Reducing your golfing handicap can be a tough challenge especially if you do not have the time or money to play and practice as much as you would like. Fortunately the game of golf is becoming more accessible to more and more people as many golf courses charge lower fees and depending on the country you live in there are many great junior golf programs in place to help you become a top notch player if you choose to be.
However if your time and money is very low then do not worry because you can still get better by simply practicing smart. Here are some helpful tips to help you on the road to becoming a better quality golfer.
Tip 1: Learn the game from the green back to the tee
Many of the best players in the world have spoken about learning the game backwards. While it is always tempting to grab the driver as the first club to hit when practicing consider a slightly different approach. Start every practice session with your wedge and learn to master this club. Then slowly work your way up to your mid and long irons and finally your driver as the last club you hit.
Tip 2: Practice at least 3 to 5 times a week
Many people think that they can just practice once a week or once a month and expect to see great improvements. This is very rare as improvement will require a certain level of commitment. How long you practice is not that important as a short 1 hour practice session done 3 to 5 times a week can be more than enough to get better.
Tip 3: Focus on quality rather than quantity
The quality of your practice sessions is far more important than the length of time you practice or the number of balls you hit. Make sure to hit each shot with a purpose and have a plan for each practice session that addresses your current weaknesses so you can improve. Also make sure to have a routine that you execute on each shot that causes you to setup properly both physically and mentally.
Tip 4: Develop a good routine
The routine is the foundation of a consistent golf game. You will notice that many of the best players have a certain physical routine they go through on each shot that helps them to maintain confidence and setup properly every time. There are two aspects to a golf routine and that is the physical and the mental routine. Make sure your physical routine supports your mental routine by helping you to maintain confidence and eliminate doubts.
Tip 5: Use proper equipment
Many golfers use clubs especially the driver that simply does not fit their golf swing. If you have a slow swing speed that is under 100 mph then you need a regular flex shaft driver with loft over 10 degrees to give you maximum distance and control. If your swing speed is high then get a stiff flex shaft driver with less loft around 7 to 8 degrees. Make sure your clubs fit your swing rather than trying to change your swing to fit the clubs you are using. Lowering your handicap can be very difficult and challenging.