8 Basic Tips to Better Your Golf Game

8 Basic Golfing Tips

When it comes to playing golf, there are certain techniques that you can do to become a better golfer. Just like in any sport, one thing you should know is that the more you practice on becoming a better golfer, the more likely you are to improve your game.

Let’s take a look at the following that can help better your golf game.

1) Putting

When putting your shots, it’s a good idea to have a good follow through on all of your shots. The problem with most putts is that most golfers slow down when following through, and this is something that you don’t want to do. Instead, accelerate on your follow through and ensure that you’re through stroke is longer than your backstroke.

2) Don’t Analyze Your Swing

You want to keep each shot as simple as possible. So don’t analyze your swing when playing golf. A good technique is to put your game plan on a sheet of paper and to view it each time before you make your swing.

3) Imagine the Ball Going Into the Hole

You want to visualize the ball going into the hole every time. This visualization is an excellent way to plot out your shot ahead while staying focused on the goal in mind. Simply imagine what you want the ball to do and then do it. Keep it simple.

4)  Align the  Club With the Hole

If you’re putting and need the ball to go into the hole, then you should align  the golf club with the hole. You should align the club with where you want the ball to go so that you can get a straight shot every time. Seems obvious but many people miss putts because they start of not aligned properly.

5) Relax

It’s natural to be anxious and a little nervous on every golf swing. The key is to relax and calm down before you make your swings. Relax and take deep breaths through your nose. This relaxation tip will prove to be very valuable when you’re out on the golf course. Lastly, imagine the ball going into the hole. This will give you the confidence that you need to hit the ball well.

6)  Focus on the Target

Instead of focusing on the ball, focus on the target. This is the best way to hit more putt shots and to get smooth strokes on the ball. Align the putter with the hole and square your feet and shoulders. This will allow you to get the focus on the shot that you need.

7) Balance

Balance is vital in any sport, but it’s especially important in the game of golf. Why? Balance helps you improve your swing by making it smooth and even. If you find that your swing is choppy or feels forced, you may need to focus more on balance. A good golf swing is even and fluid. Your swing should feel natural. Hitting shots or taking swings with your feet placed together improves your balance and gives you a good sense of the physics involved in the golf swing.

Changing your stance and your swing may be a bit awkward at first, but by putting your feet together, you can discover a lot about body mechanics about your swing. For instance, you may find that during your swing, your hips pull in a certain direction, causing the ball to follow the same path. By hitting the ball with a condensed base (feet together), you have a better sense of the weight and power of your club and how it can project the ball without much aid from your body.

8) Rhythm

Rhythm is also crucial when it comes to improving your golf game. You may have noticed that more and more golfers show up to the practice range wearing headphones. There a good reason for it! Listening to music allows your mind to operate somewhat subconsciously. Think about it. When you’re driving your car down the road and listening to music on the radio, do you consciously think about every move you need to make to drive? No. It happens because you know how to do it, and it’s instinctive. The same can be said about your golf game.

Instead of thinking about the mechanics of golf and how every single thing you do affects your game, let your mind listen to music instead. Don’t think about the components of your swing – play in your subconscious. It’s natural and will improve your game. Music can also help you set the tempo for your game. If you tend to have a slow swing, listen to some slow jazz; if your swing is fast, you might want to try some hard rock. Your ideal tempo as you swing is a matter of preference.