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 in Your Golf Game
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 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.
Work on your issues, techniques, and mechanics. Assess and get feedback to know if you are actually improving or not. The score is not the only measurement to know if you’re improving.
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 by playing in the golf course.
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 involves numerous practice, drills, recording of data, analysis of statistics, assessments, and repetitions.
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.
How to Hit Long and Straight Drives
If you want to hit the ball further, 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. Get a can of foot powder spray. 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.
Golf Drill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAfuzivRTWI
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 are 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. 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.