When starting out in the game of golf, beginners and newbies make several mistakes due to lack of knowledge or improper guidance and experience in the game. They eventually learn from their mistakes, continue to practice and later develop into good golfers.
But it is advised to follow certain steps in order to avoid making the same mistakes time and again. Here are the same steps for you to follow if you happen to be an amateur golfer just starting out.
Choosing the wrong clubs
Most amateurs think that all the clubs are the same. The truth is, they are not. Clubs differ in terms of their design, the material they are made from and the purpose for which they are used, like putting, swinging etc.
Clubs can either be made of titanium, iron, hybrid with fairway wood and iron, can have different shafts and can either be putters for the specific purpose of pushing the ball slowly into the hole or could either be wedges for making the lofty shots.
Taking advice from everyone
It sometimes so happens that beginner golfers in their eagerness to learn the game end up asking advice and instructions from everyone on the field. This may not be very helpful in the long run because everyone will give their own opinion and that can confuse the golfer as to which opinion to follow.
It is better to ask a knowledgeable friend or someone who happens to be a professional, one who is a seasoned golfer or anyone who has extensive knowledge of the game. In this way, you’ll get the right guidance on how to play the game.
No proper warm-up
As mentioned in Not warming up before golf?, golf may appear to be a very relaxed sport, but the fact is that the game can be physically demanding, and the pain you’ll experience in your joints, ankles, shoulders and arms can be rigorous and excruciating.
It is advised to come to the golf course well in advance in order to undergo a few warm up exercises to ease your muscles, so that you are fit and ready before stepping into the game.
Not taking golf coaching
Any beginner can go to a golf course and try and practice some shots. But nothing can beat undergoing coaching from a professional or a seasoned golfer, for their several years of experience will give you deep insights into the finer aspects of golf, like the right way to swing & putt, the right posture etc.
And it is important that you take advice from one person rather than from several people, because different people will give different opinions and that would only confuse you.
A very tight grip or a fast shot
Some amateurs grip their golf club too tight with the aim of hitting it hard, so that it reaches far away. Another mistake would be to swing it fast with the expectation of sending the ball very far. That is a mistake most amateurs make and it must be avoided at all costs.
The perfect swing requires you to hit the ball with a loose, graceful, gentle and flowing stroke in order to get the best result.
Gripping it too tight can slow down your swing because a very tight grip can make your muscles stiff and ineffective and swinging it too fast may cause you to strike the wrong end of the ball which will not produce the desired result.
Poor alignment can be very costly for a golfer, for it is the right posture that determines how well you play and hit shots. Most amateur golfers fail to take notice of this and it is no wonder that the results are bad.
Some tips for the right posture would be to keep your toes lined up perfectly parallel to the target line, keeping a long elbow distance at the time of striking the ball, which in turn will cause the ball to cover a long distance.
Golf is tough, and not many amateurs understand this and so they tend to give up when they face several setbacks during the time of practice, or when the game is different from what they expected or when things do not work the way they intended it to.
It is important to understand that there are good days and bad days, and that no golfer who stands at the top today had it easy and that they had to grind for many years and that there will be very frustrating moments.
Instead of getting crestfallen over the setbacks, it is advised that amateur golfers pick themselves up, keep trying and to never give up.
By keeping the above steps in mind, you will be more careful when starting out, will not make the same mistakes and overall you will be well informed about the finer aspects of golf.
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