Golf Tips Senior Golfers
Golf Tips Senior Golfers
In this article I want to give three simple golf tips for senior golfers that they can adapt to their game pretty easily, keep it simple I always say and don’t over complicate the game of golf, over thinking your golf shots can do more damage than good, so don’t over think it and just play your natural game!
Tip One – choosing where to tee up your golf ball on the tee
The majority of golfers never give this part of their game much thought, they have a golf ball and tee ready to tee off and then randomly choose a spot for their tee shot and proceed without any thought of choosing a good spot to suit their golf game.
I see so many times golfers who tend to slice or fade the ball proceed to the left hand side of the tee box/teeing area, by choosing this spot it has greatly reduced your margin of error if you do not produce a perfect slice or fade, think about it if you are teeing up on the left-hand side of the tee box if you do not execute the perfect shot all types of problems can occur.
However, if you tee the ball up on the right-hand side of the tee box all of a sudden the fairway looks wider and it has also given you a greater margin for error allowing for your slice or fade, think about it the next time you are playing a round of golf and you will see for yourself and instead of being in the rough or the trees on the right side of the fairway you will be in the fairway or thereabouts by adapting this easy to master tip for senior golfers.
Also, if you tend to hook or draw the ball then just use the left-hand side of the tee box, it’s the exact opposite to when you want to slice or fade the ball. No more having to worry about your natural shot because trees or some obstruction are in your ball flight or direction, by adopting this easy to follow tip you will see far more of your tee shots in safer spots.
Always remember the Left-hand side of the tee box to execute your hook or draw shot and right-hand side of the tee box if you want to execute a slice or fade shot – give it a go it’s a simple one to adapt.
Tip Two – do you know which eye is your most dominant one?
Next time your fellow golfers or golfing buddies are having a look at their putts and you see them with both eyes open, ask them how are they reading the putt? This easy method on how to establish which of your eyes is the most dominant you will soon start reading and seeing breaks in your putts more than ever before.
All you have to do is create a circle with your hands as in the image shown, then focus on any item either at home or on the golf course it doesn’t matter, this quick and easy golf tip for the senior golfer will quickly let you know which eye is your most dominant eye.
One you have focused on an item then simply close one eye at a time and continue looking through the circle you have made with your hands, by closing one eye and looking through just one eye you will quickly see which eye is the most dominant, you will either see a clear or nearly clear hole between your hands and the item you have focused on, with your non-dominant eye you will only see a partial image or item.
Now that you know which is your dominant eye you can soon put this into great effect on the greens and greatly improve your putt reading skills, by closing your non-dominant eye and only looking through your dominant one, especially when plum lining a shot as in the image you will start to see a clearer putting line.
Tip Three – playing golf shots in the wind
Playing golf on a windy open links course can be great fun, however it can be daunting if you do not have some basic rules in place to embrace playing in the wind, even the tops touring golf pro’s in the world don’t like unpredictable wind speeds and directions, however they do know if they do not master playing in the wind their opportunities for major titles greatly reduces, that is why the Open Championship and the US Open are played on open and sometimes very windy golf courses.
Even though the top touring pro’s in the world know how to play in the wind, believe me they don’t know a secret about playing in the wind and do not know anything that you cannot master and play in the wind too with great effect, below are a few easy to follow tips to next prepare you for playing into the wind.
Tip 1. It is important to check the speed of the wind before every shot, every hole will vary with open fairways to tree-lined fairways, so be prepared, an easy way to do this is to grab a few blades of grass and throw them up into the air and watch which way they fall and also the velocity of the wind, this will give you a very quick idea on wind direction and help you in the club selection that you need to execute the shot.
Tip 2. If the dominant wind is directly into your face or directly behind you always try and keep the same target line as if there was no wind, remember a well-hit golf shot will not be affected by the wind only bad shots get worse in the wind so stick to your target line and commit to the shot. How many times have you heard someone say when hitting downwind (the wind behind you) “that will go a mile with the wind behind” – it’s a totally different story with the wind into your face because you try and smash and hit the ball harder, keep you swing smooth and resist the opportunity of trying to overhit the shot.
Tip 3. If you are playing a course with a high wind so always look at the tree tops to give you an indication of the direction and speed of the wind, then play your golf shot accordingly dependent on the wind. A good rule of thumb is that if you want to hit a low ball flight then tee the ball up lower than normal which will give you a lower ball flight and thus keep the ball below the wind.
Tip 4. Widening your stance a little will increase your stability greatly when playing in strong or gusting winds, but don’t be tempted to overdo it, an inch either side of your normal stance is an easy to remember indicator, this will spread your weight and give you better stability which will greatly increase your chances of making a nice easy smooth swing.
Tip 5. When playing in strong winds you will often hear your fellow golfers commenting about “That’s a two club wind that is”, so do exactly that once you are confident that you know your iron distances and how far they travel in normal conditions, so if you would normally consider hitting an 8 iron under normal circumstances then do not be afraid to go up 2 clubs by hitting a 6 iron with an easy swing, the extra club selection will compensate for the wind.
A good guide for this rule is to think that if it’s a 10 MPH wind then you need to go up one club, if it’s a 20 MPH wind then go up another, so when you are checking the weather forecast for the day always look at the wind speed also, this will help you greatly when you are playing your round of golf.
Tip 6. When you are playing a shot with the wind behind you the ball with inevitably travel farther because of the wind, so if you do not want the ball to travel too far then grip the club lower than normal, this will also generate a lower ball flight because you have gripped down the club thus reducing the angle of the club at impact.
Tip 7. Being creative in the wind can be enjoyable and fun if you are creating shots to work or compensate for the wind, so be aware that less lofted clubs will produce a lower ball flight or as they say on the professional golf tours producing “Low flying Stingers”, so don’t be afraid to play some lower ball flights and instead of landing directly on the green create some shots that bump and run out onto the green.
Tip 8. Believe me the wind will and can affect every shot you make on a golf course, even bunker shots and putts the wind will and can change the direction of the ball. Even on your wedge shots consider a lower bump and run shots, not all golf balls need to fly high through the air to make them effective?
As I mentioned earlier about widening your stance on certain shots, you can also adopt this method for your putting as well, a stable posture will help you maintain your balance so always look at the possibility of widening your putting stance to adjust for wind and wind gusts.
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