Proper Golf Swing Basics #for the# New Golfer

By: Jim O Connell


When addressing proper golf swing basics for #the new# golfer, the idea is #to keep# things simple and not try to emulate Tiger Woods or any #of the# pros. Their golf swing basics are #so far# advanced to ours that it would merely cause more frustration than this great sport of golf already has. What I wish to suggest to #the new# golfer is #to get# quite simple #in their# golf swing basics, and once that is set build from that basis.
1. Work on the short game first. I assume because we start a hole #from the# tee, people learning the game think that that's where their training should begin. I feel proper golf swing basics begin #with the# chip shot, then moving up, ending using the driver. #The object# of any swing is what happens at ball contact, and the remainder of the swing is merely in support of ball contact. The closer #you get to# #the hole#, the greater #number of# times you may use #a particular# club. Then doesn't it stand to reason the #more time# you utilize a particular golf club throughout a round of golf, the longer you ought to put into practicing with it? It is natural for #the new# golfer #to walk# onto the driving range, pull out #the driver#, and hit half a container of balls with it. But how many times would you hit a driver through a round of golf? Fourteen at most, and some #of those# swings with #the driver# another golf club would #have been# the better option. Give #the driver# a break.
2. Work on contact, not club velocity. Controlled contact will serve your game much better than working #to generate# golf club speed for yardage. This is why we begin with the chip #around the# green, as #it has# the shortest length #in the# swing, and thus should be the best controlled of any golf club. When #the new# golfer practices this shot, he should always here a crisp "click" on the ball at contact. Additionally, practice removing any sidespin, that for the long golf clubs will cause a slice or hook.
3. As you progress up #from the# chip when developing proper golf swing basics, think "smooth and under control" rather than "rapid and aggressive". Swinging the club harder might launch the ball further, however only if you hit it solidly. But even when you strike it solidly but impart a great deal of sidespin, the golf ball is going to be in worse location than when you hit it 50 or 100 yards less, but with more control.
4. It would be extremely hard for #the new# golfer, or that matter any golfer, to maintain proper golf swing basics devoid of being in decent physical shape. Muscles used for #a proper# golf swing are not used #on a# recurring basis, so they should be maintained with an off-course program.
This really is just a primer course in proper golf swing basics. #The new# golfer must always #be patient# #in his# improvement and above all try to maintain #a correct# rhythm and tempo. But #above all#, have a good time, and recognize that playing #this game# better #is a# journey, #not a# destination.

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The new golfer is always looking for the easiest ways to cut down strokes, and our advice on "End the Three Putt" offers some quick tips on improving your putting. And for a novel way to book tee times, check out "Booking Tee Times Online". Sean O'Kelly is a writer and avid golfer living in London, devoted to assisting the golfer become better in his craft, to enjoy the game to its fullest.

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