Golf Tips - Golf for Beginners

By Tom Ward

"The following article, the first in my series "Golf for Beginners", is an introduction to learning to play for beginners and those with limited experience. Future articles will concentrate on the techniques I use in actual beginner instruction, starting with "Lesson 1" and continue through the complete game. I once taught a lady who had never played golf - after only six lessons she shot an 80 on 18 holes. I can't promise you'll do as well, but hope this series will help to get you started on the right foot. Be sure to check back for the lessons, which will be provided as my schedule permits."
TOM WARD

Through the years of golf development there have been some differences of opinions among golf professionals regarding various details of mechanics and playing techniques - the stance, pivot, or swing most suitable for one player not being the best or most suitable for another. The theory and practice of almost every golf professional varied from that of others in some respect, and each would teach their own theory, or own method, and his own game to their respective students.

Many things have contributed to the elimination of most of these differences; and basic fundamentals are agreed upon. As a result, standard golf instruction is now available to golfers desiring to play better golf.

The quickest and most effective way to playing good golf is through study and practice. From these golf "lessons" you will gain the necessary knowledge of what to do and how to do it. Practice will develop your skill and playing technique; experience will develop your judgment. Knowledge of what to do and practice of how to do it is the shortest route to accomplishing your goal of playing good golf.

The first thing a beginner or high handicap golfer must learn is motion. Whether it is in golf or any other sport, the correct motion is vitally important in your basic foundation for creating a good golf swing. In order to teach the correct motion, I will break down the whole movement into 5 basic body actions. When my pupils train themselves to make these actions reasonably well in a short period of time they have no trouble playing an enjoyable game of golf. *

NEXT ARTICLE Lesson 1: The 5 Basic Body Actions of Golf






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Two Approaches to Delivery Position With a one plane swing you can let the club rip and release right from the top of the downswing as hard as you like, do not create any wrist lag like you would find in a two plane swing.
Bunker Distance Vary the openness of your stance and clubface to control distance out of the bunker
Ball Position in Set Up Keep the triangle formed by your hands, arms and shoulders in the center of your body and let the club dictate where it lies