Often beginners and high handicappers set out to find video and written golf tips that will make them improve their golf game. However, often, they do not know what tips they should be seeking. So, this article is meant to give an overview of the different types of golf instruction that is available so that you can ask the right questions.
The major categories for golf tips are the golf swing, golf shots, mental strategy and situational strategy, apparel and equipment, golf fitness, and rules and etiquette. To truly learn to play golf well and love the game you need to become proficient in all of these areas. Let’s take them one at a time.
GOLF SWING TIPS: To learn the basic fundamentals to the golf swing you will want to get tips on the full swing and short game. The full swing is divided up into the following segments: the grip; stance; backswing; downswing; impact position and follow through. The short game swing is divided up similarly, but the technique used varies with whether you are putting, chipping, pitching, hitting a bunker shot and/or coming out of rough or a tie lie. Finally, golf swing tips are also specific to the type of club you are using (i.e. driver, iron, wedge, wood, hybrid and putter).
Golf swing tips are also separated into fixes or cures for specific swing faults. Common swing faults addressed are over the top, slicing, hooking, reverse pivoting, topping, hitting fat behind the ball, popping the ball into the air and losing your balance.
So, for you beginners and high handicappers, when looking up golf swing tips use these specific terms to better find the answer that you are looking for. For example, you might search for the “proper grip and stance when hitting a full swing iron shot.”
GOLF SHOT TIPS: Hey, all beginners and high handicappers need to know that there are far more shots than just the basic full swing and short game shots. If you are looking to shape your shot there are low, medium, high, straight, fade and draw and over spin and under spin shots. Based on where you ball is sitting, sometimes you need specialty shots for situations like a downhill lie, uphill lie, below you feet lie, above your feet lie, when the ball is in a divot, buried in the sand, in the water, in deep rough or environmental hazard, on hard pan, tie lies, Bermuda grass, etc… I think I got most of them. Then finally there are specialty shots like the stinger and hitting your driver off the deck that you can learn down the line.
Bite off a little at a time. Initially focus on the shots that will help you the most on the courses that you play most often.
MENTAL AND SITUATIONAL STRATEGY: Golf Tips on mental golf strategies and situational strategies are key to playing golf because in many ways golf is like a game of chess. Mental golf strategies teach you how to focus under pressure and avoid negative mental hang-ups like fear, stress and overconfidence. The advice on these topics includes things like mental foods, visualization, self hypnosis, meditation, pre-shot routines and breathing techniques. You can even find ways to affect the mental focus of your competition, within the rules and acceptable etiquette of course.
Situational strategy is also known as golf course management. It includes things like how to play in the wind, into fast or slow greens, at high and low altitudes, in the morning and evenings, playing to the short or long side of the green, how to avoid trouble, reading greens, etc… If you only knew how many golfers could improve their games if they understood golf course management. You are only as good as your weakest link.
APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT: Golf Tips on golf clubs partly focus on fitting shaft flex, shaft length, club head lie and loft and grips for men, women, and kids with various swing speeds and swing tempos. Some tips also look at the best clubs to carry based on your skill level and the course you are playing. Finally, some focus on where to get clubs at the best price and availability.
Other information beginners and high handicappers can get on equipment and apparel includes a variety of things. You can find out the proper golf attire for different climates including winter golf. You can learn ways to shop for affordable apparel. You can learn how to take care of your equipment and apparel. You can learn about gadgets and training aids to improve your golf game.
GOLF FITNESS: One key to many of the golf tips that you will receive is that you have to be physically capable of pulling them off. This requires you to be in golf shape. So the fitness tips are normally divided into exercises for different segments of the swing or different body part involved in the golf swing. So for example, doing a search on exercises to increase your balance on the downswing or how to help you maintain your posture would yield you to informative results.
GOLF RULES AND ETIQUETTE: Don’t overlook the important of knowing the rules and etiquette. The rules will save you from incurring penalty strokes for rule violations. Additionally, knowing the rules will allow you to know all of your options when playing drops from hazards and/or finding yourself in other unfavorable situations. Search for these golf tips by searching for rules pertaining to common situations first. Examples would be to look for rules for movable objects, playing out of the sand, playing from a lateral hazard, etc…