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7 Golf Tips to Improve Your Long Game

By    |   Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:35 AM

In golf, players concentrate on the elements of the long game and the short game. They aim for power and distance in their quest for the putting green with long shots while focusing on accuracy for the short game.

The initial shot taken for the long game is the drive, so golfers use drivers with large-headed clubs and hope to hit the ball as far as they can. The fairway shot comes into play when the golfer gets the ball to the fairway. A fairway wood club or long iron is often used. The short game follows with pitching, chipping, and putting for approach shots.

Here are seven tips to improve your long game:

1. Practice is important — The more you practice, the better your long game becomes, according to the SummerGlen Golf Club. Play nine holes and try different things. Have a friend give you pointers, or go to the driving range. Take advantage of the pro golfers there.

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2. Position yourself properly — Hold the club correctly for good depth on the ball. Relax your shoulders when hitting the ball and bend the knees the right way. An experienced golfer or pro can guide you on the correct stance.

3. Focus on the ball instead of the destination — In order to get the power and distance necessary for the long game, golfers must get the ball to go in the right direction, the International Junior Golf Academy points out. Lining up your body to get the ball toward the green gives you the confidence to hit it with power and distance.

4. Set up to the ball the best you can — Jack Nicklaus notes that “the quality of the swing is dependent about 80 percent on preparation and 20 percent on execution,” Consistent Golf reports. Keep the lead foot anchored and the elbow close to your hip so your whole body turns when making the swing.

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5. Follow through on the swing by lifting your foot — Your foot should be lifted off the ground as late as possible before the ball is released from the club, so your body maintains its focus for more distance.

6. Don’t hold the club too tight — A firm hold is necessary, but you want to keep the grip loose when driving the ball. A loose grip allows you to hold the club while your whole body is centered on the drive.

7. Have fun — The more confidence you have in your long game, the easier it is to enjoy the game. After all, that’s what it’s all about. Avoid putting pressure on yourself and relax, knowing what you’ve learned and experienced from improving your long game.

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