You learn by making mistakes, but your performance can only be better than it was yesterday if you learn from your past mistakes. In the world of golf, tournament and championships winners are the individuals who put in their all and strive to be the best in the game, every day.
If you are an amateur, your chances of becoming the best rely on how much you are willing and ready to put in, how hard you work, and how patient you are. Because let’s face it, success stories aren’t made in hours or days; they take months, years, and decades, sweat, blood, and tears.
But even with this in mind, we’d like to make your path to success easier with some tried and tested tips.
These tips represent practical pointers that will help you fix the mistakes you made yesterday.
Our Best Golf Tips
1. Learn from others
You are not the first one to try your hand at success in this game of golf, and you certainly won’t be the last one. So, instead of making your own mistakes, mistakes that have been made by other golf players before you, why not learn from them?
Whether you prefer to read about the best golf tips or you learn by practical moves, be ready to listen to and learn from the players you meet at the golf course.
If you are trying to learn more about putting and how to be the best putter, you could learn from your coach or golf buddy. Tiger Woods, for example, got a great putting tip from a fellow player in the Tour (Steve Stricker) and this tip went on to improve his putts significantly throughout and even after the season.
Even after years in golf, one piece of advice on something you do or how you do it is enough to change your performance on the course forever. If you read through the success stories shared by golf legends over the years, you will realize that their top performance or game-changers came from the players’ willingness to listen and to learn from their fellow players, whether in competitive or friendly games.
When it comes to golf, we’ve come to appreciate the fact that asking for help or listening to the ‘unsolicited’ advice from the people around you is critical to your game and your improvement over the years.
So, don’t ignore the advice you receive without asking – if someone says ‘you know, you could putt better if you…’ don’t close them off, appreciate them for the advice and try their advice. Most of the time, the advice given will work for you. Put the advice in practice, what’s the worse that will happen?
Over the years, it’s become clearer that most people getting started in golf don’t have enough support. You could have a lot of potential in the sport, but without a helping hand, you will not go far. So, regardless of what you think about asking for help or how hard it is for you to ask for the help, just do it. We promise that you won’t regret asking for help. Don’t forget that most of the time, we fail or underachieve because of the chances we do not take.
So, take the chance, and don’t overshoot an idea that could improve your game – the worst that could happen if that strategy fails is that you will only a small fraction of your time.
At the same time, however, keep your eyes peeled for what could be good advice or horrible advice (that could turn into bad habits and eventually, poor performance out on the golf course).
2. Get the right club for your play style
While the golf rules allow you to carry 14 clubs for different uses on the course, you need to ensure that your clubs match your playing style. And given how easy it is for you to differentiate between scenarios that call for the use the drivers and the putts, it might not be that easy trying to differentiate the wedges and clubs to use, in accordance with your playing style.
So, take time to familiarize yourself with the clubs in your bag, finding out just how far you could hit with each club. Know the loft angles for wedges and irons.
Middle irons are great for long shots, and long irons work better on cold and damp days. Don’t forget to listen to your body and your psyche.
Game-Specific Tips: How to Improve Your Short Game
Long games are all about great power and distance, but the short games tap into accuracy, finesse, and technique.The unique features of the short game are the reason for the diversity between players who are trying to create some richness in the sport.
While some golfers argue that it’s quite difficult for you to build precision and finesse than trying to build up your body for top swing sped, we note that building a high level of finesse is harder when you don’t have the right pointers. To ensure that you have the highest level of finesse, here are important tips you could use:
3. Get an Eye Test
This might not sound like the first thing you need to hear from your coach, but if you want finesse, then you must go for an eye examination.
What most of the golfers around fail to realize is that their failure to perceive depth accurately could affect their judgment of the distance to the hole. And with putts calling for more focus on the directions and break rather than the distance your eyesight is crucial.
You don’t want to perceive the hole to be closer than you think.
4. Perfect Your Short Off the Tight Lie
Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, the shirts from the short grass or tight lie could turn out to be a great challenge for you. Therefore, whether you are dealing with a pitch short or a short chip shot, you must learn to perfect all your short offs.
Your best chance at hitting in the short grass is to play farther back. With tighter lies, it means that your stance should be farther back. You could do this by first placing your clubhead behind your ball using your right hand only and then step in with your right foot as you try to set the ball and line it with the instep. Your left foot should be in a narrow stance at the same time that you are trying to complete the grip.
In this position, make sure that your weight favors your front leg/ foot, and the club’s shaft should be leaning forward. Don’t forget that during your swing, you must be focused on hitting the ball rather than the ground.You can only perfect this move if you never stop practicing.
How to Improve your Long Game
Nothing gives you a huge adrenaline rush more than a perfectly-struck golf drive. And with the evolution of modern golf into more power and distance, you want to make sure that your long game is perfect. You should be able to produce just enough power to reach your desired distance.
But since no one wakes up with the necessary finesse technique, we’re here to guide you in the right direction.
If you are a senior, you could learn quite a lot from Simple Seniors Swing.
5. Don’t hate on the wind
When it comes to long games, the wind is one of your best/ biggest allies. So, you shouldn’t even think of fighting the wind if you wish to reach your desired distance. Why? Swinging too hard in windy conditions will result in the generation of too much backspin that will send your ball higher, sacrificing your distance.
If it gets too windy, don’t try to overcompensate by swinging too hard. Instead, take advantage of the wind and make easier swings. Avoid hard-swinging in windy conditions, hit your ball solidly instead of trying to make hard swings.
So, tee your ball about an inch higher, move it an inch further than its normal distance, be patient, and make an easier swing. When you work with the wind, you delay the impact and create more room for the ball and the iron.
6. Powerful Swings come from mastering the after-impact
Regardless of your skill level, you should never underestimate the power of the after impact, yes, imagine yourself hitting another ball. Even though wen neglect the after impact unconsciously, this habit will affect your performance.
If you find yourself breaking your wrist down and pulling of the club immediately after making an impact, you should change this habit slowly. Do this by visualizing a second ball about 20 inches in front of your actual ball and then place this ball on the straight line between your ball and your intended target.
Once you do this, make you swing as if you’re trying to hit a second ball right after hitting the first ball. Do this during your practice sessions – you could also use a real ball at this time.
This exercise builds muscle memory, and it will enhance your extensions after the impact; enhancing the distance gain as a result. Just remember to hit the balls solidly, while maintaining a rhythm between the two balls. Your accuracy and finesse, in addition to power, determine your overall score and the distance gain.
7. Work on your Knees
While it’s a well-known fact that you need your arms, shoulders, and the back to be in perfect shape, we often overlook an important body part, the knees. While working on the rest of your body and even your core, you need to work on the knees too because your knees make the difference between a perfectly teed-up golf ball for those driver shots and the ball on the ground, especially for your irons.
What this means is that when it comes to making iron shots, you need your knees. According to Rory McIlroy, you need to be moving your weight down and forwards when making the swing – when doing this; you should allow your swing’s bottom to be in an angled position, just in front of your ball. And for you to move the resultant weight, you will have the drive up your left knee towards the ball, straightening your knee for the full swing.
Many other pros reiterate the importance of knees in the long swings, as well as the prevention of chipping during the long swings.
8. The Secret Rhythm by Dustin Johnson
In spite of his troubled past, Dustin Johnson remains the number 1 golfer in the world today. Dustin is well known for his unique long game techniques, as well as godly accuracy and speed in his short game.
One thing stands out from his long games – the exquisite motion rhythm which is unlike what you will see on the golf course today.
Dustin notes that to perfect that motion, you need to bend your wrists a little towards the ball as you prepare to take a swing. This technique is referred to as triggering your swing, and it’s essential in building muscle memory, which allows you to maintain a rhythm throughout your swings.
Just make sure that you keep your clubface closed, at all times. A closed clubface should be avoided because it tends to slice golf balls. Also, maintain a rhythm, choose a trigger, and maintain a solid hit. Keep in mind that your consistency is important you could learn a thing or two from Consistent Golf.
9. Learn how to make the sand wedge putt
Learning and mastering how to use the sand wedge putt is essential for every player, but it’s not an easy trick. In fact, the sand wedge putt is quite intimidating to beginners.
Well, in case you are wondering, the sand wedge is essential when your ball goes off the edge of the green or into light rough. You could also use it if your ball is sitting on the fringe’s outer edge, and backed against a rough line.
The heavy, but sharp sand wedge will cut the grass fast to give you the roll you desire. The wedge gives you a hard grip when you use the sand wedge to strike your ball. Keep in mind that your sand wedge gives you more power in your impacts.
The other important golf tips include:
10. Always keep the hands low to limit the height of follow-throughs
11. Use your body’s strength for power, not just your arms
12. You should always aim above/ below the flag
13. Have fun in your walks to maintain your concentration since you will be playing for at least 4 hours.