Playing golf is difficult enough without having to use clubs that don’t fit you. Golfers come in all shapes and sizes, and everyone has unique swing characteristics — and should choose clubs accordingly.
It's not uncommon for amateur golfers to incorporate little or no shoulder turn in their swings. Some actually might believe they're getting shoulder rotation when the reality of their swing is something very different.
One of the challenges for new golfers involves determining how far to stand from the golf ball at address. Even experienced players can struggle with this from time to time.
If you haven't played golf in a while and recently decided to pull those old golf clubs out of the garage, you might be surprised to notice rust buildup. Because graphite and stainless steel don't rust, the clubs that are most vulnerable are made of mild carbon steel.
Hybrid clubs have rapidly become popular across the golfing spectrum in the 21st century. Originally designed to help amateur golfers improve their games, hybrids have found their way into many professional golf bags, including those of PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players.
The only difference between RH and LH golf clubs – other than putters – lies in the club head. Neither shafts nor grips are built specifically for a right-hander or left-hander.
It takes a lot of time and practice to become an expert golfer. Practice can take place at the driving range, the golf course, or at home. Take a well-rounded approach to improving your golf game by working on your short game, long drives, and mental approach to the game.
By practicing on the golf course, you are exposed to interference. Bunkers, water, trees, and varying lies provide environmental interference. Through making your practice “game like,” you are exposed to psychological interference as you are competing for a score or to complete a level.
Every golfer wants to hit the ball farther, and the quest for maximum length has led many 21st century golfers to opt for drivers with shafts that are 1 to 3 inches longer than the standard recommended length.
You're a beginning golfer stepping up to the tee box. You have a tee in your hand and you press it into the ground. But how far down into the ground does it go? How high or low should the golf ball rest on the tee?
Golfers strive to build a swing that delivers maximum distance, allows sufficient control over the ball -- accuracy -- and is dependable. You want develop a consistent swing, one that you can depend on to produce on-target shots even under competitive pressure.
A golf stance is made up of several elements – the right width of stance, the right amount of knee flex, the angle of the feet and overall posture. We’ll look at posture in part 6 of this series.
Many amateurs -- higher-handicappers and even really good players -- are not precise enough when they put their hands on the club. In a sound grip, your palms should face each other, and your wrists should be able to hinge up and down.
Chipping is one of the single fastest ways to lower your golf scores which is why we will be covering 6 important chipping tips to help you improve your short game.
Having the right golf grip for your game is just one of the many aspects that must come together in order for you to become the best golfer you can be. A good golf grip will help with control and flight of the ball. Adjusting your grip can correct flaws in your swing that cause you to slice or hook the ball.
When establishing your setup, it is important to have good posture and feel balanced. From this position, you should maintain your spine angle throughout your full swing.
Many times when you hear people talking about getting the most distance out of their drives or irons, you probably hear the word timing used as they talk about how to achieve this.
If you improve just one thing this year, make it one of these. Lower scores need not mean blistered hands on the range. Here are 12 things you can improve easily.
Improve your golf stance, and you may notice a big difference in your game.
In that path of improvement, increasing swing speed is an integral part.
Short game skills are what separates the winners from everyone else in all the major golf tournaments.
The long game is all about power and distance in the quest for the putting green, and getting the ball where you need it to go. It can be broken down into three elements: the drive, the fairway shot and the approach shot.
Golf is a target game, and just like any other target-based game, aiming is essential to your success in golf.
The golf swing is a complex array of twisting, rotating and occasionally thrusting muscle groups and joints, each of which could be referred to as a pivot.
There is a lot of information about the importance of swing width, and I don’t think any good instructor would argue the value of sufficient width in the golf swing.
In this post, we'll give you five expert tips to improve your golf short game.
A punch shot is one that is played with the intent of lowering the golf ball's trajectory in flight through a couple changes to a golfer's normal stance and swing.
People don't think enough about balance. Most folks assume that once, as toddlers, they're able to successfully stand on two feet and start to walk, they've mastered balance and don't have to think much about it from that point on.
Golf is a rotational athletic endeavor, requiring you and your body to balance an accelerated rotational force to transfer the energy you generate with the golf club to the ball at the absolute right time.
There are 6 main fitness components for golf to play your best. These are all equally important and should not be ignored in a training program specific to golf.
A well-executed tee shot can be the highlight of a golf game or even an entire golf trip. But, fumbling a tee shot can sometimes be enough to throw off your game for weeks.
Does wind make a difference when you’re playing golf? Yes, golf wind matters, big time.
In golf, the term angle of attack refers to the angle of the head of the golf club as it approaches the golf ball.
We put a lot of emphasis on many parts of the golf swing but the Takeaway is the most overlooked.
Golfers need to be proficient at two types of bunker or sand shots: from fairway bunkers and from greenside bunkers. Here’s a simple plan for each.
Are you hitting lots of golf shots that start out left of the target and continue flying left, on a straight line, until they land left of your intended landing area?
Many recreational golfers struggle with the trajectory — how high the ball gets in the air — on iron shots.
Golf clubs arriving with five bent shafts or three snapped off club heads. Unfortunately, scenarios like these happen far more often than traveling golfers care to think about.
There are some basic elements of the golf swing that the golfer should use as a mental checklist when taking a shot.
Junior golf is more competitive than ever. There are more and more tournaments each year and a greater depth of talent and ability in every age group.
As much as we want to be Rory Mcllroy in our golf swings, we are not. If you’re lacking power behind your shots, you are in the right place.
Numerous golfers, from pros to recreational hackers, have added weight to their drivers or other clubs for years.
Clubs with more weight than usual in the clubhead relative to the grip have higher swingweights, and those with higher-than-normal weight in the grip area have lower swingweights.
The dreaded slice is an unfortunate part of many golfers' games.
A slicing drive is a shot that leaves the face of the club traveling toward the intended target but veers off course as it travels, bending sharply away to the right from a right-handed golfer.
The slice is one of the main problems golfers face. Although it is not overly difficult to straighten out your shots in theory, the ability to do so on a consistent basis is difficult.
One of the most common full swing mistakes amateur golfers make is leaving the right side (trail side) of the body “behind” through impact and the follow through, with no release.
You hit a pretty good drive, but as you step off the yardage to the green you discover that you're 5 yards farther than you comfortably hit your 8 iron, and 5 yards shorter than you would hit your 7 iron. So what do you do?
The Rules of Golf allow every golfer to carry up to 14 clubs in their bags during a live round or competition, and most of us take full advantage of that longstanding rule.
Even as technology has pushed golf equipment to the physical limits of ball flight correction and control, the slice remains the average player’s Waterloo.
In the backswing, the hands stay on the inner circle and the club head stays on the outer.
There's only one thing that can cause a slice, and that's a clubface that's either open (or opening) at the point of contact.
Without a ball and club, assume your normal posture with both arms extended, forming the letter T. Allow both arms to tilt as you turn and coil your upper body back.
While these challenging conditions test elite players' accuracy and control, those of us watching from the sidelines tend to struggle in the same areas.
Cold weather, injuries or a busy schedule are just a few reasons that you might take a break from golf, and as we all know, getting back onto the horse can be difficult.
Lower scores start with getting your tee shots in good position.
A six-footer is by no means a gimme, but it's still short enough that it stings when it doesn't go in.
Professional golfers turn their shoulders back twice as much as their hips during the backswing.
Many golfers become so mechanically minded that they don't swing the club – rather, they just move it from one position to another.
Reducing your average score by five strokes might seem like a daunting challenge. One way to approach it is to try five different methods that will reduce your score by one stroke each.
Golfers' swings vary as much as snowflakes with no swing being exactly the same.
Among the foremost bane of many golfers is the unwanted golf slice.
A slice is a golf shot that curves from left to right. A moderately sliced ball is often called a fade.
All slices are not created equal. There are many reasons why your ball ends up to the right, and before you fix the problem, you have to determine the cause.
Golfers want distance and accuracy from their golf shots, especially off the tee. A fade to the right or a draw to the left can be desirable when the fairway has a curve or a dogleg.
A slice is a golf shot that curves off to the right (for right-handed golfers). It is one of the most common mis-hits for amateurs.
Amateur golfers often suffer from the over-the-top golf swing.
Having an outside to inside golf swing can reek some real havoc with the golf game.
The power of a golf swing is in the hips, but the direction and accuracy is in the legs.
Chances are that you've heard of "the slot." It's a position halfway into your downswing from where you can hit the ball on a slightly in-to-out path.
Instructors sometimes differ on the value of a one-piece takeaway, but golfers from Ben Hogan to Annika Sorenstam all stress the importance of "maintaining the triangle" or "maintaining the V" during their golf swings.
If you are like most golfers, you make hitting a golf ball much harder than it really is.
Although you might be confused by the variety of "swings" taught by different instructors, they all teach a few common basics.
The key to scoring well in golf is being able to predict where your ball will land when you hit it.
Too many players slouch over the golf ball as if they are too tired to hit it … and then they wonder why their shots end up everywhere but where they wanted them to go.
If a good backswing lays the foundation for sound golf technique, then a strong downswing is the heart of your stroke.
Watch a pro golf tournament on TV carefully and you’ll likely notice numerous variations in the players’ swings.
The golf swing involves numerous moving parts and almost every joint in the body.
In “The Complete Golf Manual,” author Steve Newell emphasizes the importance of turning your back to the target during the latter portion of the backswing.
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