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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Golf Putting Tip for Beginners

It's amazing how many strokes are lost on the putting green. How many times have you hit the green in regulation but scored a bogey or worse simply because you missed your putts? It's real depressing when you have a 2 to 7 foot putt for birdie or par and you miss it. Sad to say, a lot of us do not make a lot of putts over 8 feet. 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. Long and mid range putts usually are lay up putts. Our time would be better spent if we practiced more on short putts. Professionals know this and so it would be beneficial if we recognized this also. Many Tour players have missed short putts thus missing their opportunity to play 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 one. Continue this process until you have made all six putts. When you have made all six putts, move the tee's out 1 more foot. Keep doing this until you have reached 7 foot from the hole.

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. You'll learn consistency and gain confidence. Setup the same way for every shot, take your time, and build your confidence as you hear the putts rattle into the hole. Do this drill religiously and you will see a huge improvement in your short range putting skills and your score will, in time, reflect it.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Good Golf Swing Tips for Beginners

Many golfers work hard at trying to improve their golf swings. Golf swing improvement usually means a better golf score. Practice is the only thing that will help you. If you want to learn to have a good golf swing and if you want to lower your golf score then follow these tips.

I like to compare the golf swing to music. Music and the golf swing need good tempo, balance, and rhythm . It's no different 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.

While hitting balls at the driving range, concentrate on varying the width of your stance to find the one that is suitable for you. Narrow your stance then widen your stance. If your stance ends up about shoulder width apart you will have matched most golfers. Your stance, once found, needs to be put 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. It is much more complex than shifting your weight from one foot to the other. A golf professional can help you with this particular part of the golf swing.

My next tip is about hitting the golf ball into the wind. The natural tendency is to hit it hard. This is a false assumption. Trying to muscle your ball into the wind will result in poor trajectory . Your swing thought should be to swing easy. That tip will help you tremendously.

In conclusion, hit easy into the wind, learn how to have the proper weight shift and the proper golf stance. Combining these three things will result in better accuracy, further distance, and lower golf scores. Practice is the key that will get the results you want. Don't give up and your efforts will pay off.