There are a ton of hints, tips and other facts to get you to the top of your golf game and it’s tough to know where to start. OGIO is full of golf-gurus, so we’ve put together a list of the golf tips you can take immediate action on – starting with making sure your clothes are the right fit for your swing and stride.
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Choosing the Right Club
Trying to match the club based on the length of the hole isn’t going to get the job done. There’s much more to it than that. Here are some general tips to get started.
– Your personal yardage for each club is going to differ. Learn your tendencies by testing your range with each of your clubs.
– Ask yourself how you normally handle a given shot. Do you tend to over shoot? Choose a less powerful club.
– Conditions can affect the results. Even light winds against or in the same direction as your shot will impact the strength behind the swing. Practice in a range of weather, with each of your clubs.
– Think about what kind of approach shot is to follow. What shot now will ensure a less awkward approach on your second shot?
– If you’re ever stuck on choosing between two clubs, a rule of thumb is to choose the club that feels more comfortable in your hands at the time. The shot will fall better when you’re committed.
Improving Your Drive
A long drive doesn’t have to be reserved for the pros. Follow these quick tips to perfect your drive and watch your ball soar.
– Assess your target from behind the ball and align your clubface behind it, directly at the target.
– Situate the rest of your body based on the clubface direction instead of the direction of the target.
– Start with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart.
– Ensure your eyes stay horizontal to the ground to help your weight remain on your front foot, and keep your eyes on the ball as you swing (basically, don’t cock your head in either direction).
– Keep your spine leaned back a little so your weight shift is bigger.
– Follow the swing all the way through with not just your arms, but your whole body, as the power will come from your legs, not your upper half.
– If you’re curving your shot – adjust. Work on hitting the ball down the middle.
Making the Most of Your Chip Shot
Sometimes people treat short shots and long shots as totally different creatures. That’s not the case. These tips will give you the best chip.
– Keep your posture and swing similar to your drive, just shorter movements
– People tend to overestimate their capabilities. Use more club than you think you will need.
– Consider using a wedge when you’re closer in than typically desired for this club.
– Determine which way the grass is growing on the green by color and shade. This will affect the way the ball rolls.
– Practice ensuring the clubface is in line with the path of the swing; a straight clubface and swing means a straight shot toward your target.
– Don’t be scared to give the ball a hard thwack. A solid chip will arc higher up rather than shoot farther forward.
Perfecting Your Putting Game
Sometimes it comes down to how well you can putt that ball into the hole. Learn how with these simple tips.
– Golf balls don’t roll upwards naturally, so stay on the higher side of the hole. Over hitting will keep you on the low side, and out of the hole, too often.
– If you do end up on the low side of the hole, focus on speed of the ball. Direction is important, but a well-directed slow ball will still not hit its target.
– Always keep your stance solid and your lower half stationary. Your arms are your strength in this.
– Keep your hands steady, but don’t squeeze. Pro tip: grip it like you would an open tube of toothpaste, where you don’t want to squeeze any out.
– Learn the space of each green. When you play it again, you’ll know what to expect from every angle.
Implement these golf tips into your game and start improving in time for the height of golfing season. And when you need new golf gear, shop OGIO golf apparelfor breathable and durable options that will hold up for years.