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3 Typical Errors for Weekend Golfers

The 3 Typical Errors for Weekend Golfers

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to play with many, many golfers, and they range from scratch players up to the person who comes out and plays once a year. By looking at those contrasts between golfers of varying abilities, the most common differences can be put into 3 typical errors for weekend golfers. Thankfully, everyone can improve in any of these areas. In fact, I’m sure that these competent players at one point as part of their progress had difficulties with all three areas.

What Are the Three Errors

These three factors I’d like to center on, along with hopefully provide a little information on how they may be remedied:

1. Concentrating on the golf ball. Most high handicap players, though they probably aren’t aware of it, don’t maintain their eye concentration on the ball enough. There have been assessments done with cameras on golfers as they putt, and one of the secrets to outstanding putting is what they call “quiet eyes”. First-rate golfers never let the eyes move from the ball, even a little.

One can work on this by not just looking at the golf ball through the golf swing, but to concentrate on the logo or a specific part of the golf ball and try to in fact watch it leave the club face. If you’re able to do that effectively, you could be surprised at how much better the shot contact will become.

2. Muscle tension. It is really an area that athletes in any game where a complete body harmony is  needed to be proficient. Golf is certainly one of these sports. The game of golf places a premium on stability and suppleness, and those become extremely difficult to do if our muscles are tensed up. Obviously when we’re trying so intently to do something that seems very difficult (picture getting that brand-new Titlist over 100 yards of water), it is just natural to become tense.

There are numerous relaxation practices that one could learn to do in your pre-swing routine. Getting in a few deep breaths is easily done and straightforward to perform, and shaking one’s arms some to relax things up also help. Seek a few that works for you, and subsequently put them in your pre-shot routine.

3. Attempting to scoop a golf ball. It just would seem natural that if you’re trying to get your ball in the air, you’ll need to lift it off the surface. I know it seems counter-intuitive to say that you have to strike down on the shot to get it in the air, but that is why golf clubs are built the way they are. Except if you are hitting your shot that’s off a tee, and that is already above the ground, or you are attempting to roll a putt along the surface, you must hit down and through your golf ball when getting it airborne.

The best advice I can give for doing this is at ball contact make sure your hand location is in front of the ball. When you trust yourself to do this there is almost no way in which you’ll get into that horrible habit of trying to lift the ball off the ground.


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