Golf is a game in which you claim the privileges of age and retain the playthings of childhood. You can start the game at any age and play it during your leisure time as well as for business.
The game of golf takes a lot of practice and determination to see success. To progress, please get a professional to guide and teach you – this small investment you make will take you a long way in golf and life.
Following are the basics of what a teaching pro will usually take you through when you start learning the game.
In what is an aim orientated sport it is important from the outset that we understand how to aim both the body and the golf club towards our selected target.
The golf club is held up in front of your body at waist height and positioned so that the leading edge of the club is vertical.
Now position the club head behind the ball with the leading edge at 90º to your intended target line (the line you would like the ball to fly on).
For the ball to travel towards the target (yellow line) we can see how we must align our body. Here check that the feet, hips, shoulders and eyes are parallel to this line.
Gripping the club correctly has two main benefits:
It allows the wrists to be utilized correctly during the swing.
It increases clubface control during the swing.
Both of the above are necessary for an efficient and well balanced golf swing.
There are three options available when holding the golf club allowing for differing hand sizes and strengths. When formed correctly your hands will function as a unit and react naturally with the body during the golf swing.
The top hand (left hand for a right handed golfer) holds the club with predominantly a finger grip allowing the wrists the freedom to function correctly. Holding the grip in the palm of the hand will restrict wrist motion and reduce power and accuracy.
The bottom hand also sees the fingers as the main points of contact on the grip.
The golf grip should be checked regularly to ensure it has a similar look to the picture on the left.
3. STANCE & POSTURE
The correct stance and posture allows stability, balance and range of movement to be at a maximum during the golf swing.
Feet should be approximately shoulder width apart for a mid-iron shot (narrowing and widening as the clubs decrease and increase in lengths respectively) with body weight centered between the ankles and the balls of the feet. Weight distribution will be evenly distributed between left and right feet.
To retain a natural spine angle as desired incline forwards by bending from the hips and the base of the spine. The arms can now hang freely from the shoulders as the sole of the club rests on the ground behind the ball. Add sufficient knee flex to allow the body weight to move into a centered, balanced position.
The location of the golf ball in relation to the feet and body will influence both the direction and trajectory of the shot. A variable ball position sees the ball located the furthest forward with the driver (the longest club) where it is inside of the left heel and moving progressively closer to the center of the stance as the clubs decrease in length.
For more about golf basics, check out Golf 101 – Golf Basics You Should Know