A lot of time and practice is required to become an expert golfer. Practice can take place on the golf course, the driving range or even at home. A well-rounded approach to working on your long drives, short game and your mental approach is the key to improving your golf game. Having a good attitude and being consistent will help you be a better golfer
Improve Your Short Game
- Work on Your Putting Skills
Improving your short game is the quickest way to recover your overall score. Spending time on your short game is better than hitting long balls. Putting is an extremely important aspect of your short game.
Place ten balls in a circle at a distance of three-feet from the hole and move in a circle trying to sink all of the puts. If you miss one, start over. Practice at least fifteen minutes every day. The more you practice, the more your confidence will increase. Start at two feet away and gradually increase it to three feet.
- Use Soft Hands When You Chip
Lightly gripping the club decreases tension in your arms. Use your shoulders and arms to swing the club, placing more of your weight on your foot. To swing downward, push your right knee towards the target. Your left wrist should remain flat throughout the motion. Since the swing is short, your right elbow shouldn’t be behind your body. Your left arm and the shaft of the club should be in line. Your chipping swing is controlled by your left arm and your body should rotate forward as you swing.
- Use Your Arms to Pitch
The best pitch shot can be achieved by relying on your arms and rotating them instead of using your wrists. While doing this swing, your arms should be in the shape of a “V”. The left side of your face should be above the ball while you’re standing over it. The “V” helps your ball fly high with a nice spin. Remember, your spine should be straight before making the swing.
Develop Good Practice Habits
- Practice Deliberately
Your practice must be individualized, focused and meaningful. The areas and skills that you practice should always be in sync with the areas in which you need to improve. Scenarios which make you uncomfortable or nervous should be practised more.
- Utilize the Help of a Coach
A coach helps you evaluate and refine your skills. Since you cannot see how you look when hitting the ball, or the final product, a golfing coach can help point out whether you hit a bad or good shot. It’s critical to know what you did to achieve the result.
Train outside the Golf Course
- Watching Golf on Television
It’s a great way to enhance your skills as you can evaluate what the professionals are doing and take notes. You see how they assess every shot, and swing the putter, the wedges and the driver. It helps to try and imitate some shots you might have seen, at the practice session. Good golfers tend to have a pre-shot routine. Ask for tips to develop your own routine and incorporate them into your practice sessions.
- Practicing Visualization
It allows you to practice your shots from any location. Five minutes of visualization could go a long way. Avoid replaying mistakes you might have made while visualizing.
Golf may be a more relaxed sport, but that doesn’t mean practice isn’t required to be good. Like any other sport, dedication, persistence and training are needed to be a pro. Help yourself get better by following these tips and good luck on the green!