If you’re a newbie golfer, you’re probably wondering how to properly hit a golf ball. There are many answers to this question, and each of these is entirely related to the situation that unfolds during play.
For example, you might want to try one type of swing when the ball’s in the rough, while lobbing your hit will do wonders if you’re stuck in a bunker.
Learning and mastering these variations is crucial if you seek to become a top golfer (or at least a very good one!). We’ll teach you how to properly get a hold of your clubs as well as the movements you need to perform in each of these types of swings.
It’s up to you to learn each one and train until you feel comfortable using them in different situations. Remember: practice makes perfect!
Hitting a golf ball
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Get a good grip of the club. You don’t need to hold the club too tightly, as doing so would decrease the efficiency of your shot. Remember to keep your left hand above your right hand. You’ll use the right hand to control the movement of the club. In fact, the right hand’s thumb should be placed above your left hand.
The key to secure a good grip is to avoid putting too much pressure into the handle, but you need to hold it tight enough to keep it from slipping. It still needs to be a tad loose.
The second part is almost as important as securing your grip. You’ll need to get into the right stance before hitting the ball. Bend your knees slightly and place your feet apart from each other. You’ll also need to bend your thorax towards the ball as you prepare for the swing.
Your bodyweight should be evenly distributed. Do not be tempted to lean towards the ball, nor should you focus on placing more weight on the right side of your body. The ball should be centered between both feet.
In this step, we’ll be making the first motion towards swinging the ball. You need to move your arms in the opposite direction of the ball, giving more power to the shot the further you move the golf club from the ball.
Be sure to bend your wrists following the motion of the club, and once it surpasses your shoulder, aim to move it higher to give more power to your shot.
Depending on how much power you need, you’ll have to adapt the movement to each situation. For example, if the ball is inside the green and you need to perform a simple putt, you don’t need to make the full swing.
All you must do is perform the first part of the motion by moving your hands and arms slightly and powering the shot according to the distance of the hole.
Move your shoulders tighter, directing them towards your neck. The most important part of this movement is always to keep your eyes on the ball. Your knees should remain bent as your arms remain above your head with the club ready to strike the ball.
Control your weight by moving your hands forward, aiming to hit the ball with the club. Be sure to stay balanced and make your feet stay stuck on the ground.
Your body should move in a rotating motion towards the ball – your hands and arms aren’t the only ones responsible of powering your swing. As you start the downswing, your body should follow the arms’ movement towards the ball.
Keep moving your arms and torso until you reach the starting position once again. Your body must be in the same shape it had when you started the swing when you’re about to hit the ball.
This time, you’ll continue the rotation towards the other side of your body now that your arms are ready to deliver a hit to the ball.
Finish the swing by allowing your body to freely rotate with the movement. Tilt your right foot so the tip of your foot is the only support it has with the ground, to allow your body to fully rotate.
Your club should be behind your head after delivering the hit.
If you’re performing a putt, the movements will all be pretty much like the starting position you take before hitting the ball.
The movement goes way slower than an actual swing, which translates to a more controlled but less powerful shot. In a putt, your aim is to trade strength for accuracy.
Other things to note in a swing
There are many different techniques you can use which allow you to adapt to different in-game situations.
For example, if you’re looking to approach the green, you might want to do a chip shot, or an approach shot. If you’re trapped inside a bunker, grab your iron and try to chip the ball outwards into the court.
Different types of irons allow different shots as well. Some shots will move in a curve, while others move in a straight line depending on the strength you put into each one.
Which clubs to use in each situation
For distance shots, you’ll be more effective if you use a wood. This clubs allow powerful hits, making them ideal to be used in long range scenarios.
Mid-range shots require more accuracy and less strength, so you’ll be better off going for an iron in one of these situations. You could also keep your bag stocked with hybrid clubs to adapt to any situation.
If you’re inside the green, the most logical option would be to choose a putt. The only exception to this rule is if the green is too big, in which case you might want to use a short iron to approach the hole accurately.
Learning How to Hit a Golf Ball
There are plenty of different shots you can use when playing golf. You’ll need to have access to a variety of different clubs if you want to be able to adapt to any situation.
The swings are pretty similar in most cases, so keep practicing until you master the basics and then look to improve individually in each situation!