Golf for Beginners: Getting Started

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Golf for beginners can be a very exciting sport especially if one favors outdoor interactive activities. One of the most popular outdoor games is golf, anybody could easily learn to love.

Here players known as golfers attempt to hit the balls into different holes inside a golf course using different types of clubs. The one who hits a ball inside the holes with the smallest number of strokes usually wins the game. It is often played as a competition either by individuals or by team. For individual category, each player plays for the lowest number of strokes he/she and this is also known as the stroke play whereas playing teams aim for the lowest score on most individual holes on each players of a team. Such is known as the match play.

Golf for beginners may seem very confusing as well as complex game. However if you get to learn the basics, you might just be one of those who are thoroughly engaged with the sport. For starters, it might be very helpful if you get to understand the terms commonly used while playing this sport. Here are some terms and descriptions: [Read more...]

Teaching Golf to Beginners

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A typical golf instructor might use the following commands when teaching golf to beginners: "Keep your head down! Keep your left arm straight! Don't look up! Swing easy!" This approach can lead to an information overload, and is therefore a typical mistake instructors make.

Many golf instructors using this approach cloud their students' minds and bring about a level of paralysis by analysis. Beginners in the sport of golf learn most quickly when they limit their focus to the most important aspects of the golf swing; that is, the grip, the stance, the takeaway, and the downswing.

Gripping the golf club is the foremost component of the swing that beginning golfers must grasp. To identify the top hand position, a golfer has to let his/her hand hang down to allow a natural position to form. The club must then be gripped in this position, and the golfer must mirror the position with the bottom hand. J. D. Turner, a professional golfer has said, "for a good shot to occur, the grip must support the club at the top of the swing and rotate the clubface back to square at impact." A natural position will duly accomplish this. A golfer may overlap, interlock, or grip with all ten fingers, but he/she should make sure the grip is not in the palm of the hand and that the grip pressure is moderate.

The second focus that is essential to a good swing is a balanced, steady stance. The golf swing must start with a solid base of support with the feet shoulder-width apart, and weight evenly distributed with slight flexion in the knees. The upper body posture is central. The back ought to be fairly straight with the arms hanging naturally from the shoulders. The chin should be held up. Tiger Woods advises the beginning golfer to "avoid burying your chin in your chest. When your chin goes down, your back tends to bow and your weight slips back on your heels, making an in-balance swing difficult at best." [Read more...]

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