Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend days on a golf course in order to improve your game, or spend a fortune on the best clubs on the market. Of course, having high-quality equipment cannot hurt and you will definitely need to practice if you want to perfect your stroke, but there are some other ways you can improve your skills. Here are several strategies that can help you become a better golfer this year and impress your friends and business partners with your shots.
See a doctor
If you simply cannot improve your game no matter how hard you try, it is quite possible that your eyes are deceiving you. In case you haven’t had your eyes checked for some time now, it might be a good idea to see a doctor. You need to have a clear vision for aiming, so check whether this is the problem that’s been holding you back.
Strike a pose!
It doesn’t matter if it is a bunker shot or a chip, focus on completing your swing in a good finish position. This may sound silly and seem like you are focusing on the least important part of your swing, but actually a great finish position means that your swing was properly synced and had good rhythm. Try this neat trick and you might be surprised by the outcome.
Use your worst ball
Maybe you love playing with your fancy balls that probably cost a fortune, but if you wish to develop mental toughness try practicing with golf balls for beginners. If you learn how to play with your worst ball, you will have no problem playing with your best one. Golf is a game that requires calm nerves, and this way you will boost your ability to play trouble shots.
Grab a tennis ball
If you cannot swing the club in the correct sequence if your life depended on it, give your golf ball a break and grab a tennis ball. Throw it sidearm against a wall and you will see that you have, without even thinking about it, shifted the weight onto the leg that is farther from the wall and reared back your arm for the throw. Before your arm has completed the windup you have already shifted your lower-body weight toward the wall. Finally, when all your weight has shifted into your front leg, you turn your chest toward the wall and throw the ball forward. Similar things happen when you swing, so try practicing throwing a sidearm several times a week and your body will learn what it needs to do when you grab your club.
Walk it off
Of course, walking has a lot of benefits and it is great for your health, but that is not the reason why it is on this list. Although driving in a golf cart is fun and you can get from point A to point B in a blink of an eye, try walking to your next destination instead. This way you will have time to calm your nerves after a bad shot, check out where the pin is, come up with the best strategy for your next shot and soak in the beauty that surrounds you.
Stretch your hamstrings
In this day and age, most of us spend our days sitting, and that can cause your hamstrings to become chronically short and tight. This can severely affect your golf swing and lead to injuries. Therefore, make sure you stretch your hamstrings on a daily basis.
With these simple tricks you can improve your game and dazzle everyone with your newfound skills.