A Historical Preview of the Game of Golf

Let’s face it, watching Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Tiger Woods tear up yet another course is entertaining but a little frustrating.
As the weather improves, the daylight hours increase and conditions on the course dry out, the first buds of spring also heralds the time when many golfers bring clubs out of a winter hibernation and decide that it is time to start hitting balls again.

Many decide that to shake off a little of the winter rustiness, a trip to the driving range is an ideal way to get back into the swing. This is certainly a good idea, but how effective it is depends very much on how you elect to spend your time at the golf range.
So if you are trying to rediscover your swing from last golf season, or just want to spend your time on the range more productively, then take a look at the following Gorilla Golf Blog golf hints and tips.

Gorilla-Golf-Blog Golf Hints and Tips

1. Record your golf performance

Whether you have an iPad or iPhone crammed with the latest golf apps, or just a simple notebook and pen, a great piece of advice is to take it with you to the range and note down your golf performance. Record how far you are hitting each of your clubs and don’t be tempted to write the longest shot with each club down.

Take a minimum of ten shots with each club over the course of each visit and work out what is the typical distance you hit. Understanding how far you can accurately hit each club most often is the key to excellent on-course management and time spent at the range working on this can prove invaluable during the season. You can even use some apps to record your swing and help monitor performance that way too.

 

2. Don’t get driver-fever

We have all been the range and witnessed the golfer take a bag full of golf clubs out of the car, buy 100 balls, then proceed to hit 90 shots with the driver. It may be the longest and perhaps most impressive club in the bag you like to hit, but on any given round, you may only use the driver for a maximum of 18 shots and in reality, it will likely be much less than this.

EVERY club in your bag deserves equal attention, not just the longest. Spread your time and the balls you buy equally between all the clubs in your bag and don’t succumb to driver-fever to simply make yourself feel better. You may improve your driving, but being accurate with 10-14 shots per round at the expense of all other shots, is a false economy.

Golf-bag-full range of golf clubs

3. Always warm up well and start with a few pitch shots

If you have barely lifted a finger for several months and hit the range, the last thing you want to do is grab a driver, place a ball down and swing at it in a frenzy without any warm up whatsoever. It is incredibly easy to strain, pull or even tear muscles and ligaments in the shoulder, arms or legs if you have not warmed up properly.

Give your muscles a light stretch before starting, swing a couple of clubs gently without hitting the ball and then when you are ready, start with a few gentle three-quarter pitch shots to start the swing flowing again. Not only will you reduce injury, but the fact these are nice, easy shots to hit will likely result in better results and put you mentally in a better state of mind for the rest of the session too.

 

Practice chipping on a Golf-green

 

4. Get your toes sandy

Bunkers are the nemesis of many a golfer but they needn’t be. It is one of the fallacies of golf that bunker play is especially difficult – it is only difficult if you don’t spend enough time practising it. Almost all ranges will have a facility to practice bunker shots and it is important that you do not forget this.

Take time in each session to head over to this area and hit some bunker shots. Remember, you can adapt each shot, you can play from a nice fluffy sandy lie, or a shot where the ball is impacted deep in the sand. Try delicate shots where the flag is close to the bunker, and harder struck longer shots where the flag is a considerable distance away. Time spent in the bunker practising is a sure fire way to eradicate those annoying fluffed bunker shots from your score.

 

Practice golf bunker-shots
 

5. Putt, Putt and Putt some more

Like it or not, the easiest way most golfers of mid to high handicap can shave shots of their round is with the most critical club in the bag in their hand – their putter. In a typical round, putting can take up anywhere from between a third, to almost a half of all shots on a round. Therefore, it is an aspect of your game that should be a number one priority and you should spend a proportionate amount of time at the range working on it. Hitting your clubs for almost an hour and then five minutes on the putting green is not ideal – spend 30 mins with your clubs, 10 in the bunker and 20 on the putting green.

Remember also, you rarely putt from the same position on the same green twice in consecutive rounds. Alter the position of your putt to change the dynamics of each shot. It is no use being able to get the ball into the hole on every third attempt as in real life, you only have one. Work on the mechanics of your putting, getting the ball stone dead from distance and particularly work on sinking those tricky 3-6 footers.

Practice golf putting. Important golf shots

 

The range is a great facility for improving your game, but only if you work smartly while you are there. Don’t fall into the trap of hitting shots simply to show off your prowess to others or because it feels good. Often it is the aspects of your game that don’t feel good that need the most work and will cost you shots out on the course. They are the areas you need to focus on to become a better, all-round golfer.

 

Images by Gorilla Golf Blog

 

 

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