Today I want to talk about golf tips and why I think they are important.
There are very few of us who are entirely happy with our game and there are many of us that are capable of significant improvement if we only knew how to achieve it. In my mind there are two main angles of attack here.
The first is to book some lessons with a reputable pro. These lessons always start with the student hitting a few balls at the range while the pro evaluates their swing. The pro will then make some comments based on what they have observed. If the student is a competent golfer with a sound swing the pro will suggest small changes where small faults have been observed. These are fairly easily absorbed and put into practice. Generally the experience is useful and the outcome is positive.
If the student does not have a sound swing and has fundamental faults the pro may well suggest some fairly significant changes and try to mould the students’ swing into something more basically correct. This approach can work if the student has the will power and work ethic to build themselves a new swing. This would involve considerable time on the range and a commitment to a process from which the golfer might emerge with a new swing and a better game. This is not a high likelihood outcome. It is also perhaps not the best approach to improving the average golfers game.
This is where golf tips come in. Golf tips are small, bite sized potential fixes for some aspect of your swing or game. Golf tips are easily digestible and easy to put into effect. They give us single focus point to work into our game and enable us to build improvements as a process. This is a process of acceptance and implementation or rejection after a reasonable trial. Its an ongoing process as we try new tips and its a process we should continue to follow throughout our golfing lives.
This process of improvement through tips is particularly suited to golf. Because golf is played from a static position with a static ball the process of striking the ball is predictable. We choose when and how to make the stroke and if the outcome is not correct we can repeat the exact conditions and try again with an alteration. We can stop the swing process at any point and evaluate that position, we can look at our reflection in a mirror to assist in that process. None of the above is possible when a moving ball is involved.
Reaction to a moving ball is instinctive rather than considered. Certain decisions have to be made but they are lightning decisions and implemented almost on autopilot with motions drilled into the players psyche through constant practice. This is not say tips have no place in games like tennis or cricket. The serve in tennis is similar to a golf swing in that the player decides when and how to play it. Once the ball is in play however it becomes a game of reflex and reaction and motions are initiated more in the subconscious.
Golf, on the other hand, is far more considered. Very small adjustments can be factored in and experimented with. This can be something as small as an adjustment to foot position or ball position. An hour at the range is enough to test a couple of tips and leave with a good idea whether either, both or none are worth pursuing and incorporating into your game. We don’t need a pro with us to conduct this exercise.
On the other hand, an hour at the range working on a major swing change without a pro might be productive, but the odds are much lower.
Obviously we need to apply a process of selection when choosing golf tips to possibly apply to our games. We need to have tips categorized where possible into specific areas of the game to which they apply. They could apply to putting, short game, long game, fitness, or indeed, to the swing generally. That is where this website comes in.
What I want to achieve here is to compile a collection of categorized golf tips for us all to use. We already have a good collection of tips posted which you can find on the sidebar to the right. We would also like you to contribute if you feel you have useful tips. You can post tips or questions at Post Questions in the link bar above.
I am hoping teaching pros will join and contribute also. If there are any pros reading this please join, you are welcome to link to your own sites from your tip postings. I will also add you to the resources page.
You don’t need to be qualified in any way to contribute. If you have found anything that worked for you please let us have it. If you have tried something that did not work, tell us about it here. Questions can also be asked and answers posted in the comments section. Please try and answer questions too. We need your input.
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