Golf Drills for Beginners

The major focus of beginning golf is on form and building confidence, so the drills should complement this direction versus working against it. The fundamental building blocks are then added to later with more technical guidance, muscle training, and practice. However, the foundational form and knowledge has to be in place correctly or it will dramatically affect a player’s game and be very hard to change later on.

Focus on the Feet

Keeping a beginning player’s feet together is one of the key factors to a good swing. Players often migrate quickly into a baseball batter’s stance or some other sport they have already played because that’s what they are used to. So apply correct form early is the fastest way to correct this issue as they are just starting to learn golf.

The Feet Together Drill provides both proper form and building confidence in swinging. The exercise also helps build up proper timing, limiting the annoying body sway, and improves golf mechanics in the player.  The drills starts with practicing hitting the ball with feet together.

Feet should be 1 to 2 inches distance from each other at most. The first swing should be slow and deliberate. The player should be working on contacting the ball. The form should be practiced until the player is consistently hitting the ball without error. The same exercise works as an easy warm-up later on as well.

The Sound Drill

The focus of this drill is to make as loud a “whoosh” as possible when swinging the club. The louder the noise, the harder and faster the club is being swung, which is the goal. The player should start with the club reversed, i.e. holding the club end versus the handle right on the neck above the club. Use a normal grip and swing. Each swing will create a “whoosh”, louder ones for faster swings. Eventually a player and guide should be able to hear which angle and swing is making the loudest “whoosh.” That’s the best power angle for the player. However, the sound should be generating at the bottom of the swing, not the top. If it’s starting at the top, the player is twisting the wrists too fast. Refocus effort and power at the bottom of the swing. Repeat until the sound is consistent at the right time.

Swinging

A proper swing is a must in golf. Start the player off standing straight and arms crossed. Weight should be evenly spread on both feet, no leaning on one leg. Move the right foot back with just the toe connecting to the ground. Weight should distribute to the left foot when doing so. Lean forward slightly and rotate the body as if swinging a golf club. Start slowly to maintain balance and then increase speed with confidence and practice. As the swing progresses the weight should shift to the right foot and come off the left foot while going through the full swing. This exercise provides muscle memory for a good swing which ensures proper form later on. It can be practiced anywhere, on the course or off.

Chip the Ball

Chipping is an undervalued game-changing skill. If a new player can master chipping it can offset all sorts of bad hits and save scores to par or less. Either a sand wedge or an approach wedge will work. The focus here is for the player to develop muscle memory and comfort chipping consistently. Ideally, chipping in grass works the best but in-house plastic balls can work as well. Chipping should also be part of a hitting regimen any time one is at the driving range.

 

Golf Tips for Beginners

Equipment

More expensive clubs suggest a better golf playing experience and provide higher quality manufacture for longer lasting clubs. Beginners usually start with shorter irons working their way up to the longer irons.

Relax

On the Fairway, clear the mind of all distractions. Remaining calm and concentrated during your golf game helps you have a better experience. Take deep breaths in between holes, contain anger and remember golf supports stress relieving symptoms.

Proper Stance

Perfecting your golf stance requires extra practice. Use proper technique to guide you. Begin by relaxing the muscles, keep your head still and place your feet parallel to the golf tee and ball. A correct stance allows for a greater swing path.

Gentle Grip

Many beginners tightly grip the golf club like a baseball bat, but a gentler grasp allows for a tighter putt with more force behind the club. Arrange the left hand above the right on the shaft (stick of the club) with your thumbs pointing down. Wearing a golfing glove helps by providing a non-slip grip and putt.

Focus

Keep both eyes on the ball and focus on transferring the energy of your swing to the ball. This will improve your aim. Also focus on the distance between the ball and a few feet from the hole, because the ball almost never lands in the hole.

Swing and Impact

Pull the club back, planting both feet on the ground while twisting the torso slightly and follow through with the swing to engage the golf ball flight. Shouting the reputable “Fore” word after hitting the golf ball warns others in the area that a ball may land anywhere, so play with caution. With eyes glued to the ball, track it continuously until it lands. Practice swinging the club to improve your skill at driving and putting.

Putting and Practice

The longer the game is played, the better your putts will be. Practice putting for 10-15 minutes each time while varying the distances and terrains. Putting close to the hole requires a more controlled drive than putting from afar. In this instance, stiffen the muscles for a tight grip on the club then follow through depending on the distance between the hole and the ball. At this time, clear all distractions from the mind again and focus on the drive.

Practice

Plenty of practice required for a professional golfing level.

Buying Guide: Buying the Best Golf Range Finders For The Money (2016)

A rangefinder can be your best friend during your golf game. However, this handy device has made enough waves on the market that there are many to choose from, making the selection process difficult. If you need to find the distance between objects such as trees, tees, or other hazards on the golf course, nothing makes this task more easy or accurate than a good quality rangefinder.  Save yourself the headache of playing the never ending guessing game while on the green, and don’t risk your game to human error. A rangefinder offers maximum accuracy with minimal effort, which lets your play your game to the best of your ability. We’ll give you tips on what to look for below, so that you can compare models like this showdown between the Bushnell Pro X7 vs Tour Z6. We’ll also give you our top picks for the golf rangefinders on the market in 2016.

Top 10 Best Golf Range Finders in 2016

BALLOUR RATING
Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder W/ Power Pack
Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder W/ Power Pack
4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder
4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder
Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Golf Laser Rangefinder
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Standard Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder
Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Standard Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Yukiss® R10D-1000 Laser Rangefinder
Yukiss® R10D-1000 Laser Rangefinder
4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder
Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Rangefinder
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Bushnell Hybrid Laser-Gps Rangefinder
Bushnell Hybrid Laser-Gps Rangefinder
4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Bushnell Pro X7 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT
Bushnell Pro X7 Golf Laser Rangefinder with JOLT
5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Callaway Golf- Micro Prism-Laser Rangefinder
Callaway Golf- Micro Prism-Laser Rangefinder
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Leupold GX-3iA2 Golf Rangefinder
Leupold GX-3iA2 Golf Rangefinder
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
*rated by us based on value, quality, and performance

Common Features To Look For When Shopping

So, you know you need one to improve your game and make your life less stressful on the course, but how do you select the perfect device for your golf game? Here are a few areas to look at prior to purchasing a rangefinder so you know you are getting the best tool for your game.

Amount of Yard Coverage 

When purchasing a rangefinder you will want to check and see what kind of yard coverage, also called range coverage, the device has to offer. While it won’t be a huge deal if you never hit the maximum yard coverage that your rangefinder has to offer, it will be extremely frustrating to not get enough coverage out of it. When purchasing, make sure that the amount of yard coverage listed on the device is going to be enough for you and your game, as each rangefinder offers a different amount of coverage.

Rangefinder’s Accuracy 

Few sports require as much attention to detail and absolute accuracy as the game of golf. For this reason, the accuracy of your rangefinder is crucial to making sure your game is golden. Check the box when you purchase, as many companies will list what their rangefinder’s accuracy is. This is often reported to be within half a yard of accuracy, however these claims haven’t always held true. Look around the internet and see what real customers have used in order to get the best feel for the level of accuracy provided by your rangefinder.

Cost 

For many golfers, cost is going to be the deciding factor. Luckily, rangefinders come in a variety of price ranges to appease the thriftiest of golfers to the ones who are looking to spend the big bucks. On average, you will see a rangefinder run anywhere between under $200 to over $500 dollars, so if this is a little bit of a stretch for you it will be best to try and find some coupons to help offset the cost of this purchase, which are often available from manufacturers.

With these three features to keep in mind, the next question you should be asking yourself is which specific rangefinder you should go with. There are so many rangefinders available for you to purchase, but for the sake of helping you save the frustration of comparing all of them we laid out some of the best that you can buy to help improve your game. Here are our top three rangefinders that encompass accuracy, great yard coverage, and other important features.

Our Golf Range Finder Reviews

Tour Z6 JOLT by Bushnell Golf 

This rangefinder is going to cost you a little extra, but the quality of the product is amazing. With accuracy within a half yard, 450 yard coverage, and the ability to zero in on a flag with PinSeeker technology, this is likely to be the last rangefinder you will ever need. A few other qualities are its waterproof casing, long battery life, and a 6x magnification feature for easier viewing.

V3 Standard Edition Golf Rangefinder by Bushnell Golf 

A great rangefinder that won’t break the bank is the V3 Standard Edition Golf Rangefinder by Bushnell Golf. This device has some great features, such as accuracy within one yard, 400 yards of coverage, and the same PinSeeker technology that is seen in the Tour V6 JOLT. This rainproof rangefinder also comes with a two year warranty which offers you peace of mind that your investment is safe for many games to come.

Lofthouse Proscope 400x Rangefinder 

Yet another rangefinder that is easy on the wallet is the Lofthouse Proscope 400X. It holds great features, such as accuracy within one yard, 6x magnification, and 400 yard coverage. It’s also considered tournament legal, which is an important quality for any golfer who likes to take their game to a more competitive level. This rangefinder is a great tool for those looking to add to their golf equipment and up their game a notch or two.

It seems that the golf rangefinder really makes for an easier game, allowing smooth maneuvering of the field and avoiding any nuisances such as trees, water, and other obstacles. Great for the casual golfer or the pro golfer, it’s likely that you will see your game quality increase drastically with this tool on hand. Whether you are looking for a low price rangefinder or if price isn’t an issue for you, there is a rangefinder available to suit your needs.

 

Buying Guide: Best Golf Balls For The Money (2016)

There are many golf ball producers, and many variations of golf balls on the market, each promising new and great levels of performance. There really are only a few different kinds of balls, but there are many slight variations. Balls are different because they perform differently, and your level of play can affect the type ball you should get.

Golf balls that most people use are two parts, the inner core and the outer plastic layer. Higher level balls have a liquid or rubber core, wrapped in string, and a rubberized outer shell. That’s three parts, and some even have five parts as you get into the more expensive or professional level balls. One might think the higher level balls are best for everyone, but that is not always the case. The lower level balls are much cheaper, and if you tend to hit your balls into the lake or into the woods where they will never be found, it is just economic sense you should stick with the lower priced two-part balls.

Top 10 Best Golf Balls in 2016

BALLOUR RATING
TaylorMade 2016 Tour Preferred X Golf Balls #1-#4 12-Ball Pack
TaylorMade 2016 Tour Preferred X Golf Balls #1-#4 12-Ball Pack
5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Titleist Pro V1 (2015 Model)
Titleist Pro V1 (2015 Model)
4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)
Srixon Soft Feel Golf Balls
Srixon Soft Feel Golf Balls
4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)
Callaway Supersoft Golf Balls
Callaway Supersoft Golf Balls
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Callaway Chrome Soft White Golf Balls 12-Ball Pack
Callaway Chrome Soft White Golf Balls 12-Ball Pack
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Bridgestone 2015 E6 White Golf Balls 12-Ball Pack
Bridgestone 2015 E6 White Golf Balls 12-Ball Pack
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Callaway 2015 Warbird Golf Balls
Callaway 2015 Warbird Golf Balls
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
TaylorMade 2016 Project A Golf Balls (1 Dozen)
TaylorMade 2016 Project A Golf Balls (1 Dozen)
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Wilson Ultra 500 Straight Golf Ball (15-Pack)
Wilson Ultra 500 Straight Golf Ball (15-Pack)
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Nitro Ultimate Distance Golf Ball (15-Pack)
Nitro Ultimate Distance Golf Ball (15-Pack)
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
*rated by us based on value, quality, and performance

Plastic covers

The covers of balls are either made of plastic like ionomer, or a more rubberized Urethane. The ionomer covers allow the ball to go higher, and reduces hooking and slicing. This type ball is also better for those with a slower swing. Distance and low spin are the keys to this type ball.

Rubberized covers

Professionals, or even very good amateurs, are better suited to the rubberized cover of urethane. These balls go further on the original drive, and offer more touch near the greens for the expert golfer. It will also benefit those with a very fast swing. These balls have less spin, so they will stop on the green, but unless you are skilled enough to take advantage of that, it might actually hurt your overall game. Some of these type balls are three, four or even five piece balls.

There is also a middle range ball available, which is a three-piece ionomer ball.  These balls have higher launch and lower spin, and roll further once they land.

Dimple patterns

Combine these two or three basic types with the dimple patterns on balls, and you have a lot of options. The dimple patterns were developed to affect the aerodynamics of the ball in the air. Years of research have gone into different shapes, sizes and patterns. Pros recommend finding one that fits your game. Balls have 300 to 500 dimples. A smooth ball would go only half the distance of a dimpled one, scientists say. It is hard to say which dimple pattern is best, so it may be best to experiment to see which fits you best.

Finding your ball

An article on golf balls in American Golf magazine, say you should experiment and find the ball that fits you best. There are subtle differences, and constant give and take in the game of golf. You may have to sacrifice a little distance for a little more accuracy, or vice versa, depending on your skill level.

A writer in Golf Digest suggests finding the shot that is most important to your game, and use that as your main reference point. Through reading ball analysis and practicing with different balls, find the one that best fits your best shot, and stick with that one.

Financial aspects

The Golf Digest article suggests balancing the cost of the golf balls against your skill level. Your skill level does have a lot to do with how well you will play, and the quality of the ball will accentuate that slightly to a certain degree. Finding the ball that best balances those two aspects is a good determining factor in which ball you should buy.

Other considerations

There are fancy things like drivers and launch monitors to help you determine which is best, but that can get expensive. If you are a beginner, or have a low skill level and are not likely to get a lot better, that may be too expensive. It is better then, to just experiment with different brands and types of balls. The ones you score the best with are the ones that are best for you to use.

If however, you are really good at the game, and want to continue to get better, you may need a higher level ball. Experiment with some of the three or four-part balls with the rubberized surface and see what works best.

Care and maintenance

The best way to take care of your golf balls is to not hit them into a pond, or otherwise lose them. That is easier said than done usually , but sometimes just being careful with your shots can make a difference.

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