The sun is out, there is not a cloud in the sky, the temperature is perfection, and it’s a great day to take those clubs out on the course to knock around a few balls. As spring comes rolling in, more and more golfers are stepping out and getting back to the green for meetings, family time, or even a quiet afternoon alone. There is a particular art to golfing, one that evades many a man and woman who try to master the sport. Here are some tips that can help take the game up a notch and turn a good golfer into a great one.
One of the best ways to improve at anything is to first stop worrying about what other people think. The more time spent concerned over the judgment of other golfers, the less time goes into the parts of the game that actually need improvement. If a golfer spends all of his or her time worried about hitting a ball into the pond, chances are that’s exactly where the ball will end up.
Get Rid of Your Driver
Give the driver club a rest every now and then and pull out something new. Too often, people get stuck using the same club over and over for every long range shot. There are some instructors who claim that the driving iron is the most difficult club to hit the ball with. Pull out the 3-wood and give a different club a chance.
Develop Better Putting Skills
Putting is where most golfers rack up the points, as it can be upwards of 40% of the overall score. It follows that the best skills to develop on the course relate to putting. Many golfers think they’re okay in that area of their game, but when it comes time to prove it, the pressure proves to be too much. Work on developing a smooth style and a reliable stroke. Spend some time perfecting that gentler swing and the scores are sure to drop.
Try New Things
Another way to take it up a notch is to experiment. Try a new swing with a different club, position, or a new grip on the handle. Select a different brand of golf ball. Change things up so they are not always the same humdrum actions. Not everyone is built the same, so each player needs to find the stance, the equipment, and the swing that works best.
Whether it’s the club being used or the direction of the swing, there’s always something to improve upon. However, the most important thing when it comes to golf, or any sport for that matter, is to have fun. So get out there, enjoy the warmer weather, and get in some extra practice to make the game great.