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- Want to Lower Your Golf Score?
- How to Improve at Golf Quickly
- Day 1: How to Hit Long and Straight Drives
- Day 2: How to Strike Your Fairway Woods Higher
- Day 3: How to Strike Your Irons Solid
- Day 4: How to Sink More Putts
- Key Takeaway
- Key Takeaway
How to Improve at Golf Quickly
How do you actually improve and play better golf?
You need to create a golf improvement plan that details the steps and strategies that you need to take to improve your game fast.
Know Where You Are Right Now
It’s true that golf is best learned on the course. But without any strategy and clear goals, improving your game will be harder and longer.
The first thing you need to know is where you are right now in your golf game. What is your average score when you play 3 holes, 9 holes, or 18 holes? What are your strengths and weaknesses in playing golf?
Determine What You Want to Achieve
Analyze your golf game with the help of apps or gadgets like video analysis and radar launch monitors that track your swing.
These data or statistics will be your basis on how to keep on improving. It is recommended that you keep a record of your data to have a more accurate picture of your progress.
How far do you hit the driver? What is your swing speed? How many strokes that it takes to get you out of a bunker?
Practice Your Weakest Areas
Set short-term and long-term goals. If you’re not happy with your golf score, then the first thing you need to do is set a practical and reachable goal. Set a date on when you want to achieve that. For example, currently your score is 110, and your end goal is to get a consistent score of 90 in 6 months. In 3 months time, then your goal should be to get a score of 100.
Now you need to think about the steps on how you can reach your goal. How can you practice better? Work and focus on your weaknesses. For example, if you don’t know how to hit a driver straight and long, then you need to spend more time practicing hitting a driver.
Be honest with yourself and think if you can do it on your own. Or do you need a golf coach who can give you professional advice and guide you through the journey?
Ask help and advice from a golf coach on how to improve on your weaknesses. Tell him or her what your goals are. Your golf coach would be able to tell you concrete steps on how to achieve your goals.
After a month of practicing and working on your weakness, assess whether you have actually made progress toward your goal. If you feel that you’re not progressing, then think of the reasons why you’re not improving. This is one of the reasons why recording your data is very essential in your development. Do another assessment every other three months.
Put Your Skills to the Test
Golf is hard. There are hazards and bunkers. Know where you are starting from and where you want to get to. Make an action plan on how to get from your starting point to your end point. The process or journey in between entails numerous practice, drills, recording of data, analysis of statistics, assessments, and repetitions. Test your skills by playing in the golf course.
Golf equipment for recording and analyzing your swing are essential and will help you get better. There is no perfect golf swing. If you look at professional golfers, they have their own golf swings. The key is what golf swing suits you, your built, and your skills best.
Day 1: How to Hit Long and Straight Drives
If you want to hit the ball farther, make sure that you hit it on the way up. You should set up correctly to be able to hit the ball when the swing is on an upward arc. During setup, the ball should be positioned inside the heel of your left foot which is the ideal position to hit it on the way up. Tee the ball higher than the club face.
Tilt your upper body a little to the right so that your right shoulder will be lower than your left shoulder.
The shaft of the driver should point straight toward your left ear.
Create power during the downswing by using your legs. To maximize the power of your legs, have a wide stance so that your legs can freely move. The distance from your left to your right foot should be a little wider than your shoulder’s width. During the downswing, go lower by bending your knees.
Hit the ball solidly near the middle of the club face. So do you know whether you hit it on the center or not? It’s easy. Use a can of foot powder spray and spray liberally on the club face. A ball mark will appear when you hit the ball and you’ll know exactly where you hit it. This immediate feedback on where you hit it will help you adjust and build your skill and eventually hit it solidly on the center.
The club face should be square to the ball. Bend your right wrist a little bit as you square it up. The left wrist should be bowed or flat upon impact.
After impact, extend your arms and the club as far away from your body.
One of the secrets to hit your driver super straight and long is by learning how to control and feel the golf club. You will have better control of your golf club by doing the following drills. These drills will teach you how to close and open the club face.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that if you make the same setup and make that same swing every time, then one day it’s going to be solid, it’s going to go far, it’s going to be high. That’s not true. You need to adjust and fine tune your ball flight. There are many factors that will influence your ball flight. Learn how to adjust your path with momentum. Learn how to hit the ball low, high, to the left, and to the right.
Feel when the club face is closed and when it is open. The momentum of the club is going to let the toe of the club turn on over. Let the ball make a hook to the left. It is not the ideal shot but you are trying to feel how the club face closes.
When you swing inside, then the club face will naturally close. Or when you swing outside or over the top, then the club face will naturally open.
Another factor that helps in closing your club face is when your hands slow down as you go through impact. If you feel that you are dragging your hands and speeding up through impact, then the natural effect is your club face will be more open and will result in a fade shot. Work on your momentum to close your club face.
Day 2: How to Strike Your Fairway Woods Higher
Are you struggling with hitting your woods thin and not making good contact?
There are many kinds of woods to choose from. If you hit strong, it’s ok to use a 3 wood. But generally, opt for a wood with an 18 degree or higher loft. Loft is very crucial because you want to get the ball up in the air.
Don’t swing it too steeply on the downswing. Make sure that you have a shallow angle of attack.
Don’t hit the ground before hitting the golf ball. This usually happens if you have the wrong ball position. The ideal ball position for a fairway woods is at the bottom of the arc swing or approximately one inch inside the heel of your left foot.
Or you can make some practice swings and see where the club first hits the ground by looking at where the grass was brushed. That spot is the bottom of your arc swing and should be where the ball is positioned.
You should hit the ball solidly on the middle or slightly above the middle of the club face. When you hit the top of the ball, the tendency is the ball will roll on the ground. When you hit it on the bottom of the club face, the loft angle is lower so you won’t be able to launch it at the highest possible launch angle. In that case, you would need to make a forward lean to compensate with the off center hit.
Making a good contact is also influenced by the lie. If the turf has a very clean fresh cut, then you can hit it on the sweet spot with just a slight downward hit.
If the grass is a little bit taller and thicker, then you can just brush along the top of the grass and hit it solidly. In this case, you can adjust the ball position to be same as that of a driver because you don’t need to hit it downward.
If the ball is buried in very thick grass or rough, then you need to hit it down with a more lofted club for good contact to get it up.
The point is the lie will determine what angle of attack you should take in order to hit the sweet spot.
De-loft the club so the shaft will lean forward and compress the golf ball. Allow your hands to be in front of the golf ball through impact so that you can adjust the club face and make a good contact. Release your right wrist upon contact.
Create more club head speed on your swing. The faster the ball goes, the higher it will go. The higher it goes, the less likely it will roll when it hits the fairway or green.
Day 3: How to Strike Your Irons Solid
Where should you place the golf ball for irons?
The ball should be directly aligned to your sternum or the middle of your chest at address. You can also use the buttons of your shirt as your point of reference.
Maintain that central alignment as you make your backswing.
You need to practice how to control the club. Tilt the sweet spot of the club head against the ball to make solid contact and compress the ball.
Drive the leading edge of the club down into the ground and the ball will eventually move up the club face and take off. The leading edge should be low on the ground when it hits the ball. If it hits the ball on the way up, then it will hit the middle or top of the ball which will result in topping the golf ball.
Shift your weight to the left side towards the target on your downswing to drive power into the ball. But be careful that there is no excessive transfer of weight and movement from the right to the left. As you lean toward the left side, your right leg is almost parallel to the shaft which is at an angle of around 70 degrees.
The shaft should be leaning forward and the handle of the club should be in front of the ball. Push your right hand slightly forward to turn some loft off the club and to drive the ball towards the target. Because long irons have lower loft angles, you don’t have to tilt the club as much as you do with short irons.
Your left wrist should be bowed, solid, and firm.
The most common error of golfers is tilting their bodies back and swinging up to help the ball go up in the air. Instead, you should swing down and go through the shot. This way, you will hit the ball first and create a shallow divot after hitting it. The timing of impact should be before the club reaches the bottom of the arc swing.
The problem when you hit the ground first before hitting the ball is you will tend to scoop the ball instead of compressing it at impact. One sign that you’re scooping it is when you see that the handle is behind the club head at impact.
The easiest solution to scooping the ball is to continue on rotating your lower body and chest all the way through the swing.
Day 4: How to Sink More Putts
In almost every endeavor, preparation is the most important part. Even if you use a new golf ball that is expensive, or have the best putter available, you may still have high putting strokes. If you want to achieve lesser putting strokes, then follow these easy to learn steps to improve your putting game.
1. Evaluate the green
The first step is to evaluate the green’s design which include its grain, and its up and down slope. Look how dry is the green, the more dry it is the faster your ball will roll.
In order to see clearly the slope of the green where your ball will pass through, walk and survey the putting area. View the left and right side of the green, then go behind your ball. Choose a target where you will aim and create an imaginary line from the target point to your ball.
2. Line up your ball
Second step is to wisely use the words or graphics on the ball that act like an arrow pointing to the target. It is your guide to line up your putt right on the target, to precisely aim at the direction where you want the ball to go. You may also manually mark your ball with a straight line using a pen to help you better align straight to your target.
3. Get the right stance and feel
a. Proper Putting Stance
Now that your ball’s line guide is right on target, the next step is to have a proper address in your putting stance.
First, stand straight, keep your feet apart with almost the same width as your shoulder in order to have body balance, bend forward the upper part of your body from your waist up, then bend your knees a little for a relaxed posture. Next, hold your putter with the kind of grip you prefer. Your left and right elbows and your upper arms should touch the sides of your rib cage. When you take your putt both in back swing and follow through stage, keep your elbows touching or close to your rib cage to have more consistent direction and putt with a pendulum movement of your forearms.
b. Smooth rolling
The correct way to putt the ball is through rolling and not hitting the ball. If you hit the ball, it will not run smoothly and have a tendency to hop. To help you achieve a nice ball roll, first, put more weight on your left leg. Second, the face of your putter must be square to your target. Aim the putter and lean the club forward down to your target line. Third, just like in basketball, when you use your left hand to aim at the hoop, in golf putting, you also use your left hand to aim at your target. Practice putting by using your left hand to lead your putter go through the target line. When you putt, maintain the putter shaft naturally low even in your putt follow through as you roll the ball to the target line. In this way, your golf ball will roll more smoothly towards the target line.
c. Calculate the strength
Now that your ball’s roll is smooth, the next step is to make some practice strokes on how far your back stroke will be and how hard you plan to roll through the ball. Look at your target as you make those practice putts so you can better calculate the strength of your putt based on the distance of your ball to the cup while considering the slope degree of the green and putt naturally. If the slope is upward, then you may roll a bit harder. If the slope is downward or down hill, then you should make a softer putt stroke.
Stay relaxed, get the right feel using your fingers as it grips the putter, and practice swinging with a pendulum motion. Remember that it is better to roll the ball a bit harder or with more strength than to be soft in your shot, because there is a chance that your ball will go through the hole with a harder shot and eventually land on the cup, rather than being short – lacking ball speed and distance.
4. Putt confidently
Finally, set up and get ready to make that actual putt. You’re right in your line of target, and have the right feel, now be confident in your putt! Do not look at the ball for a long period of time as it adds pressure to your body. You may look at a spot in front of your ball that has the same line to your target. Concentrate on your putt and do not think of unnecessary things. You can do it!
With a confident attitude and putt, you are more likely make a good putt. In case you are not able to land the ball on the cup in your first stroke, maybe in your second putt it will roll into the hole. At least your putting strokes are decreased, and you can still recover from other remaining holes.
If you want to be successful in your putting, then simply follow these 4 easy steps: Evaluate the green, line up your ball to the target, get the right stance and feel, and putt confidently.
If you want to play better golf and to make perfectly struck golf shots, then you seriously need a golf improvement plan to guide you toward your goal.
Determine what your problems are, find ways on how to solve them with practice and drills, then measure your shots and analyze the statistics.
Follow it on a daily basis. You need a plan to help you focus and have a direction on how to achieve consistency, power, and accuracy.