As one of the oldest and most nuanced games in western civilization, golf can be intimidating. Golf has a reputation for being something of an elite sport, played by aging men in elects colors. While this still happens, golf is absolutely becoming more accessible and increasingly popular. Are you just getting started, or trying to learn more? This beginner golf tips webpage are the essentials every beginner should know!
- Beginner Golf Grip
- Use Cavity-back Golf Clubs Instead Of Blades
- Practice Your Short Game More Than Your Full Swing
- Swing With Less Than 100% Effort
- Learn basic etiquette/vocabulary
1. Beginner golf grip
Gripping the club is one of many key beginner golf tips that can be easily improved. Your hands are the only part of your body that come in contact with the club, it is vital to get the grip right. The grip is a personal preferance, while some golfers prefer a stronger grip, others favor a weaker one. There are three styles of grip that most golfers use:
- Overlapping (Vardon Grip)
- Ten-Finger (Baseball Grip)
This article with one of golfs best, Pete Styles shows great beginner golf tips on how to improve your grip. A proper grip can take months to learn and is extremely awkward at first. Try gripping the club while watching tv or sitting outside. This will help your mind and body get used to the weird feeling while increasing your muscles memory. For a demonstration on common grip mechanics, check out some beginner golf tips from the video below.
2. Use cavity-back golf clubs instead of bladed
Golf is one of, if not the most, expensive sport to play. The more advanced you want to play, the more expensive it becomes. Traditional golf clubs or “blades” have what is called in the golf world, a smaller “sweet spot”. Recently, golf manufactures not only sought cheaper ways to produce clubs but also a way to make them easier to hit. They created “cavity-back” clubs that do not require a perfect strike to the “sweet spot” to have an acceptable shot. By moving more weight to the sole of the club, “cavity-backs” make it easier to get the ball off the ground. This Golfweek article goes into the difference between “blades” and “cavity-back”, some great club choices and beginner golf tips. A few of the best “cavity-back” clubs on the market include:
3. Practice your short game more than your full swing
Most beginner golfers think they need to hit the ball as far as they can in order to be a good golfer. You should spend at least as much time practicing your short game as your long game… if not more! If you plan to hit golf balls on the range for 1 hour, divide that time out and plan to use at least 30 minutes to chip and putt. It takes many hours of practice to improve any aspect of your golf game. However, the nature of the short game is such that you can actually improve quite quickly as you continue to play. A very interesting Bleacher Report article speaks upon the importance of short game, giving other great beginner golf tips on improving your short-game. A common saying among golfer is, “drive for show and putt for dough”. Listed below is a list of a couple of our favorite drills that can be done to improve your short game. Click the link from Left Rough for some expanded demonstration.
- Pitching Drill: “Hoola-hoop ladder”
- Chipping Drill: “One handed shot”
- Bunker Drill: “Line in sand”
“Putting is like wisdom, partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”Arnold Palmer
4. Swing with less than 100% effort
Naturally, every golfer thinks they need to swing as hard as they can to hit the ball. Swinging with less than 100% effort is one of those really important beginner golf tips. It might seem like a good idea to just “grip-it and rip-it” with the thought that the ball is going to travel further. Instead of swing as hard as you can, you should aim for about 80-90% effort. Swinging with less effort will still allow you to generate plenty of club head speed while also increasing the likelihood of keeping a balanced stance all they way through the swing.
Swinging with less effort does not mean you should not follow-through with the your swing. No matter how hard or soft you are swinging on any given shot, it is important to have a full release through the impact zone. Decelerating the club through the impact zone will result in a less desirable ball flight or even a complete whiff on the ball. SwingMan Golf has great beginner golf tips to help hit that 80-90% swing range as well as keeping a balanced stance throughout.
5. Learn basic etiquette/vocabulary
Golf etiquette and vocabulary go hand in hand. The importance of both of these beginner golf tips cannot be stressed enough. The guidelines for good golf etiquette are important for a reason. Many of them relate to the safety of golfers, pace of play (keeps the game enjoyable) and maintaining the quality of the golf course. Learning some of these etiquette tips will allow you to focus less on trying to abide by the rules and regulations and rather focus on your swing and mechanics as we talked about above. Brent Kelley list some great beginner golf tips about etteituqe, some of which are listed below:
- If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, “Fore!”
- Keep the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it’s your turn.
- Observe cart rules and keep carts away from greens and hazards. the wheels can damage the sensitive areas of the course.
Below are some great beginner golf tips on vocabulary to brush up on to better understand the game:
- Par- the number of hits it should take to complete the hole
- Birdie- a score of one under par
- Bogey- a score of one over par
- Divot- the turf that becomes displaced when a club strikes a ball
- Loft- the degree of angle on your club-face
- Shank- when a ball is struck on the hosel or shaft of the club generally sending the ball right
- Hazard- water, sand bunkers or heather that requires the player to generally not ground the club or take a penalty stroke to remove.