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.