10 Best Golfing Tips for Beginners

While you don’t need to be fit to play golf, focusing on flexibility, mobility, and strengthening exercises will go a long way toward reducing the risk of injury and improving your golf swing.

It goes without saying that golf is a sport that requires good technique and physical strength. However good technique is just the start of what you need to take your game to the next level.

These tips below will help you continue to improve your golf and protect yourself from injury!

1) Warm Up Properly

As with any sport, a thorough warm-up is key to maximizing performance and preventing injury. We recommend performing a few practice swings with an exaggerated motion. This is a dynamic way to warm up your muscles and prepare your body for the exact movements you’ll be using.

Need more tips on the best back stretches for golf or warm-up exercises for golf? Our golf physiotherapist can develop a customised warm-up routine that is suited to your exact golf swing technique and fitness level.

2) Consider a Coaching Lesson With a Physiotherapist

The right equipment and golf lessons are important, but your body itself is your most powerful golfing tool. Learning how to execute your golf swing with proper posture, strengthen necessary muscles, and enhance your flexibility can significantly improve your game and keep you safer.

A golf physio lesson can give you insight into your form, posture, and golf swing technique. If you swing with your body in the incorrect position, you risk straining a muscle and dealing with inconsistent shots that lack power.

At Lilyfield Physio, we are proud to offer Golf lessons through Kam Bhabra, a 10-year PGA veteran. Kam believes “it is equally essential to keep your body in shape, as it is to work on your game”.

With his extensive physiotherapy knowledge and his golfing expertise, Kam designs golf fitness classes that help you get the most out of your body and golf game.

We’ll work together to improve several aspects of your golf performance, including your:

  • Golf Posture
  • Alignment
  • Golf swing
  • Golf grip
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Power

If you’re ready to take your golf game to new heights while staying free of common golf injuries, book a class today with our golf performance specialist.

3) Learn Good Golf Posture and Alignment

Golf is a sport that demands proper posture and alignment. Dynamic flexibility also contributes to a powerful, consistent golf swing.

Have you ever noticed how effortless it looks when you watch a PGA professional’s golf swing? They are masters of maintaining proper balance and golf posture throughout the entire swing.

Much of this ability is because they understand the benefits of flexibility for golf performance. Working on your flexibility can offer noticeable benefits to your golf swing and overall game.

4) Grip the Club Correctly

A good grip is key for lowering your golf scores, enhancing your golf swing technique, and improving your game. Your hands should work in unison to connect your body to the club and ball.

Keep both hands close and use a light grip on the club. Beginner golfers often use the ten-finger grip. With more experience, you can play around with different golf grip styles to find the type that works best for you. More experienced golfers often learn to use an overlapping grip.

Once you master the basic golf grip, you can work on more advanced techniques such as finding the right putter grip.

5) Pay Attention to Ball Position

Ball position is an important yet often undervalued aspect of improving your game. Golf ball position has an impact on the direction and flight.

Moving the ball slightly backward or forward can have a noticeable effect on your shot. Experiment with subtle tweaks to the ball position and pay attention to how it impacts the ball’s flight and direction.

Golf ball position has an impact on the direction and flight.

6) Load Properly Into Trail Side

Forgetting to ‘load’ your right side through your backswing can cause your arms and body to be out of sync. To correct this golf swing error, try placing a wedge under your trail foot’s heel. Point the shaft toward the sky and get into your normal swing position.

Focus on maintaining pressure on the club to keep it pointing up. This will help you learn what it feels like to correctly ‘load’ your hip. Remember: Load the right before you shift to your left.

7) Rotate Your Trunk into Back Swing to Keep Your Arms Connected

Your arms becoming disconnected can hurt your golf swing.
This swing fault occurs in the first part of your back swing when your arms disconnect or separate from your body.

This often causes:

  • Difficulty in sequencing your back swing correctly, causing your arms and club to be out of sync with your body
  • Poor swing plane and club-face issues that result in inconsistent golf shots
  • Your arms overtaking the shot and becoming disconnected from your body

To keep everything in sync, turn your trunk and pay attention to keeping your arms connected to your body. You can also follow these exercises to improve your golf swing technique and help keep your arms connected.

8) Keep Your Head Still in Your Golf Swing Until Impact

It is important to keep your head still through your swing until you make an impact. Upon impact, allow your head to lift slightly to continue rotating your body toward your target.

9) Use Your Hips to Drive Your Golf Swing and Stack onto Your Lead Leg

Make sure you focus on using your hips to drive your golf swing. This helps shift your body properly so your weight stacks onto your lead leg.

10) Get Fitted for the Correct Golf Equipment

Although your body is the most important part of a good golf game, your golf equipment plays a key role as well. Using clubs that are too short or too long for you or using outdated equipment can drive up your scores and decrease your consistency.

If you’ve been using whatever clubs have been handed down to you or the clubs that were the cheapest, consider getting fitting for the correct golf equipment.

Your golf equipment plays a key role as well.

Take Your Golf Game to a New Level with Golf Physio

Working with a physiotherapist in conjunction with your golf coach can help you shave shots off your game and keep your body in top shape.

A physiotherapist can design exercises and drills that address your golf swing technique, assess your golf grip, and improve your overall game.

If you’d like to learn more about Golf Physio with Kam Bhabra, please contact us with any questions or to set up a consultation.

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