Developing your Own Golf Style

By: James Murray

Some beginners think that all they have to do is mimic Singh's or Tiger's every move and voila! Instant golf success!

Unfortunately, it is not that easy.

Really, no two people ever swing at the ball in the same way. Because of your unique body build, you develop your own individual set of muscles. A method of golf used by one person who's of a different build and has developed a different set of muscles may not be of value to you. Golf will always be individual. Find a method of playing that produces results for you, and then go with it.

While it is often a waste of time to try to copy someone else's style or imitate someone else to a T, coaching by a professional can help in finding a fault that you have developed and getting suggestions on how to make corrections. But you want to hire someone who works with the natural swing you have rather than a teacher who tries to teach you something totally different.

If you hire a pro, make sure he is a top notch player. You do n0t just want him to stand there and watch you swing either. Have him actually show you how to get out of sand, mud, and water and the principles of some less obvious shots. Then you will really be getting value for your money!

When you are ready to play a game, and you are faced with a shot, make your decision on how you are going to do things. Do not be persuaded to change your methods every time you have a bad game.

Granted, some techniques really are fundamental principles and need to be observed. But it is impossible to make a shot and the whole time be thinking of seven or eight things like your grip, where your feet are, where the ball is, keep your eye on the ball, follow through, keep your head straight, etc.

Here are two basic tips to improve your individual game.

The one foundation you need no matter what stroke you are making, no matter what club you are playing with, is balance. You must keep balanced during the striking of the ball.

Another basic tip is to always keep your eye on the ball. Make sure any stance you take allows you to see the ball from every point of the stroke.

Take your time and develop your own methods that work for you. And when you're doing well, be sure to give the kid who is trying to mimic you the advice above!

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