How to Play Better at Golf

How to Play Better at Golf

Do you want to have a more consistent golf game and always wondered about how to play better at golf – well I have come up with a few easy pointers to get your game ready for the coming season.

I want to address simple and easy tips to help improve your game, it doesn’t mean loads of changes just little tweaks here and there to make your current swing more consistent and better.

In this article I am going to cover the following:

  • Lower hands at address

  • Getting the ball in the correct position at address

  • Distance to the golf ball from your feet

Nothing too major, just three easy tips that you can adapt to your golf game slowly one by one or alternatively working on the three together from the start, either way, they will certainly help your game improve going into this season.

Lower Hands at Address

What most golfers do, especially newbie golfers, they tend to stretch their arms and hands towards the ball, what you should be doing is having your hands low which inevitably will lead to a much better take away position and also enabling you to rotate and the turn your body a lot easier.

The best way to get the feel of where your hands should be when holding the golf club is to let them ‘hang’ naturally when you have your posture in the correct position, with your knees slightly bent and nice spine angle let your hands drop and hang, this way you will feel where your hands need to be at the address position.

How to Play Better at Golf - High Hands

The above image is with high hands.

How to Play Better at Golf - Low Hands

The above image is with low hands.

As you can see by these images, the wrong position is when you are stretching which will hinder your swing movement, but with naturally low hands, this will enhance your ability to swing the club more freely.

Getting the Ball in the Correct Position at Address

Many golfers will always struggle to make good contact with the golf ball basically because the ball is not at the centre of their golf swing, I am going to suggest a very simple method to adapt to help and assist getting the ball in the correct position at address, this will assist in making sure that you have at least a chance of making a good contact.

The method I have always taught and also suggested to many golfers is to have the same routine at the setup stage, this works by starting off by having your feet together and the ball positioned centrally and lined up between your feet. Once you have done this then slightly move your leading leg towards the target, then your trailing leg should be approx. twice or three times that distance away from the target.

How to Play Better at Golf - Ball in middle of feet How to Play Better at Golf - Ball position to feet

This method, at least, gives you an idea that your feet and body are in the correct position at the address position, and will, at least, give you a much better chance of making good contact with the golf ball at the centre of your golf swing.

Once you have got the hang of this drill you can then adjust your feet to compensate for each of your different golf clubs. For example, a 5 iron position should be at the centre of your stance instead of further forward for the longer clubs and further back for the shorter clubs.

Distance to the Golf Ball from your feet

The drill I have always used is a pretty simple one to get used to, it can be adapted on the golf course and it ensures you are not too close to the ball at address and no too far away from the golf ball at the address position.

I would suggest trying this initially when practising on the driving range to get the idea on how it works, but within minutes, you will get the feel of where you should be standing in relation to the distance away from the golf ball dependent on what golf club you are using.

It is best to get used to this drill by using a mid-iron to start with then once you have mastered the drill then the same theory works with all of your clubs. Firstly take your mid-iron and put the club face behind the ball, once you have done this then let the club fall towards you, the club needs to fall and position itself between your knee and your hip, the correct position of where it falls should be approx. half way between your hip and knee.

Once you have done this with your new low hands set up you will be in the correct position of distance from your ball to your feet.

How to Play Better at Golf - Ball between hip and knee How to Play Better at Golf - Ball between hip and knee How to Play Better at Golf - ball between hip and knee How to Play Better at Golf - between hip and knee

You will know when you are in the correct position because you will feel too close to the ball, this, in fact, is the correct position which will allow you to swing the club correctly and freely, which will lead to a better posture, stance and address.

In my next article, I will be covering off some basic rules of golf that can and certainly will help you enjoy your golf better, little rules that you may or may not know off but can certainly trim off additional shots off of your scorecard.

Link here to another one of my most recent posts CLICK HERE.

As always if you have any comments or feedback regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave any comments below, I will be glad to respond to any questions or feedback as soon as possible.

Or alternatively if there are any areas of the game of golf that you would like me to address of write about in future articles please do not hesitate to drop me a comment and I will be happy to oblige.

Happy Golfing and keep hitting it straight!

Regards,

Michael

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