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Golf 101: 4 tips on “How to hit a golf ball”

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Just as its described folks. So you got the invite, new gear is on, the borrowed set of sticks is sitting at your side and everyone is warming up…now what if you have no idea how to hit a golf ball?

Golf is not rocket science all while being arguably the most challenging sport ever. HOWEVER, every player from you to Tiger Woods all started somewhere.

So let’s make it REALLY simple.

It’s your first time so the goal here is to 1) Hold the club 2) Swing the club 3) hit the ball 4) Find the ball all while not falling over or harming anything.

1. USE A BASEBALL GRIP. Yes, there are other and “proper” ways to hold a golf club but its day 1 and we are trying to have fun not get a brain cramp. AND the baseball grip is one that you can do 10/10 times and it requires very little explanation.

2. STAND TO THE BALL ATHLETICALLY: Think shooting a free throw, getting ready to tackle someone, or getting ready to hop forward. Point is SLIGHT knee bend, weight on the balls of your feet, smooth back, relaxed arms, and neck. You are a whip, not a bat so act as if.

3. DRIVE A NAIL INTO THE BACK OF THE BALL: Simple. If there is a loose nail on the back of the ball, drive it into the ball. This will give you a simple thought for contact. On day 1 the club will go back how it goes back and swing where it swings, you’re goal is at some point to drive a nail into the back of the ball. At first, do it at 1/2 speed working up to as fast as you can go all while not falling over (in balance)

 

4. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT MEANS NOTHING: Flushed, shanked, sculled, topped, etc. Stay outta the result. If you pound one good if you whiff it good. The whole point is to get your mind and body to go in a harmonious direction and eventually the ball will come along for the ride.

 

That’s it. It’s fun damn it so have FUN!

WRXers, this is an introductory series at the most basic level, so please feel free to share your “how to hit a golf ball” wisdom in the comments. 

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  1. Thad Muething

    Jul 22, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Absolute beginners should never start at the first tee, but the practice range and green.

    Beginners won’t enjoy their experience as much if at all. We may lose a golfer.

    The playing partners and those behind will have a better time too.

    Harvey’s Penick’s little red book is highly recommended.

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