8 Tips for the Green
Date : 9/17/2013
Before hitting the green, it helps to know how best to hit the ball. While you could putter around the course hoping to improve your game the old-fashioned way, reading up on a few golf swing tips is the best thing you can bring to your game outside of a caddy. For many of these golf swing tips, you don't need to be out on the green to practice, allowing you to swing away in the comfort of your own home.
1. Know How to Hold 'Em
While you might be feeling tense when you tee off, your stance needs to be relaxed so as not to impede the momentum of your swing. Harry Vardon, one of golf's most famous players, popularized the Vardon grip, still one of the most widely used grips in professional golf. To utilize this grip, the trailing hand – the hand lower on the club – rests with the smallest finger nestled between the index and middle finger of the leading hand – the hand higher on the club. While this grip may be more difficult for newcomers, it is touted among many professionals for its superiority.
2. Stand Your Ground
Before you take a swing, take a moment to align your stance. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart with your knees slightly bent. With your weight centered on the balls of your feet, you should be less likely to spin yourself around in the event of a missed swing.
3. Putting Some Muscle Into It
Every golfer dreams of driving in the ball from hundreds of yards away, but hitting the ball with impressive force seems more often a happy accident than anything intentional. To improve your chances, swing so that the club finishes over your shoulder rather than ending somewhere behind your body. This motion will enable you to drive through with your full momentum, increasing your likelihood of a long shot.
4. Navigate Terrain
The rough and the sand are perhaps the bane of all new golfers, but they needn't be a trap you fall into. For the rough, knuckle down with a nine-iron or wedge, and swing with full force at a sharp angle to ensure you can chop through the terrain. For sand, aim your club under the ball rather than at it to help lob it out of the danger zone.
5. Practice Your Putt
Driving hard is only part of the game; you will need to know how to control your movement and your stance for short distances. Put most of your weight forward, and practice both focusing on the hole and then just on the ball to help gauge distance in the future.
6. Feel the Burn
You'll swing better with stronger muscles. When you aren't on the green, aim to strengthen your arms, shoulders, back, chest, legs and core to improve your stance and have a more solid swing.
7. Go Digital
If you want to bring a bit of the modern world to your game, pick up a swing analyzer. These devices measure your swing and provide analytics, allowing you to assess your weak points. Some devices even link to your smartphone or computer to provide you with drills to overcome problems you are facing for a truly personalized touch. Visit our Golf shop for more information.
8. Warm Up
Before your game, stretch out all of your muscles, and spend some time on the putting green. If time allows, hit the driving range as well to get those muscles loosened up. However, don't rush through a bucket of balls in your haste to hit the green; you'll be better served by visualizing the course and making every shot count.
For more information contact:
San Juan Oaks Golf Club
3825 Union Road
Hollister, CA 95023