20 November . 2017
Golf Tips for Newbies
Golf is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors and spark some healthy competition between friends and family. Arizona is home to hundreds of golf courses, the good news is Estrella residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy award-winning golf. The Golf Club of Estrella is conveniently located within the community and features a Nicklaus-designed course. For those interested in picking up a new hobby, check out a few basics and tips for golf newbies.
Before hitting the links the first time, new golfers want to be set up for success. Those new to the sport don’t need to purchase whole sets of clubs or wear the latest and greatest in golf clothing, what’s important is to be comfortable in both areas.
Select appropriate clothing for the weather conditions as you get started. Newbies can stop into the pro shop at the Golf Club of Estrella or any golf outfitter to find the right clothing and get answers to any questions along the way.
When starting out, consider renting clubs or borrowing from friends and family. If ready to purchase clubs, new golfers can take advantage of hybrid clubs that combine irons and woods clubs that are forgiving, versatile, and much easier to hit consistently.
Warm Up Correctly
As you arrive to the course the first time and every time after, prior to starting your round be sure to warm up correctly. Proper stretching and practice swings will help prepare your body and golf game for the course. When taking your first swings, slowly increase your swing power, beginning with 25% and working your way up to 100% once your body is warm and loose.
Posture and Approach
Before taking your first swing, golfers must be comfortable with the proper posture and approach to the tee. To set up, begin by standing with your feet about shoulder-width apart and flair out your feet to open your stance up, allowing for more range of motion crucial to your swing. Avoid placing too much weight on your toes or heels, instead focus on keeping your body weight on the center of your feet, and release your knees to assist with balance. While in the early stages of developing a comfortable golf stance, concentrate on maintaining a square and balanced stance to promote a straight shot.
A common mistake new golfers make is starting a down swing with the upper body. Instead, focus on initiating the swing through your hips. Imagine skimming a stone or throwing a baseball and how the lower body starts the movement with the upper body following. Practice makes perfect, but ensure you are practicing with proper technique to get the most out of your swing. To prevent bad habits from forming, consider taking lessons from the certified instructors at the Golf Club of Estrella.
Patience and Fun
Rome was not built in a day, and it’s important to stay patient when you first start out as a golfer. The sport requires time to master skills and find the right equipment for you personally. Both beginners and the most skilled players should remain calm, cool and collected during play. Whether you decide to play socially, as a weekend warrior, or competitively, golf is a great and challenging sport but is still a game, treat it as such and have fun!
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