Thursday, May 30, 2019

3 Beginner Golf Mistakes You Need To Fix

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In order for a golf beginner to move to the next level, it is imperative that you heed the actions of those who have been there and done that - this is precisely why Golf for Beginners is in existence!

This blog helps not only beginners but all amateurs who strive for game improvement.

Let's start with the basics - you need a fairly repeatable golf swing, knowledge of your golf clubs and how they relate to the distances on the course. Golf etiquette should also be learned as soon as possible so that you and your playing partners enjoy a pleasant outing.

That being said, here are three beginner mistakes that can be easily fixed so that you can quickly advance in the learning process.

Read: How to Win Tournaments Like Koepka

1. Hire a Qualified Golf Instructor. This may sound obvious to you but all tour professionals, including Tiger Woods, one of the best golfers in the world, has several golf instructors in his corner, helping him with everything from the mental game to putting. Even if you only take your first set of lessons from the instructor, you will gain invaluable insight into the game and your swing and you will probably enjoy the game more when you play it.

2. Play from the Correct Tees. How many times have you seen golfers want to play with better amateurs and their egos come into play, so they step back to the white tees when they should be playing forward just one tee box (or maybe two)? The stigma attached to moving forward is only mental but you will have more fun playing the game as it should be played, that is, getting onto the green in the correct number of strokes, than you will by having everyone wait for you as you hit shot-after-shot and everyone waits for you to catch up.

3. Know the distance on your clubs. Almost all beginners/amateurs believe they hit a golf ball longer than they really do. Hank Haney once told me that beginners should always club-up if there is no trouble around. I have taken Mr. Haney's advice and it has helped me save par on numerous occasions.

There you have it. A simple golf blog with easy advice this week. Now, get out there and learn something new about your golf game.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How to Win Golf Tournaments Like Koepka

Just around this time last year, Golf for Beginners posted a guest article focusing on the 2018 statistics of Brooks Koepka whose phenomenal season came on the heels of a wrist injury late the previous year.

In 2018, Koepka was on the PGA Tour top-10 list for scoring average and driving distance, to name a few stats, and won the 2018 PGA Championship after a come-back from an early deficit with a 63 to tie a record. Now that's perseverance!

How can the average golfer learn from Brooks Koepka and apply that knowledge to win golf tournaments? Most of us don't have the distance of a PGA Tour pro but, as this golf blog's tagline states, "...because we're always learning" stands firm in its resolve that we can find something useful in every situation.

That being said, here are a few golf tips which may help you to win like Koepka.

Mental Toughness Stops the Dreaded "Choke"

If you can understand that during a round of golf everyone has their "choke moments", even Koepka during the final round of the PGA Championship (that is when the pressure gets too great to handle), you will be able to move past your mates quickly after the moment strikes. Breathe deep, pull positive thoughts from within and move on.

If you do nothing else during your round, do this...

Say NO to Snowmenmake a plan of how you will tackle each hole as you get to the tee box so that you can steer clear of trouble and get close, get on, and get in the hole in the least number of strokes. Koepka avoided large numbers and so should you. That's the game of it!

Remember - No Win Comes Easy

Even if your round of golf seems to be slipping through your fingers, don't give up. If you feel that you are not suited to stroke play, why not give yourself the advantage and suggest a round of match play golf?

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ultimate Guide -The Best Golf Drivers For Beginners to Seniors

This golf guide of the best golf drivers for beginners to seniors was written by freelance writer Lisa Kent (see bio below) who has a passion for golf and wanted to share it with our readers. She sent this article into Golf for Beginners and we are pleased to present it. 

For golfers who don't want to spend $500 on a new driver, Lisa has included a few models which you can still find on the shelves but won't break the budget. If you are interested in learning more about these golf clubs, there is a wealth of information on the internet which will give you more in-depth information.

Enjoy and feel free to make comments at the bottom of this golf blog and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.

golf drivers for beginnersThere is nothing to fear if you are new to golf. There are so many advancements in equipment and teaching methods so learning the game has become much easier. With the wealth of knowledge, gadgets, and equipment on the market, it should be easier to improve in a short period of time than, say, twenty years ago.

Choosing the best golf driver for beginners and seniors is extremely vital to proceed in the game and that is what we will be focusing on in this guide.

Here are some of the top golf drivers for beginners.

  • Callaway Epic Drivers: Starting in 2017, features included Jailbreak Technology which offered amazing stability and flexibility. Epic Flash technology (computer AI learning) offers a more powerful impact through the ball improving forgiveness from off-center hits.
  • Callaway Men's XR 16: For mid and high handicappers, beginners and seniors alike, this is said to be the most forgiving driver. The club head shape is large and it is more aerodynamic.
READ: The Driver That Inspires Confidence to Tee Up

  • TaylorMade M6 driver: Everyone now knows the term "Twistface" thanks to TaylorMade. A safe choice for off-center hits., the M6 offers a huge sweet spot, good the slicers. It is very forgiving with a great distance.
  • Cobra Men's Fly Z: It is an impressive driver for newbie and intermediates. It offers a secure feeling while holding. It has an adjustable loft and the SmartPad Technology helps to customize trajectory even when you are sure about the performance. Adjust the center of gravity zone and you will get better balance and a big moment of impact.
  • PREVIOUSLY OWNED DRIVERS: TaylorMade M Class Driver: The golf club which seems perfect in almost every category is the TaylorMade M1 Driver. It is considered to be the best regarding distance and it is quite forgiving as well. There are many adjustability options as well. The composite head is very light and it moves the center of gravity low and back to get that penetrating ball flight along with a low spin even u miss some hits.

Golf Drivers For Seniors:
  • There are many factors which manufacturers have considered when designing the drivers for senior players. They have considered better aerodynamics, sweet spots, etc. Following ones are the best golf drivers for seniors:
  • Titleist 915 D2 9.5 Graphite Stiff Driver: The optimum launch angle produces low spin that is good for seniors that have a slow swing speed. It is the longest driver for seniors and works on Active Recoil Channel (ARC) technology which causes the bottom of the face to flex and connects with the ball. It improves energy transfer. It is ultra forgiving, offers great control and hits straight consistently.
  • TaylorMade SLDR Golf Driver: It offers a good amount of adjustability because of Loft-sleeve technology. It offers superb forgiveness and a very slow spin rate. As a senior golfer, you can have more weight on the grip end rather than on the driver end.
  • PING G25 Graphite Regular Driver: It is a real treat for seniors. You can customize the loft setting easily and achieve a perfect launch for swing speed. It will maximize the distance off the tee. It has a well-designed shaft, good carry, roll and you can achieve consistency accuracy as well. It is also considered amongst the best golf clubs for seniors.
  • Callaway Men’s XR Driver: Allows seniors to strike the ball with more consistency. It offers a good combination of distance and accuracy. The face weight is reduced by ten percent and enhances energy transfer.
  • Cleveland 588 Altitude Driver: Ideal for ultralight performance. You can swing a bit faster. It lacks adjustable weights and offers a solid feel. It is slightly less forgiving than other drivers and great for those who do not like to fiddle around with adjustable hostels and weights.

Lisa Kent
BIO: Lisa Kent is an Independent Teacher, Freelance Writer, Conservationist, Eco-Friendly Environment Crusader. Writer at — She has been writing since 2014 and sharing information on various topics. An avid reader and outreach expert.

Golf for Beginners does not agree or disagree with this golf article - we are just allowing a golf freelance writer to voice her opinion. Opinions do not reflect the ideas of the staff of GFB and we are not responsible if you go out and purchase a driver and it doesn't do what it is said to do. The claims are that of the manufacturer and of the writer who is a guest writer on our blog. You are free to comment in the space provided below.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Strategies to Beat Your Partner in Match-Play Golf

Instead of playing for lowest score, as in stroke play, consider the finesse of playing the oldest form of golf, namely match play, the next time you go out on the course for couples' night!

Stroke play is about how few strokes you have at the end of the round while match play is all about how many holes you win.

There is a strategy to winning both competitions but in match play, it's all about understanding both your partner's as well as your own position and making decisions based on his or her moves.

Settling the score will be so much fun when you don't have to rely on score and handicaps and instead plan a psychological attack which offers the golfer a chance to be rewarded for winning one hole at a time.

Here are a few ways to feel empowered during match-play and win in spite of the deficiencies you might have during stroke play.

KEEP EMOTIONS IN CHECK: Try not to feel negative if you lose a hole to your opponent. In stroke play, getting a snowman can really blow your round both on the scorecard and psychologically but in match play, losing one hole will not determine the final outcome. It is important to hold your emotions in check and put on your best poker face. No worries about blow-up holes will also allow you to recover more quickly which keeps you calmer and focused on the mission at hand...beating your spouse or partner!

GIVE GIMMES? There is no harm in giving 2-foot putts to your playing partner, now is there? Especially when/if he or she returns the favor. The fun part comes into play if you are down later on in the match and then, instead of giving that "gimme", you decide to have your partner make the shot. Doubt may creep into your mate's mind about whether or not he makes the shot and...hey, you never know what can happen.

SHOW CONFIDENCE: Consistency breeds confidence, something you need to outwardly show in match-play so make sure you practice your short game on the range, especially putting (see above note.)

IT'S NOT OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER: This quote on says it best...

"Always stay positive. This has got to be the Golden Rule when it comes to match play. You're not out of it until you run out of holes."

Now that you have a few golf tips on how to beat your partner in match play, suggest this format the next time you are out on the first tee!

What golf tips can you share about match play? Post them in the comments section of this golf blog and tag us with them on Twitter @Golf4Beginners!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Consistency from Tee to Green With These Simple Golf Tips and Drills

What good is a training aid if it sits in your garage and what is the use of learning proper setup or putting if you don't put it into regular practice? Proper practice will give you a consistent golf game.

Golf tips and drills are only as good when they are put into action - if you don't use it, as the old saying goes, you lose it. 

This week, Golf for Beginners offers up three golf tips and drills for driving, chipping and putting - a well-rounded practice for the range which should help you during your round. The simpler the golf tip or drill, the more likely you are to remember and to use it so let's get started.

Golf Drill for Driving

You hit a pop-up and your golf ball only flew about 100 yards off the tee...and it was straight up! You could see your mates shaking their heads and you knew your next shot wasn't getting you on in regulation. Your golf club came down too steep and you need to shallow out your swing.

Top 100 Teacher Cameron McCormick offers this simple driver golf drill (during practice) to shallow out your swing which uses a towel or golf grip placed directly behind the golf ball.

Golf Tips for Approach Shots

PGA Tour golfer Jim Furyk says he is not as long off the tee as the big bombers on Tour but what good is finding the fairway with your drive if you can't get that golf ball on the green with your second shot (on a par-4)?

Furyk's golf tips for approach shot accuracy include:

  • Choose the right club, not just based on sprinkler head distance marker, but also based on conditions such as wind and how fast the green is or where trouble might be near the green. I was told by Hank Haney to always take more club than you need - club up if you feel that you may not make the distance.
  • Avoid the bunkers and go long rather than short, if you aren't the best bunker player.
  • Go for the center of the green - don't try to stick it close. Instead, get on in regulation and roll a solid putt.

Golf Drills for Putting

"Good putters are good aimers." says Dale Ketola, Director of Instruction at Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center. "You have to be able to read the line, have the correct speed and read the green."

Watch this short video for techniques/drills on making putts:

READ: Golf Tips to Improve Lag Putt Percentages

These golf tips were meant to inspire you and show you that, with a little bit of targeted practice, you can improve your game.

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