Disclaimer – Golf Tips for a Novice The best thing you can do to improve at Golf is to work with a PGA Professional Swing Instructor and a Professional Performance Team.
Be humble – Golf is regarded as one of the hardest sports to play and improve at. The worst thing you can do is have ‘unrealistic’ expectations about your golf score. Do not be the guy who is terrible at golf and then gets upset because he is terrible at golf. Be humble and take the good with the bad. Most golfers would rather play with the guy who shoots a humble 105 as opposed to playing with the whiney club thrower who shoots 85.
Be patient – Golf improvement takes time, dedication and perhaps most of all…patience. Improving at golf is not a 30 day fix but rather a journey of trail and error.
Equipment – Many of you either play ‘hand me down’ clubs or just purchase a brand new set. Neither one of these is the way to go. Go to your local club fitter and get fitted for irons. From here, you will be able to surmise the type of clubs you need and then you can source them accordingly.
Driving range – Go to the driving range and practice. Even if it is just once or twice a week, the driving range can help you. Do not be afraid to experiment with your clubs. Try to hit low shots, high shots and try to curve the ball. Figure out your best club from 150 yards. Even if you only go for a small bucket, going to the driving range once or twice per week can really help your game.
Short Game – Practice getting ‘up and down’. Chip the ball up on the green and then go putt the ball in the hole. So often I see golfers and golf training just banging out the same chip from the same spot. You are better off walking around the green and chipping from all different areas. Every so often you should bring just one ball a chipper and a putter and literally practice getting up and down.
Pre-Shot Routine – Develop the habit of approaching your golf ball from behind the target line. Look out at the lay out of the hole and identify the trouble. Incorporate long and short range targets so you can line your club up with them.
Try not to swing 100% – Most great golfers hit around 90% of their full power. They do this to allow for control of the golf shot. Using all 100% of your energy to hit the ball makes it very difficult to keep the body stable and maintain posture and rhythm. You are trying to develop a swing you can consistently rely on.
Plan on executing the golf shot – Do your absolute best not to hit a bad shot before you swing. What I mean by that is this. So many players will see trouble during their pre-shot routine and that is all they can focus on. Here is what they are thinking… “I hope I do not hit the trouble, I hope I do not hit the trouble”. This line of thinking or anything like it will destroy golf shots before you even start your swing. Think happy thoughts Peter.
Watch your ball – On the tee, in the fairway, chipping and putting….you MUST watch your ball the entire way. You need to be responsible for your own ball and that means keeping your eyes on it. Once your ball is on the green you still need to watch your ball roll out. If it rolls by the hole (and you watch) then you will know exactly how much break to play on the next shot. Keep your eyes peeled and watch your ball so you can help other players find theirs.
Hole the Putt – Amateur golfers tend to miss on the low side of the break. That means given a ‘right to left’ putt then most amateurs are going to miss on the left hand side of the hole. Start paying attention to where you are missing your putts. If you are missing ‘low’ start playing more break. If you are missing ‘high’ start playing less break. Your aiming point should be the back of the cup. Make your read, address the ball, feel the pace you need to hit the ball with, trust your read and sink that putt.