Improve your Golf Game

Health & Fitness

Golf is a game that many of us enjoy whether it’s for business or pleasure. We watch the professionals and wonder in amazement how they make the game look easy. These individuals have made the game of golf their life and spend hours on the course and on the range improving every element of their stance, grip, balance and swing. However, for us mere mortals the short periods of time we have between personal and business life to improve on our handicap should be utilised to improve the overall enjoyment of our golf game.

There are many factors that influence one’s overall technique and ability such as experience, height, build, and learning. However, there are certain things that you could do to help you get to that dream of playing like a professional!

Clothing

As funny as it may sound but wearing the correct clothing may help to improve your game. In years gone by many thought that the only time they should worry about their attire was adhering to the rules of the golf club and looking the part on the course. Yet the millions spent by sport firms in research and development on golf clothing proves that it can actually help your game.

Step 1

Buy golf shirts that are breathable and have a material that helps evaporate moisture and keeps it away from the skin.

Step 2

Choose a top of the range golf glove. A stiff, out-of-shape glove will cramp your game and your hand. A high-quality glove that is kept in good shape will help you get a better feel for your club.

Step 3

Saving money when choosing golf shoes is not a good option. A suitable pair of golf shoes will help your feet stay comfortable and they will also assist you get a good foothold when playing.

Step 4

You may want to be stylish, but it's vital to be comfortable in the late stages of a round. Quality garments that are soft and don't irritate the skin will go a long way towards improving your game.

 

Equipment

Golf Club

In the olden days a golf club had a wooden shaft and metal head. Today we see and hear of clubs “made from the latest space age technology!” or “used by the top professionals the world over!”. Ensuring that you have the right golf and being comfortable with is is probably the most important factor in the game. It is the one tool that you need to hit the ball hard, precisely and the furthest distance.

 

Don’t go cheap and don’t just choose an iron just because a professional uses it. There are hundreds and thousands of different gold clubs out there all with amazing features such as a comfortable grip, titanium heads and even curved shafts! However the cheap brands usually don’t do anything and are made from standard irons. Hybrid golf clubs are becoming more popular incorporating wood and iron to give a fantastic balance, weight and feel. Go to your local gold store and ask about the golf clubs in stock and choose a range that you’re comfortable with. Also make sure that they have been tested and certified by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association.

Golf Ball

Yes that right, choosing the right type of ball will help your game! There are many types of golf balls on the market, and customers often face a difficult decision. Golf balls are divided into two categories: recreational and advanced balls. Recreational balls are oriented toward the ordinary golfer, who generally have low swing speeds (80 miles per hour or lower) and lose golf balls on the course easily. Advanced balls induce a greater amount of spin from lofted shots (wedges especially), as well as a sensation of softness in the hands in short-range shots. However, these balls require a much greater swing speed that only the physically strong players could carry out to compress at impact.

 

Fitness

Golf isn’t a game whereby you just swing the club and hope for the best. Nor is it about a relaxed stroll across the course whilst eating and drinking your favourite fast food. Golf is a sport for athletes and what many see on the TV, is not some obese guy/women waddling down the fairway. Many of these athletes have a “Golf Training Programme” that they stick to religiously day-in, day-out.

 

Step1

Improve your diet. Eat foods that will keep you going for the course of the 18 holes. Eating healthy not only gives you the energy but also helps to shed them un wanted pounds! Choose to eat smaller meals in the day that include your five daily fruit and vegetable. This can be the difference hitting the ball them few extra yards or just tapping the ball off the tee!

 

Step 2

Exercise. This does not mean joining your local gym and going on a programme to become a body builder. Go out for long walks, jog a kilometres in the week or start a light training programme that will keep you fit and trim.

 

Step3

Drink plenty of water before during and after your round. The amount of people who don’t do this is shocking. Water helps you stay alert, fresh and hydrated. A lack of water can make you tired and hamper your swing or even your putt.

The Stance

 

The  Grip

A great golf grip is the single most important element in the game and can help to get you off to a great start. Gripping the club like a man about to chop down a tree isn’t the greatest technique and can even result in injuries to the hand, arm and even someone else!

 

Step 1

The palms of the hands face each other on the grip.

Step 2

The palms of the hands face in the same line as the leading edge of the clubface.

Step 3

When attaching your grip, make sure that you have equal pressure on all sides of the shaft.

Step 4

The left side of the shaft goes across the mid points of the left hand. Close the last three fingers and the heel of the hand first, then the index finger and then the thumb. The thumb is neither long nor short, but is naturally positioned just to the right of the middle of the shaft.

Step 5

The right side of the shaft goes across an angle that is parallel to the angle the shaft went across the left hand, but about an inch farther down in the fingers. Close the middle two fingers first, then cover the pocket of the palm of the hand over the left thumb. Curl the index finger, the thumb goes to the left side of the shaft and the pinkie goes in the groove between the left index and middle fingers.

Step 6

There are no gaps ... everything fits nicely together. The hands are compact and unified. The grip pressure is created by the form of the grip.

Step7

The back of the left hand is the clubface; the palm of the right hand is the clubface. Where the hands are the clubface will follow.

The Swing

Too much thinking and pondering can often result in a poor swing. A golf swing is about having good rhythm and an accurate motion. Swinging back too fast will result in the club and body working against one another and will definitely result in a bad shot. The secret to a good swing is creating speed and power on the down swing and not the back swing.

 

Step 1

Take the club away slow for better motion and rhythm. Because the backswing sets up the downswing, we will discuss it first.

 

Step 2

A good backswing starts with the arms - not the hands. You don't want to pick the club up at takeaway. You want to draw it away in a one-piece motion. As the club starts back, the left shoulder and hips should turn naturally to allow weight to transfer to the right side. The hands should begin to set at waist high. As the club continues to the top, the shoulders should continue to turn. At the top it is important to have the hands set but not broken down. Over swinging at the top will create negative club speed and inconsistent swings.

 

Step 3

The object of the downswing is to return the club head to the ball with the highest controllable speed. Just as too fast of a backswing is no good, too hard of a downswing can also cause bad golf shots. There are many theories on what should start the downswing. I find that most players who think about pulling with their left arm from the top will create a more consistent swing with all body parts working together. Many players from watching the tour players tend to try to lead the downswing with the left side, and as a result slide ahead of the ball at impact causing weak slicing shots.

 

Step 4

To complete the swing you must have a good finish. The finish in the golf swing, unlike in baseball, needs to be high, not left. We find most beginners find it more natural to finish low and left causing topped shots and difficult to get the ball airborne. The clubface needs to stay square for several inches after impact to create proper flight on the ball. Also, in the finish the weight that you transferred to the right side in the backswing now must transfer to the left side. With a good finish your right knee should face the target, right foot up so all spikes are visible, and hands high close to your left ear.

 

Well, there you have it! A good look at improving your golf game. Now it’s up to you and to get on the golf course and getting that club swinging!

 

Disclaimer: The above information is for educational purposes and is not endorsed by any association, health authority and/or body. The information is not intended to be used as a training programme, guide or the likes.

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