Golf For Beginners
What Makes A Good Golfer?
by Declan Tobin
A good golfer is a golfer who is happy with their own game
and willing to listen to advice from experience. A good temperament
is needed to play golf, expect bad days it happens everyone
from low handicappers to full professionals. Having a hot
head will only cause you more problems.
It can be daunting when
starting as there is so much to remember but take time to
practice and go to the driving range to help improve teeing
off. Looking around the golf course you will see some players
and think Will I ever get to that level? Remember
everybody is different and we are not all made to be professionals,
you should go out to do your best and bring in the best possible
score and most of all, take home the enjoyment of the day.
How many times have we seen the big hitters hit the ball out
of sight, if you are thinking that way starting, think again.
You should be thinking of placement and keeping the ball in
play. Hitting the ball a long way is one think, keeping it
in play and well placed for the next shot is the way to think.
The driver can be a difficult club to use of the tee when
starting but practice will make it easier. If you are using
the oversized drivers like most are remember to tee the ball
up higher than normal to avoid knocking the ball down. If
you find the 3 or 5 wood easier to hit then hit that until
your game improves. On a par 4 or 5 many people hit a low
iron from the tee. Whatever you are comfortable with, use.
A good swing:
In golf timing is everything. By swinging faster and harder
you will not hit the ball any further, and most possibly will
end up hitting a horrible shot anyway. A slow backswing and
a good steady hit will make all the difference, rushing in
golf gets you nowhere. Keep a steady head and do not raise
it too quickly to see where the ball has gone, if you do you
may find yourself going hard right if you are using right
hand clubs and vice versa if using left handed clubs. Feet
position is important; align your feet correctly to avoid
an unwanted right to left or left to right shot.
Clubbing from the fairway:
If you find that you are looking from the fairway to the green
you need to choose your next club carefully, under clubbing
will leave you short and possible in the bunker or water hazard,
over clubbing will leave you long and possibly in similar
danger. Overtime you will become aware of all the clubs in
your bag and the distance you can hit each one comfortably.
You find yourself between clubs, meaning the next shot for
example is neither an 8 or 9 iron. In a case like this do
not hit the 9iron and try to force the shot, hit the 8 and
go slightly down the shaft allowing you total control over
Good Golf Gear and Clubs:
Like in most cases it depends on the budget you have. Golf
clubs can range from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands.
Are you brand orientated? As a keen golfer myself and off
a handicap of four I play most of my golf in Ireland and in
the US and from my travels I have seen beginners in both countries
spending obscene money starting. We all want the best but
the clubs will not do the work for you. You are not going
to notice exceptional back spin or side spin starting so start
with a sensible budget and build from there. Its you
who needs the practice to improve the overall play. Clubs
worth $3,000 dollars will not help you starting anymore than
clubs worth $400. If you have extra cash to spend put it into
golf shoes or waterproof clothing or spend it on travelling
to other golf courses to gain experience.
There is no magic stick here, practice is the only way to
improve and by improving you will automatically reduce your
handicap either by observation from the golfing committee
you belong to or by winning a prise or two. Listen to others
and learn, you need to have an open mind playing golf and
be willing to try new shots, different stances and even new
equipment as time goes by.
Like all you will reach your peak and the best you will get
out of golf is the enjoyment of getting out but for the elite
few that next level could be pro.
About The Author
Declan Tobin is a successful freelance writer providing advice
for consumers on purchasing a variety of Golf Equipment which
includes Golf Apparel, Golf Bags, and more! His numerous articles
provide a wonderfully researched resource of interesting and
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