It’s always a great time to play golf. For golf lovers, it’s hard to say what we love most. Is it the chance to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and great company? The thrill of a great game? Pushing our bodies and minds to be the very best?
Whatever your reasons, if you love golf, you’re always up for improving your game. In this post from the Twin Cities golf club fitting pros at Totally Driven, we’re sharing some of our favorite golf tips. Give us a call to schedule your custom golf fitting today!
1. Be Decisive
Second-guessing never helped anyone’s game. Don’t waiver once you’ve decided on a shot. That moment of hesitation can interfere with the shot and cause you to miss. Instead, try to focus on your swing and fully commit to each shot. Having a good mental strategy can be the key to making these shots, so be sure to practice yours when you’re practicing your swing.
2. Don’t Play Fast and Loose
We all like to take risks every now and then. But it’s better to play conservatively and focus on improving your game rather than relying on luck instead of performance. Try to leave your impulses and feelings aside and find the zen of the moment.
3. Tee Up Carefully
Too many golfers get into the bad habit of randomly placing their balls on the tee without putting any thought into it. Be more intentional about where you put your ball and place it on the tee box side that works out best for your shot. Don’t forget you’re allowed to tee up to two club lengths from tee markers.
4. Don’t Touch the Flag
The impact of the flag on your game is a controversial subject among golfers. Golf scientists have even analyzed the difference between fiberglass and metal flagsticks and compared flagsticks between the US and other countries to determine which is better for a shot. And among professional golfers, there are some who always attend the flagstick, while others swear that bouncing the ball of the stick is more likely to land shots. So what’s the right approach?
According to golf experts, as long as the rules allow for it, you should leave the flagstick in any time it is leaning slightly away or toward you. Scientifically speaking, this is believed to increase your odds of keeping the ball in the hole.
5. Keep Your Head Still
You can have the perfect grip and terrific distance, but head movement during your swing will sabotage your entire shot. Your head should never get ahead of your ball, and your spine needs to remain straight throughout the swing. When your head moves even slightly forward, it interferes with spine alignment and can cause you to pull a slice.
For many golfers, the key to transforming their game begins with learning how to maintain head stillness during their swing. Unfortunately, you may not be able to feel your head movement at all while swinging.
To work on your swing, focus not on your head but on the top of your spine, which is connected but easier to keep. To ground yourself mentally in what you’re focusing on, place your hand on the bone at the nape of your neck. Visualize this bone as a suspension point for your shoulders, limbs, and club, then concentrate on making a circular swing from this point.
One of the best ways to work on head movement is with a professional golf coach. At Totally Driven, we offer a three-month program and six-month program from PGA Golf Professionals and Titleist Performance Institute certified coaches.
6. Focus on the Ball
Knowing the right place to focus when you’re getting ready to swing is more of a science than most golfers realize. Diagnose the swing problems you need to work on to get an idea of where you need to focus.
If your swings are resulting in hooks, you need to focus your eyes on the golf ball’s outer edge. Likewise, if you’re hitting a slice on your swings, you need to focus on the inside of the ball and aim accordingly. This can nudge your swing over ever so slightly.
If you have trouble with hitting the ground in front of the ball, focus on the front edge of the ball’s target side. On the other hand, you should look at the back side of the ball if you’re thinning your shots. Finally, if putting is a problem for you, try choosing a specific dimple in the center of the ball and shifting to a soft focus on this point. You’ll be surprised at what a difference this simple step makes!
7. Banish Doubt
This is one of those things that can be easier said than done, but mind over matter is important in any sport, particularly golf. Human psychology is a tricky thing.
Too many golfers sabotage their swings by thinking in terms of negative concepts. In other words, they’ll think about the thing they want to avoid when they’re getting ready to swing such as a bunker or hazard. Rather than focusing on what you don’t want to do, place your mental focus on where you want the ball to go.
Twin Cities Golf Coaching
Could your swing use some help? Call Totally Driven to sign up for professional golf coaching or schedule some time with a golf fitness trainer and change your game! Give us a call at (952) 681-2728 or connect with us online today.