Golf can be one of the most rewarding sports to play. For many new golfers, it can be extremely frustrating, but with plenty of patience and practice, it becomes more enjoyable because you get better. Here’s a list of tips to help get you to that enjoyable sweet spot.
1. Take Lessons
This is one of the most important tips. Take lessons from someone who knows what they are doing and take advantage of their knowledge and experience. Ask questions and practice as much as possible during your time with them. Get their tips on what to practice on your own to improve your golf game.
2. Work on that Grip
A good grip is crucial to a skilled golf game and is not a natural position for beginners. There are three main grips—the interlocking, the Vardon, and the baseball grip. Try out each and ask your coach which one would be best for you. Adjust your grip as needed and practice your swings. You’ll notice you get more comfortable.
3. Develop Good Posture
Posture is more important to sports and being healthy than many of us give it credit. It’s definitely not overrated because having good posture will help take care of your back and neck and get you a better swing. A good swing comes from the hips not from the waist because the hips can drive more power and balance.
4. Go to a Driving Range
Going to a driving range is great because you don’t have to worry about finding those stray golf balls. Here you can work on your posture, your grip and your swing. It’s also really satisfying to swing and hit the ball as hard as you can. Plus it can be a great workout.
Obviously, if you want to get the skills golf requires, you must practice, practice, practice. Take any chance you can to go to the course, to a driving range, or take the time to work on your swing in the backyard. Find friends or family who are interested in golf and ask them to join your for a round. It’s a bonus if you find someone who already knows what they’re doing and can offer some free coaching. When you’re watching TV, you can grab a club and practice your grip, and if your living room is big enough, you can even practice your swing. Set a time daily or at least a couple days a week to work on your game. It doesn’t take hours, just a few minutes every day.
6. Use the Right Equipment
This cannot be stressed enough to get the right equipment. As a beginner, you may be tempted to find the cheapest clubs, but it can be worth the investment if you really want to commit to the sport. Also, having the right clubs will help you get better quicker. Look for the best golf putters that are made from stainless steel, have a perimeter weight distribution for improved forgiveness, and provide precision with each forward roll.
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself! It is a sport, right? Get outside and have fun working on your fitness and playing some competitive games, but don’t take yourself too seriously.