Getting golf tips that are relevant to your level of play helps you improve your game.
If you’re a first time player however, the number of tips available from experienced players across the internet can be overwhelming. Let’s discuss where to start.
How to use Golf Videos to Improve Your Game
Did you know that watching online videos can help you master your golf swing and eventually improve your game?
Recently, researchers conducted a study involving volunteers who were tasked with executing a regulated knockdown barrier test, which is similar to golf.
This involved pressing a start button, hitting three wooden barriers in a clockwise manner, and finally pressing the end button.
Upon completing the test, the volunteers watched videos online regarding the same movement executed by both beginners and professionals. Before watching the video, part of the group was told the skill level they saw while the other wasn’t told. The two groups watched the test twice.
Both groups were fast as they watched the test for the second time. However, the group that understood whether or not they were learning from seasoned players scored better results.
This is attributed to the fact knowing that you’re learning from a seasoned player triggers your brain to capture errors and find ways of improving them. Should you opt to learn through watching videos, you’ll need to watch videos from professional and experienced players.
Which Exercises are Ideal for Golf?
One of the best golf tips we’ve ever heard (outside of having a proper golf swing) is staying in shape. This is more about core flexibility and strength.
As a golfer, you need to pay attention to pay close to the aforementioned factors to avoid overusing your arms, wrists and straining your lower back.
Further, you’ll need to enhance flexibility on your feet, hips, ankles, and thoracic spine to boost your rotational motion range. Here are some exercises you can try to get the ultimate swing.
Standing Wood Chop
The standing wood chop exercise combined the movement of your back, hips, and shoulders while enhancing flexibility and strength. You’ll need a cable system similar to a resistance band to execute hack this exercise. Still, you can use a free weight or medicine ball. To do the standing wood chop:
- Put the resistance band below your left foot
- Bend your knees slightly and drag the band up above to your right.
- Repeat between 8 to 12 times before resting for 30 seconds
- Change sides and repeat between 1 and 3 time
Lateral lunges enhance the motion range, power, and strength of your hips. To execute this exercise:
- Take a big step to your left and switch your weight on that side. Maintain a perfect posture while at it.
- Ensure that your left leg is bent and the right leg is drawn out to the right
- Ensure your toes are pointing straight ahead
- Repeat between 8 and 10 times before resting for 30 seconds. Alternate the legs and repeat between 1 and 3 times.
Glute activation lunges
You can use glute activation lunges to enhance mobility around your hips for more strength and a powerful swing.
- With your hands on your hips and your feet together, take a huge step forward.
- Assume a 90-degree angle with your front leg or bend it until the thigh is parallel to the ground
- Ensure your back leg is straight and rigid
- Step back and assume a standing position. Repeat between 8 and 12 times
- Switch legs and repeat the exercise between 1 and 3 times
- Exercise Consistently to Maintain a Fit Form while Playing Golf
How to Play Golf
In golf, players play a specific number of holes in a particular order. 18 or 9 holes played in a particular order in which the golf course design controls usually make up a game. If the golf course has nine holes, players should complete two rounds to make up a normal game. The beginning of each hole is the teeing area.
A golfer places the ball on a tee and swings a club at it in an attempt to strike it as straight as possible. When each golfer in the team has completed one round, the player who hit the ball the farthest distance strikes the ball once more. The other players then follow until they’ve all had their turn on the green. The green in a golf course is the area close to the hole with very short grass.
Once players are on the green, they attempt to putt the ball inside the hole. Putting is like any ordinary swing. The only difference is; it’s not as hard. What’s more, putting doesn’t focus on driving the ball up in the air. After each player has putt their ball in the hole, the team moves to the subsequent hole.
Whenever a player swings at his ball, the act is said to be a stroke. Every hole is a specific number of strokes that golfers should ensure that their balls get inside. This is referred to as par. A player will get a birdie if their balls get inside the hole in less than the par. When they take an extra shot before the par, the act is referred to as a bogey. Many holes come with a par of between 3 and 5.
Common Golf Games
The common golf playing models are stroke and match play. In stroke play, the team or golfer with the least number of strokes wins. Match play involves two golf teams or golfers playing holes in turns. The golfer with low strokes wins that hole. If there’s a tie, the hole gets drawn. The winner here is the player with the greatest number of holes.
Golf Etiquette is a set of practices or rules structured to make golf enjoyable and safe for the players. These rules come in handy to protect golf equipment from possible damage as well. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Be at the Course Early in Advance
If you’ll be playing with a team of experienced golfers, you want to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier. Take that time to practice with your putter on the green. Arriving early helps you relax before the game starts.
Practice Your Putting
To practice, you need to be at the course early. Spend some time exercising and familiarize yourself with the speed of the grass.
Avoid disrupting other Players as they Hit the Ball
Be attentive to the other players as they execute their swings and shots. While you may get caught up in a conversation in the course, you should at least remain focused when other golfers are hitting.
Play Ready Golf
Many golfers hold on to the principle that players who are farthest from the hole should hit the ball first. You don’t have to follow this rule, especially when you’re playing casual golf. Provided all the players are attentive, whoever is ready can be the first to hit the ball.
Golf Game Prep Tips
Do you want to become a successful golfer? If you do, preparation is key. Below are some golf tips on how you can prepare for your game on the golf course.
Check Weather Reports
Knowing what the weather will be like helps you figure out what to wear at the golf course. If there will be rain, you may want to carry appropriate rain gear. However, if the weather promises to be friendly, you can wear simple pants and a collared shirt. While golfing shoes restrain you from slipping on the grass, you don’t have to wear them if you’re not a professional golfer. Carry a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Don’t forget your sunscreen especially if you’ll be spending the entire day golfing. You need to protect yourself from hours of sun exposure. Unpack your golf balls from their display cases and keep them in your golf bag with your clubs. Inspect your bag to ensure you have all the essential items such as game equipment, an extra shirt, towels, spare socks, shoes, and a sports drink.
As we’ve mentioned before, arriving early gives you sufficient time to warm up and relax before the game starts. You may want to develop your swinging tempo on the putting green and proceed to do some warm upswings.
Stretch in Preparation for the Game
Stretching is not only good for your back, but it will also enhance your swinging motion. Begin with 15 minute slow stretches from the head to toe. Remember, you’ll be using your entire body in playing golf. Stretching will give your swings more power. This is why you should also stretch your torso, back, arms, and neck. Remember, your legs should remain firmly on the ground during the stretching process.
Don’t be Idle
Avoid staying idle after your warm-up session. If the game is yet to start, you may want to execute some more swing exercises.
How to Find Golf Friends
In this digital age where nearly everyone has easy access to the internet, you can easily find golf friends through various platforms.
Social media is a popular place where you can get friends to play within your locality. All you need to do is place a post and share it widely. You could be surprised at the number of golfers in your region you’d get.
You can always follow for TheGolfsquatch on Twitter to find a golf friend.