How To Start Playing Golf: The Basics You Need To Learn First

One of the reasons that Tiger Woods became the greatest golfer of all time is that his father Earl taught him the basics of golf very well. Without these basics, you cannot progress in the game. This article will discuss the basics that you need to master before you start worrying about more advanced concepts.

  • GASP
  • The above acronym stands for grip, alignment, stance and posture. These are the parts that make up your address position. All professional golfers perfect how they stand over the ball. And don't think these are just for beginners. When Tiger Woods was the number 1 player in the world, he still spent hours and hours working on his grip, alignment, stance and posture.

  • Body motion
  • Once you look flawless standing over the ball, all you need to have a decent looking swing is the correct body turn. The golf swing can be boiled down to "the turning of the upper body back and through, over the resistance of the lower body back and through." Without a ball, learn to turn your shoulders and hips correctly so you can hit the ball with the big muscles in your body (torso) rather than the small muscles in your hands and wrists.

  • Keeping your head still
  • In all sports, whether that is snooker, tennis or football, the players with the best technique keep their head still. Keeping your head still improves your balance and ensures solid contact. Whether you are hitting a 4-foot putt or a 350-yard drive, your head and spine must be rock solid.

  • Learn to chip
  • Good chipping is a skill any golfer can have regardless of age or physical prowess. Being a good chipping will save you shots and bring your handicap down. A good chipper can be more aggressive with his iron play because he knows that even if the misses the green, he can still make par.

  • Develop a smooth putting stroke
  • Like chipping, putting is a skill that requires not athletic ability. All it takes to be a boss on the greens is a willingness to learn the proper technique and many hours on the practice green. Hitting booming drives and towering irons will matter very little if you can roll the ball in the hole. As the saying goes, “drive for show, putt for dough.”