How to Master the Golf Swing and Putting
When you are just getting started in golf, it is tempting to try and master all of the various techniques you will need to play your best. While it is always a good goal to improve on your swing and your putting, trying to ‘master’ any part of the game will likely only lead to disappointment. Golf is not a game that can be mastered, even by the best players in the world. Instead, make it your target to consistently get better with each passing day, so that your game will be able to reach levels you have not before achieved.
Following are three tips to help you make continuous improvements to both your golf swing and your putting stroke.
- Be Yourself. Golf practice is challenging because you want to improve your technique, but at the same time remain true to yourself and what feels natural. You will never really ‘own’ your golf swing if you are simply copying the swing of another golfer, so be sure that your swing (and putting stroke) feel comfortable and come somewhat naturally to you. Think in terms of making small and subtle changes rather than huge overhauls of your mechanics.
- Focus on Rhythm. Don’t get so obsessed with the technical aspects of your swing that you forget to have good timing and tempo within your swing and putting stroke. In fact, if you have good rhythm from shot to shot, you might find that you can actually get away with a few mechanical flaws and still hit good shots. Again, your tempo needs to come naturally to you and not be forced to copy someone else. When you are on the practice range or putting green, focus on your tempo and try to keep it as consistent as possible from shot to shot.
- Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. There is no substitute for practice to get better at any skill – and that certainly applies to golf. Getting as much practice time, and as much on-course time, as possible will make it easier to improve your game. Try to get on a regular schedule of visiting the practice range to work on your swing – without too much time passing in-between sessions. That way, you can build on the progress you made during the previous session and you should hopefully see improvements in your technique (and your scores) in the not-too-distant future.