Golf can be a misleading game if you’re a newbie, or if you’re watching from the outside. Contrary to popular belief, golf is quite a hard game simple as it looks. From technique to rhythm to timing, everything needs to be a science and an art. That is why, without a few hacks and tricks up your sleeves, it can become a frustrating game. And that’s why we’re here – to give you a hand at improving your game. Here are 8 super simple hacks and tricks to help you better your game.
1. Improve Your Mental Game
Golf is more a mental game than it is a physical one. The game always starts in the mind, is played more in the mind, and is won in the mind. If you are to improve your game and lower your score, you have to improve your mental game. From club selection to the final putt, the game of golf is all about making the right decisions and calculations.
This is why you should never allow your emotions to cloud your game.
The best way to up your mental game is to focus on the moment. Forget the topped driver that got you into your current mess and choose instead to focus on hitting the best shot you can to get you back in the game. Live and play in the moment.
2. Avoid Mistaken Identity
One common mistake that happens on the green is that of hitting the wrong ball. And that mistake is enough to give you nightmares for weeks. Besides, a two-stroke set back is often times very difficult to recover from. So what’s the solution? Mark your golf ball with a personal logo – a unique mark that can is visible no matter where the ball falls. If you’re not artistic, simply get a golf ball stencil and do away with mistaken identity.
3. Create a Pre-Shot Routine
Routine may be monotonous and boring, but there is something about having a routine that can help you improve your golf game. Routine helps calm the nerves. No matter how tense the game may be, a simple routine will help you calm yourself down, thereby helping you hit the perfect (well, maybe not perfect, but good enough) shot.
4. Rain Gloves Are Not Just for a Rainy Day
Nothing disturbs a game like wet gloves. Whether it’s because of the rain, sweat, or a water hazard, water will ruin your grip – resulting in terrible shots. Rain gloves will help you avoid poor shots. The wetter they become, the more grip they have.
5. Warm Up Don’t Heat Up
A good warm-up will always improve your stroke. Hit the green early and practice 10 -15 strokes. Make sure to take your time, don’t rush it. This is enough to build up a good rhythm without straining your muscles, or worse getting fatigued. Many golfers make the mistake of overdoing the warm-up routine and end up paying dearly in the heat of the game.
6. Tee Off – Safely
More often than not, a game if golf is lost on the tee. This is why you need to work on winning your game straight from the tee – by developing a safety shot. A safety shot is a shot you know you can play in any situation and drive the ball a considerable distance while you’re at it. Take the time to practice a shot you can rely on, not only to kick off the game but to get you out of troubled waters if need be.
7. Develop a Solid Grip
The accuracy of your shot is dependent on two major things – your grip and your stance.
A solid grip takes time as your hand has to get used to the sweet spot of your club. To make finding the sweet spot easier, place a golf club somewhere you can easily access it from any place in the house. Whenever you pass by it, pick it up for a minute or two, practicing your grip. Before long, you will find your sweet spot, helping you to be more comfortable (and confident) with your club on the green. A solid grip will help you shave points off your scorecard.
8. When the Chips Are Down, Stack ‘Em
Chipping is one of the most overlooked and underrated techniques in the game of golf. But it is a game-changing technique once mastered – helping you break par faster than a putt. To master your chip, make sure your left arm, the shaft, and your weight are all stacked over your left leg. This gives you better control of your shot – distance and direction.
With these hacks packed in your golf bag, you’re sure to improve your game dramatically. And that means a more enjoyable time on the golf course as you take the lead.