As you will be aware there are many, many ball sports played by so many players throughout the world. Football, soccer, baseball, rugby, cricket to name just a few. Within the world of ball sports, golf is one of the misunderstood sports out there in the land of the competitive. Despite the opinions of non golfers whose greatest exposure to golf is during a rousing hour of channel surfing, golf is a sport of grace, quiet competition, respect, honor, and of course, well honed skill of golf ball control.
Whether you are just beginning your golfing career or have been regularly parading up and down the back nine since being knee high to a grasshopper, there is always room for improvement in a round of golf. Mind you, we all know that don’t we. Tiger Woods in his pomp knew it as do the present day greats, Jordan Speith and Rory McIllroy for instance. The way to stay at the top is to always strive for that improvement. Ergo, that’s why you remain at the top.
There isn’t a golfer alive who doesn’t want a straighter, longer drive or a more precise putt, or the most delicate chip. Even the best of the best in all their grace and skill perpetually strive for the better game, the game where control is paramount.
Golf ball control of course begins with control of the body. We’ve already touched on the subject of building your core strength in another article. When first learning to play golf, and for some of us years into our learning curve, despite what our better judgment tells us we step up to the tee with tight muscles determined to whack the ball into the next State. Inevitably, we resemble displaced baseball players rather than graceful golfers as we pull back and swing with all our might. Despite our best efforts we slice and hook and no matter how many dimples we whack away from the ball it still won’t sail over the horizon for us. How frustrating. And what a waste of expended energy.
What we fail to either realise or practice is that out tense muscles are causing the problem. Golf can not be played with tight muscles because inevitably, our heads are going to insist on following our bodies and we will lose sight of the ball right at the last moment. In order for us to really make that contact with the golf ball that we are truly seeking, we have to keep our eye on the ball. Ironically, this is also true in baseball and some of us do have a tendency to bring our baseball skills onto the golf course with us.
When we lose sight of the golf ball at the last moment our body shifts just enough to keep our golf club from making good contact with the ball. Our hands lose their follow through and our golf ball goes flying off into the rough. We stand there seriously contemplating wrapping our clubs around the trunk of a tree wondering what it is that we’re doing wrong. After all, we couldn’t be trying harder to hit our golf ball straight and far.
Sometimes, that’s the exact problem. Trying too hard to hit the ball in a round of golf can actually backfire and create the opposite of the desired effect. Our body is tense, our mood is tense, and of course our ball ends up tensely leaving the tee. However, a relaxed body has a greater chance of keeping the eye on the ball and making the appropriate contact with the golf ball and sending it much farther and straighter than the baseball bat swing.
THE PRACTICE SWING
Luckily, golf has become a fairly affordable sport as of late and we have plenty of time to perfect our golf game before our next round with the guys from the office. So we approach the task of perfecting the golf swing over a series of rounds over a few weeks. After all, there is room for improvement regardless how good of a golf swing you may have. For some of us, however, there is only room for improvement.
Before heading out to the fairway, I sat down like so many other individuals like myself to search out the internet for a little golf swing guidance. A few words across my browser and a click of the search button and I found one of the best sites around for some golf swing guidance. Keeping in mind that not all of us are retired and we have jobs and families to keep us quite busy, I wanted to read the information that I needed without being glued in front of the computer screen for hours on end. The goal is to find the assistance and then actually take it out to the fairway and practice it.
HELP AT LAST
Thankfully for all us golfers there is a plethora of information right at our fingertips. The best part is, it is valuable information. You don’t have to weed through tons of useless clippings to come across handy, factual information that is easy to understand and implement.
Golf is a game of patience, and for most a very relaxing activity that encourages physical exercise. A relaxing game of golf. I truly couldn’t remember the last time I was relaxed when I played golf. Because I tend to be quite competitive, I also put a lot of pressure on myself to play golf at very high standards. A self taught golfer, I never took a lesson or really had any assistance in learning the game and how most people play it. Rather I came onto the fairway with my clubs and sheer determination.
Right in front of us is all this free information and the added benefits of being able to take a trip down to our local driving range to practice.
Don’t get me wrong, one article or one trip to the driving range does not fix several long years of hacking and whacking our golf balls into various bushes. What it does do however is to make us aware of exactly what we were doing wrong. It allows us to adjust our focus and relax and within just the first ten swings you will probably begin to notice a difference. Of course there is the temptation to get carried away with excitement and blow the next ten swings, but then, even if you do, you need to return back to the basics and got that rhythm back.
In my particular situation, I am now learning the mental game of golf as I accomplish more of the physical game of golf. I always knew that golf was a game of grace and quiet dignity, but I truly didn’t realise just how much of this sport is played in your head. I have learned different concentration techniques to improve my putting, driving, and of course, lower my score. I feel more confident and I certainly play with more patience and grace than I ever had before.
The driving range has become a hot spot for me since that first day when I showed up to practice those first snippets I had read about or had heard from other golfers. My steady improvements have put me more in the position of not having to approach other golfers too much for advice. It wasn’t that long ago that some of these same people were approaching me to offer me a new golf ball so I wouldn’t have to go dig mine out of its landing place.
Anyone who really wants to learn about golf needs to look at what is available right in front of us to help us improve our game. For instance, take a good look around this website. It has every slice of information a person needs to begin understanding the game a bit better and improving what once may have been a round of embarrassment. The golf tips offered may not replace several private lessons down at the club, or the required hours of practice, but in conjunction with these necessary requirements, these tips are just as invaluable. With all the tips, advice etc, let’s not lose sight of what golf is all about. This game is supposed to be fun. So let’s treat it as such. Enjoy your golf, enjoy the day. Read the articles, watch the videos and practice…practice…and after you’ve practiced, practice some more. But above all else, play for fun and don’t worry if your game does temporarily dip, you have all these resources to get you back on track again.