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Words Of Advice For New Golfers

Jul 13, 2008
Golf is a very rewarding sport, and few can attest to being as relaxing or stress reducing as golfing can. It does, however, require much practice and a certain amount of knowledge to best advance one's skills in the sport. Luckily, there are a few tips to take the long learning curve out of the sport, and instead get beginners onto the professional level sooner.

The first task to remember is to not swing one's arm in engaging in the golf swing, but to actually move one's whole upper body. Only swinging one's arms will make the accuracy and power of the shot diminish. This is a tough concept to grasp when first starting out, but it's best to learn it early than having to relearn the correct way of doing things.

There is a big myth floating around that the proper golf form will require that golfers keep their left arm straight (Given that they are right-handed). This is somewhat true, but it isn't a requirement in observing proper golf form. Professionals have been known to bend their left arm slightly, so following the rule strictly isn't necessarily giving anyone benefit over those who don't.

How to actually hold the golf club is something not commonly reviewed by beginners. Beginners will usually not put much thought into where their hands are going, and instead swing away hoping for a good drive. But in reality, there is a standard hand stance that should be observed for best results. It helps produce stability, speed, and maneuverability that golfers would otherwise not have.

Sometimes the best learning isn't done out on the green, but in the home learning about golf terms. Golfing terms are quite plentiful, and learning them is a must so as to not sound like a novice to other players. Everything from an "honest john" to a "bogey" needs to be learned- of which most can be found in golf books or free online Internet resources.

In the end, golf is not going to be an easy sport to pick up. It's something that takes a certain amount of skill, persistence, determination, and of course the will to become a professional in one of the toughest sports in existence. But keep in mind while on the road to success in golf, there should be plenty of fun times with friends and family along the way- don't just make it an obsessed hobby! After all, golf is one of few sports that offers a stress release- so don't go adding more stress than is going to be taken away!

Final Thoughts

Golf for beginners is a tough subject to consider, since there are so many things to review in the sport of golf. Although it may seem like a basic sport, it's much more complex than other popular sports such as baseball or football. In the end, the best practice is going to come from asking others on the field for tips, practicing, and finding new ways to drive the ball harder, faster, and more precise.
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