Beginner’s Golf Tips II
February 7, 2011
By: Gregg Bisson
1. Never change your stance. Many amateurs feel they must change their stance depending on the club, compensating for varying lengths. Instead, adjust your spine angle and stance width, or change the position of the ball. Your essential stance must remain consistent in order to achieve optimal power.
2. When shooting in the sand, do not be afraid of finishing the shot. Hit down and behind the ball, letting the sand do the work of lifting the ball. That does not mean you should dig the club into the sand. If you hear a thud, you are not using the right technique. Instead, opt for a balanced swing, and follow through with a full finish to propel the ball out of the sand. Should you have difficulties, try imagining that you are not in the sand, and simply aim a bit more down and back than you normally would.
3. Learn how to properly chip, and focus on stacking your impact position, meaning that you should align your left arm, your weight, and the club over your left leg at the point of impact. When you stack your chips, you gain extra control and power. Unstacked chips are often inconsistent. As a result, many good players avoid chipping. The best players know how to get the most from their chips. Chipping results in a more effective shot than putting. For more on chipping technique, watch the following video:
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4. Practice your putting skills at every opportunity. Although many amateur players have mastered the technical abilities involved with long-range shots, too many choke on simple putts. Learn how to control the speed and direction of your putts consistently on many different surface levels. Try putting downhill, uphill, and on level ground. Until you feel comfortable making putts, you risk racking up strokes when you are mere meters from the hole.