Golf can be a game of delight or frustration ... or both. Whether you are a novice, received your first set of starter-clubs or have been playing your entire life, we have all the tools necessary to help you hit them straight and onto the green.
One of the most important aspects of golf is generating a consistent swing throughout your round. For every positive swing you have, there are shots that fade the ball away or draw a ball back without your intention. Here are some tips to improve your swing and stay consistent.
Keep your hands low. The lower your hands, the lower the ball flight. This will help you hit the ball further if needed and hit the ball out rather than up.
Use your body for power. This is an important piece. Often we will try to generate our swing through our upper body rather than driving through the legs and working our way up to our body. The upper body is just a small piece of the overall puzzle.
Make sure to focus on the ball during your swing. Even better, focus on an object directly in front of the ball before contact and after set up. Many golfers pick their head up too early while trying to keep track of your ball, forcing you to take your eyes off the ball and often hitting it above your sweet spot.
Golf dates back centuries with appeal for everyone. However, if you are beginning your golf journey, it can be a bit intimidating. It's easy to let your mind get in the way and overthink the game. The key to be successful, whether you are a beginner or a pro, is to enjoy the game and have fun. It's a great chance to enjoy a new hobby. Focus on the little "wins" rather than everything is a great tool for learning the game. With time, patience and, most importantly, practice, you can learn to love the game while you create your mechanics. Why do nearly 24 million people play golf in the US alone? It's a beautiful game, and we can't think of a better time to start than right now and have fun with friends!
So, you want to play golf, now how do you decide on what clubs to buy?
First, depending on what type of hole you are playing, you will typically hit a driver first. This is usually used on a par-4 and longer. Also called a 1-wood, the driver's clubface ranges from 9.5-13 degrees loft and will hit the ball with the most force out of all of your clubs.
Another set of long-distance clubs is called "fairway woods." Many years ago, these clubs were made out of wood, but now they are made out of metal yet the term "woods" has stuck. They range from a 1 (driver) to a 9. The higher the number, the less distance you will get.
Irons have a variety of uses from the fairway to the rough. For short shots or if you're in the sand, you can utilize the pitching and sand wedges. Depending on the shot, there are many wedges with a higher loft.
The putter is usually used as the finishing shot of the hole. This has a flat head and designed for flat, trimmed surfaces known as greens.
Hybrids are the newest to the group. These combine the elements of a "wood" and an "iron". They have a smaller head than a driver but work to keep the ball low and straight.
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