How to Putt for Beginners

Hot to Putt for Beginners

I remember the first time I tried to teach my sister how to play golf. We were at the driving range and she just wasn’t even making contact with the ball. The golf pro was finishing up with another lesson and noticed the trouble my sister was having.

“Why don’t you have her first start on the putting green”, he said. Being young I thought that is going to drive her away from the game. Putting, really! Who wants to do that! People are intrigued by the game at first because they want to see how far they can smash a white ball. Beginners are not interested in the game because of putting. I thought putting is something you do at a putt-putt course on a Friday date night.

After we finished our bucket and leaving all the balls that barely made it onto the driving range, we headed to the putting green. I showed her the proper grip, stance, and how to aim. Starting out she lacked the same hand and eye coordination she did on the driving range. But within a few minutes she started to make better strokes. The ball was no longer skipping across the green and the putter was no longer leaving gauge marks in the green. I guess an old golf pro knows what he is talking about.

How to Putt for Beginners

Starting to learn how to putt well does have its advantages when learning to play golf. It teaches you proper posture, a sense of feel for the club, and developing good swing tempo.
I am going to go over two basic principles and tools that you have to use for good putting fundamentals.

Putting Grip

There are so many ways to hold the putter now that there is no right or wrong way. Just Google putting grip and you will find results for the reverse overlap, baseball, claw, and crosshanded putting grips. I think you should experiment and see what putting grip works best for you.

One key fundamental I think needs to be used with any of these grips is to not strangle the putter. Do not hold it so tight that you are going to twist the grip right off the shaft. Holding the putter with light pressure is going to allow proper tempo of taking the putter back and through the ball.

Posture – Eyes, Head, Shoulders, and Arms Aligned

The putting stroke and its path of going back and through is determined by how you are aligned to the hole. A smooth putting stroke might look nice but unless there is proper alignment, the ball is going everywhere except inside the hole.

I learned in order to establish proper alignment one needs to realize eyes play a big factor. There are two options when it comes to lining your eyes up with the ball. The eyes can be dead center over the ball or just slightly inside the target line of the ball. You would never want your eyes outside of your intended target line.

To help me understand this concept of eyes over the ball and proper alignment I used the Eyeline Golf Edge Putting Mirror. It helped me figure out how far I needed to stand away from the ball in order to get my eyes over the ball.

It also helped me square up my shoulders to my target. Since my eyes, arms, and shoulders were square to my target all I had to do was to take the putter back and through. The putter traveled back and through on its intended target line every time – which meant making a lot of putts.

It was probably one of my better investments I made in getting better at this game. Mindless practice is not going to make you better, but practicing correct fundamentals with training aids will make you a better player. And that is what the Eyeline Putting Mirror did for me.

It is light weight and has markings on it to help you square your putter with your shoulders. It is one of the many training aids that I use to make sure my putting stays sharp.

So did my sister ever keep playing golf? I would say she is definitely not a regular, but she does enjoy the game for what it offers and that is having a good time outside with friends and family and that what counts.

 

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How to Choose Your Own Custom Golf Clubs

Custom Golf Clubs

When you are selecting a new set or even your first set of custom golf clubs, you need to assess your game and take a few measurements. Golfing is a sport that requires golfers to have the proper length and flex in golf clubs. The first thing is your gender, men and women use different golf clubs. There games are played the same, but how they stand, swing and move are different from men to women. To determine your height, you need to be barefoot and not in your golfing shoes. The next thing to measure is from the floor to your wrist bend.

Needed Information

Other things to consider are your age, your golf swing speed, and  your level of skill. Once you have all the necessary information, you are ready to start shopping around. When you are looking at a fitting chart for golf clubs, there will be a column for height and swing speed. This information will help determine the lie angle and correct club shaft.

Correct Club Shaft

Your swing speed will help determine the right flex you need in the club shaft. If you have a club shaft that does not fit your swing speed, you may not hit the golf ball far enough. You can take all this information and find the right set of custom golf clubs. Golfing is a great sport, but you do need to have the proper equipment. Some golfers prefer graphite clubs while others prefer steel clubs. With a graphite golf club, you will find out that the club is an inch longer than what a steel golf club is.

Golf Brand – Does it Matter?

There are many different brands and manufactures of golf clubs. You will find knock off golf clubs and the original golf clubs. Golfing has so much to do with the golf game, you want a club that is quality, and not just something, that looks nice. You can choose from brand names such as Titliest, Callaway, Ping and Taylormade to name just a few. Ping has a great reputation as do many of the brands.

Make the Choice

It is a matter of choice for what brand name you buy, as long as you have all your measurements, you can select any brand name golf club to give you a great game of golf. Golfing is a game of skill and if you are a golfer already, you know that the club makes a big difference in how far you hit the ball. Pick the right set and you will have a good game.

5 Tips to Reading Putting Greens

Reading Putting Greens

Reading putting greens correctly is key to putting well. All putts start out straight, but the green’s contour moves the ball as it loses speed. If you’re going to start making more birdies and par saves then you must learn how to read greens.
Reading a green’s slope comes with experience, like a lot of things in golf. The more you play, the better you’ll become at it. Here are 5 tips to make more putts.

Tip #1: Determine the Speed of the Greens

The green’s slope determines the degree of break on a putt. How much the putt breaks depends on two factors: the ball’s speed and the green’s speed. In the summer, the ball tends to break more because the grass is shorter than in the winter, making the green faster. In the winter, the ball tends to break less because the grass is longer than in the summer, making the green slower. Take note of how fast or slow the greens are the next time you play. Get used to the difference between them.

Tip #2: Assess Your Surroundings

Study a green as you approach it from the fairway yields a wealth of information. In general, a green tends to slope more one way than another does. Take an overview of the green as you approach it to determine its slope. Note which way it slopes. Also, check to see if the grass is cut with the putt, in which case the grass will appear lighter, or against the putt, in which case the grass will appear darker.
Pay attention to streams or lakes next to the green. A good course architect will have the green sloping towards the water. Designing putting greens this way will allow the water to drain from the putting green during a rain storm.
Identify any hills or major mountain ranges within the area. Greens will slope away from those landmarks.
Pay attention to sand bunkers around the green. Again, a good course designer is going to make sure the greens drain properly. A course designer does not want the sand traps to be filled with water after a rain storm, so the greens will be designed to slope away from a sandtrap.
Take note of any drains near the greens. Putting greens are going to slope towards these drains.

Tip #3: Practice Your Lag Putts

Learning to make long-range putts is difficult enough without adding slopes or borrows. Adding slopes between the ball and the hole takes long range putting to another level of difficulty. The best way to learn how to putt in this situation is to practice it. Try this drill to improve your long-range putting. Stand on one side of the green and putt the ball all the way over to the other side. Try to get the ball as close to the green’s fringe as possible, without going off the green Make a game of it with your friends. This is also a great way to improve your speed control.

Tip #4: Play every putt as if it were straight

One way to deal with slopes is to play every putt as if it were straight. When dealing with a sharply sloping green, identify the putt’s breaking point—the exact spot wide of the hole indicating the amount of break the ball will take. Then putt the ball straight to it. If you have the correct speed, the ball will break at the right moment and dive into the cup.

Tip #5: Deaden the impact on downhill putts

Most golfers would rather putt a ball uphill than downhill, especially on a fast green. But if you play a lot of golf, you’ll face a downhill putt on a fast green sooner or later. One way to control the speed is to hit the ball off the putter’s toe or off the putter’s heel, close to the hosel. Either way deadens the ball enough so you can take a somewhat normal putting stroke without hitting the ball well past the hole. Which approach you adopt is a matter of personal choice.

These five tips on reading putting greens will help you learn to read the slopes on greens faster. But no golf instruction, whether golf lesson or golf tip, can teach you how to putt well. Only practice can do that. Remember improving your putting is the fastest way to lower your score.

Why Your Golf Swing Plane is Hurting Your Game

Golf Swing Plane

If you are new to golf or remember the first time you teed it up, you will remember all the lingo that came the game. To name a few there is mulligan, gimmie, block shots, bump and run, chunk, and duck shots. Then there is your golf swing plane.

What is a Golf Swing Plane?

No, it is not your new private jet. It is the term used to describe the path and direction of your golf club during the swing. The golf club travels in an arcing motion around your body. This path is your golf swing plane. There has been much taught about swing planes. There is the single plane golf swing and two plane golf swing. Let’s focus on just the basic principle of the swing plane itself.

The swing plane is determined by the angle of the shaft at address. Longer clubs are going to have a natural flat plane. Short irons are going to have a steeper swing plane. This all makes sense because longer clubs hit the ball at a shallow angle of attack. Short irons are going to hit ball at a steeper angle of attack, which calls for a steeper swing plane.

Why Does Swing Plane Matter?

The club should travel on this imaginary plane created at address. How you take the golf club back dictates how the club is going to travel on the downswing.

The club taken back on an inside path or below the swing plane can create an inside out move on the downswing. This type of downswing can create a push if the club is below plane.

The club taken back on an outside path or above the swing plane will create an over the top move on the downswing. The club approaches the ball above plane cutting across the ball through impact. This is what creates a slice. Most beginner golfers have perfected this downswing.

A few pro golfers do take the club back off plane but are on plane in the downsing. Jim Furyk is an example of taking his club back outside and then looping it back on plane on the dowswing. It is best though that the average golfer trys to keep things simple.

Is There Any Hope?

You might be wondering if there is any hope to fing your golf swing plane. There is definitly hope! The golf swing is a continous motion. There are many instructors who provide drills that teach where the club should be during the golf swing. Many golfers then start stopping mid back swing to see where the club is. Checking positions in the golf swing can become problematic because the swing is not a stop and go action. It becomes a distraction from focusing on the target.

Use golf drills that teach a correct swing path going back and coming through. Here are a few golf swing plane drills to get you on track.

Golf Swing Drills

Alignment Drill

One of the best ways to starting on plane is making sure your alignement is correct. There are two ways of checking your alignment while practicing on the range. First take some twine and tie each end to two separate golf tees. Stick the first tee in the ground and then align the second tee with your entended target. The string should be pointing at your target. You can now hit balls while using this string as your alignament tool. You can even place your ball on the piece of twine and hit balls off of it.

Second way to check your alignment is to take two clubs. Lay down your first club pointing to your intended target. Take the second club and place it 3 feet behind the first club pointing at the target. Both clubs should point to your intended target but there is a gap of about three feet between the two clubs, this is your hitting area.

Both alignment drills should be used to take the club back along the target line. Taking the club back on the target line will keep your club on plane.

One Arm Drill

You will know you are on plane by the way your club is releasing through the ball. For a right hand golfer, grip the club with just your left hand. Know take small practice swings and notice how your left hand and arm is releasing the club through impact. This drill is simple but will help you understand the feeling of releasing the club on your swing plane.

One Piece Takeaway

Taking the club back with your hand, arms, and shoulders will start the club back on the right path. A good drill to help get the feeling of this one piece takeway is to put the butt end of your club right into your stomach. Your hands should be gripping the club on the shaft. Now take the club back while keeping the golf club pressed into your stomach. In order to do the drill correctly your shoulders have to move the same time as your arms and hands.

Avoid using only your hands and arms, doing so will make the clubhead travel to the inside. Instead you want the club to move straight back. This can only be done if the shoulders rotate at the same time as the hands and arms.

Become a Hitting Machine

Practice these drills and get your club on the right swing plane. If your are interested in learning more about swing planes in depth then I suggest reading The Plane Truth for Golfers by Jim Hardy. It goes into depth about the differences between a single plane golf swine and a two plane golf swing.

 

 

How to Increase Your Golf Swing Speed

Golf Swing Speed

Want to know how to increase your golf swing speed? Tired of having to lay up on the par 5 while all your buddies go for it? Even though distance only plays a small part of scoring well on the golf course, many golfers want in on the secrets of hitting the long ball.

The average golf swing speed for an amateur golfer is 93.4 mph. You will be surprised though how easy it is to increase your golf swing speed.

Golf Physics

Let’s talk physics for one second. I know you didn’t click on this page to read about physics but don’t just leave yet. A little understanding of the golf swing and how physics work will help you increase club head speed.

There are two motions occurring simultaneously in the golf swing. There is a rotational motion occurring with the shoulders, arms, wrists, and club. You can also say there is a horizontal movement occurring with your weight being shifted to the right side on the back swing and then back to the left on the downswing.

The model of the golf swing is a double pendulum. In a double pendulum there are two links. In the case of the golf swing, there are the shoulders and arms which rotate about the torso. The second link of the pendulum is the club and wrists. The club hinges from the wrists creating wrist cock.

Golf Physics

The angle that is formed between the wrists and the club is stored energy waiting to be released. The downswing is started by the unwinding of the shoulders and hips. At the same time there is a weight transfer being made with a rotating motion to the left.

The rotating motion of the shoulders starts the club to move back down towards the ball. The angle created with the hands and club has yet to be released. The release does not start occurring until the club starts to approach the ball. A perfect release will deliver the club head into the golf ball at its highest speed of the pendulum.

The release of the wrists in combination of the rotating hips and shoulders is what creates club head speed. A late release of the club head will mean the club head has not reached its peak velocity, but has already struck the golf ball. This creates lost energy. An early release of the club will mean club head has already surpassed its top velocity and is slowing down creating wasted energy.

Can you see why ball position is so important in the golf swing? Your ball position determines where the golf swing speed is the highest.

Let it Rip!

So…now that I have confused the heck out of you, are you ready to bomb it 300 yards. All joking aside there are ways to implement the proper release without having to think about all the physics stuff.

First step to increase golf swing speed is to maintain a light grip pressure throughout the entire golf swing. Golf grip pressure determines a natural release. Squeezing your golf club to death is going to make it difficult to have wrist cock in the back swing and a proper release on the down swing.
I like to compare my golf pressure to driving a car. I hold the steering wheel loose and I am not strangling it.

Second, there needs to be a proper weight shift. I know there is a lot of stuff out there about rotating around your center and keeping your head still, but, I believe there has to be some horizontal shift in the golf swing.

I believe there is weight shift in the golf swing because it is a natural movement in all sports. There is a natural weight shift towards a target in baseball, boxing, tennis, and so on. I think it is a great catalyst to start and finish the golf swing.

I do not believe that weight shift is the only component in taking the club back. There is a combination of weight shift and rotation at the same time.

Which leads me to the third step, rotation. The rotating motion of the shoulders and arms as one unit is going to get the club and wrists in the correct position at the top of the swing. A horizontal movement back to the left with an unwinding of the hips and shoulders is going to start the club back down towards the ball.

The end result if everything has been done correctly will be a properly released club head.
Here are some of my favorite drills to learn proper club release, weight shift, and rotation.

Drills

Split Grip Drill

For a right hander golfer, take your normal grip and now slide your right hand all the way down to the shaft. Your hands should be separated by at least 12 inches. Take small practice swings with your left and right arm pinned to your sides. Your right arms should stay above your left arm on the back swing and on the follow through.

Two Step Weight Shift Drill

Stand with your feet together and start your back swing by stepping to the right with your right foot. Do this motion while at the same time taking the club to the top of your swing. You should feel the weight shift to your right side by the time you complete your back swing.

Start your down swing by shifting the weight on the right side to your left side. As you strike the golf ball, start walking towards your target as you complete your backswing. Your right food should be the lead foot as you begin walking towards your target. The drill done properly will result in having your weight on your left side.

Two Club Swing Drill

To sync up your arms and shoulder turn use the two club swing drill. Take two clubs similar in length such as a driver and 3-wood. Holding both clubs, one in each hand, take the club to the top of the swing and back through to complete the golf swing. The clubs should remain the same distance apart from each other. If they crash into each other or become too far apart, then your arms and shoulder turn is out of sync. Repeat drill until you have an established feel for the proper rotation.

Keep it Simple

I bet you are eager to get to the range and get to work. Before you do, let me offer my opinion on distance verses accuracy. Unless you are a long drive champ, accuracy will trump distance when it comes to shooting lower golf scores.

In fact, the longer you hit it, the more accurate you should be on approach shots. A longer hitter is going to have wedges and short irons into greens more often. This means, he or she should knock it close every time in order to capitalize on distance.

If it was my choice, I would take accuracy over distance. I would rather hit more greens in regulation than 300 yard drives.

So go out there and increase your average golf swing speed above and beyond.

4 Tips to Master the Golf Mental Game

Golf Mental Game

It is the last hole of the club championship and you are 1 up on your competitor. You’re thinking, I’ve got this, its in the bag, start putting my name on the trophy. And then…there is that one thought that creeps into your mind not to push your tee shot into the drink. Without realizing it, your muscles tense up, your tempo is out of sync, and you never had a chance of hitting a good shot. Kiss your trophy good bye!

Golf Mental Game

Golf can be broken into two parts; the physical/mechanical part and the mental side. Believe it or not, the mental side of golf probably plays a bigger part is shooting lower golf scores. Hours can be spent beating balls on the driving range but until the mental side of golf is practiced, lower golf scores are but a dream.

The golf mental game affects every golfer. It does not matter if you play just for fun or you are competing in weekly tournaments. There is that internal talk constantly going on inside of your head that affects how you play each shot and its outcome.

Golf Mental Tips

Tip #1 – A Sound Pre-shot Routine

The purpose of a pre-shot routine is to get you in a state of mind of focus and determination. Don’t over complicate your pre shot routine. It should be short enough to not slow up play but should put yourself in a confident state of mind. Decide what your pre shot routine will be and practice it on the driving range. A good practice routine will include the following:

  • Selecting a Target
  • A visual picture of how your ball is going to take off
  • One swing thought
  • Smooth Practice Swings

Practice swings should serve a purpose. They should not be used to rehearse swing mechanics. It is my opinion that the pace of play would improve if everyone cut out practice swings on full shots. Golfers would actually shoot lower scores if they eliminated practice swings.

Tip #2 – Stay in the Present

Losing focus in golf is easy to do, especially after a bad hole. The reaction after a bad hole is to start thinking how to make up the lost strokes. The correct thought process should be on how to play the next shot. The best way to stay in the present to set small short term goals every time you play.

Instead of focusing on what score you want to shoot, focus on how many fairways and greens you want to hit. Set some goals on number of putts or the number of times to get it up and down for par.

This not only keeps your mind focused on the shot at hand but will identify weeknesses.

Tip #3 – Accept Bad Shots and Move On

Realize that this game is not fair! Bad breaks are going to happen. There will always be the bad bounce, the lipped out putt, the bad lie, and so on. This game is a game of probability. There are risks and rewards in this game and sometimes the odds are not in your favor. What you can control is your attitude.

Your attitude can tilt the odds in your favor and increase the probability of hitting great shots more frequently. No one hits every single golf shot perfectly. Even great players hit bad shots.

Great players do not let their bad shots determine the outcome of how they are going to hit their next shot. They move on focusing on what needs to get done.

Tip #4 – Study the Greats

Focus on studying players and professionals with a strong mental game. Some of the best mental game books that makes our list are the following:

 

Bobby Jones said, “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch course…the space between your ears.”

At times this game can torment one’s soul. Be grateful for the chance to be outside and enjoy your surroundings. Use these golf mental tips to keep your sanity in check and  develop your mental side of golf.

Regardless of anything, it is a privilege to spend a few hours of life playing this great game. If you can truly achieve a feeling of gratitude, that my friend, is deepest fulfillment of a golfer’s soul.

 

 

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How To Find Your Perfect Golf Club Grip

Golf Club Grip

So you want to hit if flush every time? Then lets focus on one of the basic fundamentals, the golf club grip. Your golf club grip can make or break your game. It is the only contact you have with the golf club. The flight of the ball is directly related to how the golf club is taken back and through the golf ball. Lets look at some of the different golf club grips.

1. The Baseball Golf Grip

The Baseball or Ten Finger technique is the most natural one to use when taking up golfing. It doesn’t involve interlocked fingers and is a simple hand over hand method. If you are right handed, this hand will normally be placed at the bottom. The little finger of the right hand is placed close against the index finger of the left hand. Reverse the process if you are left handed. Over the years a number of PGA Tour members such as Billy Casper have used this style with great success. Players with small hands would do better in using this grip.

2. The Vardon Golf Club Grip

The Vardon grip also called the Overlapping golf grip, carries the name of the great Harry Vardon. The six time winner of the British Open Championships used it to win his championships. The pinky finger lays snugly over and between the index finger and middle finger of the top or left hand, also referred to as the lead hand. The thumb of the top hand finds a place along the lifeline of the bottom or trailing hand. This grip is ideal for players with large hands.

3. The Interlocking Golf Grip

This is similar to the Vardon, but here the little finger of the trailing hand interlocks with the index finger of the top hand. The thumbs form a ‘V’ shape which should point in the direction of your right shoulder. Interlocking is usually suitable if the golfer has medium-sized hands or weak forearms and wrists. Make sure that you can see the first two knuckles of the left hand.

There you have the three basic techniques. You have to experiment on the driving range until you find the golf club grip that works best for you.

There is a lot of debate out there which grip works best. The focus should be on what works best for you. Generally speaking, your control will be better if you use one of the interlocking styles. The Baseball is less effective in this regard and will in a sense disturb the balance. One hand will always be more powerful in this case – a scenario that is likely to be detrimental to your game.

You might have heard that your grip pressure should be like holding a bird, not too tight to choke the bird but not too loose that the bird flys away. I hate this example! I have never held a bird nor have I met anyone who can relate to this example. The guy who came up with this example must have been really good at catching birds.

Instead, I like to compare grip pressure to driving a car. Normal people do not put a death grip on the steering wheel while driving. The same feeling should be so with grip pressure.

These small golf grip details can spell the difference between a nightmarish experience on the course, or a confidence-building success-story.

4 Putting Practice Drills at Home

Golf_Practice_Drills

Keep your golf game from going cold during the winter months by practicing these four putting practice drills at home.

Swing the Putter Handle

Good putters are going to be able to keep the butt end of the putter pointing at their belly through out the entire stroke. A good drill to practice at home is to swing the putter while looking at the butt end of the putter handle. This will keep the putter handle in the correct position through out the stroke.

Towel Drill

Who cares if the putting greens are buried in 4 feet of snow. You can still practice your lag putting with the towel drill. The probability of sinking 40 – 50 foot putts is really low. The goal of 40 – 50 foot putts is to get the ball close enough for a tap in putt.

Take a towel and bunch it up. You want the golf ball to hit the towel with a nice controlled speed. If you really want to work on distance control, then lay the towel completly flat. Try to get the ball to stop perfectly on the towel.

Putter Face Alignment Drill

The best putters set their putter face square to their target and the golf ball. Draw a cross on the golf ball as shown in the image above. This practice drill trains your eyes to square the putter face with your intended target. It will also helps set your body square to the putter face.

Eyes on Target Drill

Do you ever feel that your tempo is off and you just can’t get a feel for the greens? Try looking at your target while putting. Many pro golfers, Jordan Speith being one of them, have adopted this approach while on the course. Take three balls and putt towards a target while looking at it. Then take three more putts while looking at the ball. Record your results and repeat. You know you have started to gain a better feel for the greens when all six balls are showing consitency in speed and distnace control.

Keep in mind that while using these four putting practice drills at home, you are focusing on the most important part of the game. Some of the best rounds I can remember was when my putter got hot and I could not miss. The memories I have of great rounds are always the 30 foot par save or the 4 consecutive biridies. Don’t underestimate how the flat stick can save your round!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golf Lessons For Beginners: Finding a Great Golf Instructor

Golf_Lessons_For_Beginners

So you just purchased a set of clubs, golf shoes, balls, and all the other golf nic naks. You are probably wondering where do I begin? Should I just head to the first tee and let it rip? Let me give you some investment advice. Before you try to smash that 300 yard drive, invest some time and money in a few lessons. Golf lessons for beginners can help establish correct fundamentals, and can help you through the tough times. I am going to be honest, this game is hard! There are going to be times when you wonder why you spent $700 on a set of sticks. Having an instructor/mentor will get you through those times of frustration. Here are six traits to look for when choosing a golf instructor.

 #1 -Credibility

Is your golf pro accredited by the PGA or LPGA? A class A pro will have the experience and knowledge to teach you correct golf techniques. Golf professionals who have received their Class A status from the PGA of America have been through rigorous training and are competent to teach the game of golf.

Who does your golf pro teach? A well respected golf pro is going to have a list of well known golfers that he or she has taught. This does not have to be at the professional level, but can be at the junior and amateur level.

#2 – No Gimmicks – True Fundamentals

Since learning how to play golf, I have seen a lot of different swing fads come and go. While some of these gimmicks might work for some players, they do not replace fundamentals. A golf instructor who tries new swing methodologies on his students will not give great golf lessons for beginners. Focus on finding someone who does not break away from true fundamentals.

#3 – Beware of Price

I have taken a lot of golf lessons from a lot of great instructors. The price I paid for each of those lessons varied from $35 to $200. There were times when the $35 lesson was more productive than the $200 lesson. There were times though that I really benefited from the $200 lesson. The point is, do not judge a golf pro on how much he or she is charging. Price is not a determining factor of a bad or good golf instructor.

 #4 – Goal Oriented

I believe strongly in setting goals and defining a plan. Your golf pro should have the same feelings. There should be always an objective with each lesson. A golf pro should take time to listen to your needs at the beginning of each lesson.

I took lessons from a pro who took 10 – 15 minutes at the beginning of each lesson to listen to me. He would ask follow up questions  and come up with a lesson plan for that day. If you feel your pro keeps on teaching you the same thing without real progress, then it might be time for a new pro.

#5 – Learning Style

Everyone learns in different ways. An instructor should realize this and adapt his or her teaching style to your needs. A visual learner might do better with a pro who uses video equipment to record your swing. Someone who learns by feel would want to go with a pro who uses golf drills. Its important that you communicate your learning style to your instructor.

#6 – Invested In Helping You Improve!

This is the biggest trait a golf professional should possess. A golf pro who wants to see you improve will go out of his way between lessons and ask how things are going. He or she will help you keep a positive outlook on the game. Great instructors understand that their job is to identify your weakness and turn them into strengths.

Golf lessons for beginners is a wise investment. Golf is a lifelong journey with ups and downs. Find someone to show you the way!

 

How to Develop Great Golf Posture

Golf_Posture

Golf posture is one of the key fundamentals to a sound golf swing. It determines how you take the club back and how you come through the ball. Developing good golf posture will increase your chance of hitting the golf ball at your target.

Proper Weight Distribution = A Balanced Golf Swing

Ever wonder how guys on the PGA tour swing out of their shoes but are still standing by the time they finish their swing. They have properly distributed their weight in their feet. When you address the golf ball your weight should be distributed in the balls of your feet. Too much weight in your heels or toes causes an unbalanced golf swing. Poor weight distribution also sets you up for an improper swing path. Centering your weight in the balls of your feet will automatically make you bend towards the ball correctly. The goal in mind is to bend from your hips and not your waist.

If you feel your balance is not where it should be, consider a golf training excercise program. Be sure the program focuses on balance and strength building excercises..

How far should you stand from the ball?

There are a lot of great golfers out there who vary in how far away their hands are from their body.

Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus had their hands and arms further from their bodies. Today many PGA tour professionals have their hands and arms closer to their body. The difference is the modern swing is built on a full body rotating motion while back in the day of persimmon woods, power was generated with the arms, hands, and legs.

A good measure of where your arms should be is to let them hang naturally when addressing the ball. This puts you in a postion to take the club back on plane.

Chin up! You’ll hit a good shot eventually.

When you stand up to the ball you obviously are going to be looking at the ball. You however do not want your head slouching to keep your eye on the ball. If your chin is buried into your chest, then it becomes difficult to make a full shoulder turn on the backswing. Keep your chin high enough to make a complete backswing.

Taking it to the course!

By working on your golf posture you will develop a comfortable and balance feeling over the golf ball. That is the goal! A confident stance over the ball will increase your success rate of hitting a confident shot.

There is a difference between practicing and playing golf. Out on the course, there should be only focus of where the ball needs to end up – your intended target. Thinking of technical jargin and how far you should stand from the ball is not golf.

The purpose of practice is to develop good technique to play great golf which leads to lower golf scores. Take a few minutes each day to practice your posture in front of mirror. The people you live with might think you are a little strange, but hey, at least you will look like a pro on the course.

 

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