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How to Improve Your Golf Techniques at Princeton Valley

It has been a long while since I stopped coaching students on golf. However, my mind is always revolving around the game and the playing techniques. Even today, I attend golf events at the Princeton Valley with my family to rejoice watching youngsters play. The standards of training have significantly improved in the last few years. Coaches use advanced technologies to train the players from the first step into the golf field to winning the amateur college golf tournaments.

Postures and Swings

In the early 80s, we found it hard to practice without the help of coaches. It was because of the difficulty to remember postures, swings and follow-through actions. Balancing the bodyweight was a big problem. I have seen many of my friends falling flat on the ground while trying to execute backswings. It took me a long time to practice delivering the club to the ball at the right moment at the right angle. It took even longer to control the ball from spinning back after hitting the turf.

The first step I learnt was to align my body with the target. I had to do it for every shot before doing anything with the club. Rotation of the upper body around an imaginative line is an important factor in keeping the shots consistently accurate.

Center Of Gravity

Balancing my bodyweight around the center of gravity was a big challenge during my training. My coach often told me to focus on my pelvic section. He called it the point of control for the upper and lower body movement during swing and shot execution. I could understand everything he explained but forgot all while on the field. That was the time when I became conscious of my obesity.

It took a lot of hard work to shed my body weight and get to a healthy condition. I walked, jogged, cycled and swam to reach my goal of 63 Kilos bodyweight. It took nearly one year to shed 20 kilos. I also had to work out extensively to shape my body to an athletic physique. When I got back to the goldfield in Princeton valley, it was a simple task to align the center of gravity in my pelvic region to the line of stroke.

Coiling the Body

Rear-end of the hip swings in the reverse direction during the execution of swing. It is called coiling. The angle of coiling can have a significant effect on the power of the stroke. The muscles from shoulder to the legs should coordinate with each other to make the swing and the shot smooth. I had to shift the body weight from the rear to the front to add extra force to the stroke.

Swing Balance

The execution of strike after a swing will be accurate only when the body’s flow is in control. Or the ball can hit the water or other hazards.

Further Reading

I have given a brief overview of golf swings and body balancing techniques. You can read more about some of the other golfing techniques to practice at Princeton valley in the next articles.

Golf Grips for Improving Your Skills

My Golf trainer had a piece of simple advice to give me when I started training under him. Improve your gripping techniques and postures to excel in sports. At that, I had no idea about the sport other than a few men and women walking on the field with raised clubs, search g for something. Later I realized they were looking for the lost ball they had hit. Learning the different types of grip took time for me.  I was a slow learner but once I got things in my brain, they stayed there. So, I was confident about learning golf at the Princeton valley within one or two years.

Basic Grips

Overlapping Grip

My trainer told me about the leading and trailing hand for the grip. Since I am a right-hander, the leading hand was left and the trailing hand was right. I wondered why he is saying the opposite way. He asked me to keep the left hand at the top and right hand below it while gripping. I had to keep the little finger of my right hand between the index and middle finger of the left hand. I also had to fit in the left-hand thumb into the lifeline of the right hand.

The grip made me feel as though the club would slip away from my grip, as I was wearing the gloves on my left hand. Anyway, I took the first aim and shot. The ball rose up like a rocket and fell on the head. The coach said nothing. He moved away silently, leaving me to practice using the trial and error methods. It took me the next three weeks to practically play the shots using the grip.

Baseball Grip

The grip has been my favorite due to its simplicity and easiness. I got used to it faster than my own expectations. I started hitting the ball with all my strength after learning to contact it at the right spot. My trainer watched me with amusement as I put all my efforts into that one grip.

Other Grips

Overlap and putting are the other two main types of grips I have learnt so far. I have learnt the importance of forming a V shape between the thumb and index finger of the left hand while gripping. It gives me the right hold with optimum tightness. It also gives me the flexibility to follow through my hands after the shot.

Technical Expertise

I was able to get the right technical expertise, only after consistent training and practicing. Sometimes my coach used to be with me from the first minute to the last minute during practice. Then he let me practice alone. Of course, I made several mistakes. I was able to identify the mistakes once I focused on the gripping methods. The process of correcting a mistake takes patience and persistence.

Conclusion

Most of the mistakes seem to start with the wrong grips. It could also affect postures negatively. Once my grip and posture became right, my progress was much faster than before.

 

The Basic Golf Etiquette

Golf has been a game that has been on around for ages now; a few hundred years to count.  Like all other games, golf has certain regulations and rules of engagement.  Some of these are mere courtesies and the others more stricter in the sense. It would be proper to document the etiquettes that the game has to offer the player no matter the location that it is played in.

Dress for the part

Golf is one game that is strong on the appearances part. Never get onto a golf course dressed in anything other than proper golf gear.  This must be complete with the spikes on the feet as well for the most parts. Gloves though not standard provision, needs to be adorned nevertheless.

Being on time

There are two aspects to being on time when golf is being played. The first is to show courtesy to the other players when a game is set to begin and not keep them waiting.  The second aspect to sticking to the proper time schedule is to maintain a game flow which should see the other players on the course complete the games on time too along with you. Since most parts of the crowds of people that take to golf are the corporate types, timing is all but important at any time.

Staying with the group

Golf is usually played in groups of four or five people. But there is bound to be other groups as well playing along in the greens or course. It is basic courtesy to stick to the original playing group even if there are the others who might be known to you or familiar to you in the other parties.  Straying over is considered a great mistake and should never be attempted at any time.

 

Dealing with the faster groups

A pressing issue with most playing groups is that there is bound to be parties that are a lot faster than the average group. The courteous thing to do would be to allow them to pass through by waiting at a tee so that the smooth flow of the game for the later is not hindered. In a very structured game as golf, it is foolhardy to ignore the basic courtesy and playing tactics as the case might be.

Using a golf cart

One of the most telling aspects of using a golf cart is to stick to driving habits. Do not overspeed and allow others the right of way too.  Most courses have designated areas where a cart can be ridden and driven.  This must be heeded to at all times. Above all else, never overspeed at any time.

Conclusion

As has been said at the beginning, the guidelines are but etiquette and not a regulation as such. In a game that tries to seek out the comfort and convenience of the opponent, it makes a special impression to have to look the part of the golf player as well as play a game of golf.

Are you planning for Golf as Profession?

Wanting to be a professional golf player is a great decision you have made. Golf is one of the most scientifically designed games I have ever seen. I am not saying because I am a professional golf coach. I have seen many of my trainees maturing to join professional golf clubs. They have decent earnings, satisfaction, and the eagerness to grow into international golf players. How do you think they are able to do it? Let’s take a look.

Is Golf Boring?

Many of my friends have a strong feeling that golf is boring. They may say so because they have never got involved in the game. They have been watching golf from a distance. They also don’t have any idea about the intricacies of playing. Hence, they may feel that golf is boring.

How to overcome the Phobia

Willingness to experiment with golf is the first step towards overcoming the phobia. I would rather day, you have to take a golf club and get onto the field. Of course, you will need the golf ball also! Join a team of amateurs or people who are playing without knowing why. Interactions with them can decrease the phobia and eliminate it at some point of time.

How to Learn Golf

You will need a professional golf trainer like me (experienced professional) to start training on the game. You need to spare a minimum of six months to one year for the basic preparation. Then you can start practicing in groups under the guidance of professional golfer.

You will also need to watch videos of local golf club players. I have seen many of my students committing the mistake of watching international golfers while being in the initial stages of golf training. Such an approach is not only a waste of time, but can also have negative impacts in the future.

Go to the local golf club matches and watch intensely. Every weekend you can follow a specific player from the start to the finish. You have to watch not only his correct shots but also his mistakes. Sometimes a mistake in one aspect of the shot making can be a plus point for the other types of shots.

You should also read a lot about the golf sport. Go online to get free books and magazines on golf.

Body Postures

The golf sport has many important body postures which you have to follow. You have to be highly accurate and consistent in following the postures. They can vary for every type of shot that you choose. They can also change depending on the landscape on which you are playing.

Focus

You should focus on the ball and the path it is going to fly. You can’t work on assumptions. So, you have to learn the theory aspects very clearly. Start practicing by increasing the level of concentration and focus. One way of enhancing focus is to do meditation before training. Try it for a few days and you can experience the results.

Conclusion

Professional golf is fun and highly paid. But you need to start with a focus on playing and improving. Only then you can reach the stage of professional players faster.

Golf for Fun and Entertainment

The best way to start practicing golf is for fun and entertainment. Only then you can explore the depths of the gaming techniques and rules without any anxiety and fear. You will not hesitate to make mistakes and learn from them. You will be eager to make new experiments with gaming techniques and find new and innovative methods. You will enjoy the game so much that your involvement will be 100%. Start with your experiment today and experience the results.

Where is the Action

Many of the youngsters may find golf to be boring because they don’t find any “action” in it. It is unlike rugby, American football, soccer, and even Tennis. The adrenaline doesn’t seem to rush at any point of time for the beginners.

They wonder how professional players find inspiration while playing on calm and cool weather conditions with only a few spectators around.  Even the response from the fans seems to be dry and dull because there are only hand claps. It could be because the spectators are too gentle for playing the drums and dancing in the Golf fields!

How to get Motivation

I suggest that you focus only on your aim of getting points and progressing. Diverting your focus on anything other than your sport could mean you lose. It is not only losing, but also reaching a point of frustration. It is not easy to return from that point to become an active player once again.

Play in Groups

You have to join a training team and start practicing in groups. Motivational factors can come from your team members when your spirit is down. Similarly, you can motivate others while they are down. It has been one of the greatest mantras of making champions out of every ordinary human, including you and me.

 Don’t Give Up

Sometimes you may feel like throwing the golf club and walking away from the field. It could be because the things are moving faster or the pace is not matching with your urgency. So, the first thing you have to learn is patience. The second thing is persistence.

When I heard of patience, I wanted to have it immediately! My idea was to get the wealth of patience right from the next moment. However, it did not happen. Then somebody told me that I have to have the patience to get patience! That was something I just could not comprehend at that time.

I could realize its importance when I started coaching youngsters in golf sporting. Most of the youngsters of today seem to have learned patience better than I did. They are also more persistent in their approach to the sport.

Conclusion

I have been working on training the youngsters who can’t even afford to buy the cheapest golf sets. I see a lot of enthusiasm among them about the sport. Many of them have already moved into the senior level of training. I hope they will go on to become professional golfers in the future.