Saturday, 14 November 2015

Learn To Swing Smoothly

When I get a golf club in my hand, I get that feeling of wanting to knock the cover off the ball. It feels good to put all of my strength into hitting the ball. Just hitting the ball as hard as I can does not mean that I play good golf though.

If you just need to relieve a little stress, then swinging with all your strength may accomplish your goals. However, if you want to play golf well, then you are going to have to hold back on the power a little.

Avoid The Common Mistakes

One of the most frequent mistakes is to swing the golf club too hard. A hard swing shows that you have power, but accuracy is the name of the game in golf.

  • You need to relax when you are swinging. This will help you swing easily and will help to reduce your power. 
  • If you put your feet closer together, then you can further reduce the strength of your swing. Tensing up will also cause you to use too much effort.
  • Your center of gravity is also very important. Keep your center of gravity the same and your head will stay still. If you keep both of your feet in the same position throughout your swing, then your center of gravity will be stable. 
If you jerk your body then your head will move and you will not be able to focus on the ball. This can also change your center of gravity. It is imperative that you keep your feet planted so that all your weight will be concentrated in your feet when you make contact with the ball.

Expending very little effort should be your goal. If you hit the ball correctly, then it will feel smooth and easy. Don’t tense up when you are about to make contact with the ball. If you tense up, your balance will be thrown off.

You want the club head to travel in a straight line to make contact with the ball. To help correct slicing, see how centered you can hit the ball with your club and how low you can send the ball. If you send the ball too high, it gets into the wind and can go left or right on rough ground. You want to only use the amount of power that you are able to control. The goal of the game is not power, but accuracy.

You want to be able to control every facet of your swing so that you hit the ball cleanly and it goes where you want it to go. The distance will come from your clean and correct swing, not how much power that you put into it. You want to try to gradually increase your speed during your swing until you connect with the ball solidly.

The Smooth Swing

If you do not have a smooth swing, then you are pulling your hands somewhere during the swing. Keep your head as still as you would if you had a glass of water balanced on top of it. This will help to improve your swing and help you to swing more smoothly and fluidly.

Swing at a decent enough speed to keep yourself from becoming tense and stiff. Don’t swing too slowly or so hard that you feel the effort of the swing. Stay relaxed. Try to keep the idea of power out of your head. Keeping your power under control so that you can be more accurate is what counts!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Buying Your First Set of Clubs Tips

buying golf clubs
When it comes to getting your first set of golf clubs it is never that easy of a decision. I have been asked any number of questions about this such as "Should my woods, irons and putter all be the same brand?", or if they can mix and match them.

My answer is always the same, and that is when you are just starting out you don't really know which clubs are best for you.

I would always recommend going with a cheap set until you know that firstly you will like and enjoy the game, and secondly until you fully understand what all the technical terms mean like composition, types of materials used and if they suit your height and weight.

Get Measured

Once you know that you are going to take up the game then I would always recommend going to see a club professional who will advise you on the right flex requirements that suit your swing, what length the shafts will be and how generous the sweet spot should be.

Buying Used or Second Hand Clubs

My advice is always to avoid doing that. For certain you will be able to get them a lot cheaper but unless you know what you are buying, they could easily be the wrong type of clubs for you. You will notice that I mentioned above that you should get measured so let me explain why.

A male who is 6 feet tall will need different clubs than a guy who is 5 feet 6 inches tall. Now they could both use exactly the same clubs, and still make good shots. However the length of the shaft will be better suited to one of them than the other. If you want to get the perfect clubs for you then get measured.

If you have decided to get a set of used clubs then at least try out the product in question and make sure that it performs up to your expectations on the golf course. Your decision will have a heck of a lot to do with the handling and feel of the clubs. Make sure you take them out for a few times to see if they are worth the money.

Buying A Brand

Today's society has made everyone highly brand conscious, and many of us are tempted to simply buy what everyone else seems to be buying. Picking the proper golf clubs, however, is something that you shouldn't do without having a good idea of what types are available and what the specific use of each club is. That is why you should professional advice and understand what you are investing in.

You can buy cheap sets of clubs but almost always the technical qualities of these will be poor. They may look and feel like a bargain but cheap metals are used and design is very basic. The same applies to the grips. The big brands do spend lots of time to research for example the proper head sizes and angles of their clubs.

My golden rule is that when buying yourself a new set of clubs, then buy the very best that you can afford at that time.

Trading Clubs

Alternatively, you can even trade in used golf clubs for a brand new set of golf clubs. You can buy golf clubs in many places such as online, discount stores, golf shops, at the club at your own golf course and other similar places.

Avoid buying really high end professional clubs because these are designed to be highly accurate but are also very unforgiving clubs. It may look great to your friends to have the latest high end equipment, but you could end up looking like an idiot out on the course.

It is best to try a few different sets by maybe borrowing some from a couple of friends and just finding out which ones you like the best.