Whether you are a seasoned golfer or just getting into the game, it is always a good idea to go back and brush up on your fundamental techniques.
A solid foundation will directly translate into enhanced skill on the course, which is why it can’t hurt to take a refresher on the basics every now and again.
To make the most of your practice, here are six golf fundamentals to brush up on to improve your play:
1. Grip— This is where it all begins when it comes to essential skills needed in golf. Improving your grip will allow you to develop a strong, consistent, and fluid swing, according to Study.com. During your next round, check in on your grip. What is your pressure like? How are your hands positioned? These are all important things to keep in mind.
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2. Stance— Your set up position, which is how you stand and prepare to swing, is one of the most important golf basics to master. A solid setup comprises the right posture, width of stance, knee flex, and angle of feet, notes PGA golfer Pete Styles on his website offering free online golf tips.
3. Swing— Perfecting your swing is a constant practice, but once you have mastered the basics, you can fine tune your technique. This means performing your swing in one fluid movement — from starting position to the backswing, downswing, and follow-through, according to the Keiser University College of Golf.
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4. Warmup— Never underestimate the importance of a good warmup routine, which can determine whether you get off to a good start and hit all your shots, Golf Digest reports. There are a number of routines to follow but a good warmup regime will also include mobility work. Two good moves to incorporate in your warmup are shoulder swings and leg sweeps.
5. Strategy— A good coach will tell their athlete to take a few minutes to focus on their strategy and how they will work with the elements to achieve their best performance. This often-overlooked aspect applies to golf as well. It begins at the tee box, according to Study.com. Where will you hit the ball off the tee? The next progression is having a good set-up in place. What is the force of the wind and where is the location of the hole? How can you work with this to help your game?
6. Etiquette— It is easy to get wrapped up in the game and to forget proper golf etiquette, but being mindful of your actions and behavior on the course will improve everybody's experience. Remember to show respect, to give space to the shooter (at least 10 feet), and be sure your shadow is not hindering another player's move, Study.com notes. Always remember to keep noise levels down, as this can distract other players, and don't forget to have fun.
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