There are many reasons to incorporate golf into your exercise and socializing routine. The golf course remains one of the popular ways for people of many ages, to get out there and exercise. Whether you have golfed before or not, the following tips will help you decide whether incorporating golf in your life is right for you.
Improve your short game by visiting some three-par golf courses in your area. Many golfers are too focused on taking that long perfect drive off the tee and neglect to put enough effort into improving their short game. Three-par golf courses can be even more challenging than regular golf courses. If you don’t make it onto the putting green with your drive, then you either have to chip the ball in for a birdie or make your putt on the first attempt in order to make par. Improving your short game can drastically reduce your handicap.
Wiggling your toes will help to get a better sense of your posture as you prepare to swing your golf club. If your toes wiggle freely, your posture may be tilted too far back. You should lean into the ball so that your feet can move just a little bit, but not excessively.
To hit a sand shot you should try to take a shallow cut of sand about ten inches long rather than creating an explosion of sand right at the ball. This method of sand shot will give you the best chance of getting your ball out of shallow to mid-range bunkers.
A helpful tip to golfing is to make sure that you are hitting with a clean club. The face of the club can easily get dirt on it and cause you to have unexpected results. Make sure all of the grooves are completely free of dirt and mud before hitting the ball.
On any golf course you play repeatedly, there are likely holes you deal with better than others. Resist the temptation to take it easy on holes you are comfortable with; instead use them as opportunities to save strokes and build yourself a cushion you can use on the tougher holes you are less certain about.
A helpful tip when it comes to golf is to work on your putting on your own time, in the privacy of your own home. This will take the pressure off of you and allow you to hone this skill, without having to pay any additional money. You can do this by either using a simple method of hitting a ball into a cup or by using more advanced ways, such as, getting your own putting system with an automatic ball return.
Remember, accuracy is so much more important than power, this is why some 80 year-olds can out drive 20 year-olds. Practice with hitting the ball consistently in almost the same spot on the club. This is easy to say or instruct but difficult to do. Simply apply some chap-stick or vaseline to the head of your club and swing. The ball will leave an imprint on the club showing you where the ball was struck. However, don’t use this during a game with friends as this could be considered cheating in a game because it also corrects slices.
In sand traps, you cannot put the head of the club down in the sand before you hit the ball. Is it barely dug in? You can improve your chances while practicing by drawing a small perpendicular line (forming a T with your stance) just before the ball in the sand. Aim for this line in your swing, it will help you to hit before the ball in the sand.
Today’s golfers cross a wide variety of social class, age, region and ability. If you’ve never considered golfing or you tried it and stopped for some reason, the considerations in this article, will help you better determine whether it might not be time to try golfing, as part of your exercise regimen.