Learning to Golf

Beginner’s Golf Tips

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Learning to golf successfully is not something that you can really learn while playing a video game. This news is sometimes a crushing blow to those who have spent hours playing Nintendo’s Wii Sports but it is in fact, the crushing reality. Learning how to play golf in real life is sometimes very complicated and will require that you pay close attention to the exact rules and form. Learning from a golf instructor is a wise idea, as there are a few mistakes that many beginners have in common. Learning how to overcome these mistakes will greatly improve your chances of playing a good game of golf and walking away from the green with a successful game.

One of the biggest problems that beginners have when learning golf is they tend to look up when they actually go to strike the ball. This is a problem because it can result in a stroke being counted even if you did not hit the ball. You can just imagine how this can quickly add up to a horrible golf score. It is important to always look down until after you have hit the ball. To ensure that you do stay down until after the hit ensure that you keep your hips properly rotated. If you have trouble with this concept, talk to your instructor for some specific tips to help you. Additionally, ensuring that you keep your arms extended fully while you are swinging has been known to help many beginning golfers. Your last step should be counting to five after you strike the ball before you look up. This will help you pace yourself and help you avoid looking up too quickly.

Another common problem for beginning golfers is that many putts on the green are continuously missed. To help overcome this problem you should ensure that you are standing in the putting stance and looking straight down at the top of your ball. If you are not looking directly down, you are likely to miss the appropriate hit and your ball will veer off in an undesirable direction. Only look straight down at the ball when you actually putt and you will be looking at a much greater chance of actually hitting the ball into the hole without having to continuously putt and putt again.

Many new golfers also tend to have a problem with the ball going into the sides of the green, rather than straight ahead. While this may seem like a very complicated problem to correct, it is actually quite simple with a bit of patience. The first thing you always need to keep in mind is your stance. If you are not standing appropriately before you even swing the club, you are not going to have a successful stroke. You need to ensure that you are taking the time to carefully analyze your stance before you ever swing, if you notice that your club is not squarely touching the ball then you may need to back up a bit to ensure that you are not hitting the ball from the side of the club. This is one of the biggest things that will throw a ball to one side of the green or another. Ensuring a solid, square swing will help your ball go to the desired location with a bit of practice.

Hooking is one of the last major flaws that strikes at most beginners. This is something that can be quite difficult to correct as well. Some have a problem with their stance that causes the ball to hook, while others are gripping the club too much, causing it to hit the ball the wrong way. Regardless of your problem, taking a close look at your stance, as well as ensuring that you are not gripping the club too tightly should be quite helpful in correcting a hooked ball. Of course, once you have started making adjustments to your stance or even your grip, you need to practice a bit to improve your skills.

Sincerely,

Constant Golf

Are Golf Shoes Essential?

Are Golf Shoes Essential to Play Golf? Maybe Barefoot Golf is the next big trend?

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As most people know, there are shoes for virtually every sport imaginable. There are very few sports that do not have a special shoe that is intended to improve the way you play while wearing them. Yet many people cannot afford to always purchase all of the additional shoes that are necessary. This leaves many people to wonder if it is really necessary to purchase golf shoes in order to actually play decent golf. In trying to balance money considerations with safety considerations there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Your first consideration should be your skill level. A beginner usually cannot justify the expense to buy golf shoes. They are certainly not cheap, and since they can only be worn while on the golf course they will spend the rest of the time in your trunk. While basketball and tennis shoes can be worn in different circumstances, golf shoes must remain on the golf course in order to avoid damaging them, or damaging the flooring in which you walk on.

If you are a highly skilled player or even tend to play quite often, you will need to invest in a good pair of golf shoes. Typically investing in golf shoes will require you to find a pair of shoes that you are actually thoroughly comfortable wearing. You need to remember that many golf courses require you to do a lot of walking so you need something that fits comfortably. Something with plenty of cushioning as well as a good fit is essential. Some golfers need wide widths or increased arch support. Excellent specialty golf shoes are available from Adidas, New Balance, and Callaway and have excellent return policies.

You should also contact the golf courses where you plan on playing. There are some who require golf shoes in order for you to play. While this may seem like a bit of a killjoy if you were not planning to buy golf shoes initially, the golf course requiring the shoes is a safety consideration to ensure that you do not slip or slide while you are swinging your club. A good pair of golf shoes has spikes that dig into the ground a bit while you are standing which will provide a bit of additional traction and ensure that you are not slipping the first moment you swing.

Taking your time to shop around for golf shoes is a very wise idea. There are dozens if not hundreds of different colors so sometimes selecting the best color that you like can be a bit of a hard decision. In addition, not all shoes are created equal. The shoe that is best for your foot may not be best for someone else. In addition, there are numerous different material styles that you can choose from, specifically those that are hard materials or even soft materials.

Choosing the right shoes to play in will ensure that you are comfortable, as well as have the traction that you need while playing. If you are playing a lot of golf, you will quickly see how a good pair of golf shoes can do wonders to help improve your comfort level as well as your game itself. Never discount the ability of a pair of shoes to dramatically increase your overall performance during a game. Taking the time to really try on several pairs of shoes will ensure your final selection is durable as well as comfortable in a style that you like and enjoy wearing.