10 Tips for more consistency golf

10 Tips for more consistency golf

If you ask most golfers how they could improve the game the one word that continually crops up is consistency.  For many golfers, one good shot is followed by a bad one.  Or a round of golf can be ruined by 2/3 bad holes.  We all know the parts of our game that let us down, or the shots we find difficult. These are specific individual faults that can only be improved by learning the correct technique and movements with the help of teaching professional and practising them over a period of time.  But there are also several things you might not be doing that require no practise at all, that could help you develop a more consistent, and therefore enjoyable game of golf:

 

  • Play with the correct golf ball. Don’t get me wrong, changing to a more appropriate ball will not turn you into Rory Mcilroy overnight, but it may help you.  Golf balls vary greatly.  Some spin more than others, some require more power to be compressed to make them fly through the air.  Playing with a ball with the wrong compression for your swing may be costing you distance – speak to your professional about the best ball for you.  Chipping and putting with the same ball will help you to develop your feel and distance control on the greens.
  • Play with clean clubs. When you see the best players on the television with dirty clubs? Keeping your clubs clean will help you get a better strike on the golf ball and generate more spin.  If your grooves are filled with mud how do you expect them to grip to a golf ball and generate spin?  Wipe your grips to, this will help to maintain the tacky feel, more control of the golf club can only be a good thing. 
  • Practise with a card and mark your score. Most amateurs play better in a casual game with no pressure.  When they get a card in their hand and have to record their score, tension and anxiety levels rise resulting in a decrease in performance.  Try to play practise rounds / 9 holes with a scorecard i.e. simulate competition conditions.  The more you do this the better you will perform when the pressure is on. 
  • Drink and eat appropriately to maintain performance. When you play golf you get tired, the more tired you are the worse you will play.  Try to keep hydrated when you play golf and maintain your energy levels.  Snacks (banana, energy bars, nuts) and fluid (water) little and often e.g. every 3 holes will help you achieve this.   
  • Have a pre-shot routine. Watch any top professional and you will notice they have a pre-shot routine.  The key to consistency is to do the same thing over and over again.  Work with your professional to build a personalised pre-shot routine.
  • Have a set up check list. As a teaching professional I know better than most that when you start to swing the club I can have no influence over the swing – your brain will tell you what to do and how to do it.  However, the one thing I can influence is how you setup to the ball – do this incorrectly or inconsistently and it will have a negative impact on your game.  How can you strike the ball well when posture is different to every shot, or the ball position is always changing?  Get your basics right – ball position, distance from the ball, weight distribution, posture etc….
  • Check your aim. Aiming is difficult, fact.  How many times have you hit a good shot but it goes in the wrong direction because you haven’t aimed correctly?  Get your playing partners to check and help you aim and align yourself correctly.  This is one area most amateurs fail to work on but get wrong more than anything else on the golf course. 
  • Practise appropriately. A typical round of golf (100 shots) will comprise of the following breakdown in shots: 45 putts, 14 drives, 25 iron/hybrid/fairway wood shots, 14 chips/pitches and 2 bunker shots.  When you practise do you spend the appropriate amount of time on each area of your game?.  Work out where you take your shots in a round and spend your practise time to suit. 
  • Take a breath before you swing. Most amateurs hold their breath and become tense when they play a shot.  Before you take your swing, take a deep breath and exhale.  This will help you relax.  Less tension equals better movements and more consistency. 
  • Enjoy playing! Ask most people how they have played after a round and all you get are the negatives.  Focus on the positives and enjoy playing, golf is a sport and is meant to be fun! The more you enjoy doing something the better you will perform, don’t be held back by negativity!!

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