Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How to Putt Better, Beginners

It's sickening 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 regularly. 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. To become better at making short putts we need to really practice. Practicing long and mid range putts is important but they rarely go in on one shot. These types of putts should be practiced to get the ball within 3 feet of the hole. But we would do better if we focused the majority of our practice on short putts. Professionals know this and so it would be beneficial if we recognized this also. Many Professional golfers have missed short putts thus missing their opportunity to play on the weekend.

Beginners, here is a drill to try: place six tee's around a hold golf hole, 1 foot away. Putt your golf ball from each the six tee's but don't move on to the next tee until you have made it. Your goal is to make all 6 putts. Once you have completed all 6 putts, pull the tee's out and move them out another foot. Move the tee's out 1 foot each time until you have reached 7 feet.

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. Make this drill apart of your everyday practice routine and you will become a short putt wizard and your golf scores will go down as well.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Using the Mental Aspects of Golf to Improve

Golf thoughts traveling in your brain
There are a number of ways to improve your golf game. One way that is becoming popular, for example, is by utilizing a golf specific fitness program. Many are finding the benefits of doing targeted workouts that focus on the parts of your body that are used in the golf swing. However, another way that people are making improvements is by becoming stronger mentally. Incorporate some of these, or all of these golf mental tips, and it's a good possibility that your golf game will get better. All without spending a lot more time practicing!! You can do this if you learn to prepare your mind correctly.

Golf Mental Tip#1-Stay in the Moment
Whether you hit a good shot or a bad shot, learn to 'quiet' your mind immediately after striking the ball. Hit the ball and then forget about the outcome. By forcing your mind to stay in the moment, you will gradually avoid the highs and the lows that most golfing amateurs experience. In time, your scores will improve.

Golf Mental Tip#2-Quickly Make a Decision
Evaluate your situation, pick your target, and then execute. Learn to do this quickly using total focus and commitment. Not only will this speed up overall play, but also it will keep the left side of your brain from over-analyzing the shot, and it will allow the right side of your brain to naturally take over.

Golf Mental Tip#3-Practice Difficult Shots-Use Variety
Practice is important, so when you do practice don't practice from the same lie over and over again. Mix it up by using variety. Practice hitting your ball from uphill lies, downhill lies, with the ball above your feet, below your feet, from deep rough, from divots, over bunkers, over trees, to tight pin positions, etc. Use your imagination. By challenging yourself this way, you will be preparing your mind for real world play. And then a great benefit will be that when your ball is in a normal position, in the middle of the fairway for example, it will seem a lot easier to hit.

Golf Mental Tip#4-Become Golf Fit
A good way to relax your mind for golf is by becoming golf fit. Golf fitness will allow you to perform the golf swing naturally. We sometimes have so many swing thoughts in our head that we end up complicating the swing and end up hitting bad shots. Build up your confidence by becoming taut and fit for golf. You can do this by learning to do specific exercises that are made just for the golf swing. In time, won't have to focus on swing thoughts and instead your will have the self-assurance that your mind will allow your body to take over all on its own.

Golf Mental Tip#5-Learn to Play YOUR Game
A simple way to build up your mental confidence is by finding a golf swing that works for your body. We try too hard to copy others and this can cause frustration and disappointment when it doesn't work for us and our swing. As a tip, before you tee off, hit a few balls on the driving range and take note of your ball flight for that day. If your driver is slicing 30 yards to the right, play the slice on the course, aim left and hit away. Find how you are hitting each club in the bag. If you find that you are not hitting your 5-iron not real well, for example, limit it's use on the course for that day. Play to YOUR strengths for the day, and you will build mental confidence.

Golf Mental Tip#6-No Fear
Have no fear. When you know YOUR golf swing, then you can play free and without fear. Have confidence and ‘Let it rip’!

Golf Mental Tip#7-Stay True to Yourself
Oftentimes, you can be flooded with golf tips from everywhere. Television, magazines, and even friends can overwhelm us with swing tips and thoughts. If something works for you, stick with it. Don't allow others to alter your game, because this can ruin your game in the long run.

Golf Mental Tip Conclusion
These are just a few golf mental tips that you can try and use with your own personal golf game. Give 1 or more golf mental aspects listed above a try and see for yourself if they, in time, improve your game. Learning to develop mental strength and focus will definitely improve your golf game. Good luck!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

As a Beginner-How to Improve My Golf Swing

The golf swing is something that a lot of golfers practice at improving. Golf swing improvement usually means a lower golf score. Practice is the one and only thing that will help you. To aid you , here are a few golf swing tips.

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.

While hitting balls at the driving range, concentrate on adjusting the width of your stance to find the one that is suitable for you. Try a different combination of stances, from wide to narrow . If your stance ends up about shoulder width apart you will have harmonized with most golfers. 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. It is much more complex than shifting your weight from one foot to the other. You may find it helpful to talk to a golf teaching professional on how to do this right .

Another good golf swing tip involves hitting into the wind. The natural tendency is to hit it hard. This is a false assumption. If you hit your ball with tremendous force your trajectory will suffer. "Swing easy into the breezy" says Greg Norman. Follow that advice and you will have much greater 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 you will need to practice! Be persistent, and you will see huge results.