Ever tried to hit a golf ball or play a round of golf without warming up first? Then you probably know the kind of problems and frustrations that can come from the lack of preparation. Although golf is not exactly an active sport, it still does involve athletic motion, involving a wide range of joints and muscles that typically don’t perform at their best of their ability when taken out of their state of inactivity. Without warming up first, it might take you a few holes and swings to be able to get anything going.
The human body typically doesn’t go from a sedentary state and instantly switch to one in which it’s ready for physical activity. As such, it’s important to stretch and warm up gradually, which will help the blood flow more actively throughout the body so that you can perform effectively. Keep in mind that the mechanics of a golf swing requires a high level of flexibility, strength, coordination, and stability. A golfer with poor mobility will likely suffer in terms of getting a good club head speed and might even develop compensatory adjustments to their swing, which only leads to inaccuracy and even injury.
If you play golf and want to get better at it, you need to know about golf stretching. In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about Golf Stretches, and tips about the best golf stretches.
What are Golf Stretches And How Can They Help?
Golf stretches are the kinds of exercises that make a player ready to play a round of golf by stretching their muscles, warming up their bodies, and increasing their confidence. They are regular exercises meant for golfers to help them play the right way and developing their power to hit the ball perfectly into the hole.
Golf has undergone a fitness revolution in the last 15 to 20 years. Traditionally, the game was thought as one where anyone could play no matter their physical conditions. However, serious golfers are increasingly turning towards fitness as a way of improving their performance. And aside from the obvious benefit of getting fit, golf stretching can improve your game in several ways. These include better balance, higher swing speeds, improved strength through the hitting area, among others.
Working on your fitness to specifically be better at playing golf is something your want to do carefully, with plenty of planning. Not all exercises will be beneficial to playing golf, so you want to keep your long-term goals in mind when developing your workout routine. Of course, you should always check with your doctor before you take on a new workout regimen, and if possible, get help from a professional trainer if you’re unsure about how to complete certain exercises.
Why Stretches are Important for Golfing
Golfing is an activity that requires flexibility, strength, coordination, and albeit on a lesser extent; cardiovascular and muscular endurance. A limited range of motion will severely affect your ability to generate club speed. Strength is probably more important than range of motion when it comes to club speed, especially among aging golfers. Hip rotation, spinal rotation, and shoulder range of motion influence how far back the club starts and the length of your follow through.
Power will depend on the velocity of your swing while hitting the ball. Your range of motion in the trunk correlates with your ability to generate club head speed. Since the golf club typically has a limited amount of time to accelerate during your down swing, improving your degree of trunk rotation relative to your hips and your overall flexibility will help increase the distance that the club has to accelerate before hitting the ball.
Best Types of Stretches for Golf Performance
There are many factors that determine golf performance. In a 2009 study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine, the effects of dynamic, static, and no stretching on golf performance were examined after their inclusion as part of warm up. Golf performance was measured in terms of ball speed, club head speed, club face angle, and point of impact on the club head. Club head speeds were measured immediately after stretching, followed by 5 minutes, 15 minutes, and 30 minutes after stretching.
The conclusion of this study recommend that a good dynamic warmup is essential prior to a golf game in order to improve your performance.
Lumbar flexion in lying helps to stretch the following parts in the body:
• Erector Spinae
• Ligamentum flavum
• Intraspi nous ligaments and Supraspinous
• Posterior Longitudinal ligament
• Posterior elements of the disc
• Facet joint capsule
How to perform flexion in lying:
i. Lie down on your back
ii. Bend your knees in such a way that your feet are flat on your floor
iii. Next, hold both of your knees and then pull them up towards your chest slowly. In case you’re feeling discomfort in your knees while doing this, consider grabbing the back of your thighs. In case your abdomen gets in the way, spread your legs apart and then pull them up. During this stretch, keep your shoulders and neck relaxed and breath normally.
iv. Hold this position for 30 seconds
Note that you should only pull to the point of tension. Don’t pull into any bounce, pain, or force movement.
i. With your face facing down, lie on your bed or the floor
ii. Place your hands on your sides at the shoulder level as if you’re about to do a push up
iii. With your hips on the floor and your back relaxed, straighten your arms and push your shoulders up
iv. Exhale as you reach the top and have your mid back sag while exhaling
v. Lower yourself slowly to the starting position
vi. Don’t hold this position, simply repeat the up and down motion for about 10 times
Make sure that you have a gentle curve in your back while pushing up, with no severe curvatures on any location. You should only push to the point of tension as you keep your hips on the floor. Don’t force the movement or push into any bounce or pain.
This is an effective stretch done while sitting on the ground, depending on your pelvic positioning. For those who can maintain an anteriorly tilted pelvis and a straight back while performing this stretch, it gets significantly more effective.
How to perform a hamstring stretch:
i. Sit on the ground with your right leg in front of you and stretched out, while your left knee is bent in such a way that the foot faces your right knee.
ii. Keep your back straight and the chest up
iii. At the hips, bend forward until you feel a stretch at the back of your thigh
iv. Hold the position for 30 or so seconds.
i. Kneel with your right knee and then put your left foot to the front
ii. In case this is uncomfortable with your knees, consider placing a rolled towel or cushion under your knee
iii. Place your hand on the right hip
iv. Lean forward as you push your right hip forward.
v. You should feel a stretch at the front of your right hip
vi. Hold the position for about 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side
i. Sit on the floor and place your knees apart with the bottom of your feet together
ii. Keep your back straight and chest up
iii. Bend forward at the hips while you keeping your pelvis anteriorly tilted (accentuate your lumbar lordosis)
iv. Apply some pressure on your knees gently while pushing them towards the floor
v. Hold this position for 30 seconds or more
These rotate the thigh around the pelvis area while also functionally rotating the pelvis around the weight bearing fixed thighs, just as with swinging a golf club.
For hip rotation stretches:
i. In a sitting position, cross your right leg over the left one such that your right ankle lies across your left thigh
ii. Place your right hand on the right thigh and then press down gently until you can feel some resistance
iii. Tilt forward around the hip area slowly while you exhale. Don’t forget to keep your chest up and the back straight. Avoid letting yourself hunch forward or lose the inward curvature around your lower back
iv. Stay in this position for an appropriate amount of time. 30 seconds is often enough
This is a great exercise for you to open your shoulders and improve the range of motion on your shoulder joint. It’s such a great stretch for athletes whose sport focuses on the arms, upper body, and shoulders. As a golfer, you should regard this as a core stretch for your warm ups before a round, and repeat the process as needed through the game.
To perform a shoulder stretch:
i. Hold a golf club in front of you with one hand gripping on each end of the club with on overhand grip
ii. Lift the club towards the front and up above your head with your elbows straight
iii. Stretch your shoulders slowly and move your head back as far as possible, until you feel tension across the fore part of your shoulders.
iv. Hold this position for 10 to 20 seconds and then release
v. Repeat this process for two or three times
vi. Take care not to go beyond your limits and increase the range of motion slowly
Forward Bend Standing Stretch
While this is a great stretch for most athletes, it’s particularly useful for golfers, tennis players, swimmers, baseball players, and racquetball. In fact, they should be integrated as a core stretching exercise for these sports.
i. Start by standing up straight with your shoulders back and relaxed
ii. Put your hands behind your back with your fingers interlaced
iii. Lift your shoulders towards the ears and lift your hands away from your back
iv. Bend forward slowly at your waist while keeping your back flat (not rounded)
v. Keep bending forward and then lift your hand over your head as far forward as you can
vi. Once you reach full stretch, you should feel tension in your hamstrings and shoulders
vii. Hold the position for 10 to 20 seconds and then release
viii. Repeat this for two or three times
The quads (quadriceps) are a group of muscles located along the front of the thigh. While there are so many ways to stretch your quads, there’s a simple exercise that you can do while standing:
i. Stand using one leg and grab onto something solid in case you need support
ii. Bend the knee and bring your heel towards the buttocks
iii. Using your hand, reach for the ankle
iv. Stand upright and you’ll feel a slight pull along the front of your hip and thigh
v. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, release, and then repeat with the other leg
Take care not to strain your knee – your goal should be not to touch your butt with your heel, but to stretch the thigh.
Standing IT Band Stretch
The IT (iliotibial) band is located outside of your hip and run all the way down to the side of your knee. It can become irritated when the knee and hip are flexed excessively. As a golfer, stretching this band can help to keep the hips limber.
i. Cross one leg behind the other one while standing
ii. Lean towards the opposite side until you can feel a stretch that crosses the affected IT band
iii. Hold this position for about 30 seconds
iv. Uncross your legs and then stand upright again
v. Repeat this process four more times and switch the sides.
Shoulder Horizontal Adduction
A tight posterior joint can limit your shoulder movement, and even cause the subacromial structures like the biceps tendon, supraspinatus tendon, and bursa to become impinged, resulting in bursitis or tendonitis. Performing this stretch shouldn’t cause any pain.
i. Sit on a chair upright with your chest up and head above your shoulders
ii. Raise the right elbow to reach the shoulder level and in a position in front of you
iii. With the palm down, let your right hand fall downwards
iv. Grab your right elbow with the left hand and then pull the elbow towards the opposite side
v. Pull the arm across as you exhale, making sure that your elbow doesn’t go beyond the shoulder level
vi. Hold this stretch for 30 or so seconds
Wrist Flexor Stretch
Tight wrist flexors could potentially pre-dispose you to a golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis. Repetitive use of these muscles in activities like tennis, gripping, golf or assembly line work could cause inflammation and microtearing. Wrist flexor stretching is a good stretch to do daily especially if you are often involved in any of these activities. The stretch shouldn’t cause any issues with pain, and if it does, you could have an issue with the tendons or muscles.
i. While sitting or standing, straighten your right arm in front of you, with the elbows straight and your palm facing upwards
ii. Grab your right hand below your wrist and above your knuckles and then pull your hand down
iii. You should start feeling a stretch in the flexor muscle group in front of the forearm
iv. Hold this position for 30 or so seconds
Wrist Extenson Stretch
The wrist extensors, especially the extensor carpi radialis brevis, can easily develop tennis elbow when they become tight. Using these muscles repetitively in activities such as tennis, typing, golf, or assembly line work can lead to inflammation. Hence, you should try to do this stretching daily if you’re involved in any of these activities.
i. While standing or sitting, straighten your right arm to the front with your elbow straight and palm facing down
ii. Grab the right hand above the knuckles and then pull the hand down
iii. With the elbow straight and hand down, pull the hand out of the way from the midline such that your fingers point to the right
iv. Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds
This is not exactly a large movement, meaning you don’t need to force this stretch. Make sure that you keep your chin retracted while doing this stretch to dodge shearing forces that could arise in the joints around your cervical spine. Ideally, this stretch should focus on the muscles and soft tissues on the posterior part of your neck while not stressing the discs.
i. Stand upright with the head high and chest up
ii. Place one hand on your chin and then retract your head (not to have a double chin)
iii. Hold your head upright and don’t look down or up. Your eyes should be facing forward
iv. As you hold your chin back, use your other hand to reach over the top of your head
v. Stabilize the chin back as you pull the top of your head forward gently
vi. Do this stretch for 30 or so seconds
This is quite an easy stretch to do while standing, though you can still do it while sitting. A golf swing typically involves trunk rotation, which mainly occurs through your neck and thoracic spine.
i. Place the golf club lengthwise across your back and hook your hands around a golf club
ii. Rotate your head and trunk to the left and hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds
iii. Don’t bounce or swing into this stretch as this might put undue pressure on the ligaments and joints around your spine
iv. Repeat this on the other side
Take care to be a bit gentle on this stretch. Older individual might have a limited range of motion in this exercise.
i. Stand tall with your head high and chest up
ii. Place your left hand up over the shoulders and bring the elbow back, with the left elbow pointing to the ceiling
iii. Let the right hand pull your head forward gently to the right
iv. Hold this position for 30 or so seconds
i. Stand upright, about 3 feet from a wall
ii. Put both your hands on the wall with one on top of the other as high as possible
iii. Take a step back with one of your feet
iv. Bend over at the hips as you keep your chest up and the chin tucked in
v. Now take one deep breath and start exhaling slowly, letting your back sag towards the floor as you maintain your hands above your head on the wall
vi. Hold this position for 30 seconds
Pursuing a higher level of personal fitness to improve your golfing skills is something that’s certainly worth your effort and time. When you’re focused on improving your game, your will simultaneously be doing something that’s good for your overall life. before you get started, create a list of all your fitness goals and ensure they are in line with your goals on the golf course. Train diligently and you should see the results quickly.
Sore muscles and muscle strain are quite common injuries in golfing. Performing the golf stretches described above regularly will help to boost your level of flexibility and improve your range of motion, which should help you relax your swing better, improve your accuracy, raise your confidence, and give you a better ability to swing harder and faster.
Performing golf stretches regularly can also help to prevent the common golf injuries, which include herniated discs, back strain, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, knee injuries, as well as hand and wrist injuries. Plus, even the most basic of golf stretches will help you feel better. However, glossing over them could cost you dearly.
Are these methods helpful to you? Let us know if you follow any of these stretches and find them useful. If you find something right, wrong, or even fail, let us know too. We shall reform it.
Don’t forget to let us know about any stretching exercises that really satisfied you and made you feel better, or even improved your game significantly. If you had already been doing some more methods that we didn’t mention in our post, kindly let us know in the comment section below.
Your Guide On How To Get Spin On A Golf Ball
Golf Ball Spin – The Basics Of Sidespin And Backspin
When you think about how your golf ball spins, most golfers dream about the best approach shot that lands perfectly on a green. The ball then bounces once or twice and spins backward a couple of feet. When mastered in this way, the spin on a golf ball can be a fantastic thing. It can assist you with holding firm greens, setting up short Birdie chances, and accessing tough pins.
However, there is another side of spinning a golf ball that can negatively impact your game. A similar spin that might help you achieve your short putt could also divert your ball in the wrong direction.
When imparting sidespin, as opposed to backspin, it will send the ball in the incorrect direction almost instantly after it comes off your clubface. The golfers that battle with the slice is well aware of this scenario. If you are one of the many players that have issues with the slice, then you are placing a left-to-right spin on your ball, which is what causes the ball to rapidly veer off the course.
So from this analysis, it is safe to say that ball spin on a golf ball can either be bad or good.
When a golf ball is deployed intentionally and correctly, it can assist you in achieving great play when you are out on a course. Yet when the imparted accidentally, or hit in the incorrect direction, this can result in serious issues when it comes to the way that you play golf. Learning the correct way to control your spin is perhaps among the most important techniques that you need to master when playing golf.
How Does Golf Ball Spin Work?
In general, your golf ball will rotate (turn) in a direction that your spin is moving at when the ball leaves the ground. So when you hit your shots with a left-to-right spin, your ball will curve towards the right. The level of spin which moves in this direction is going to decide how fast your ball will rotate when it leaves the ground. The spin rates that are low result in slight curves, while spinning rates that are high result in out-of-control shots.
When it comes to just about any type of shot hit on golf courses, regardless of who hits it, there will be a degree of sidespin present. It is virtually impossible to strike perfectly straight shots, so it is normal that your ball will curve slightly to either the left or right when it leaves the ground. This also doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with the way you swing. Every professional golfer has a ball flight pattern they prefer, and it is very rare even for pros to hit a ball straight.
The other side of this equation is the backspin, which is another important consideration. Instead of taking a ball from side-to-side, the backspin causes the ball to move down and up.
In a similar way to sidespin, each shot you hit will have some form of backspin other than putts. As the rate of backspin increases on the ball, the height of your trajectory also increases. The shots that soar up high will have a lot of backspin, while the shots that are lower will have a spin rate that is lower.
The majority of work that you conduct on a driving range will center around eliminating sidespin from your shots. Once again it is important to know you are not able to totally do away with your sidespin, but you are able to decrease it to a stage where it is no longer stopping you from being able to play good shots. An excessive side spin occurs when the club moves across a ball through the impact, instead of down a direct target line.
To explain this further, we will use the slice example to explain this point. When you are setting up to hit your drive, you choose your target line and then set up your clubface and your feet to match. When aiming to strike shots that are relatively straight, your club should be moving down this line through the impact, making sure your club is in a square position to this line. However, when hitting a hook or slice, the club path will move either right or left through your ball. The path that your club takes will have a relationship that is inverse to the created spin, which means your ball is going to spin to the right when your club moves to the left, and the ball will spin to the left when your club moves to the right.
When you start practicing the way you swing in your efforts to lower sidespin, you should mainly focus on finding a method to move your club down a target line as effectively as possible at impact. When achieving this, even when your club-face is either slightly closed or open when striking the ball, this will still produce relatively good shots. It will only be when the swing path that you are using is off course significantly that you will experience those unwanted slices and hooks when you play your next game.
How To Impart Backspin
When you start to get away from the wrong way to spin your golf ball and move towards a more positive way to spin, you can now start working on finding the right technique to achieve more backspin when it comes to wedge shots for improved stopping power. To achieve this you have to strike the wedge using a downward-facing blow, and you also need to aim at making contact that is clean as often as possible.
When you achieve clean hits on your golf balls, this allows the grooves on the wedge face to grip the ball followed by generating an effective backspin rate.
The other element present in the overall spin equation will include the ball. The type of balls that you use also contribute greatly towards the amount of spin that your shots will possess. The cheaper balls that feature hardcovers offer a lot less spin, while high-end golf balls that have softer covers will spin a lot faster.
It is important to choose golf balls that match up to the shot types you prefer to play and your overall skill level. Once you start to understand how spin works and how it impacts every shot that you play on a course, it then becomes possible to take the way you play to the next level.
Professional golfers are very familiar with the technique to use in order to produce favorable backspin. Even though the task of how to get spin on your golf ball is not easy to start with, it is still possible.
All that is required from your side is to learn the correct technique that the professionals use when it comes to back spinning a golf ball. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to spin a golf ball.
The first consideration involves the type of grass you are playing. If the surface is uneven and irregular this will provide a resistance that is higher when it comes to your golf balls.
This type of resistance will reduce the way your ball spins. When the grass is too long, the grass may become trapped between your golf ball and your clubface, which also contributes towards slowing down your spin.
It is still possible to create an effective backspin when hitting your ball in long grass, yet your spin will be much easier when you take shots from well-groomed and manicured grass.
Golf balls are available in 2 main types which include softcore and hardcore. These balls are very different from one another. It is a far easier task to backspin softcore balls when compared to the hardcore varieties. So when you start experimenting with how to backspin your golf balls, make sure you practice with softcore balls. These types provide more control, along with gripping your clubfaces a lot better.
The next consideration involves the golf club that you should be using. If you want to spin your golf balls, you should go for a lofted club.
The clubs that feature a greater loft will make it easier to achieve backspin. The measurement between the loft and angle is higher in a loft club, which helps to create a boost when it comes to the backspin.
In addition to this, the height of the golf club also contributes to backspin shots. It is recommended to use the clubs that feature below 7 irons.
To get a spin on your golf ball, you first need to ensure you are positioned correctly. The way that you are standing should mean that your club can reach the ball easily. Keep the ball about an inch away in order to create your backspin.
Aim at putting your ball deeper, by using a downward angle which will boost the overall distance from the loft and angle of your clubhead. If the 1-inch distance is preventing you from achieving the backspin that you need, change the distance slightly until you feel comfortable with your shots.
As soon as you feel comfortable with the positioning, aim at hitting your ball hard with a clubface. Compression is important when producing backspin.
When your clubface makes contact with the ball make sure you use a consistent speed. This speed will assist with developing the backspin you need. If the speed of your club slows down just before you hit the ball, this will also decrease the potential of your backspin.
The correct swing is just as important when it comes to achieving backspin shots. Many golfers are not aware of the right technique when it comes to swinging a club, which could be assisting them when it comes to mastering backspin shots.
To get a spin on your golf ball, raise your golf club in a straight and upright direction followed by bringing the club down to impact with your ball.
Aim to boost your attack angle so the ball is impacted at an angle that is steeper. It is also important to make sure your club impacts your ball first before hitting either the ground or soil.
It is important to maintain a good follow-through. Focus on retaining a grip that is firm on your club, especially during impact. Many golfers end up miss-hitting their golf balls when they are using the incorrect grip.
It is also important that your club is lined up in such a way that it doesn’t touch the ground when you impact the ball.
Top 3 Factors That Influence Golf Ball Backspin
Speed has a direct impact on how much spin you are able to achieve on your ball. But what is actually meant by speed? It is the speed of the clubhead as it impacts the ball.
The chip shots of low-speed will never produce enough backspin. This means that you need to aim at hitting with increased clubhead speed.
The long wedge shots happen to be the most favored for backspin, while the overall loft of your club will assist even further.
The second important factor includes spin loft. Learning these techniques may seem confusing to begin with, but as soon as you have worked out what to do, they actually become very easy.
When hitting a ball with your club, a dynamic-loft and attack-angle is created. The angle that occurs between the loft and attack angle is what is known as the “spin loft”. Your attack angle includes the path that the clubhead travels when it impacts the ball. Aim to hit the ball as low as you can to generate more backspin.
So when it comes to a tee box it is important to lower the loft spin in order to achieve more distance. Yet when it comes to a backspin, the downward attack angle and a wedge are very important.
Should Your Clubface Be Open To Create Better Backspin Shots?
This is a question that most beginner players ask. A slightly open clubface is able to increase your backspin.
Yet it is important to only slightly open your clubface, because if it is open too far, it may cause the spin loft to become too high. This means you are not getting any friction which is also an important contributing factor when it comes to backspin.
When hitting golf balls you automatically create friction. Yet when anything is present between the ball and your clubhead, the friction rate will slow down. When you are able to ensure that these conditions are present, it will improve your chances of achieving better backspins:
Optimal Conditions To Assist With Creating Backspin
Here is a list of the optimal conditions to achieve backspin:
5 Easy Steps On How To Get Spin On Your Golf Ball
The lob wedge is a great starting point when you are practicing how to master your backspin. This can provide you with more confidence when you take long shots.
Step One: The Correct Stance And Ball Position
The first thing that you need to know is where to position your ball for backspins. For the standard shots, you probably position your ball in the middle of the way you are standing. But when it comes to creating a backspin, it becomes important to change things around.
Your ball should be placed closer to the back foot. The reason behind this is straightforward and logical. It becomes easier to hit downwards on your ball from these positions. From here all you have to focus on is swinging hard and impacting the ball.
To ensure you have the correct position, when you are able to see the end part of your golf club on the other side of your thigh on the back foot, then have the correct position.
Avoid exaggerating the position, you may think that positioning your ball even further back will create more backspin. Yet all you will be doing is lowering the loft when it comes to your club.
Step Two: Set Your Angle
Your next step involves setting up the right angle. The steeper attack angles are best for this technique. This involves hinging your fingers slightly earlier to achieve the correct angle.
Keep an eye on your backswing, and the angle that it comes down at should be as steep as possible.
Step Three: Avoiding Hitting The Turf First
This is a sub-step rather than an actual step. You will always hit the ground or turf when you hit a ball. Yet the key to achieving a perfect backspin is to make sure your club hits your ball before making contact with the turf.
When you are able to hit your ball first, it provides you with added control, which means the spin rate becomes higher. But if you contact the ground first, you lose a degree of friction and impact on your ball. This results in a lowered spin rate and a lower backspin.
Step Four: Hit Low On Your Clubface
Try aiming at hitting as low as you can on your clubface. This ensures your previous step. This also means you are achieving an increased friction level. This does take a bit of practice, but once you master it you will be able to hit far better backspin shots.
Step Five: Map Your Shots
This should actually be the first step you need to take. Learning the technique is very important, yet the factors that separate the amateurs from the pros involves the planning and thinking behind each shot. In just about any sport, your subconscious mind will take over. So once you have mastered the right techniques, they will come easily and naturally. What really matters when it comes to each shot is the projection and final execution.
This means learning what your ball is going to do once it lands. This will mean taking your surrounding conditions and the greens into consideration. Imagine the shot in your mind, whether it is going to jump forward or stop before the backspin occurs needs to be something you think about. This can assist you in feeling more assured and confident when it comes to your shots.
Here is a final checklist you can use to get spin on your golf ball:
As with any other technique that you learn when playing golf, practice with the right equipment is essential to achieve the desired results.
Key Tips On How To Score Under 100
Is it difficult to score under 40 on the golf course?
This is a major milestone for amateur golfers and it can take years to perfect your game to this point. However, the average golfer tends to look at this score and assume it’s impossible in their case? Is this true? Is it truly impossible unless you are a seasoned pro with years of professional experience on the PGA tour?
No, it’s certainly possible as long as you apply the tips listed in this guide!
Here are some of the most important tips for golfers looking to better their scores.
1) Begin with Your Technique
Your technique has to be the main starting point when it comes to scoring under 100. Without a solid foundation with your golfing technique, the rest of your game isn’t going to iron out as easily as you want it to. This is why most of your time has to be spent watching videos of yourself and seeing where things are going wrong.
Each golfer tends to have subtle technical issues but it’s the major ones you have to eliminate.
For example, are you keeping your feet a shoulder’s width apart while driving the ball? Are you gripping the club properly or is your grip all over the place as soon as you set up to play a shot?
There are certain technical flaws such as your grip, stance, and swing that simply have to be fixed. Without making these adjustments and reviewing your video, it may become difficult to bring the score down. This is why you want to start by grabbing a golf club and practicing your technique with someone recording in the background. Take the video home and start breaking down your technique frame by frame. Look at online instructional videos to see where your technique is going wrong.
It may not seem easy at first, but over time you are going to start to spot potential flaws in your swing. As soon as you do this, you can start to make adjustments and build a strong foundation. This is the only way to make sure you are heading in the right direction with your golfing technique.
A lot of golfers forget that it’s not just about creating a strong foundation, but also maintaining it. Make this a habit whenever you feel like a plateau has been reached and your score isn’t improving the way you want it to.
2) Play Safe on Your Worst Shots
Each golfer is going to have a set of “worst shots” while playing outdoors.
This is going to vary from golfer to golfer based on what they’re good at. In general, the average person will not be good at keeping the ball straight when it’s time to drive it down the middle. They will start to see the ball curve in the air (right or left) and that leads to a horrible starting point for the rest of the round.
It’s important to play safe with your worst shots if you know they are the ones that ruin your score. Let’s assume you are not going at driving the golf ball. Why not ease up on the power and not go for all-out distance? Why not play it safe and make sure it stays in an accessible part of the course that’s going to allow you to move forward without having to make a miracle shot?
A lot of golfers want to play that miracle shot right away and that’s a mistake. You want to make sure your worst shots aren’t ruining your round. This is how you’re going to start to notice an improvement in your score.
In these scenarios, you have to manage your approach and understand it’s a marathon. You have to build towards a good score and that’s not going to happen if you immediately try to go all-out on your worst shot. Take it slowly, measure your options, and go with the safest possible shot that will set you up for the remaining shots. Until you learn to maintain this mindset, you are not going to score under 100. In fact, this is one of the most common mistakes people make when they are playing.
3) Don’t Blindly Start with the Driver
When you are ready to start, why do you always reach for the driver?
This is a common question asked by PGA instructors when they’re speaking to young athletes and that applies to the average person too. It’s not always about reaching for the driver and simply pounding the ball as far as possible. Yes, this tends to work in some situations but that’s not always ideal for those who don’t play this shot as well as others.
If professionals are willing to make adjustments, why aren’t you?
This is why it is important to think about your options and then start based on what will work well for that scenario. When people start with the driver, they can tend to curve the ball one way or the other. This is not a good situation to be in and puts you in a horrible starting position. Instead, you want to stay focused on using a club that will keep the ball in the middle. This is going to create a strong starting position that leads to improved results later on in the round.
You have to understand the importance of knowing how your game works. If you are someone that pushes the ball one way or the other, why not go with something that will allow you to progress properly? Take out the 7 iron or 3 wood to get started. This will improve your results and allow you to eliminate some of the underlying issues.
4) Prioritize Each Shot
Having a plan is wonderful and it can be a great way to regulate yourself during a round. However, you want to make sure to prioritize each shot and not get ahead of yourself.
You can often end up overextended as soon as you assume something is going to happen. Always walk up to the ball and play your shot with an understanding that this is the only shot you have to care about. If the goal is to get the ball to the green then that is where your focus should be. Sometimes, when you start to think about the overall picture, it becomes difficult to hit each shot on its merit. This is when you start making mistakes and lose focus.
In your mind, there has to be a purpose behind each shot.
For example, let’s assume it’s time to use the wedge to bring it onto the green. In this case, your first and only priority is to get it onto the green. Don’t think about how close it is to the hole or what’s going to happen when it’s time to putt. As soon as you do this, your shot will veer to one direction or another and lead to a horrible spot.
Your goal as a golfer is to focus on following a step-by-step process where the next shot is the most important one. It’s easy to lose sight of this and assume you are going to make certain shots before attempting them. Don’t do this because that’s the reason the average golfer never scores under 100.
Create a simple process before each shot, collect your thoughts, and think about playing a safe shot. This is how you’re going to improve your score and become a better golfer.
5) Practice with a Larger Target for Putting
Putting is an essential component of golfing and has to be improved to score under 100.
If you look at any golfer that has scored under 100, they will have a respectable putting game. If you do all of the hard work to get close to the hole and can’t seem to hit that final shot, the entire effort will go to waste. This is why professional golfers are seen spending hours simply putting and practicing hitting close-in shots from unique angles. When you start to master this part of your game, the other flaws start to slowly disappear. You can quickly start to cover those mistakes by getting those difficult shots to go in.
So, what can you do when it comes to improving your putting?
It’s all about practicing with a larger target. You want to aim to set a small circle around the hole (2-3 feet circumference). When you start, the goal will be to have the ball finish within this practice circle (of course putting it in the hole is best!). You will want to master getting it in that circle consistently.
As you get better, you will reduce the circumference to 1 foot. This means your practice “target” becomes smaller. Over time, you will slowly become a pro when it comes to putting and hitting those challenging shots.
6) Conserve Energy
Conservation of energy is all about understanding how your body works during a game.
Let’s assume it takes multiple hours to complete multiple holes and it’s done under warm conditions. In this case, you will want to stay hydrated and understand the amount of pressure golfing puts on the body. Even the idea of traveling between rounds can be tasking on the body and it’s something to account for.
In general, your physical health and endurance will have a role to play. If you start breaking down and sweating after a few rounds, how are you going to do well as the day goes on? You will quickly fade away physically and mentally. Your performance is going to drop and the score will eventually get ruined too.
Some golfers start well when they’re full of energy and then become lethargic in the later rounds. You have to stay careful and conserve as much energy as you can. This includes reducing wasted practice shots and/or hurried traveling when you don’t have to. It’s these little things that are going to help you over the long-term. Along with this, you should always work on your cardio and create a proper routine (2-3 times per week) to focus on your conditioning.
Otherwise, you are going to be huffing and puffing in the middle of a game.
It’s a lot better to continue working on your cardio whenever an opportunity arises. You will be surprised as to how much of a difference it makes because a fitter golfer is going to maintain their focus over a longer period. This alone can be a game-changer and improve your score significantly.
Too many people get lost in the technical aspects of golf (which are important!) but it’s also about your physical fitness. You need to stamina and endurance to handle a long game with multiple rounds.
7) Create a Set Program
You will need to create a set program when it comes to upcoming practice sessions.
Look at some of the best golfers in the world and their success comes down to hard work. They have spent hours on the golf course working on their game and continue to make tweaks as they adapt. If you are unable to do this, you are never going to get that score under 100. Instead, you are going to be left stagnant and frustrated on the golf course.
The best way to go about this is to create a set program. The idea is to have a program where you are practicing different parts of your game to improve them.
An example of this would be:
This is just one way of training and you can make adjustments based on your weak points. In general, you want to spend most of your time on putting + chipping because these are the shots that win you games. If you are unable to seal the deal with these close-in shots, you are never going to score under 100.
For the average golfer, you should at least spent 60+% of your session on putting + chipping. The rest can be used to divide between mid irons and driving based on what you deem needs work.
As soon as you do this, you will add structure to your sessions. It will lead to major gains on the golf course and you will become a better golfer.
8) Understand the Mental Side of Golf
This may surprise a lot of people but golf is often a psychological battle.
You have to fight with yourself to keep going while the pressure is on and the sun is beating down. You will have nowhere to hide and that type of pressure is difficult as the shots become harder and harder with each passing moment. This is why some of the finest golfers in the world start choking under pressure and ruin their scores due to silly mistakes. They become unnerved and don’t understand the psychological impact a moment can have.
So, how do you counteract this type of feeling? How do you stay even-keeled while on the golf course?
It’s always going to come down to your ability to compartmentalize each shot. You will want to head over and play each shot on its merit. Assess the situation, look at the conditions, and play your shot in a calculated manner. Do this and you will start to appreciate the benefits that come along with being psychologically stable.
Too many people don’t pay attention to this and then lose their cool under pressure.
Take the time to settle down, breathe in, and then play your shot. If that means you have to take a step back and reassess in the middle of a shot then that’s what you have to do. Don’t be embarrassed when it comes to making these decisions. They’re all a big part of the game and something you have to master as you become a better golfer.
If you are self-conscious, others are going to beat you during the game and win multiple holes. You have to pay attention to what is going on and start to train your mind to relax in crunch situations. Once you do this, the results will naturally come.
9) Write a Plan for Different Scenarios
Do you have a plan in mind when it comes to possible scenarios?
Golf is all about handling unique scenarios and learning to manage your approach along the way. This doesn’t always come naturally, which is why you want to have a little notebook in hand to follow. Of course, this doesn’t mean you start blindly following the strategy but it can act as a stabilizer, in case, you feel things are veering out of control.
A good example of a potential strategy can include:
1) 3 Wood – 180 Yards
2) 5 Iron – 150 Yards
3) Wedge – As Close to the Green as Possible
4) Putt – Close to the Hole
5) Putt – Make the Shot
You can see the breakdown and how it would be planned out. You write down the type of club, how far the shot should go, and what’s needed to keep you heading in the right direction. During the round, you are going to notice different things happen and that’s normal. You can always adjust the plan as you go but it can help guide you towards a better score.
For a lot of people, the idea of having a little notebook nearby helps with their peace of mind. They may not even look at it but simply knowing there’s a plan in place can be a game-changer. Try this as a potential solution and start feeling in control of your approach on the green. It is going to become a way for you to get closer faster than ever before while playing a round of golf.
10) Learn to Adapt
Adapting is the name of the game because several scenarios can pop up.
The idea of adapting can be based on weather conditions (windy/not windy), where you played the first shot, or what your worst shot is. You want to take all of these variables into account and then adapt. Don’t become blinded by your strategy and assume that is what you have to do. When that’s the approach you take, it’s easy to ruin your score simply because you didn’t have the heart to make adjustments.
Of course, there’s nothing with a little bit of strategization on the golf course. You should be willing to come in with a plan, but adjustments are a part of the sport and something you have to account for. Even the best professionals on the plant have to make adjustments because no one plays like a machine.
You are going to get things wrong and the weather conditions may veer your shot in one direction or the other. There’s no reason to panic because adjustments can be made in all types of scenarios. It’s all about being open to the idea and then adjusting on the fly. Over time, you are going to learn what to adjust and that’s when your score will improve.
Remember, it’s okay to make mistakes while adjusting because even the idea of adjusting is a major step forward. You will learn the rest as you go and improve your game.
These are the main tips on how to score under 100.
Is it going to be as easy as you want it to be? No, it’s going to take a while to master your craft but that’s the beauty of golf. It rewards those willing to put in the time and that’s what it all comes down to.
Stay patient, focus on implementing these tips, and watch as you become a great golfer in the coming months. Remember, once you start to get the hang of things, you will subconsciously make subtle adjustments that will go a long way in improving your technique. This is when your score is going to keep getting better.