Saturday, June 18, 2011

Getting Better at Putting in Golf

A lot of beginners are shocked when they learn how much putting affects their score. Have you ever scored a bogey or worse simply because you missed your putts on the green? What I hate is when I hit the ball stiff to within 2 to 7 feet and miss my putt for birdie or par. For amateurs, a lot of us will rarely make putts outside of 8 feet. However, inside 7 feet, we should be able to make a lot more than we do. We can improve our golf game if we focus our attention on making short putts. Practice is what will allow us to become better. You want to practice long and mid range putts but typically they don't go in on one stroke. You should practice to lay up to within 3 feet for these types of putts. However, it is more important to practice your short putts. The Pro's know this and so it would be beneficial if we recognized this also. A lot of PGA 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.

Beginners try this drill: put 6 equally spaced tee's in a circle 1 foot from a hole. From each tee, putt until you make it. If you do, then move onto the next one. Your goal is to make all 6 putts. When you have made all six putts, move the tee's out one more foot. You are complete when you have moved the tee's out to the 7 foot mark.

This simple drill teaches you the feel of putting from all angles. You will also be able to practice every break and you will be putting from both uphill and downhill. Also you will be teaching yourself repetition and confidence. Use the same routine for every stroke and listen for the ball to fall into the hole. 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.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Few Beginner Golf Swing Tips

Making golf swing improvements is a must for a lot of golfers. 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 lower golf score.

I like to match up the golf swing to music. Rhythm, balance and tempo are important in music as it is in golf . So it goes with the golf swing! Music has to have a solid foundation in order to be considered good. The same is true with the golf swing you must have a good foundation, namely your stance.

When you practice hitting balls adjust the width of your stance to find the best stance that works for you. Narrow your stance then widen your stance. A lot of golfers find their perfect stance to be about shoulder width apart. Once you have found you perfect golf stance practice it over and over again so that it becomes a natural feel for you . 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. The best way to learn weight shift is to take some lessons from a golf professional .

My next tip is about hitting the golf ball into the wind. You would think that you would have to hit your golf ball harder if you are hitting into the wind. This type of thinking is just plain wrong . Trying to muscle your ball into the wind will result in poor ball flight . To have better control of your ball you will need to remember to swing easy. Following that advice will improve your results.

To sum things up, learn how to shift your weight properly, find your personal golf stance, and swing easy when hitting 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.