If you’ve just started playing golf and want to improve your skills, then look no further because we’ve dusted off our sports archive to bring you these handy beginner golf tips. Cue the jazzy music…
1. HOW TO DRIVE A GOLF BALL
The most important thing about driving the golf ball is that the swing is exactly the same as the normal golf swing except for few keys and top changes.
Step 1. Make sure that when you tap the ball, half the golf ball is above the top of the club.
Step 2. Make sure that the ball is positioned in line with the left heel and to do this, all you do is place your feet together, make sure the ball is in between the feet and then take a step to the right.
Step 3. Tilt the body away from the target.
Step 4. In the back swing, make sure you transfer 75% to 80% of your weight to the right hand side.
Step 5. Make the swing itself, ensuring you give a nice steady rhythm throughout and that the hit stays nice and still throughout the shot.
2. HOW TO CHIP A GOLF BALL
To chip a golf ball, you need anything from a sixteen degree wedge to a nine-nine depending on how high you want to hit the shot.
Step 1. Position the ball correctly; the ball should be opposite the left heel. The start should be relatively narrow and the club face should be facing towards the target and the foot lay square to the target.
Step 2. Break the wrists immediately in the back swing.
Step 3. Accelerate the hands into impact making sure the hand is leaving the club head the whole time.
Step 4. Finish with the arm and the club in a nice straight line. At no point should the club pass the hands.
Step 5. Overall, take the club back about 25% and then swing through about 75%. You need to be accelerating aggressively into the ball and taking it back just a short amount allowing to do this.
Step 6. Ensure the club hits the ball just before the ground.
3. HOW TO SPIN THE BALL
The video above shows you how to put spin on a golf ball; and that includes both back spin and side spin. The best way to increase back spin is to make sure that the angle of attack of the club into the ball is nice and steep as opposed to shallow.
Step 1. Increasing back spin involves actually putting a little bit more weight on the left hand side and keeping it there throughout the swing. Open the club and body slightly. What this does is it allows the club to come into the ball in a slightly steeper angle of attack. And because we open the face, it stops the club digging into the ground.
Step 3. Break the wrist immediately on the back stroke.
Step 4. Make sure your hands leave the club heading into impact and just trusting that your correct set up and swing will produce the desired effect.
Step 5. Make sure you catch the ball before the ground and hit the ball with an accelerating blow. To do this, take a relatively short back swing and make sure accelerate through the ball all the way to the finish.
How to achieve side spin on a golf ball:
To curve a ball from right to left, cut slightly across the golf ball. To do this from our normal set up position, all you need to do is pull back the left foot, just a touch, open up the club face a little bit and then make a normal swing across the new body line. And after opening up the club face, just remember to re-grip it.
If you want to curve the ball from right to left, all you have to do is cut across the golf ball the opposite way. To do this, draw your right foot back slightly and close the club face a little bit, remembering to re-grip it once we close the club face.
4. HOW TO PUTT
Here’s how to putt in golf, and to make sure more of your shots fall into the hole when you make a stroke.
Step 1. Come behind the ball and check to see if the slope of the green is left, or right, or slightly up or down and make a judgment on this.
Step 2. Make a little practice stroke next to the ball to get a judgment of how hard you need to hit the putt.
Step 3. Remember the judgment you made earlier, and all you need to do is align your feet and your club face to the point you decided on earlier.
Step 4. Make a nice smooth stroke, trusting the judgments you made earlier in both line and pace.
Step 5. Retrieve the ball from the hole.
5. HOW TO PROPERLY HOLD A GOLF CLUB
Here’s how you hold a golf club properly.
Step 1. You need a pen or a marker to mark your hands. Mark a little cross in the dip at the bottom of your left thumb. Put two more lines on your hands. One is in the crease just below the little finger. The second one is on the middle of the left index finger. Next, take your right hand and put a little mark across the middle of your right index finger, and a mark for the bottom of your left little finger.
Step 2. Hold the club about 45 degrees up from the ground and be sure the leading edge is pointing up towards the ceiling. You then place the grip of the club on the two lines you’ve drawn on your hands and wrap the left hand over the club. Whilst keeping the leading edge square, make sure the cross you’ve drawn on your left hand is directly on top of the club.
Step 4. Apply the right hand to the club, making sure the grip rests on the two marks you’ve put on the right hand. Then wrap the right hand around the club.
Step 5. You can see the back view of the grip. You can see in the video the little finger of the instructor’s right hand rests between the middle and index finger of his left hand.
Step 6. Make sure you have enough grip pressure on the grip; it should be a seven or eight out of ten, but our wrist should still be able to do this.
6. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GOLF GAME
Here’s some handy tips on playing golf in general.
Step 1. Buy yourself a golf club, and a seven iron or a six iron is the ideal starter club.
Step 2. Check out all our other golf tutorials on Videojug ; )
Step 3. Practice. Practice. Practice
Step 4. Visit your local park or practice facility and apply the lessons you’ve learned in these videos to improve your game.
Step 5. Practice even more. Remember, that practice makes perfect.
Step 6. Once you’re confident enough to hit the ball at least fifty yards, fairly straight, you can then move on to a slightly bigger course, and visit your local par three or 9 hole course.
Step 7. Revie this video series again and see if there is anything else you can learn that you can apply to your game.
Step 8. Once you can hit the ball fairly straight at about 100 yards, it’s time to try out your skills on the full-size golf course. Best of luck with your golf game!
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