If you plan to take up golf as a pastime, these handy tricks and tips for first timers will come in handy and help eliminate the common mistakes made by most beginners. Playing golf, initially, may seem very simple to a majority of amateur golfers. The hard truth is that that they tend to have more bad habits than good ones. By recognising these errors and ironing out the grey areas, you will have the wherewithal to put it across others and take up good scores consistently.
Gripping the club
The most common mistake many beginners commit is gripping the club in the palm of the hand rather than with your fingers. Not only will it allow you extra leverage but increase the speed of the clubhead. By releasing the grip of all your fingers, except the index finger, a form of hinge mechanism is created, and the golfer will automatically feel that he has the perfect grip.
Using the thumb
Once you have learnt to handle the club like a pro with the fingers, it is time to pay attention to the position of the thumb. Keep the thumb short, rather than long, by bending the knuckle a bit at the base of the club. The short grip will let you keep everything balanced and prevent the club from dropping again and again due to the force of gravity.
Correct foot pressure
The right position of the body and the feet will help in maintaining the right pressure when making a swing. Beginners tend to put their weight behind the trail foot to generate power instead of attempting to generate momentum by using the lead foot. To pack more strength in your swing, it is important to apply more on the lead foot, than on the trail foot.
A common bad habit of the new golfer is to slide the hip away from the direction of the ball, thereby resulting in poor shot selection. By pivoting the heel on the trail foot, you will be able to generate the correct momentum to make a good shot.
Proper use of the lead arm
Golfers, at first, tend to get trapped by allowing their lead arm to be kept away from the body when attempting a swing. This will in all probability turn the face of the club and cause you to miscue your shot. However, by allowing the lead arm to stay near your chest will always make the clubface in a square on position to the ball and allow you good contact.
Eliminating the common mistakes made by beginners may be done with but the hard work is yet to begin. It is equally important to practice them in play and make it a ritual. This is what should be done:
- Make use of an 8-iron
- Use the lead foot to place the ball
- By touching just the toe, let all the
- body weight fall on the lead foot for
- keeping proper balance
- Once done attempt several try shot
Believe it or not, by rehearsing these drills regularly, you will learn a reliable technique, which will keep your game sharp, irrespective of the level of skill.