Friday, May 20, 2011

Some Putting Tips for Beginners

A lot of beginners are amazed when they learn how much putting affects their score. How many times have you hit the green in regulation but scored a bogey or worse simply because you missed your putts? What I hate is when I hit the ball stiff to within 2 to 7 feet and miss my putt for birdie or par. Amateurs, including beginners, don't make putts over 8 feet on a regular basis. Within 7 feet though, we should be able to make a good majority of them. We can easily improve our golf scores if we concentrate on making short putts. Only practice will make us a better putter. You want to practice long and mid range putts but typically they don't go in on one stroke. These types of putts should be practiced to get the ball within 3 feet of the hole. However, it is more important to practice your short putts. Pro golfers realize this and it would be good that we do too. A lot of Tour players have missed 2 to 3 footers to miss the cut on a Friday, missing their chance to play for the money on the weekend.

So beginners, try this drill: find a hole on the practice green and place 6 equally spaced tee's around the hole 1 foot from the hole. Hit putts from each tee until you make it, then move onto the next tee. Your goal is to make all 6 putts. Once you have made all 6 then move the tee's out to 2 feet and repeat the drill. Keep doing this until you have reached 7 foot from the hole.

This is a good drill that helps you to putt from all angles. It also teaches you how to play uphill and downhill and every break. Also you will be teaching yourself repetition and confidence. Use the same setup every time, don't rush the stroke, and listen for the ball to hit the bottom of the cup. Do this drill religiously and you will see a large improvement in your short range putting skills and your score will, in time, reflect it.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tips for a Better Golf Swing for Beginners

Quite a few golfers try to improve their golf swing. Golf swing improvement usually means a much improved golf score. But to get yourself to a better level in golf you will need to practice. Here are a few tips that you can use to get a better golf swing and a better golf score.

I like to compare the golf swing to music. Music needs to have a good tempo, good rhythm, and balance to work right . So it goes with the golf swing! The foundation of a song makes it good music. Just like music a good golf swing must have a solid foundation and this starts with a golfers stance.

When you practice hitting balls adjust the width of your stance to find the best stance that works for you. Try a different combination of stances, from wide to narrow . A lot of golfers find their perfect stance to be about shoulder width apart. Your stance, once found, needs to be placed into automatic memory through practice. This will allow you to do it automatically on the golf course . An additional thing that you will need to practice is how to properly shift your weight throughout the swing. This is a very important part of the golf swing and it is more complex than just shifting your weight back and forth between your feet. You may find it helpful to talk to a golf teaching pro on how to do this correctly .

An additional good golf swing tip involves hitting into the wind. Most golfers think that you need to hit it harder when there is a breeze in your face. However this is not true. Poor trajectory will be the result if you try hitting your ball with power . Your swing thought ought to be to swing easy. Following that advice will improve your results.

So remember to find your proper stance, shift your weight, and hit easy into the wind. Improvement in these three areas, will result in better golf ball control, longer distance off the tee, and of course your golf score will look better as well. But it will only happen if you practice. Results will become evident if you don't give up.