It does not matter if you are an amateur that confuses birdies for pigeons or an expert, long-time golfer. Players of all skill level and experience find golf to simultaneously present them with opportunities and challenges. Keep reading for a variety of helpful insight and inspiration to improve your appreciation of golf.
When your technique is still in the works, you can get the most striking power if you do not bring the club back all the way behind you. The further you bring the club back, the more striking power you can throw in, but if you go back too far, you will ruin the integrity of your posture and the result will be an inaccurate hit at the ball and possibly even bodily injury from pulling a muscle.
Make sure you finish each hole within a reasonable amount of time. One of the most frustrating things to deal with on the course is the slow play of others. If your group is the slower group, then show some common courtesy by allowing smaller, faster groups to play through.
Preserve your self esteem by competing only with people in your skill range. As you are warming up to the game, work your way up by playing on easy courses and with players who are on your level. There is no point in crushing your enthusiasm by trying to take on a really tough course, and competing against players who outrank you.
Don't limit your use of graphite shafts to your driver. There have been many advances in technology for graphite shafts, making them a great choice for all clubs, aside from the putter.
Before you hit the ball, take a deep, cleansing breath. This will relieve the tension in your body and help you concentrate on hitting your next shot. Take your time to visualize the trajectory of your ball before you swing. When in competition, try taking deep breaths to relax.
When golfing, sometimes it's better to walk, rather than getting a golf cart. Walking the course will also help you become more familiar with the grounds and help you with your shots. It also helps you keep your large muscle groups warm and ready for your next shot.
Put your entire body into your swing to give it force. When people first start out playing golf, they think the power is in their arms, but that is only partially true because you need to be in coordination with your body to hit the ball far. A much better way to get that coveted swing distance is to move your whole body as the club moves.
Get acquainted with your golfing partners if you're playing with strangers. There is a very social aspect to the game of golf because of the extended periods of time you end up playing with the group. Go ahead and go about your business and play your game while casually making conversation with other golfers.
Regardless of whether you are in a rush to make your tee time, try to squeeze in a few shots at the range before heading to the first tee. Practice shots are a great way to warm up before a round.
Now that you have taken the initiative to learn something new about the sport of golf, you can impress your golfing buddies (or that gorgeous pro shop attendant) with the information you've just picked up. Look for new ways to apply these skills to your current game, to make the game even more challenging and engaging.