Golfing is a sport that needs a lot of skill to play well, and is the perfect way to take some time away from the stresses of everyday life. If you’re looking for a sport that will leave you feeling relaxed and care-free, golf is the sport for you. If you’re new to golf and you’re worried about the level of your game, these simple golfing tips will help you to play a great round of golf with your friends.
Understanding the basics of a good address will go a massive way to driving the golf ball well. Your feet need to be just a little bit wider than shoulder width apart, with your spine leaning just a fraction away from the golf ball. This is the ideal position for ensuring an upward strike as your shoulders will be at an upward angle.
Your core muscles (including your abdominals, glutes and thighs) should be engaged, whilst you have a light grip pressure and forearms that aren’t too tense. This is to ensure your hands and arms are relaxed enough to make a free-flowing swing.
The ball should be set just inside your left heel to perfect your stance. This means you don’t have to lean back through impact and helps you to find the upward strike you’re looking for.
Preset your impact position
When practicing your driving, the first thing you need to think about is how to set up the ball. You need to find a solid base that’ll help you to maintain your balance throughout. If you are right handed, you’ll need to have 55% of your weight to the right. In order to have the perfect impact position, it should be preset at impact.
For example, your shoulders should be tilted in exactly the same position you want them to be at impact, providing a great starting point for a solid swing. Additionally, you can avoid an embarrassing slice, the commonest of golf faults, with a good address.
The height of the tee
Generally, the ball should be at a height where its equator is in line with the top of the driver at address. If you’re dealing with a very tight drive, you may wish to consider prioritising the fairway and sacrificing some distance.
If you decide to tee the ball lower than usual, you will give the ball extra backspin which works to keep the ball in a straight line. Try experimenting with the height of your tee to see which height works well for your accuracy. Generally, if you have a wide and open fairway, you’ll find it easier to tee the ball higher. If you don’t have that much space teeing the ball down is a wiser option.
One of the most important things you’ll need to know about when you start golfing is focusing on your rhythm. It’s essential that you focus on this as it plays a major role in hitting the ball straight. Often, you’ll find that if you hit the ball too hard will lead you to lose your balance and control.
It can be extremely easy to lose your rhythm under pressure when you’re faced with a tight shot, or when you’re on the range – where players often get loose and try and lash the ball.
The transition between the backswing and the downswing controls much of your rhythm, and it should start in the lower body and a drive down originating from your front foot. The last thing that should move would be your shoulders – by ensuring that your body moves in the right sequence and that you don’t rush yourself, you will find a significant improvement to your drives on the fairway.
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