In this video, Golf Monthly’s Top 100 UK & Ireland senior panellists Rob Smith and Jezz Ellwood discuss the best holes in the UK and Ireland. They are joined by GM editor Michael Harris and the three of them each pick their favour par 3s, 4s and 5s from the Top 100 list. These are some of the most beautifully challenging holes in the world and the team discuss what makes them so special!
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Golf is supposed to be a relaxing game. So why are your experiences at the golf course or the driving range so frustrating? If you’re not able to relax and enjoy yourself as you play golf, you may need to change the way you play your game. Here are some tips that may help.
A helpful tip when it comes to golf, is to always replace your divots. This is important, because it is a widely accepted action that helps to maintain a good functioning course and also maintains the aesthetics of it. All it takes is for you to pick up the divot, return it to the spot that it came from and finally, push down firmly with your foot.
Keep your grip at an even pressure. Grip too hard and your ball will have a tendency to fly right. Grip too loosely and you will send it left. Maintain an even pressure in your grip that allows for comfort and control. Keep this in mind if you find your shots going off course and adjust accordingly.
Adjusting the choke applied to the club – how high or low the shaft is gripped – is the throttle good golfers use to moderate their shots’ distance. Choking down on the club reduces power for shorter, more controlled shots. Choking up releases the full power of the golfer’s swing for maximum distance.
If you are learning the game of golf try to find someone to play with that is above your own skill level. This ensures that you have someone close at hand to correct your mistakes, to watch and be motivated by. This will help to elevate your golf game.
Gripping the putter is very important not just at address, but throughout the putting stroke. Maintain soft but sufficient pressure at address, and keep your pressure constant throughout the address and stroke. This will help prevent any jerky movements that may cause you to push or pull the ball at contact.
Make sure you build on your failures when putting. Paying attention to what happens with your ball on the first putt is important so you can determine how to approach the next putt more accurately.
The muscles through your entire body should come into play for the most powerful stroke possible, and your legs and trunk are most crucial. While you swing keep your upper body loose, and try to generate your swing’s power from your mid-section and legs.
If you are trying to get more distance out of your shot you should point your toes out and widen your stance. Complete the back swing to put your club in the right position. Practicing these techniques will ensure that you will get more distance out of your golf shot.
When you are driving, the back of the front foot should align with the ball. For most of your shots, you will want your feet to align with the ball. Imagine that you are making a triangle with your feet and the ball acts as the top of the pyramid. The exception to this if you are playing your shot from a slope.
Pay attention to your golf grip. If the golf ball is veering to the right every time, your grip may be too tight. If it is veering to the left, your grip may be too loose. Practice tightening and loosing up your grip on the golf club until you find the one that makes the ball go where you intend.
Make sure that you are holding your golf club correctly. Put the handle of the club between the palms of your hands and grasp it with your thumbs facing downward. Your hands will be touching. Command the club by choking down on it, when you only want to stroke the ball a short way. Choke-up when you want it to go the distance.
Prior to any golf shot, always check for the proper stance. You have a better chance to get maximum distance if you maintain a consistent body position with your swing. The golf ball will not travel very far if you slouch too much or too little.
When you finish a game of golf, you should feel refreshed, not stressed or irritated. The advice in this article will help make golf feel like the relaxing sport it should be. The next time you head out to play, use our tips, take a deep breath, and be sure to enjoy yourself.