Is 2002 the year you are going to improve your golf game?
Is this the year you will break 100, 90 or 80?
If this is the summer you are going to get better, it is important the start the season off right. If you follow these steps you will have a much better chance of playing well early in the year and lowering your handicap and scores.
Before you play your first round, make at least one trip to the driving range. Your session at the range should include the following:
Start your session by doing some general stretching of your shoulders, back, hips, and legs. It is important to get your golf muscles loose any time you go to the course or range, but especially this time of year when you haven't been active. A good way to loosen up is to take a few short irons, hold them together, and swing them back and forth slowly.
The short game is the hardest area of the game to get your touch back. Good putting is critical to scoring well. Spending time on the putting green is important. Start out finding a putt with very little break on the putting green. Place several balls about three feet away and work on hitting solid putts into the back of the hole. Try to make 10 to 15 in a row before quitting.
Next, get a feel for distance. Pick out the two holes farthest from each other on the putting green. Take several balls and putt the balls back and forth, trying to get balls to stop within a foot of the hole.
The motion made when chipping the ball is a miniature version of the full swing. Hitting crisp, solid chip shots will translate into solid shots with the full swing. Remember, the correct technique is to set up with a narrow stance, weight on the front foot and the ball positioned off the instep of the back foot. Grip down on the handle of the club and make a short, brisk accelerated stroke. To make the ball go up in the air, let the leading edge of the club work down to the ground.
Start practicing the full swing with your shortest club, making short, easy swings with a pitching wedge or sand wedge. As you start to get a feel for finding the center of the club face, start to make full swings. Progress your way through your clubs by hitting a series of shots with every club in your bag. Move from sand wedge to 9 iron to 7 iron. Finally, hit your fairway woods and driver.
Going through this type of practice session will give you a good idea of where the ball is going and give you a feel for hitting the ball solid. Confidence plays such a huge role in how we play so starting the season off on the right foot will make lowering those scores much easier.
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