Golf Equipment – What’s Required For a Perfect Game of Golf

Posted by Samantha Richards | Posted in golf | Posted on 09-07-2014


Choosing the Best Golf Equipment for You

More and more people are switching to golf and this change is because people are enjoying the challenges they face in golf that also excites them. The best thing about his game is that it can be played by young and old both.

Golf has many techniques  and methods that a golfer can use from time to time in his game and achieve great results. However for a great game a golfer should also possess proper and adequate golf equipments. In this article we will mention five basic and necessary golf equipments.

golf equipment1. Golf Clubs Matching Your Height: Golf clubs are an essential part of golf and a golfer should always purchase club that matches the golfer’s height. This will allow the golfer to acquire straighter shots.

2. Golf Balls to take a Shot at: Golfers know that golf balls are an integral part of the game and when you have club the next thing you should buy is a golf ball. You can buy golf balls in a set or  individually.

3. Gloves for Firmer Control: It is imperative that you get stronger and firmer control on the golf club otherwise it might weaken your shot. Golf gloves help the golfer to achieve this thus improving the overall game.

4. Golf Bag for carrying and storeage of Golf your Equipment: For protection, easy and safe storage of your golf equipment you should also have a sturdy golf bag. It also allows you to carry your equipments from one golf range to another easily and keeps them safe when not in use.

5. Golf Grips For Steadier Control: Grips help golfer to keep a steadier control over the golf club, otherwise there is a chance of golf club slipping right out of hand. You can also get grips for putters from the market.

Based on your requirement you can choose the best golf equipments that suit you best. The Internet also provides you with many options that permit you to make your purchases online. If you want to view your golf equipments before buying, then you can visit your nearest golf store.

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Your Realistic Guide To Becoming A Scratch Golfer In A Year

Posted by hamma | Posted in golf | Posted on 16-11-2012


When I was a young golfer (about 15 years old), I thought a handicap was a bad limp. It wasn’t until I started playing competitively that I understood that a handicap is meant to level the playing field among golfers. My Dad was a bowler and the lower his bowling average got, the higher his handicap was and that figure was added to whatever his three-game total was for that night. If his handicap was 33 and he bowled below his average, the handicap gave his team a boost. If he had the same 33 handicap but bowled like a pro one night, that would be added to his total, very likely giving his team a three-game victory!

The golf handicap system is more complicated and the rules vary from country to country. In the United States, the US Golf Association (USGA) handicap system is generally based on a player’s ability according to a recent history of rounds played. There are variables which are factored into the equation, such as the slope and course rating. These are all used to calculate a “handicap differential,” which in turn is used to calculate a player’s handicap. Even though golfers with lower handicaps consistently post lower scores than higher handicapped players, the handicap is not meant to just measure a golfer’s average score. It is calculated to show a player’s potential, i.e., how many strokes above or below par a golfer should be able to play. Therefore, a handicap is not a fixed figure; it is regularly adjusted according to the increases and decreases in scoring on official courses.

To keep from boring my readers with arithmetical formulas and minutia about how handicaps are determined, I’ll make it simple. The lower your scores, the lower your handicap. The more consistently you shoot lower scores, the better chance you have of improving that handicap and reaching the “Holy Grail” of the game – a zero handicap. That is what makes a “scratch golfer,” so named because, without a handicap, you are starting from scratch, from zero. Every golfer would give their favorite golf hat to be able to walk onto a course with other golfers and write a “0″ in the handicap column. It means you are good, even better than good. Unless there was a “plus” golfer around (one with less than a zero handicap), you’d be the best and golfers everywhere want to know how long it will take to be a “scratch golfer.”

If you ask around, you’ll hear everything from a few years to a lifetime and there are some who will answer, “Never! I’ll never make scratch!” One friend I played with for years, was a 5 handicap and thought that was probably it for him. He played almost every day and after six years finally hit a 5 and is happy to be there. With the percentage of golfers in that handicap range being around 1%, he feels like he’s in the top echelon and that’s enough for him.

Not everyone wants to stop there. I am asked regularly how long it should take to become a scratch golfer
and there is no one answer. Everyone plays at a different skill level so there is no way to make a generalized estimate, like five years or ten years. Also, everyone plays a different number of rounds a week and scores depend on so many variables – weather, course condition, quality of clubs and balls used, and especially the golfer’s mood – that it’s impossible to predict how long it would take any one person to achieve this lofty goal.

That being said, there are things you need and can do to begin your climb to the pinnacle of the golfing world. Here are some things you need:

Natural ability – good hand-eye coordination and accuracy. If you are a serious klutz who cannot manage a steady, smooth swing at the golf ball without chopping divots off the tee or endangering your playing partners, you will likely not achieve even a lower than “bogey handicap” (18 or above).

to attack and conquer the learning curve. Golf is not an easy sport to master. It takes concentration and consistency which can only come from spending lots of time on the course trying to improve your game.

A drive to succeed (pun intended). Not only do you need the inner drive to be a better golfer, you need a solid and consistent drive to put the ball as near to the cup as you can on the first swing.

Time to practice. Occasional golfers who only play when the spirit moves them and never, never in the rain or cold or when there’s a football game on TV, will likely not hit the lower handicap figures in their lifetime.

Of course, the best chance of being a scratch golfer belongs to the young. I don’t mean the young men who decide to hit the course with their friends or business colleagues for fun and some “schmoozing.” I mean the really young -
children who have played golf since they could hold a club.
In those early years, the suppleness and flexibility of the body allow them to mold their swing into a natural and easy stroke that they can do in their sleep. Golfers who started golfing at an early age, practiced diligently, and kept at the game into adulthood have a serious “leg-up” over the weekend golfer who thought a driver was what made the mouse work on a computer.

Being a “scratch golfer” also takes a lot of effort. Here are some things to do if you really want to have a zero handicap:




When you do that, practice some more. You cannot ever play too much golf (regardless of what golf widows say). The more you swing the club, the better you will play, as long as you are swinging it correctly.

Take lessons until you are swinging the club correctly. Learn the right way to grip the club, the correct stance, and an easy, smooth swing that connects solidly with the ball.

Practice even more.

Play as many rounds of golf as you can each week so that you internalize the rhythm of hit-and-walk, hit-and- walk, hit-and-walk, hit. The more you play, the more stamina and energy you will build up so you don’t lose your punch on the last few holes.

Pay attention to the golfers you play with and copy those with consistently good shots. Try to think like a child with no preconceived notions of what a good golfer looks like. Learn their strategies and emulate their successful play; develop the yearning to “play like a pro.” When you get it right, practice, practice, and practice some more.

Learn from the best. Get the right information and “K.I.S.S.” – “Keep it Simple Stupid.” Good chipping, accurate putting, and straight drives will mean lower scores and lower handicaps.

One last word of advice to anyone who wants to lower their handicap: play golf with the best. Competitive play will keep your skills sharp and if you play with golfers who are better than you are, you will have a constant stream of good models to emulate. There is nothing more valuable than regular competition (keep it professional with no gloating and razzing) in an environment that encourages improvement by rewarding good shots with sincere compliments and admiration while still giving you the edge you need to get closer to that goal – “scratch golfing.”

Remember, theories are for scientists; find an effective swing, a smooth rhythm, and a positive attitude; low golf scores do not come from clever techniques you read in a book, they are the result of good play.


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Learn To Putt Like This If You Want To Shave Strokes Off Your Game

Posted by hamma | Posted in golf | Posted on 25-10-2012



As a golfer, I know well the agony of 3-putting the green on a par 3 hole. Possibly the only thing worse than that is standing at the tee of a long par 5 and watching the best tee shot ever fly in a straight line down the fairway, catch a good bounce on a cart path and come to rest just on the green. Amazing!!

On the green in one is Dream #2 behind a hole-in-one. I had a chance for an eagle, maybe even a double eagle. All I had to do was put the ball in the hole. As I stepped onto the green, I followed my own advice to my students and readers and put all that out of my mind.

I studied the green like a pro – raising up the grip of my putter and sighting the ball and the hole together looking for uneven spots in the green, locating the natural break where the green starts its slope towards the fairway that lets the heavy rains drain quickly off the green.

I got down on all fours and put my face to the ground looking for any irregularity in the putting line I had drawn in my mind between the ball and the hole. I could see a break and I could see exactly where to hit the ball so that it would navigate the change in the green’s surface and then catch the little slope up to the hole. If I hit it right it should roll right to the cup and … voila!! A Double Eagle!! Again I pushed those words out of my mind and focused on the ball and the putting line.

As I approached the ball resting just inside the slight rough on the front edge of the green, I realized that I had to do what I taught golfers to do at that moment – Get Mental! I had to step out of my nerves and into my mind which was the only part of me that was capable of functioning without shaking. As I stood looking at the ball, I gathered every piece of me I could find and placed it all in my mind and said, “Now, get to work. You know what to do and you know how to do it. So do it.”

I felt the familiar calming begin to work on my nerves while my mind started through its “putt-list.” That’s what I call my checklist for putting. It’s a lot like the checklist a pilot goes through before starting the airplane and I use it for the same reasons: 1. To be sure that every part of the putt is ready and able. 2. To catch any malfunction before it affects the putt. 3. To put my mind in control of the putt and not leave anything to chance.

The “Putt-List”

So you’ll appreciate the story, I’ll share with you my “Putt-List” and how I used it on that memorable day when my future as a “Double Eagle Golfer” hung in the balance. I hope you’ll be able to appreciate how much this list helps me be a better putter – I like to think it puts more putt in my putting. That just means it helps me make “pure” putts – done by the book, with no fancy stuff – just good putting. Here it is:

Check #1

-  Position on the green. Is it on the green completely or on the edge? Is it in the taller grass that is sometimes present on the edge of the green? Is it on the right side of the hole or the left? Where is the break? I usually go through this step as I am walking towards the green because I can get a wider perspective on the green and many times I can see the slopes and contours of the green better at a distance. It also helps calm my nerves so that by the time I reach the ball, I have a good idea of what I’m facing and am ready for step 2.

Check #2

-  Lie. What’s under the ball – wet grass, soft grass, hard ground, dry and brittle grass? What’s the first thing the ball will hit when it leaves my club? This is the first thing I do when I get to the edge of the green. No matter where the ball is sitting on the green, I do a complete analysis of the green with special attention to the lie I have to deal with to get my ball to go where I want it to go.

I check out the moisture of the grass and the ground – a golf ball travels at totally different speeds on a wet green than it does when the grass is dry and burnt from the hot sun. I always know when the last rainfall was and I check the board in the clubhouse for the condition report posted by the maintenance crew for each hole on the course. Nobody knows the course better than they do and I find their evaluation to be accurate and helpful.

Check #3

-  Stance. I have worked long and hard developing my own particular style of golfing and I have discovered that when I stick to what I know and what works, I play consistently better and post lower scores. When I start wondering what Arnold Palmer would think of my stance or what Jack Nicklaus would say about my swing, then I start trying to play like someone else and this never fails to affect my game negatively, especially my putting. A putt is a much trickier shot than any other because there isn’t as much room for error on a green as there is on a huge fairway.

Also, the slightest variation in the stroke or the smallest error in calculating the lie can lead to disaster. So I have found that the KISS principle works well – Keep It Simple Stupid. Just play your own game and don’t try to be something you aren’t. If you use your natural talent, your strokes will be more effective, your drives will be longer and straighter, and your putts will be – well, more like putts and less like an awkward and sloppy attempt to be something you’re not. I’m not Jack Nicklaus and will never be; but I’ll always be Dave, so I play like Dave.

Check #4

-  Grip. Again, I have developed my own special grip for putting. It’s similar to the basic, standard by-the-book grip but I have found through many hours of practice that if I hold my club a certain way, I have more control over it. I think it’s due to a long-ago broken finger that isn’t quite straight. When I first started playing golf, I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t putt worth beans.

Then I read a list of tips for improving your putting game and one of those tips suggested that finger size and length and particularly any irregularities had a profound effect on putting accuracy. So I looked at that finger again and realized that if I held the club according to the book, that crooked finger was making me pull the putter slightly as I moved it through the ball.

So I moved that finger back on the grip to compensate and suddenly I was putting like a champ! So, the tip of the day is – Be Yourself. Play to your strengths and play down your weaknesses; develop your putt and use it.

Check #5

-  Stroke the ball – don’t hit it and don’t push it. This “stroke” is a putt that propels the ball toward the hole with just the right amount of force. That is the best putt there is and the only way to achieve that is to spend more time on the putting green than on a driving range.

Putt until you can do it with your eyes closed; in fact, practicing at night or blindfolded is invaluable at helping you to “feel” your putt instead of seeing it and this makes you much more aware of even the slightest aberration in your preparation for the putt.

Finally, when all the checks are done, it’s time to putt. I had done it all right. I had figured out the lie, calculated the breaks and slopes, figured out where to aim and how much force to use to stroke the ball. By then I was the picture of professional poise and confidence. I was ready; I stepped up to the ball, set my feet just right, gripped my putter the way I had taught myself, aimed at my spot, and sent forth the perfect putt.

The ball moved gently over the break curving perfectly into the slope leading to the hole. I had given it just enough “putt” to move the ball up the incline where it dropped easily into the cup – a Double Eagle!! Two strokes on a par 5!! I felt higher than any eagle but when I came down to earth, I knew that it was all the result of my careful and laborious preparation which in turn was the result of hours of practice. There’s no other way to good putting.


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The Secrets To Distance Hitting And How To ‘Go Long’ In Golf

Posted by hamma | Posted in golf | Posted on 06-10-2012


 “Going Long”
I’m a football fan as well as a golf fanatic so I spend the cold weekends in the winter, which aren’t conducive to golfing, watching both sports on TV. Sometimes the schedules aren’t cooperative and I find myself switching back and forth between an exciting football game and a more relaxing golf match. Thanks to the remote control, I can do this all weekend and never leave my chair!

When the weather is particularly nasty I enjoy having some buddies over to watch a big game and I remember one such gathering last winter. I forget which teams were playing (it doesn’t usually matter – we can get worked up over a great game without even knowing which teams are on the the field), but it was an exciting game with both teams scoring frequently.

Finally, it was the last quarter and there were only a few seconds left on the clock; the team with the ball was three points behind and they took a timeout, we supposed to discuss whether to go for the tie or the win. We were impatient – what coach in his right mind would settle for a tying field goal when he had a quarterback capable of putting a great pass right in the end zone?

Finally, the team broke the huddle and they came up to the line as usual – no field goal! We were pumped! There was time for one play and the team with the ball had over 60 yards to go for a touchdown. We knew they had a plan, when the quarterback called a short signal and rolled right.

At first, it looked like he was going to hand off the ball and we collectively held our breaths – no way that was going to work. Then he was in the backfield looking for a receiver. We could see one open about 15 yards down the field but that wasn’t going to win the game and we knew it. We started yelling (not that the quarterback could hear us, but it felt good anyway) and pumping our fists: “Go long! Go long!

I tell you this story because this is exactly what I say and do when I hit a tee shot or an iron shot that’s more than 200 yards from the hole: “Go long! “Go long!”

I’m not alone. Every golfer implores every distance shot to “Go long!” It’s the name of the game, especially on those long par-5 holes where hopes for a birdie are pinned on reaching the green in two. This is the hope of every golfer on every hole but a par-3, until we get closer to the green. Then we can be heard to beg and plead a hard-hit ball: “No! Don’t go long! Don’t!”

How do the Pros do it?

Week after week during the season, I watch the golf pros effortlessly hit a 6 or a 7 iron from halfway down the fairway and then calmly watch as the ball bounces several times in the fairway before landing on the green and rolling to within inches of the cup. I watch them all intently as they study the shot, going through the checklist in my mind:

The lie
- is it tall grass that will get in the way, short grass, level ground, or is it in the rough? What’s between the ball and the green – open space, trees, bushes, or traps?

The distance – how far is it to the green and how far does this shot need to go to either reach the green or set up the next shot to reach the green.

The wind – how strong is it, which way is it blowing?

The club
- which one will create the right speed and power to go as far as it needs to go and which one will either lift the ball to the right soaring height or keep it close to the ground and under any tree branches in the way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As I watch them week after week, I have to remind myself that they are serious professional golfers. They play every day and practice endlessly. Not only that, they are naturally talented – far more than I am – and they work very hard at perfecting these difficult shots. So, I know that I can learn from them, try and emulate them, hit these shots the best I can, and hope for the best.

Can I do it like the Pros do?

Every golfer dreams of standing in the fairway and watching a perfectly hit iron shot sail  away toward the hole, drop on the fairway and roll up to the cup, leaving a short putt for a birdie

. The other dream is standing in the trees and watching your perfectly hit iron shot skim along the ground, under the tree branches, land in the fairway and bounce on to the green where it stops just inches from the cup.

The question is – are those dreams attainable or are they just dreams? Well, here’s the truth. The pros hit these shots longer and straighter because they play every day. They work at perfecting their iron shots or their drivers and I have resigned myself to the fact that I may never be able to hit an iron shot as far as the pros do.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause. We all can hit good shots and we can all make them fly long and true. We just have to know the secrets.

The secrets to “Going Long”

Just like the best baseball players who pitch blinding fast balls or hit towering home runs, the secret to perfection is in the speed of the pitch or the batter’s swing. For a golfer it’s “club head speed.”

The bottom line is that they generate quicker club head speed than most occasional or amateur golfers. If you ever get a chance to measure your own swing speed you will be amazed of the difference in the readings compared to the pros. So here are the secrets to a “going long”:

-  Treat the club grip like a kitten. That means “Don’t strangle it!”

-  “Load the club.” This is the term for bending your wrists like a hinge (preferably a well-oiled one) and it is the key to hitting the golf ball long. If you keep your wrists straight when you hit the ball, it will only go as fast as your arms can swing the club.

“Unload the club,”
Also known as releasing the club. Before you try this, watch a video of Sergio Garcia, who is a great example of a master at unloading the club.

Releasing the club creates a lag on the down swing, which means the club will have to “catch up,” thus whipping the club head through the ball and sending it soaring. Practice his method until you have perfected it and your drives will get longer every time you hit.

Visualize the perfect swing and the ball sailing down the fairway as far as you can see. This technique is what made Jack Nicklaus one of the all-time great golfers in the history of the sport.

He could play every shot in his mind and watch it as he would a movie on a screen. When he hit a great shot, he would stand and swing the club a few times, the same way, making it easier for him to remember what a really good golf swing looks like and how far it goes.


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First Tee Nerves And How To Avoid Suffering Them

Posted by hamma | Posted in golf | Posted on 04-10-2012


 What will people think?
I have a friend who doesn’t play golf but she tried. When she was in college, she was limited to non-strenuous classes due to an old knee injury (basketball in high school). This was a challenge for a sports lover. She would have loved to been on the basketball team, softball team, and the competitive swimming team. But, alas, she was doomed to these fascinating PE classes: Synchronized Swimming (2 semesters), Archery & Badminton, and Golf & Bowling. She was a good bowler, having learned as a child and participated in bowling leagues all through high school. She loved to swim and enjoyed the Synchronized Swimming and she and her siblings were raised with a badminton set in the back yard. She had never held an archery bow, much less shot arrows at a target and, even though her parents were avid golfers, she had never even swung a golf club, much less at a ball.

When the golfing semester came around, she was not looking forward to it. She said she knew instinctively that she was going to be a terrible golfer and all she could think of for weeks was, “What will people think?” She said, “Here I was a healthy young woman with golfer parents and I was a great bowler and won the badminton tournament. What would my classmates think when I got up there and duffed the first shot?” Here’s her story of how that first day went – see if any of this rings true for any of you golfers out there:

What if I missed the ball completely?

All I could think about for two weeks before the class started was walking up to the tee with a golf club in my hand and trying to hit that little ball. I knew I was going to miss it but if I did hit it, it wouldn’t go far. I had watched my parents playing golf
, practicing drives and putts in our huge yard and I knew I couldn’t do this. The day was bright and sunny – it was April in Virginia and perfect golfing weather – for somebody. I had prayed for rain but alas – the moment arrived and I had to report for class.

I arrived with some classmates and we were told to pick out a set of clubs that were the right length. I looked at the row of carts, all holding a small golf bag with 6-8 clubs sticking out of the top. How in the world was I supposed to know which ones would be the right size. I watched some of my classmates who seemed to know more of what they were doing than I did. One of them took a long driver, held it in front of himself, pronounced it too short, and picked out another. I watched as he tried several more, finally settling on the right set for him. I asked him, “How did you know?” He said simply,             “It just felt right.”

The instructor arrived at that moment and blessedly helped me choose the right clubs and off we went for our first lesson. I was so happy to find that we would only listen and learn on that first day.
We were shown how to hold the club
- it took me most of that first class to get my fingers and hands in the right positions. Then we watched as the instructor illustrated the correct stance – feet just about as wide apart as the shoulders. We all stood as we were shown and then waited for the verdict. I didn’t do too bad but then I have always stood around well.

The next class we still had things to learn so I figured I had another week before I had to try and hit the ball. Wrong!! We were fast learners, according to our teacher, and so before I knew what was happening, I was pushing a tee into the ground
and trying to balance a golf ball on it. Four tries it took before that little sucker would stay on the tee. First lesson – put the tee in straight! Finally, it stayed and then I put the club down next to it and, you guessed it, the ball fell off. Three more times – I was a wreck by then and so I now have personal and extensive experience of the phenomenon known as “1st Tee Nerves.”

What if I never got to swing the club? What if I did?

There was a moment in time when I seriously considered that I was going to fail PE because I could not get the stupid ball to stay on the tee. Every time I would get it to stay, it would fall off while I was “addressing” it or I would knock it off trying to get the club into place. The teacher finally had us practice getting the club in place and getting ready for the swing without the ball in place. Seems as if I wasn’t the only one having trouble.

Anyway, I knew I would never be so lucky as to not have to play this game, and I certainly didn’t want to have to repeat this course. I decided to go ahead and get it over with so I concentrated as hard as I could on that little white sphere, willing it to stay on the tee while I got ready to hit it – or try and hit it. The focusing must have worked as well as the teacher said it would because I finally got ready to hit the ball. It sat right there, big as life and let me swing my club at it. I couldn’t believe it! I had actually swung the club and it didn’t fly out of my hand and hit the teacher in the head. Of course, it didn’t hit the ball either, but you can’t have everything!!

What if I never get the ball to the hole, much less in it?

It was a long time coming, but finally I swung the club and actually hit that little ball. I was a wreck but it did travel a little ways down the fairway – not far – but at least I didn’t end up in the woods like the others in my threesome. I must admit, I despaired of ever getting it to the end of the longest par-3 hole in the world of golf, but I did. It took six strokes and that was to get on the green. The teacher blessedly informed us that putting was for another day!

Does any of that sound familiar?

I told that story, with my friend’s permission, because every single golfer, no matter how old or young, newbie or experienced, every one who picks up a golf club has to have a first time on a tee. Everyone has to start somewhere
and no matter how good you were on that first day or how awful you were, you had to walk through that moment when you had to approach the tee for the first time.

Of course, if you’re reading this, you have probably already had this experience so I’m not going to try and tell you how to get through that moment, at least not specifically. What I want to do is help my readers recognize the feelings that we all share every time we get ready to hit a golf ball. “1st Tee Nerves” can be the most agonizing but wait until your spouse or your teacher or, as I experienced, your oldest child plays a round with you for the first time. That’s just as bad as having to hit the ball for the first time and any of you who are golfers will have to face something like this so here are some tips for you to be able to face the dragon.

-           Don’t ask, “What if?”
Expect success not failure.
Say, “Watch me.”

-           Be confident, especially if you’ve had a good teacher. Take your club and your ball and tell them both, “I’m in charge here.”

-           If it is your first time on a tee, pretend it’s just your first time on this tee. Act like an old hand it this game and you soon will be one.

-           Remember, you are not alone. Everyone around you, everyone with a golf bag full of clubs has been where you are and they’ve all felt just like you’re feeling.

-           Last, but not least, golf is a game – enjoy it!


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My Must-Read Best Golfing Tips And Advice

Posted by hamma | Posted in golf | Posted on 01-10-2012


 Learn from the best
I am a good golfer. I can say that with all honesty and with no embarrassment because, as Walter Brennan used to say,
“No brag, just fact.”
The fact is that I am a good golfer because I was taught by the best golfers I could find. I took lessons and I read books by the great pros from the past and the present, all of which gave me a lot of basic information about the game of golf. Quite frankly, I may have gotten a little too much because by the end of the fourth book and the 15th video, I was on overload. So, I decided to stop and take stock of where I was in my learning process.

I’m a visual person so I knew if I was going to keep it all straight and internalize what I needed to be the best golfer I could be, I would have to get organized. So, I did what I always do when I need to “get my stuff together” – I made a list
. I’m also a pack rat, so I never threw the list away. I went looking when I started writing this post and found it has most of the tips any beginner needs to get off on the right foot on the golf course. This is it – unedited:

What I Have Learned About Golf (at 14):

-           Get good clubs – no, get the best.

-           Be sure the clubs are the right length – don’t buy longer ones and think you’ll grow into them. You’ll play so badly before you do that, you’ll quit!

-           Proper stance - feet apart a little wider than shoulders, relaxed, focused, back straight but not like a ramrod – just good posture like Mom tells me every day.

-           Good grip – hold the club gently – don’t squeeze it to death but hang on tight enough so it doesn’t fly out of your hands.

-           Correct grip – right hand slightly resting in left hand so they’re both comfortable and snug. Solid grip – not death grip.

-           Swing smooth – start backswing and don’t stop – when your club reaches the top of your swing, change the direction smoothly – don’t chop – it’s a golf ball, not firewood!

-           Firm and solid – hit the ball squarely and firmly – the club will send it down the fairway, not your arms. If you hit it right, it will go.

-           Get Dad or pro to video swing – once you get it right, watch it over and over until you can do it without thinking.

-           Practice, practice, practice - before school, after school, weekends, anytime you can. Can’t hit the ball too much.

-           Other shots – irons, chips, wedges, putts – later – perfect the drive first.

-           Play whenever you can – alone, with friends, anytime but try and play with the best golfers you can find. Learn from them and get them to assess your play. Don’t be a baby – take criticism and use it to be better. You’re a beginner not a pro.

-           Beginners learn, pros teach
- but also they learn – you’ll never know it all but keep  learning!

Some Big Things I Learned:

Killing the Ball Will Kill Your Game

When I was a young golfer, I thought I knew everything about hitting the ball. I did all the things on the above list – read all the books, took lessons, got all the angles right with my hands and my feet, learned to keep my head down, and found that I have a natural ability to swing a golf club. I wasn’t a big kid and I didn’t pump iron or anything so I wasn’t very strong or powerful; therefore, I figured I would have to compensate for that if I wanted to drive a golf ball long and straight. That is, after all, the most crucial part of the game of golf. A long, straight drive can fill you with confidence
while a slice or hook into the woods can send you down in flames from the beginning.

So if you want to get the right start – hit the ball straight and long and to do that, the first order of the day is relax! I tell you that with great confidence because I have learned the best way there is – from experience. I really was a brash young know-it-all; I thought I was so smart when I figured out that in order to hit a drive as far as I could and have it go straight instead of flying all over the course, I needed to hit it as hard as I could. So I began to perfect my “killer” swing. I figured if it worked for Willie Mays and Babe Ruth, it would work for me. Little did I know that they were taught the same thing on the baseball diamond that Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead were taught on the golf course: “Don’t try and kill the ball!”

The other thing I figured out in my young brain was that if I didn’t hold on to the club really tightly, it could go flying out of my hands and take out my whole foursome. So I grabbed my drivers and irons with a death grip and hung on tight. Of course, this prevented me from following all the other lessons I had learned like letting the wrists move like on hinges and following through smoothly without chopping at the ball. So, here I was, hitting big power drives and thinking I was well on my way to the professional golf tour. In reality, I was poised on the edge of disaster – I was killing my golf game as surely as I would have killed any creature that ventured onto the tee near my ball. I was a “killer” golfer.

Don’t let your opinions get in the way of the facts.

I really loved playing golf but it seemed that the harder I tried to hit the ball straight and long using my opinions of what constituted a good golf swing, the harder it became to hit the ball at all. One day, I was playing with the club pro and his son and on the third hole I shanked it right into the woods. I had hit it so hard that it crashed through the trees and landed out of bounds, somewhere in the deep underbrush on the far side of the course, never to be seen again. I had to take a drop – in the woods!

It was the worst drive I had ever hit and I was devastated. The pro asked, “Keith, you want to know what happened to that drive?” At first, I bristled. After all, I knew everything I needed to know – so I thought. But I listened politely and what I learned that day is that facts are way better than opinions especially when the opinions are dead wrong! Over the next few weeks, he taught me that
killing the ball was indeed killing my game
. He showed me how my tight grip and smashing swing were throwing me off balance so that I wasn’t square with the ball when I hit it and neither was my club face. When he showed me how the angle of the club can affect the direction and flight of the ball, I thought, “No wonder I ended up in the woods; that’s exactly where I hit it.”

Learn the basics of a good drive first – even if you think they’re dumb.

I had figured out that the success of a drive depended on the strength of the swing but he taught me that a long and accurate drive is the product of these three factors:

Good aim
. He taught be to aim the ball using this trick – stand behind the ball on the tee and pick out a spot about five to six feet in front of it and in a straight line with your ultimate goal. That way you’re not tempted to look up to keep your target in sight.

Correct ball and club placement. Stand so that the ball is just inside your left heel (if you’re right-handed) and the face of the club is square to the ball; this allows you to sweep the ball off the tee with a smooth and easy swing.

Proper stance. Standing with your feet a little further apart than your shoulders spreads your weight evenly over your feet and gives you a solid and balanced foundation for your swing.

Start young and play ’til you’re old!

If you have a hankering for trudging around a golf course when you’re just a little kid, go for it! Bug your parents until they buy you a good set of clubs and join a country club or golf course with a good pro and a lot of really talented players. The younger you are, the easier it is to learn so play, play, play.


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A Blueprint For The Consistent Golf Swing And How To Get One – Part 2

Posted by hamma | Posted in golf | Posted on 30-09-2012


I’ve been helping an old friend improve her golf swing so she can enjoy playing weekend golf with her new husband. After convincing her that a consistent golf swing doesn’t just happen without an investment of some time and energy, I prepared a solid and doable course of practice sessions that would fit even her busy schedule. It’s so user-friendly that just about anyone who wants to play better golf can handle the load.

A few weeks later she ran excitedly into the Pro Shop looking for me. She had followed the lesson plan as prescribed and then joined her husband for their first round of golf together. Beaming from ear to ear, she reported, “I remembered everything. I took my time, planted my feet, relaxed, focused, took a deep breath, and swung the driver just like I’d been doing for the past two weeks. When I felt the club connect with the ball and heard a sharp ‘crack,’ I felt such a thrill that I could hardly contain myself and keep my head down. When I finally looked up, I could see the ball sailing straight down the fairway!”

She and her husband gaped at the ball as it bounced once, bounced again, and finally rolled to a stop almost 150 yards away. Suddenly there was a ‘Whoop!’ from her husband and then he was lifting her off her feet and swinging her around shouting, “You hit it! You really hit it!” She was pleased at his reaction but she was not so happy when they approached her ball, which was only a few yards from his, and he said, “Bet you can’t do that again.” But she showed him that her great drive wasn’t a fluke with a second wood shot, almost as long and just as straight, leaving her with a perfect lie about 100 yards from the green of the long par-5 hole.

When she approached the third shot, she was really nervous because she had been practicing with her woods and now she was faced with an iron shot. “But,” she said, “I got focused and I just started my swing. I didn’t hit it quite hard enough to make the green but it went straight! I couldn’t believe it and neither could my husband. He was so impressed, he asked to see my plan.”

The plan I gave her consisted of three parts:

1/ Consistency – What it is and why it works.

2/ Practice Makes Consistent  – Why consistency is perfect.

3/ Consistent Tips That Work Consistently


1/ Consistency – What it is and why it works.

Consistency is the art of repeating the same helpful actions to achieve the same desirable results. That sounds a lot like the definition of insanity: repeating the same actions and expecting different results. Many people classify golfers as somewhat insane for chasing a small white ball over hills and in and out of lakes, traps, and deep forests through heat, rain, and even snow. While this behavior is fairly consistent for many occasional golfers, it can only be considered insanity if they continue to make the same mistakes and expect their shots to land in fairways and on greens.

The “Consistency/Insanity Defense.”
As crazy as it sounds, the qualities needed to achieve consistency are the very same ones – commitment and determination. The difference lies in what you choose to repeat to achieve the expected result. If your actions will not contribute to an excellent swing, then you fall in the insanity camp because you continue to produce the same poor swing with the same poor results.

On the other hand, if you are repeating actions that result in long, straight drives, as well as deadly accurate chips and putts, then you are on your way to consistency.

2/ Practice Makes Consistent

Whatever I tried to achieve in my life, I heard the same advice from my parents: Practice makes perfect. As I have grown up and found a measure of success in many endeavors, I have proven them almost right. I say “almost right” because I discovered that, no matter how long and consistently I practice, I am incapable of perfection.

Consistency is not perfection but it is as close as we can get to it. It means performing the same actions the same way every time and I soon discovered that I am capable of consistency. As I worked on my own golf swing, I found that the proper actions produced the desired results. Repeating those actions over and over produced those results consistently.

Practice is the consistent repetition of an action; so, practice not only “makes consistent,” it is consistency itself. Therefore, to be a consistent golfer takes practice, practice, practice.

Practice, Practice, Practice

     Address the tee properly (Repeat 20 times twice a day)

- Stand straight without hunching your shoulders

- Plant your feet slightly further apart than your shoulders

- Flex your knees and adjust your weight on your feet until balanced

- Relax your shoulders, shake out your arms and let them fall at your side

Grip the club properly (Repeat 20 times twice a day)

- Lay the club head next to the tee and relax with it loosely in one hand

- Place the other hand on the grip

- Adjust your grip until comfortable

Swing the club

- Address the tee and grip the club as practiced

- Swing smoothly and firmly with your arms and shoulders

- Follow through completely with your head down and eye on the tee

- Videotape and analyze – make adjustments as needed

Swing the club properly (Repeat 20 times four times a day)

- Pay attention to the feel of the proper swing

- Make sure each swing feels the same

- Videotape your last set of swings to be sure your swing is consistent with the beginning

Hit the ball

- Place a ball on the tee and address the ball properly

- Forget that there is a ball in front of you and just swing as practiced

- After the ball has left the tee, complete your swing and then look up

- If the ball didn’t go where you intended, adjust your swing

- Once your swing is effectively hitting the ball, repeat 20 times as many times a day as you can

3/ Consistent Tips that Work Consistently

        These tips are from golfers who have worked long and hard to perfect their golf swing. While most of them are still aiming for the perfection that will never come, that doesn’t keep them from trying.

Get it right. Repeat your swing until it feels right and natural.

Practice, practice, practice
– in your back yard, your basement, even your garage.

Ask for and pay attention to good feedback.

Develop a positive attitude. Reward yourself for good shots and look for ways to improve the bad ones.

One final word to the wise: Most golfers whine and complain about their scores, their poor strokes, and their high handicaps. Instead of beating yourself up when you hit poorly, reward your good play consistently. Whenever you hit a green or the middle of the fairway, congratulate yourself and then swing again the same way. If it feels the same, remember it and then do the same thing again and again until it feels natural. It may sound like the road to insanity, but it is the only way to consistency at its best.


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A Blueprint For The Consistent Golf Swing And How To Get One – Part 1

Posted by hamma | Posted in golf | Posted on 29-09-2012




When you step up to the tee and “address the ball,” do you say, “Ready or not, here I come?” When you lift the club from your shoulder and start   pulling it back to begin your swing, do you shout with glee, “Watch out ball, I’m going to knock you into the next county?”

If this describes your golf game, you are not alone. Many of the best started out with such a “slash and burn” approach; but the best wisdom is that golfing is all about finding your own style – your rhythm, your best stroke, and your natural swing. This takes time and hard work even for a natural-born professional golfer like Tiger Woods.

As an expert, I get questions from a lot of weekend golfers who think they should be able to play like Tiger. I got one call from an old friend who told me that her new husband loves golf and wants her to join him in his weekend golf games. She said, “I took a semester of golf in college and I NEVER hit a good shot the entire time. I topped, pulled, sliced, shanked, and dubbed my way to every cup on every hole. I’m sure I had the highest score of anybody in the class – maybe even a course record. I’m a killer at miniature golf but the golf swing eludes me. I need serious help!”


When I asked my friend about her dream, she said that she just wanted to hit the ball without her husband laughing at her. I told her that every golfer I know feels the same way but that there are bigger dreams to chase on a golf course. There is the elusive “hole-in-one,” as well as brilliant putts, perfectly placed fairway shots, and the “winged creatures of golf” – birdies, eagles, and double eagles. Of course, then there’s the “holy grail” of golf – a low handicap or, better still, no handicap.


So, I asked my friend the standard question I pose to all those who seek out my help: what do you want to achieve on the golf course? Straighter drives, more accurate chips and putts, lower scores/handicaps, or just an enjoyable outing with your husband on the links – what’s your goal?

Every professional golfer from
Sam Snead
to Phil Mickelson had a goal when they got started. It may not have been to win the US Open but I guarantee they all had one goal in common: to play better golf. No matter how much they knew about the game, they all found out quickly that there is one basic skill that you must master – the golf swing. Whether driving the fairway, chipping from a sand trap, blasting out of a lake, getting out of the woods, or putting brilliantly, you must swing the golf club. The speed, path, and final destination of your golf ball are all direct results of how you do that.


My friend’s next eager question was: “So what do I do first?” but her smile faded when I answered: “Get serious.You have to develop a consistent golf swing.”

“I don’t have time to do that,” she said. “Can’t I just go out and hope for the best? Maybe I’ll be lucky and actually hit the ball.” I shook my head and told her about my uncle. He was a weekend golfer who was also a member of a weekly bowling league. He was well-known on the lanes for his completely lucky 7-10 split conversion – something he always dreamed of doing. Known affectionately as “Mr. Lucky,” he was also famous in the 19th Hole of his home golf course for this shot.

After a decent drive off the 18th tee, he had ended up just off the green in two, not too far from the cup; but the ball was sitting just under a mis-placed divot. He took one look at his bad lie and flailed at the half-buried ball with one desperate swipe with his sand wedge. It exploded out of its spot and took wings! He shoved his club back in the bag thinking that he’d need an iron to get the ball back to the green. Just as he looked up, though, he saw his ball hit the flag squarely and drop like a stone into the cup. Mr. Lucky ended up with the low score for the foursome even though, he said, “It was the worst shot I made all day.”

My friend grinned, “So, I can just take a swing and hope I get lucky like your uncle.” It took some fast talking to convince her that good golf is not a matter of luck and that she would never enjoy playing without practice. I finally quoted Arnold Palmer, who said, “It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get” and she agreed to give it a try.


Several weeks later we met at the golf course for her next step, which was to analyze her golf swing. She was sure that it must be awful but when I watched her swing, I saw that she was strong and had an easy-going way with the club. So I videotaped her and she was surprised to see how easily she handled it. As we watched, I pointed out to her the basic components of a golf swing and how she could improve hers:

Address the Ball – Good posture

Firm Grip – No white knuckles

Smooth Swing with Arms and Shoulders

Golf is not a dance – no swaying or tip-toeing

Golf is not a performance – no flourishes

Backswing – not an “upswing” that reaches for the stars

Downswing – more of a “frontswing” that doesn’t chop wood

Follow-through – smooth and firm

You’re not in Fenway Park – don’t “punch it”

Don’t look up – the ball will go the same way if you’re watching or not

Consistency – whatever you do well, do again – and again – and again…


Without a doubt, the key to a better golf swing is consistency. I assured my friend that every golfer – amateur, pro, once-a-week, occasional - can swing better and more effectively and that what it takes to actually play better and improve your scores and your enjoyment is simple – Be Consistent.

She was still hesitant as I knew she was thinking about her busy schedule and wondering where she would find the time to practice, practice, practice. So I assured her that a simple regimen of lessons and practice was doable, even for her crazy schedule, and would help her to focus on her swing, to develop a consistently effective and natural stroke that would at least keep up with her husband’s game.


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