I am writing an article helping first time golfers get the hang of golf and will hopefully help them learn the key skills to playing golf and how to perfect those skills to become an excellent golfer in the future.
Here are my personal 16 tips to help beginner golfers who want tips for which cover putting, general golf swinging and just a general approach to playing golf and more.
1) If you place of single digits, don’t aim for the flag on approaching shots. The holes are usually placed in a challenging area of the green and even if you hit a perfect shot you may end up in deep trouble. Aim for the very centre of the green. It’s truly amazing how effective it can be at getting your scores down.
2) Don’t fully rely on swing fix tips in all the golfing magazines and online, go for lessons. Everybody’s swing is unique and a golf professional can see where the issue lies and how to fix it. There are thousands of different factors that can cause you to slice a ball and hit it wrong. Trying out different swinging tips is as likely to make it better as it is to make them worse. As a golf teacher, it is their job to be able to diagnose what’s wrong with your swing and how to fix it and make it much better.
3) A great tip is also to leave your phone at home or in the car so there are absolutely no distractions from the game while you’re on the course. You may have to rely on self-discipline for this tip but it will help your game incredibly.
4) Spend some time practicing on the practice green before you have your round. You should set yourself a routine to hole a certain number of putts from different points to give yourself a target to hit so you will feel like you have made an achievement. Don’t bother looking at the ball whilst it is rolling towards the hole, just concentrate on the spot where the ball was. Listen carefully to the ball as it rolls accros the green and into the hole and get used to that sound after you have hit a putt, this will be a huge confidence boost and will help your game.
5) Take your time at the driving range to figure out your yardages for each club. If your distance is always different, hit a couple of balls and figure out the medium. When you’re on the golf course you will have a much better idea of which club to use. You will slowly grow and know which club will be best for this shot and you will get a lot more accurate which will also boost your confidence massively.
6) If you have trouble lining up your putts, draw a line on them or an arrow, mark your ball and place it with the line or arrow pointing to the hole.
7) On the long putts and the medium range putts aim to finish as close to the hole as you possibly can. Play for 2 putts unless you can attack the hole fairly risk free (i.e. when putting up a slope, that said you don’t want to live yourself too far from the hole if you end up pin high). If you imagine a hole 5 times the size (or even bigger) and aim for that area.
8) Getting 3+ putts out of your game and if you are very consistent with your game reaching them green, your scores will drop dramatically.
9) Another tip for putting is to work on your 3-4 foot putts. If you improve on them you will have more confidence with long range putts as you will be used to it and have more room for error.
10) When you are driving or hitting your second shot on a par 5 slow it dow and don’t try to kill it. Focus on your rhythm, timing and then hitting the sweet spot. If you do this your accuract will umprove massively and youre average shot length will be much longer on average.
11) If you arnt quite sure what club to take for a shot, take the longer club. With the shorter club youre more likely to try and over compensate and hit the ball with a very poor shot. With the longer club you will be forced to slow down your swing and as a result you will hit the ball with a more controlled and accurate shot. Sometimes it can be very helpful to consistently hitting with a longer club than you need to to force yourself to go back to the basics and start swinging again smoothly.
12) When youre chipping onto the green from a bunker you do not want to hear the club make contact with the ball at all. Pretend the ball isn’t there and that youre trying to
splash sand onto the green and this will help you massively in hitting the ball out of the bunker.
13) Do not be afraid to lay up. Unless you are a professional, you should be playing by par. If and when you start hitting pars regularly then that’s when the birdies will follow suit. If youre stuck in the trees and are trying to get a shot onto the fairway, my advice is don’t try to be a hero or youre more likely to find yourself in deeper trouble.
14) If your option is one of a difficult chip over a tree to attack the hole or even a punch shot under the tree to aim for the green, always hit the punch shot.
15) When youre playing into the wind never try to hit the ball harder, use a longer club and swing smoothly. This way you will impart less spin on the ball so it will be les likely to get caught up in the wing and balloon up, fade or draw.
16) When you are in a bunker your main goals should always be 1. Get out of the bunker , 2. Get back onto the green and 3. Get as close to the pin as you can.