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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Putting-Short Putts for Beginners

It's appalling to realize how many strokes are lost on the putting green. Have you ever scored a bogey or worse simply because you missed your putts on the green? It's real aggravating when you have a 2 to 7 foot putt for birdie or par and you miss it. Amateurs, including beginners, do not make putts over 8 feet on a regular basis. However, inside 7 feet, we should be able to make a lot more than we do. If we concentrate on this part of our game, we should be able to knock a few strokes off Old Man Par and improve our overall golf score. Practice is what will allow us to become better. Practicing long and mid range putts is important but they rarely go in on one shot. You should practice to lay up to within 3 feet for these types of putts. Our time would be better spent if we practiced more on 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.

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. Take your time and focus on making all six putts. Once you have made all 6 then move the tee's out to 2 feet and repeat the drill. You are complete when you have moved the tee's out to the 7 foot mark.

This is a good drill that helps you to putt from all angles. It helps you to learn uphill and downhill putts as well as right to left breaks and vice verse. You will learn consistency and gain 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 huge improvement in your short range putting skills and your score will, in time, reflect it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Swing Golf Tips for Beginners

Golfers work hard at trying to make improvements to their golf swings. Lower scores usually come with improvements in the golf swing. Practice is the one and only thing that will help you. Here is some advice to improve your golf swing and score .

Music and the golf swing have much in common. Balance, rhythm, and tempo are essential in music as it is in golf . So it goes with the golf swing! Good music comes about because of a solid foundation. Having the proper stance in golf is what makes a good foundation.

When you practice hitting balls adjust the width of your stance to find the best stance that works for you. Try both wide and narrow stances. 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 natural . You will also need to practice the various types of weight shifts throughout the golf swing. This is a very important part of the golf swing and it is more complicated 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 PGA professional .

Here is a swing tip to help you when hitting your golf ball into a head wind. You would think that you would have to hit your golf ball harder if you are hitting into the wind. This is an incorrect assumption. If you hit your ball with tremendous force your trajectory will suffer. 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. If you focus on these things, you will find that you will have improved distance, good accuracy, and your golf score will reflect it. But you will need to practice! Don't give up and your efforts will pay off.