The start of learning proper golf swing basics is to first get into that proper swing stance. Set both feet with your weight distributed evenly on the middle part of your feet. Set your hips back, and then angle your upper body and spine forward, facing the ball. Then bend your knees a bit to get some added stability.
When you’re ready to take your skills from the practice range to the golf course, make sure you: DON’T: Attempt to play on the course until you can get the ball airborne. DO : Play as quickly as possible. DON’T: Take range balls to the golf course. DO : Take the time to learn basic rules and etiquette.
Here’s the secret : Gravity creates constant acceleration. If you swing the club downward, it automatically accelerates. The problem is that most people stop the club when it hits the ball. Don’t hit at the ball; swing through it.
Instead, start with a driver , a putter , a sand wedge (it’s the club that has an “S” on the sole or a loft of 54 to 56 degrees) and supplement those with a 6- iron , an 8- iron , a pitching wedge , and a fairway wood or hybrid with 18-21 degrees of loft.
The major reason golf can be difficult to learn is because it is rarely taught properly. It is generally taught from the point of view that people naturally want to be able to be very good golfers so they are taught the perfect golf grip, stance, and alignment and shown how to swing the club “properly.”
How to Know Which Golf Club to Use
|Club||Men’s Average Distance||Women’s Average Distance|
|6- iron||150 yards||130 yards|
|7 – iron||140 yards||120 yards|
|8- iron||130 yards||110 yards|
|9- iron||120 yards||100 yards|
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Confidence is perhaps the most important characteristic of an exceptional golfer . One successful round of golf can lead to another, and so on. Golfers that are playing with confidence don’t see the trees, they don’t see the water or the bunkers. They see themselves hitting good shots flying towards their targets.
The hips initiate the downswing . At the top of the backswing, the hips have turned back, away from the ball and the target. On the way down, they will turn back and face the target directly. The rotation of them will result in the front hip (left for a right-handed player) bumping, or lifting forward and up in the air.
That makes the swing plane way too flat and forces the player to re-route the club dramatically to even hit the ball. The wrists shouldn’t roll sideways. They hinge by moving up and down. Try this: Hold the club out in front of you , and hinge it upward as if you were going to tap your nose.
Scott Piercy is one of a handful of players on the PGA Tour with a 10 – finger grip . In fact, since Bob Estes went to something else a few years back, Piercy is the only guy that I know of who still uses it. Most players either use an interlock grip or the overlap grip .
Here’s a standard set makeup for a PGA Tour pro: Driver: 44-47” shaft, 8-10.5° loft. 3-wood : 13-14° loft. 5-wood, 2-iron or 17-18° hybrid . 3-iron or 21-22° hybrid . Irons: 4-9. Wedges: Pitching wedge (47-50°), gap and/or sand wedge (53-56°), lob wedge (59-64°) Putter : Conventional (33-35”), belly (39-43”) or long (48-52”)
If you enjoy playing golf and want to improve any element of your game, it’s always worth considering booking a lesson with a PGA Professional. It’s our job to understand how you’re hitting something, so we can make small adjustments that will improve your game.
Some clubs are easier to control than others, and higher-handicap golfers should focus on the easiest-to-hit clubs. This means they should carry hybrids instead of long irons , and use a 3- or 5-wood (or a hybrid ) off the tee rather than a driver .