7 Ways To Slash Your Golf Score

By: Peter Faulkner

There's a lot to learn for new golfers, and those who are looking to improve their game. Some of the areas you'll receive instruction on, are:

1 Approaching the tee: It sounds simple, but if you watch the professionals, they do it the same every time. Consistency in preparation gives you a solid beginning to the game. A professional will teach you the basics, but you'll develop the style that gives you the most comfort and best mental attitude.

2 Preparation: Everything from lining up the shot, to grip, stance and breathing. How to tee up, using a club to align your shot, and tuning out the distractions around you. Then how and where to make contact with the ball for the furthest and most accurate drive.

3 The swing: The drive off the tee is going to set up your progression for the entire hole. Getting power behind it can be one of the most important aspects to your swing. You'll learn how to use your body to "wind up", facing the tee at a 90 degree angle to the direction of your drive, then swinging back with your right arm until the left is straight, and the upper body only is turning slightly to the right.

The downswing puts the power behind the ball as you make contact with the wood, and continue on through with your body, until your abdomen faces the direction of the hole.

4 Putting it on the fairway: Blowing the first shot isn't the end of your game. But it can make recovery a lot harder. You'll be taught how to visualize your shot going where you want, and how to maintain your balance on the follow through, so that a last minute bobble, doesn't make a dog leg out of your drive.

5 Making mid-distance shots: How to use your irons for the best chance of getting on the green and closer to the cup. Recovering from a bad position on the fairway, and getting back into position for making a birdie shot.

6 The tough shots: Instructors will show you how to deal with the shots that go wrong, and land you in the rough, or a sand trap. Good sand shots are possible when you learn how to adjust swing speed, and the angle at which your club face connects to the ball. Roughing it out of a tough spot can also be a matter of consistency in how you approach the shot, including standing closer so there is less chance of contacting grass on the downswing, opening up the club face for more loft, and remembering that hitting off a rough is going to take away your backspin.

7 Putting it in the cup: A putting primer that will teach you how to approach a shot on the green, no matter what the angle, rise, or grass that's between you and the flag.

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