Inexperienced golfers often aim way too far to the right when hitting the ball. Teaching how to fix this is the most important lesson in golf.
The reason they aim to the right is because they have the tendency to hit the ball with their arms. When they do this, it causes the ball to pull to the left.
They are compensating for a flaw in their swing by just aiming their body out to the right instead of fixing the actual flaw.
What this boils down to, is that the inexperienced golfer’s bad swing makes the ball go on target. But their perfect swing makes the ball end up in the trees, or bunker to the right of the target.
So, they are seeing their good shots as bad shots and bad shots as good shots. If this is the case, the inexperienced player will never want to fix their swing flaws. If they don’t fix their flaws they will never reach their golfing potential.
Check Your Alignment
In order to find out if you are a player that has swing flaws, you must check your alignment.
To do this, all you have to do is pick out a target and do your normal set up.
Once you feel like you are ready, lay a club down at your heels or toes. Then, step back about 10 paces behind the ball to see where you are actually aimed.
- If the club you placed at your toes or heels is parallel left of your actual target, you have properly aligned yourself.
- But, if the club on the ground points to the right of your target you are mis-aligned.
- And, if you find that you are mis-aligned, you must learn to square up your stance.
To square up your stance, simply find a target in the distance that you want to hit the ball to.
- Take out 2 golf clubs that you rarely hit (ie. 3 iron and 4 iron).
- Take the first club and lay it down directly at the target (step back a few paces to check this).
- Place the second club parallel to the first club on the ground.
- Now, take away the first club that is pointing at the target.
You should have one club on the ground that is parallel to the left of your target.
Once you have the club on the ground parallel to your target line you have a guide to help you align your feet, knees, hips and shoulders squarely.
If you aim your body squarely to the club on the ground and you hit the ball to the left of your target you have just found out that you are pulling the golf ball which means you are trying to hit the ball too hard with only your arms.
If you hit the ball to the right of the target from this square alignment you are sliding your body too much laterally through impact which is causing the ball to fly to the right.
Here are five more tips to help you improve your golf game.
1. Always use same swing every time you hit the ball from sand bunker.
Every time you have to hit the ball from a sand bunker use a quality sand wedge; which is another important lesson in golf. Always use same swing, then adjust only the position of the ball.
Adjust the weight of down swing whether it should be harder or lighter, in order to estimate the distance to the target.
Unless you are in the really difficult situation such as the ball sinks into the sand , or in any circumstances that normal approaches could not be applied, then will use special techniques.
Normally, the factor used to decide how deep you should dig into is depends on individual experience in sand bunker. But the basic approach is addressing openly, keep the club floating a bit above the sand.
Then swing down to the same line where you are addressing.
It is also useful to keep in mind that you should hit the ball on the left and slices from outside reach in and the power must come from the upper part of the body while your feet buried into the sand and do not be afraid to hit the sand.
2. Your swing must be smooth and continuous.
There are so many people who see a friend that can drive father than they can. They then make the mistake of trying to swing with as much power as they can. As a result , they won’t be able to control the ball’s direction.
The one of important thing for golfer is to maintain equilibrium between the body and the swing and keep it stable.
Backswing with gentleness , not fast and jerk, then transfer the weight to right leg, when down swing, transfer the weight down to your hip while your eyes still watch at the ball , and hit the ball to the desired direction.
Another important lesson in golf is having a quality driver that you are comfortable with. You must also maintain the speed of the swing at the same level every time.
3. When shifting…the head must be still.
One important cause that affect to the changing direction of the ball is tottering head when shifting , which will change the balance of your body.
Therefore, to do effective shifting you must keep your head still and stable throughout the process.
The basic approach when doing shift is stand open, lay the ball close to the right leg, maintain the weight to the left leg, hold the grip in short figure and do the stroke like when you are putting.
About which size of putter should be used is really depends on individual experience and expertise. You should get much training enough to decide which size of putter suit you the most.
4. When up swing, make sure that your left shoulder aligned with the right foot.
Address in correct posture when backswing will bring the most effective and powerful to the hit. You must always remember that when backswing turn left shoulder to align with the right leg.
This pose will draw the power from muscles between the shoulder and the waist while full speed of the swing being generated. The enough and proper training will develop you swing very quickly.
5. Find the focal point where the putter hits the ball.
The technique that many pros use to find the proper focus to hit the ball is to keep putter a bit away from the ball and leave the small gap between the ball and the putter. This gap will allow you to know where the putter will hit the ball, as a result, you can decide the right focus.
To sum it all up.
The most important lesson in golf is to just have fun. The internet is a good source for information on how to play the game. Secondly, there are many videos available that can teach you everything from improving your swing, to putting. Check out Our Golf Shop for tips on improving your game, and for your golf equipment needs.