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Learning How To Golf Comes Gradually

Golfing isn’t easy and it takes many years and a lot of practice to improve your game. It’s not something you can learn overnight.

Golfers improve best by first mastering the basic techniques of a skill, like pitching or putting, and then learning the skill’s more advanced techniques. With driving, for example, you’d focus first on mastering the swing’s basics before trying to hit draws and slices. Thus, the golfer gradually improves until he or she finally masters the skill. This approach makes sense.

Below are some tips on how this approach could work when applied to chipping:

Eliminate Breaking of the Wrists

When you chip with your iron, do you tend to break the wrists? I have the same problem. When I was on the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association, my instructor drilled into my head that it’s a bad habit I needed to break. Beginners are especially prone to this. This often leads to poor contact because hand action requires touch. Relaxing your wrists and hands while chipping can improve consistency and accuracy.

Rotate When Swinging

Body rotation is one of the most important things to do when swinging the club. Rotating through improves distance control and helps you to adapt to different chipping situations. Rotating through also enables you to increase swing speed and backspin, which helps the ball check up when it hits the green.

Control Your Shot

It’s also important to control your chip shot by using your right hand to do the work for you. Do this by hinging your wrists as you go back and unhinging them through impact. This enables you to control the shot’s trajectory and spin. 

 

Use the progressive approach described above to learn other shots. Break down the shot into three or four key moves and work on them until you’ve mastered them all. Start with a basic technique and then move on to more advanced techniques. Learning golf gradually will not only make you a better golfer, it will also help you chop strokes off your golf handicap.

Millennial Pushing the Envelope on the Course

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Changing The Game of Golf

We all grow up being told not to stereotype, but it’s human nature to pair certain qualities with certain groups.

Some may be true; some may not be. One thing golf does have is a very strong stereotype among non golfers around the world.

Rich. Snobby. Proper. No fun. Quiet please.

Those are some of the words that some people associate with golfers. 

Rich people who enjoy their weekends at their country club, wearing fancy clothes, only clapping and not cheering and being quiet for most of their four-hour round.

But the millennial golfer may be breaking that mold. Myself included, millennial golfers like to push the envelope.

Instead of wearing a proper polo, we like to wear polos with crazy patterns and colors, untucked with a backwards hat on.

We are still going to hit the golf ball the same.

We like to bring our Bluetooth speakers and play our favorite songs while we play with our friends. We like to prank each other and try trick shots. Golf is a game, lets make it fun.

With all that being said we respect the history and tradition of golf, but with the direction it is heading, we need a drastic change to get todays youth excited and involved.

What better than bright fun clothes, loud music, competition and a whole lot of fun. The older generation may see our loud music as disrespect.

Come on dude, you were going to shank that ball into the woods even if my 50 Cent wasn’t blasting on my speaker. Golf needs to lighten up.

Until the older generation gets their ego and pettiness out, this game may never grow.

Millennials are not trying to ruin golf, we are trying to put our own fun spin on it.

Either join us, or get left in the dust. This is the future of golf.

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