Golf For Beginners – Picking A New Driver
Establish A Budget
Probably the most obvious of my tips listed here but it is important to establish a budget. You have to know what you are prepared to spend before you even go looking for a new driver. I could sit here and tell you various makes and models but if they are not within your price budget then what is the point?
Square and triangular headed drivers are quite popular these days in the golfing world. The looks of a driver are not as important, what really matters is how you perform with it. You will be surprised how quickly you stop noticing how the driver looks once you start hitting shots.
Sound is something which a lot of people don’t really take into account. If you are a fan of hearing a driver “scream” when it connects then sound might be something which you will take into account. Remember that carbon crowned drivers will always be a little muffled. Always try before you decide to buy.
This is a big one which people need to look into more often. The loft of a driver can really help your game. If you do nothing else, choose a driver with the correct loft. Choosing the correct loft will help you drive it straighter and further.
This is just as equally as important as the loft. It is the driving force of the club. If you have an average or below average swing speed then a regular shaft will help you create more power. A stiff shaft is suitable for faster swing speeds.
Always Try Before You Buy
It is all well and good if you pick a driver that you like because it looks good or perhaps it’s your favourite brand in golf, but what you should always do is to try it out and hit some balls. This will help you make up your mind. This is the one thing you should always do when buying anything in golf.
Get Some Advice
It is quite simple if you are someone who doesn’t know much ten ask some advice. Good advice will direct you better towards choosing the correct driver. Ask people you trust and people who know about the game. This might be your local Professional or a friend in the club.
Correct Your Stance To Find The Fairway
Learning how to drive the ball down the centre of the fairway can be a hard thing to do. It is one of the hardest things to in the game. The driver causes so many problems for people. Golf is a game which requires skill and the patience to learn new things and learn from your errors.
When someone decides to take up golf they usually head straight for the golf course. The object of the game sounds simple and it looks simple but that’s were all ends. The professionals make it look easy on TV. Any person taking it up think it is just a case of going to their local course and playing like the Professionals. In fact the golf course can be the hardest place for a beginner to learn!
The best place a raw beginner to go is in fact the practice range. When someone goes golfing for the first time it usually does not take long to realise that they do not know how to drive a ball correctly. Practicing at the range will mean less pressure on the beginner you can relax here more as a beginner.
To learn how to drive the ball straight you first have to learn the basics. Even if you are not a beginner learning the basics can be beneficial. It may harm your ego but it will improve your game learning the basics and it is something which you can share with someone of less experience. If you have been struggling with the driver for a long time it may be down to bad habits. A bad habit is a hard thing to eliminate from your game when you have had it in your game for a long period of time. Learning the basics once again would be the best option here if you are to improve your driving. The first thing to check first should always be the stance. If you are not setting up correctly you are giving yourself a hard task right away. To have the ability to drive the ball down the centre of the fairway you have to set up correctly. Find a comfortable stance which gives you the space to swing the club.
If you know you are not setting up correctly, then now is the time to sort this problem out. It is a basic thing you should be doing and if you aren’t then it is most likely the source of your problems. You may be an experienced golfer who doesn’t want to listen this but when you think about it what is ten minutes of your time. Ten minutes of checking your stance could solve all your driving problems. I for one know this; I had to swallow my pride a number of years ago when I was told my stance was all wrong. It seemed my stance was interfering with my swing and my arms weren’t swinging freely which meant I was coming up steeply and attacking the ball steeply which resulted in a huge slice from left to right.
Having someone watch you would be of benefit. A professional’s view would great but it is not something which you have to if you are more experienced. If you are a beginner I would say lessons could be a big benefit but for more experienced players I would suggest you get someone just to watch you swing. If you are serious about driving the ball straight get to the range first and practice your stance. The stance is a big problem for beginners and it will affect your driving big time.
You may have been expecting me to throw loads of tips at you but I am not going too. I will and have already done that elsewhere on my blog. I do not want to fill your head full of too much too soon. This is aimed at beginners remember and I want to ease them into the game slowly and learn them the fundamentals. Setting up correctly with the right stance will give you a better chance of hitting fairways.
The Problem And The Cure
The fat shot can be caused by a number of things. This is something which I will cover shortly. It is a problem which inflicts many beginners.
Hit The Ball Not The Ground
For many beginners, the game of golf can seem like endless problems. It is a game of frustration when you are not connecting properly with the golf ball. For a newbie to the game of golf it can be near impossible to make good contact with the ball.
You may have practiced your swing, aligned yourself properly and then played your shot only to find that the ball hardly travels anywhere and worse yet the divot has travelled further than the ball itself. It can be really embarrassing. This is what you call a fat shot.
The fat shot is a big problem for the beginner. It is a well know problem for newbie’s to the game. The fat shot is simply when the club head strikes the ground before contacting the ball. This causes a jolt through the hands and wrists which can be quite painful at times.
A fat shot will typically result in a weak shot most often than not half the distance which you were aiming for.
The majority of golfers who have this problem is normally down to the swing plane. If the bottom of the arc is too far behind the ball then you are going to strike the ground first. The causes of this can be different things. One problem might be due to having too much bend in the waist and knees during the down swing.
The second reason could be down to improper weight transfer. The weight needs to be shifted to the left but it remains on the right side during the down swing. The third reason involves the swing plane being far too steep. The final reason might be down to the ball position, if it’s played too forward within the stance the problem can occur.
Now lastly we come to prevention there are a few things you can do here. The adjustments you can make are:
1 – Watch your bend. Make sure on the downswing that you are not bending towards the ball. You need to maintain the same amount of bend throughout the down swing. This bend will be in the waist, hips and knees. Keep the spine straight will help you find the correct amount of bend.
2 – When you address the ball remember the weight and balance yourself correctly. Get the right balance between your heels and the balls of your feet. The most weight should be distributed to the balls never balance on your toes.
3 – On the downswing the weight transfer needs to be from the right foot to the left. A correct weight transfer will prevent the club from bottoming out to soon.
4 – The last thing to consider is moving the ball back in the stance. Try about 1 inch back in the stance. This can help you achieve better impact. If you are striking behind the ball moving the ball back makes sense.