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The Best Strategy For Learning How To Play Golf

Are you looking for a new way to enjoy an afternoon with friends while getting some exercise at the same time? Golf is an excellent way to be social and stay healthy at the same time.

Golf is a stress reducer as it gets you walking in an open, natural, and aesthetically pleasing environment. In addition, it provides you with physical activity that is also proven to be a natural stress reducer and good for mental health.

Are you already a golfer but have been feeling frustrated lately by the same mistakes you seem to be making in your golf game?

Golf should be an enjoyable time spent with friends or even as a reflective and therapeutic time to be alone with your own thoughts. But if you're fretting over a bad swing or a lack of improvement, you might just need to up your game so that it's enjoyable once again.

When it comes to learning, golf is a sport where there is always something new to learn. But what are the best strategies for learning how to play or how to play better? Keep reading to find out!

What Are the Benefits of Golf?

There are many benefits to being a golfer. For one thing, it's a great way to meet new people and maintain existing friendships.

Golf can help establish a sense of community and connectedness. Furthermore, it can be a great place to reflect and get lost in one's own thoughts while walking on the fresh cut grass, perusing luscious scenery all around.

Every time you walk 18 holes, you're benefiting your heart, your lungs, and your entire body. If you decide to carry or pull your clubs, you'll get even more exercise out of your game.

Golf helps you stay fit, but there are many other ways to keep your body in tip top shape and compliment your golf game.

Maximize Your Fitness

There may come a time in every golfer's journey when he realizes his body needs to be more efficient to maximize his golf game. And when it comes to playing golf, even the slightest advantage can make all the difference in the game.

Part of your strategy for being the best you can be should be staying physically fit. A lot of the times, the reason behind bad habits or a bad swing have to do with being inflexible or having a weak core.

Yoga is an excellent way to nip these weaknesses in the bud and give yourself a stronger golf body. If you don't have time for a class, there are a few simple yoga poses you can do to help fight that lower back pain.

If your schedule allows for it, try playing early in the morning. In addition to starting off your day with physical activity in an outdoor space, there are many benefits to playing golf in the morning.

Start with a Pro

It's much easier to establish good habits from the very beginning than to try and fix bad habits after you've already integrated them into your swing.

Schedule a couple of lessons with a pro will help you build a strong stance and swing from the very beginning. 

Hit up the Range

As a beginner, the best place for you to linger and hit shot after shot is on the range. But make sure you develop a routine that is beneficial to your golf game your fitness.

For example, as tempting as it may be to start with your driver, try warming up your muscles by starting off with a wedge or a short iron. Furthermore, don't hit using the same club 30 times in a row.

For some reason, using the same club repeatedly seems to be the norm at the range. But that's not how we play, and it shouldn't be how we practice. Rotate the clubs that you use and the force with which you hit the ball. This will help deter your body from developing bad habits from hitting the same shot over and over again.

Work on Your Short Game

Did you know that about half of your shots will be taken within 50 yards from the green? This tells us that working on your short game is of the utmost importance! 

It's also the easiest to practice. You can practice in your backyard and even putt in your living room. Set up good and bad lies for yourself to keep things realistic. Move some furniture around and have fun with it!

Get a Glove and Don't Splurge on Clubs

If you can afford it, by all means, treat yourself to the best clubs that money can buy. That being said, you don't have to break the bank to play golf. And if you're just starting out, you don't need 20 clubs! Start with the basics and add on from there. There's no point in overwhelming yourself straight off the bat.

And make sure your putter is the right size for you! 9 out of 10 golfers play with the wrong size grips so make sure you consult a pro before you pull out your credit card.

Buy a glove. It helps to prevent blisters and is essential in developing your perfect swing.

Switch up Your Course

Condition, sound design, and variety are all details that should come into play in looking for the best local golf course. Check out our blog on how to find the best course in your area.

Play as many different courses as you can. Not only is it mentally pleasing to explore the many varieties of beautiful golf green, but playing different terrains will also get you out of your comfort zone and inevitably improve your golf game.

For Fun and Learning, Golf is an Excellent Choice

If it's fun you're after, golf is a great way to meet new people and socialize. Not only is playing the game a great way to hang out with friends, but many golf clubs offer a variety of social activity and dining that only enhance the overall golf experience.

If your body is craving some new physical learning, golf is an optimal way to challenge your mental self and improve your fitness at the same time. In addition, anyone can start playing golf at any age and at any level of fitness.

When it comes to golf, the smallest advantage can make or break your game. The very grip you use can have a huge impact on how you play. Click here to learn why and to discover other tips that could keep you playing under par.

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