Beginning to play high school golf is an exciting time for any young golfer. For those who are just starting out, it can be difficult to decide what parts of the game are most important to work on. Even before a high school golfer plays their first match, taking some time at the range or even at home to focus on fundamentals and techniques can make all the difference.
Learn how to “feel” putts
For a beginner golfer, putting can be one of the more daunting parts of the game. One of the hardest concepts to put into words is, “how hard do I have to hit this putt?” Think about any other sport like baseball, football or basketball – no one knows just how hard to throw or shoot the ball, but you generate the touch and feel from practice and muscle memory. Golf is the exact same way. When starting out – throw down some balls 10 feet from the hole, and with one hand (your bottom hand when gripping the club) start rolling putts. Don’t focus on making the putts, rather, getting a feel of how hard you need to hit the ball for the correct speed. Once you feel comfortable from that length, move farther away and start again.
Focus on your alignment
For this drill, you will need to lay down either a couple of golf clubs on the ground or swing by your local hardware store and pick up some inexpensive alignment sticks. By using alignment sticks, you will ensure that you are properly aligned to your target which will help you hit more consistent golf shots to your intended target.
Learn to hit a bunker shot
Hitting a bunker shot can seem like an intimidating task for a new golfer. Don’t let it be. A couple of important tips to remember are to choose the right club, take the right set-up, and try your best to hit approximately 2 inches behind the ball. Here are some awesome tips on how to hit any kind of bunker shot.
Have a plan of action for your practice routines
When going out to the driving range or your area to practice, don’t just go out to hit golf balls but have an actual plan. If you are looking to improve your chipping and putting, focus on doing short game drills that day. Similarly, if you are looking to go out to the course, don’t play for score, make some fun games that you can do by yourself or with other members of your team.
The most important thing to remember when starting out as a new golfer is to have fun and practice with a purpose. Lean on other senior members of your team and upperclassman to help you with your game.