boa Boost has Adidas’ Boost cushioning system which really improves the comfort midsole (something we can agree that we need).

This shoe boasts of a new “Powercage” chasis system that makes use of soft wire loops and straps that are laced in tight into the 360Loop of the shoes . This offers any golfer much needed support and grip during a swing.  The price isn’t too heavy at $163.

2.) FootJoy HyperFlex II

While on a outward basis, the HyperFlex II doesn’t seem so different from the original HyperFlex shoe. The insole is removable and uses the design that you’d find in running shoes ensuring maximum comfort and support.

The insoles are made from waterproof and breathable material. So not only is it soft but it’s pretty light. An old complaint about old golfing shoes is that they’re pretty heavy. This shoe takes the opposite direction with its lightness but offers a grip on the feet that isn’t smothering. Prepare to drop $175 for this pair of comfy shoes.

3.) ECCO Cage Pro

One of the more eye-catching golf shoes in the market to date. One of its more striking features is the Spydr-Grip outsole which eliminates the presence of spikes while simultaneously providing superb grip and performance.

If you’re wondering how it works, the shoe’s outsole is designed around the foot’s natural pivot points–paving the way for optimal traction. The shoe itself is made from soft, resistant dritton leather. So it’s pretty light but sturdy. One of the more pricey shoes out there, it can hit you for as much as $200.

4.) Under Armour Spieth One

This shoe features what Under Armour calls its “carbon counterlocks” which gives the user a ‘locked in’ feeling when they swing. This provides great stability in the heel and really helps boost a powerful swing.

The inside just oozes comfort with a leather insole and ample cushion for the heel and midsole. As the shoe is designed to be waterproof, it performs really well even in harsh conditions or terrain. The traction is pretty good. Much like the ECCO, be prepared to drop $200 for this baby.

5.) Nike Lunar Control Vapor

One of the newest golf shoes to hit the scene, the Lunar Control Vapor aims to provide tremendous traction and comfort to its user. Nike really pulled out all the stops and found the perfect angle that marries flexibility and support along with providing cushion and improving responsiveness.

The aesthetic of this particular shoe looks modern without going overboard. It like that one kid that looks a little odd but then dishes out mad grooves on the dance floor. That’s the best way to describe this new-age shoe. With a friendly price of $150, it’s a really attractive offering that 2017 has.