Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners
If you have just started golfing and are looking for some Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners you are in the right place.
There are Two basic fundamentals you should be focusing on before you get out and hit a golf ball. These can be practiced at home and you do not even need to go to a golf course.
The first is the most important one of all. The grip p will be controlling the golf club, and if you don’t grip the club correctly you are sacrificing distance, accuracy, and control of the golf ball.
Handy Tip- If you learn how to grip the golf club before you start hitting golf balls it makes learning the game a lot easier.
Three Ways to Grip the Club
Vardon (Overlap Grip) – Named after the great Harry Vardon this is the most important grip of all. The right pinky overlaps the left index finger. The opposite happens for all those lefties.
Interlock Grip– Usually more targeted at players with smaller hands or ladies this is also a very common grip. The right pinky interlocks with the left index finger. The great Tiger Woods uses this grip.
Baseball (Ten Finger Grip) – This grip is usually used to get beginners to get a feel of swinging the golf club. It is a lot easier to learn the correct grip as early as you can so you do not form any bad habits. If you want to improve fast I would not use this grip. It is very hard to control the distance you hit the ball, and also feel and accuracy around the green becomes difficult.
If you are struggling to get a feel for the correct golf grip then a training grip might be a good option. This training device will help you get your hands in the correct position on the golf grip.
The correct way to setup to the golf ball is in the below photo.
You will notice how relaxed the player in the photo is.
3 Key Points
- Your knees are not bent (a common misconception) they are flexed.
- Your arms just hang directly down from your shoulders.
- With your arms hanging you bend from the hips to get the club to the golf ball.
Too many players bend their knees too much because it is common advice. They also reach for the ball with the arms.
You need to be relaxed, and one of the most helpful tips for the setup is to let my arms hang down from my shoulders.
If the clubhead is not directly behind the ball from this position it means you are standing too far, or too close to the ball so you can just shuffle your feet back and forth, until you reach the correct position.
Teaching Professional Mike Malaska explains the grip and it’s relation to setup very well in the below video.
Once you get the grip and setup correct you can start focusing on hitting some shots. It is important to know where exactly to position the golf ball in your stance for each golf club. Use the following link to find out more. Golf Stance Ball Position