5 Common Mistakes of Golf Beginner
1. Clubs Do not Fit Properly
It is always essential to choose a club that is fitted properly to your level of skill, accuracy, swing speed, and some other factors.
Maybe you find a unit on sale online with a good price. In other cases, you would think that going for a high-end and expensive club set that many PGA Tour golfers use might guarantee to your performance on the course.
If you have difficulty when making a swing, the first thing you need to do is checking if your club is a good fit. In most situations, golf clubs often have 2 different aspects: control and forgiveness. A forgiving one would lack shot-shaping control and the same to a controlling one. As a new player, you might need to have the suitable amount of forgiveness in the clubs.
Another general mistake that is often overlooked is choosing a wrong shaft.
2. The Learning Approach is Wrong
I agree that there are a lot of fun and merits in learning something by yourself as you might more accessible information in online site these days. But you should bear in mind one thing: golf is a very miscellaneous form of sport, and there would be a lot of different approaches and philosophies from different individuals. Jumping between various instructions and tips would confuse your focuses, and end up deferring your progress.
It does not need to have a lesson with a professional trainer, which would be too costly for many people. If you have a tight budget, you could ask for the support of a knowledgeable family member or friend. Online videos or lessons are certainly a good option, but it is better to stick to a specific plan and take a gradual approach.
Having your lesson from any professional trainers, or even any certified PGA trainers definitely has its own benefits. They could improve your golf game with a specifically designed approach for each individual, emphasize your strengths and fix your weaknesses as well. It is also important to find your trainer as soon as possible before you build up some bad habits.
3. Maintain The Grooves of Your Club
Have you ever got a hit when you are absolutely certain that it is well-struck with the backspin, but the golf ball simply drops without spin? The causes would be due to your ball, your club and also your technique. But before taking a further look, check the club’ grooves to see if it is clean and neat properly.
Do not underestimate the significance of the near grooves, particularly with a lofted club, as they would considerably allow you to have better control of the spin and generate more spin at impact.
Take enough amount of time to clean the club’ grooves after each shot, and also make it your habit. Another important thing is to clean it before the beginning of every game and round.
Although it is probably tempting, remember to avoid using a groove sharpener. It does not only cause faster corrosion, depending on the club’s material, overusing this might also be illegal according to the local rules.
4. Do not Practice Enough
In general, the range of driving is a definitely different ball game in comparison with the course, and you might ask whether you already have enough amount of time on a golf course and why should you need a driving range?
First, it is always a cheaper choice, and becoming a better golf player is not just the matter of time, but also money. A beginner would need to practice a lot, thus the driving range is probably a better option. Second, you could hit a couple of golf balls, or even a hundred more quickly than on a golf course without the pressure any peers.
Another mistake is that most golfers usually pay too much attention to their fairway woods and driver in a driving range. Remember that pitching and practicing your low to mid irons are equally necessary, so remember to have a proper plan for practicing the driving range.
5. Focus too much on Power and Distance
Over the past few years, the game of golf has gradually developed, and distance has superseded the accuracy as well as the finesse as the most important factors that most golf players are chasing. You could also notice how so many of advanced club equipment are made to maximize the distance, and how most of the golf manufacturers talk about improving maximum distances each year. In general, nothing is better than a well-struck and beautiful 270-yard drive.
As a result, many beginners tend to make a swing too hard. Even though most people often believe that if they swing hard enough, the speed of a golf ball would also increase, the truth is that this could be counterproductive to the overall distance. In other words, you could lose your tempo as well as balance. Therefore, it is particularly essential to maintain the rhythm of your swing to generate both control and distance. A hard swing would also stretch the upper part of your body, which makes you miss the ball’s center.
Closing the eyes in a swing is also a bad habit. Therefore, you should try to maintain eye contact and concentration to gain distance without losing accuracy.
As a new player, you need to focus on the consistency of having a good hit on the ball’s center and maintain your swing’s rhythm. You would be amazed at how it would generate more distance even with a slower swing.
After you have kept the proper accuracy and consistency, you could increase the swing slowly till you could eventually find your own rhythm. Also, remember to maintain your focus and keep eyes contact on the golf ball during the process.