Playing golf seems very easy at the first glance, but the truth is you need to have a lot of patience and knowledge about golf. If you are planning to play golf for the first time or you simply want to improve your skills, keep in mind that it’s important to research and find new ways to improve your golf game. That’s why we’ve gathered some practical and useful tips for you to try when you are on the golf field.
Choosing the right set of clubs
If you don’t have time to go to a professional clubfitter, know that there are a couple of things to take into account when shopping for golf clubs. The wedges are said to be the most important, and you definitely need at least three, including the pitching wedge which is very useful when hitting very high shots. It’s also important to have some irons in your golf bag because they are very versatile but if you find it difficult to hit the ball with an iron, think about replacing your regular irons with ones that have bigger soles.
Marking your ball
When playing golf and it’s your turn to putt, take some time to mark your golf ball with a ball marker and place it behind it. So, when it’s your turn to putt, take the ball and place it where it was originally before picking the mark. Make sure that the mark is not in the way of other golf players, otherwise pick a tree or another object to line your ball mark and place it to the right or left. Don’t forget to place the golf ball in its original location. It’s important to keep in mind that it is forbidden to mark a ball when another ball is in motion and there’s a simple explanation for this: the ball can influence the outcome of the stroke. Know that you can lift and clean the ball on the green but when it’s off the green, avoid doing so, unless you know it’s not a violation to do so.
Reading a green
The key to having a well-balanced and smooth game of golf is to learn how to read a green. The first step to better reading putts is to pay close attention to the slopes and undulations that are on the green. A good tip is to begin reading your putts just when other players putt out. This way, you won’t bother anyone and the speed of your game will increase. You’ll have to look from behind the ball and from the low side of the putt, so that you can learn whether the green is fast or not. Lastly, keep in mind that the break becomes a factor only when it depends on how hard you hit a putt.