14 Simple Ways to Improve Your Golf Without Changing Your Swing

  1. Getting upset doesn’t work. If you hit a bad shot go find it and play the next shot. Stop catastrophising over the last shot. Catastrophizing involves believing that you’re in a worse situation than you really are or exaggerating your difficulties. 
  2. Keep hydrated. You are around 50% more effective when properly hydrated. Your brain and body is made up mostly of water so staying hydrated gets rid of toxins, reducing tension and improving your game.

FUN FACT: What do toxins do to your brain?

Neurotoxicity occurs when the exposure to natural or manmade toxic substances (neurotoxicants) alters the normal activity of the nervous system. This can eventually disrupt or even kill neurons (nerve cells) which are important for transmitting and processing signals in the brain and other parts of the nervous system.

3. Spend time researching drivers. Getting your ball in play off the tee is vital to improve your golf game. What should you be looking for? The right length for you is not necessarily standard length. It’s now proven that shorter drives work best for the majority of golfers. Find out what’s the best loft for your ability, spending time in a simulator and getting some factual data about your driver will be time well spent. The configuration of head will help you reduce the shape of your shots especially if you slice or hook the ball. Get the right flex for your strength and speed. Put ego to one side and try various flexes to discover what gives you the most consistency. Try different thickness of grip, standard isn’t always best. Feel is important so worth getting this right. This one club is worth spending time on. You should enjoy taking off the head cover every time you stand on the tee which requires a driver. 

4. Play the same ball not a mixture. Changing your ball every time is like changing your clubs every round. Knowing how your ball performs and how it feels off the club face is vital. Just imagine chipping with a hard ball when the shots requires a soft feel. Experiment with different balls to see what’s best for you. 

5. Stretch for 5 minutes to warm up. Don’t wait until hole 5 before you loosen up. Rounds are often spoilt early on making it difficult to recover. Learn a routine that warms up your wrists, arms, shoulders, back, hips and legs. 

6. Get rid of your lob wedge. The majority of golfers come up short. Using a lob wedge with 60° of loft can make things worse. Take it out of your bag for a week and see what happens. 

7. Only take our 8 clubs max. Indecision is a killer. If you’ve only got the choice of  one club you’ll make it work and commit to the shot. 

8. Only take out 5 golf balls. Why? If you’ve got 30 plus balls in your bag subconsciously that says that you’ll need them. Every time you lose a ball that’s 2 extra shots. Think about this. Mentally if you’ve only got 2 balls left in your bag you’ll play smarter and not take too many risks. Simple changes can help lower your scores very quickly. 

9. Simplify technique for short shots. If you struggle with short chip shots make a putting stroke with different clubs that produce consistent outcomes. Don’t make your technique complicated. 

10. Learn a simple technique to get out of bunkers first time every time. Remember this. What goes up must come down. Bunker shots require you to hit under the ball so a steep backswing and downswing makes it much easier to hit the sand under the ball. Also, striking sand creates resistance so make sure you accelerate and not stop as soon as you strike the sand.

11. Stop trying to make birdies and pars. It’s double bogeys you need to avoid. How can you play the hole taking double bogey out of the equation? Playing smart is the new cool. 

12. Work on the speed of your putts – 2 putts per hole max. If your speed is good its very rare you’ll 3 putt. 

13. Think light not tight. This is related to how tightly you hold the club. If you hold the club tight it stops swinging. Make sure your grips are good and not slipping. Give them a clean often, believe me its worth it. 

14. Have a plan for your round. Know your destination. If you know what you want to do and have a plan of how to achieve it then you are way closer than many golfers. Plan your perfect round at home one evening and see how close you can get to executing it. You will be surprised I’m sure. 

We hope you find these tips useful. You can get more hints, tips and strategies by joining our community at www.propergolfingacademy.com. 

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