9 fundamentals that will help beginners golfers improve

I enjoy teaching new golfers and feel privileged whenever I get to give a golfer their first lesson to learn the fundamentals of the game. Once you've mastered those, you'll be able to propel the ball into the air and ignite a lifelong love of the game.

You will need to develop your skills, understanding, and talents as a beginner. These are the fundamentals to get you started.

9 fundamentals that will help beginners golfers improve

1. Master the fundamentals

A good golfer can be identified before they even hit the ball. Their core fundamentals of posture, grip, and stance are all good, and they usually execute these things in a very specific order (known as a pre-shot routine), which helps them repeat these each and every time.

First, place your hands on the golf club as directed here.

Secondly, Step into the golf ball with one leg and bow from the hips, as shown.

Finally, position your feet so that your weight is evenly distributed and your feet are roughly shoulder width apart.

Simply, grip the club, walk forward and bow, then adjust your feet.

2. Understand how the ball enters the air.

One of the most difficult obstacles for beginners is continuously getting the ball in the air.

The essential idea is that in order to get the ball into the air, it must first hit the ground. Get into good posture by bending from the hips and feeling as though you're tossing a ball by extending both arms into the ground during your swing (as you see me demonstrating below).

To obtain this feeling, don't be scared to hit the ground on your practice swings. You'll be firing stunning shots in no time.

3. Understand the range of your clubs.

Even as a beginner, one of the golf fundamentals you should understand is how far your clubs travel. You may not believe you are consistent enough to recognize this, but you are.

Put all of your clubs on paper, and when you hit a decent shot, use an app like GolfLogix, a range finder like a Bushnell, or walk off the yardage yourself and note it down. These figures can alter over time, but knowing your distances will help you stay on track.

4. Have a dependable fairway club.

Once you've teed off and your ball is on the ground in the fairway, rookie golfers may prefer one club over another - you might prefer your hybrid over a fairway wood, for example.

The idea is to choose a club that you feel comfortable with and that goes a reasonable distance to help you acquire confidence and have fun.

A reliable fairway club could be your most lofted fairway wood, such as a 7-wood. A 7-wood would still cover more ground and be more consistent than a lower lofted option.

Discover your "go-to" club and develop confidence and consistency.

5. Know how to hit a basic golf chip

You must be able to hit a simple chip as a beginner.

This stroke doesn't have to be perfect, and I wouldn't expect you to have perfect distance control as a beginner player. When you're near to the green, you want to have a go-to shot.

For a fundamental golf chip, take a narrower stance, push your weight and torso towards the goal, and perform a basic putting action that scrapes the grass. For this shot, I'd use a pitching wedge and practice getting comfortable with it.

6. Understand how to hit a basic bunker shot

Sand shots are among the most difficult for beginning golfers. And, as previously stated, remember that in order to hit the ball up, you must first contact the ground. This means resisting the urge to raise the ball and instead committing to hitting the sand.

Dig your feet into the sand and move the ball forward in your stance to help with this.

7. Determine what equipment is required.

Beginner golfers must be prepared with the tools they will need on the course.

You should have six to twelve golf balls in your bag, a golf glove (if you wear one), tees, and a ball marker ready to go.

Being ready to hit when it's your turn is essential in golf. Having all of these items will assist you in accomplishing this.

8. Putting distance control

Learning to putt is one of those golf fundamentals that is both enjoyable and tough.

Bowing from the hips with your eyes above the ball and your arms hanging below your shoulders is a decent, basic putting stance.

After that, keep in mind that the length of your back stroke determines distance. Smaller strokes slow down the putter swing, while larger strokes help the putter swing naturally faster. While this is extremely basic, it can help you understand how stroke size affects distance and get you started.

If your feet are around hip width, you can utilize them to assist you adjust stroke size.

Consider your putter head going from big toe to big toe for tiny putts.

Think little toe to little toe for medium putts.

Aim for two to three inches outside each foot on huge putts.

Do you have a long putt to make? Outside each foot, measure six to seven inches.

9. Learn the rules and etiquette.

Aside from your abilities, you should be aware of the importance of filling divots and repairing any ball marks you leave behind. It's also a good idea to understand some of the fundamental rules of golf: Learn how to drop a ball, how to take relief from an unplayable lie, what to do if your ball is out of bounds, and what to do if you hit your ball into a hazard.

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