It takes a great deal of talent to play the game of golf well, but that doesn’t mean you must have a scratch handicap to enjoy what every true fan knows is a game for life.
Even first timers can have fun playing the game.
Sure, as Lee Trevino once said, “It’s a game where you have to hit your foul balls,” but it’s still a game at which each level of player can have fun. That great shot on the 18th hole will be etched into your mind and surely bring you back to the course time and time again.
One of the most important things to understand is that golf is not totally a game of power. A mighty swing does not mean the golf ball will fly high, long and straight. Smooth works.
Here’s another helpful hint: golf has something in common with other sports: Posture.
Think of a basketball player, defending against a dribbling offensive player. Does he or she stand tall? No. Each is in a crouched position, with the ability to dart quickly to the left or right.
The same can be said about a batter, fielder or base runner in baseball. All have an athletic stance that displays balance. Their bodies move freely, almost without effort.
Correct posture is a critical part of golfing success, according to Jim Flick, the noted golf instructor who worked for ages with none other than Jack Nicklaus.
“Too many golfers are too mechanical, they have too many thoughts running through their head,” says Flick. “My wife has said that I know how to dance, but can’t hear the music. The golf swing is the same thing. Many times people have all these mechanics running through their head and miss out on a very important, critical essential of the game, their posture.”
Every golfer’s posture will have slight variations, just as every basketball defender will use a slightly different set-up. There are, however, several keys to a successful golf posture.
Standing erect, your knees should be flexed and your waist slightly bent, giving you an athletic stance. With your shoulders situated over your toes, your chin should be away from your chest. You weight should be evenly distributed between the balls of your feet.
A simple look and feel, and a posture that will allow you to easily take the club back and through the ball without losing balance. Not too mechanical, but a posture when repeated will allow you, like those in other sports, to maintain an athletic stance.
Once posture is perfected, you can move on to a smooth swinging of the golf club.