Golf a game rich in tradition, grows on you the more you play. Many a wannabe golfer quits the game far too early. Imperfect swinging techniques often result in a slice or a hook. This is often demoralizing to the beginner. It is important to get the swing right from the beginning.
These tips will get you swinging right.
It is of utmost importance that you get your balance right. A small shift in position will affect your center of gravity and make the shot awry. You must work on a stance that does not alter the center of gravity during the full course of the swing.
Some experts advise practicing swinging on a foam log. Perfecting a swing on such an unstable surface will do wonders to your balance.
2. Hand and body synchronization
The key is to get the hands and body into sync. It naturally happens if the stance is right. The club should be driven from the shoulders or the chest. If you use too much hand, the shot will not be powerful and accurate.
The momentum of the swing should not cause your body to lose balance. Keep practicing until you get it right.
Choose your favorite grip. The Vardon grip is the most common. A good grip gives the shot distance and accuracy. Grip firmly and not too hard. Practice with all types of grips and perfect to the one you are most comfortable with so that it becomes almost second nature.
Align yourself to where you want to hit the ball. The feet should be spread, about shoulder width apart and the weight, balanced on the balls of your feet. The knees should be slightly flexed. Keep your spine straight and bend at the hips.
Check if you are not gripping the club too tightly, relax your body, and do not keep it rigid. A good posture will determine how long and accurately you hit the ball.
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5. The rhythm
It is important to get the flow of things right. When the balance and rhythm are right, your game will go up several notches. After getting the basics right, you must practice on improving your rhythm while swinging.
6. In the rough
The coarse structure of the grass used in the roughs can present unique challenges. Use an appropriate club, stand closer to the ball and hold the club a little more firmly. Keep your feet spread and swing in such a way that the ball is hit at a sharp angle. Avoid hacking and chopping.
7. The sand
Sand traps are tough even for a seasoned golfer. It is important to extricate yourself as quickly as possible. Use a sand wedge. Firmly plant your foot in the sand, aim at the sand behind the ball and strike. It will raise a plume of sand and send the ball sailing to where you want it to go (hopefully).
While the above tips may get you up and swinging, realize that the mental aspect of the game is extremely important. It requires intense concentration and composure to pull off a win. Yoga and meditation can be of help.
With rhythm and balance playing such an important role in the swing, you need to visualize the swing in your mind frequently. With good practice and visualization, you can build up muscle memory to aid rhythm. Now you only need to hit the green with confidence!