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Beginner Golf Tips – How to Learn to Play Golf


As you are starting to play the great game of golf, everybody and their brother will be attempting to give you beginner golf tips. Trust me I mean everyone. This includes the guys that you are playing with that cannot break 100 themselves! They will become David Leadbetter or Butch Harmon in their own mind of all places right there on the golf course.

You will quickly learn that there is a time and a place to work on your game. The golf course is where you should play and not practice. Work through all of your beginner golf tips while you are practicing on the driving range, short game area or practice putting green.

So with everyone throwing all of these free beginner golf tips at you, how do you know what to trust? Well, I can tell you that I do not ask my fellow golfers about legal or accounting advice. Through golf books, golf DVDs and local golf instruction, there are many credible and qualified sources for you to tap.

Here are two beginner golf tips from Brad Myers who teaches at The Massengale Golf Academy in Houston, Texas:

Beginner golf tips: Short Game

Opposed to popular belief and actions, if you want to learn how to play the game of golf or if you have played for a long time and want to lower your handicap, learn how to chip and putt. It may not seem as macho or as sexy to learn all of these little short shots as opposed to standing on the driving range banging out long shots. No matter what your current handicap is, if you want to lower your golf scores learn all aspects of the short game. This will drop your scores faster than standing on a driving range for a long period of time week after week.

Here is a question that may put how important the short game is and can help put it into perspective for you. Once your round is finished, do you want to give your buddy a hard time about the one drive you hit past him/her or do you want to brag about the lower score that you shot? Speaking from experience, the ribbing about how your buddy hit one past you is pretty short-lived as he is paying you for winning the bet of lowest score.

One last thought about the short game for you is to make sure you arrive early enough to spend some time on the putting green putting and chipping before your round. You do not need to spend thirty minutes there. You just need to hit enough putts and chip shots to get a good feeling going prior to your round.

Beginner golf tips: Have fun

Unfortunately, most people will tell you that they play the game for fun or to relax but their actions simply do not say the same thing. Especially while you are learning the game, you should set little goals for your rounds or practice time. Sometimes they are not even to do anything with golf. You simply cannot concentrate for four to five hours straight. Maybe it is to play with certain people to enjoy their company or maybe you try to identify different birds or wildlife. Remember it is to be fun for you!

Using these beginner golf tips will help you reach your playing goals and fun goals!


Golf Tips to Measure your Results on the Practice Range


Practice is important in any sport and golf is no exception. To really improve your game you must spend time fine tuning your swing. But many golfers simply "hit balls" on the practice range without checking to see if they are improving. Here are some tips to help measure the effectiveness of your practice sessions on the driving range.

First, you must identify your objective on the range. Some people are trying to fix a slice or a hook while others are trying to add distance to their shots. If you do not know what your objective is you will not know if you have achieved it. You may not have a noticeable flaw to correct but you need to train your muscles so you can make good shots consistently. So hitting consistently is your objective in that case. Just make sure you have a clear idea of your purpose.

Second, it does not matter too much if you quit slicing or hooking the ball, or if you add 30 yards to your drive if your shots are spraying to the left or right. You may have eliminated the slice in your ball flight, but did the ball actually go towards your target? I have heard people "oooh" and "ahhh" over their practice shots even though one went well to the left of what appeared to be their target line and the next went just as far to the right. Make sure you identify a target and gauge if you are hitting the ball within a few yards on either side of that target until the balls rolls to a stop.

Third, always hit a variety of clubs in a random order on the range. This will better reflect how a real round of golf is played. You never hit your seven iron fifteen times in a row on a normal round of golf so do not get locked into hitting only your seven iron on the practice range even if it is your seven iron that needs the work. For example, to work on your seven iron try hitting your seven a few times, then hit a 3-wood a couple of times, then hit a four-iron, then a wedge, then back to the seven for a few shots. This will help you practice your set-up routine for various shots since usually you address the ball and take your stance slightly differently for woods, low irons and high irons respectively.

Fourth, do not be in a hurry. Take a break for a minute or two after hitting a dozen balls or so. If you exhaust yourself you may begin making poor swings due to your tiring out that would almost never happen in a round of golf because on the course there is almost always a few minutes between shots that require a full swing.

Finally, take time at home some evening to write down on an index card the swing keys that help you prepare for taking a golf shot. Most people will have a list of five to eight things. Go through your set-up routine in your mind and jot down, in order, what you do to check your alignment, grip, stance, weight distribution, etc... and take that card with you to the practice range. Then read it over before EVERY practice shot for the first ten or fifteen shots. Train your mind to go through that list so it becomes a habit when you are playing a round of golf.

Hopefully you will develop your own list of golf tips from your time spent on the practice range and you will graduate from just "hitting balls" to actually tuning your swing by having a yard stick by which to measure your results on the practice range.


Know The Difference Between The Good And Bad Golf Tips


There are good golf tips and bad golf tips. The question is, "how do you decide which golf tips to listen to?"

This question has been brought home to me recently because a good friend took up golf about two years ago. He has really caught the bug and plays several times a week. He also has lessons and practices frequently. Whenever we play together he is constantly asking for tips and advice about his swing.

It is my belief that you should only give a player a golf tip if you are sure that it will fit in with the rest of his swing. I have seen far too many players lose their swings when trying to adopt a golf tip which simply does not fit in with everything else that goes on when they swing the club.

OK, I know, there are certain golf tips which are universally sound, like, "keep your head still." But equally there are plenty of other golf tips that can be ruinous even when given with the best of intentions.

In particular I recall a good player with whom I'd played many rounds who always drew the ball right to left, usually with good control. One day when his draw was a bit exaggerated, his partner suggested this perfectly sound golf tip: "You know, if you were to keep your right elbow well tucked in on the downswing you would lose that nasty hook."

The suggestion was well meant. However, for a player who had a well grooved habit of swinging slightly over the top of the ball, as Arnold Palmer was wont to do, it proved to be one golf tip too much. He became so conscious of his right elbow that it threw the whole of the rest of his swing out of shape and it took him months to get it back again.

The point is that the golf tip didn't fit in with the rest of his swing.

This is a mistake that many golfers make. They listen to all the golf tips out there and try to adopt them all in their desperate search for a good swing. It is my belief that your aim should be to groove a golf swing that will give you streams of straight and long golf shots by modelling your swing on one set of advice. Then you should develop a mind movie of that swing so that you can reproduce it whenever you play a shot.

Think how long some of the most famous partnerships between players and their swing coaches have lasted. Think of Jack Nicklaus and Jack Grout, Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon, Nick Faldo and David Leadbetter to name but a few. All these great players relied on one coach's vision of their swing to keep their mind movie in shape. They did not go asking for golf tips from other players.


Battery Golf Trolley: A Golfer’s Best Friend

Golf is a favorite sport among businessmen because it helps relieve stress. Make it even more stress free by not having to carry your own golf bag around a humongous golf course. That's why golf lovers will surely appreciate the convenience of owning an electric golf caddy or battery golf trolley since golf courses are enormous. After all, who wants to manually carry around a huge and bulky set of golf equipment?

When you peruse through the online market you will find out that there are many different types of golf trolleys. The price, capacity, and speed are three important factors to consider. Here are some of the different types of golf trolleys.

The grandfather of all golf trolleys is manually pulled around by the golfer. As always, the more luxurious option is a personal golf cart. If a golf cart sounds too much and a traditional trolley too inconvenient, then you can find convenience in an electric golf caddy or battery golf trolley.

A hands free electric golf caddy usually has room for one golf bag with a variety of storage partitions and holders for your golf accessories such as tees, drinks, pen and scorecards, as well as your other things such as your wallet. It also has a seat for you to take a rest on. It comes with a belt transmitter which can communicate from itself to the caddy through varying terrain and weather conditions and can stay about 2 meters away from the golfer. Ideally, you can adjust the parameters. It typically has 12 volt deep cycle batteries.

Battery golf trolleys more of resemble pull carts. They have an antenna and they come with a remote control that needs to be pointed at the antenna so that you can control it. It is easier to store compared to the golf caddy, the latter of which can weigh up to 100 lbs.

Having an electric golf caddy or a battery golf trolley lets you focus more on the game and less on lugging around a big heavy golf bag full of clubs. This means more energy for that hole in one.

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New To Golf? Here Is What You Need To Know

Golf is a great sport. From the outside, it looks like an easy game however, it is, as most other sports, very taxing both physically and mentally. There are a number of rules in Golf. The formal rules of golf would take more than just one article to exhaust though. Suffice it to say that the underlying principle of these rules is fairness, as is stated on the back cover of the official rule book: "play the course as you find it, play the ball as it lies, and if you can't do either, do what is fair."

You have to make sure that you have proper equipment with you. There are rules you have to follow as far as equipments go. Golf's rule book places a limit of fourteen clubs in each bag. There is actually no minimum number of clubs to bring along. What is frowned upon is when you borrow these clubs from other players.

There are generally four types of clubs that golfers use and these are wood, iron, wedges, and putters. All of them serve a specific function. For the initial shots, when you require a lot of power and a lot of distance, wood clubs are perfect. Irons on the other hand are shorter and have a flat angled face making them useful for shots approaching the green or from more difficult lies. Putters have loft angles less than 10 degrees, and are thus a good choice for shots which require just rolling the ball along the grass. Wedges have the greatest loft angles among the four, and as such produce the most spin on the ball, making it "bite" the green upon impact.

If you look at the history, you'll see that in the 1920s and 30s, wooden shafts were used most often. Around that era, they got outdated and were steel clubs replaced them within due time. These were a lot more consistent in their performance, being stronger and easier to grip. Very recently, around the 90s, graphite shafts became commonplace. As is apparent, clubs have evolved over the years. They have become better and lighter. Still, shafts made of steel maintain a strong presence in golf, as they provide more accuracy due to their lower torque and flex. These days, golfers invest on golf club custom fitting to better their game. These are better in many ways since they are personalized to your needs. If you live in Surrey, you have a number of options, there are a multitude of Surrey golf club specialists to refer to. A number of Surrey golf courses have their own custom fit centers.

Most Surrey golf courses have their official websites, making it easy to book for your custom fitting service ahead. That should give you details of everything you need.

For those who live in or around Surrey, you can experience all that golf has to offer, including golf club custom fitting at: Surrey Golf Club Contact: Pachesham Golf Centre, Oaklawn Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0BP, Tel: 01372 843453

Speculation of Tiger Woods’ Return To Golf Tour

For Tiger Woods, recent times have seen in the rough. His personal woes carry on to dominate the world of golf news and he has missed two recent Majors. Tiger's "minor" injuries of the knee and Achilles tendon have raised speculation about his future on the green.

Before his catastrophic showing at the Players Championship, Tiger Woods was tipped to beat legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus's record eighteen Majors wins. However, once he limped off the sawgrass at Ponte Vedra, even one more golf tournament became either a pipe-dream, or the prospect of a long climb back to the top. Woods currently has thirteen Majors under his belt.

To those who are familiar with Tiger Woods' career, knee problems are nothing new: he has had four knee surgeries since his time at Stanford University. His resilience has led millions of followers and golf fans to carry one to believe in him, as does his former golf-swing coach.

Hank Haney, who coached Woods for over a decade believes Tiger can come roaring back. He has been cited as comparing Woods' relatively young age of 35 to Nicklaus' age of 46, when Nicklaus won his final Major in 1986. Haney believes Woods' body should let him him to recover as in years past, but qualified his beliefs by pointing out the requisite that Woods won more Majors than Phil Mickelson has in his entire career. Nonetheless, Haney believes Tiger has many more Majors ahead of him.

The talk of another Tiger Woods comeback, therefore, has just begun to intensify. Last week, Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck tweeted that Woods may return for the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament. If Woods should return to the new West Virginia golf match, he would join Phil Mickelson in headlining the tournament. Whatever the score in such a match might be, the hubbub of golf news would feel the impact.

John Casson is a contributing writer for the Imagine Sports Network which provides baseball, tennis, and golf news. He has written about multiple sports and has followed golf tournaments for many years and he has posted on golf blogs as well as golf forums.