How to Become a Better Golfer

By Robert Preston
From beginners to touring pros, golf is a sport that requires ongoing practice to improve and see the results of your efforts.

Many golfers play the game as a recreational activity, enjoying spending a day out with friends and relaxing on the course. And although the game in itself is fun, it also has its frustrations. By improving your golf game, you can minimize the number of bad shots you hit in each round. With more satisfying shots, and fewer poor shots, you'll maximize the fun you'll have on the course.

Hit balls at a driving range to practice your swing. Purchase 100 balls to hit—for a fraction of the cost of a round of golf—and focus on rectifying problems in your game without having to worry about scoring.

Relax when striking the ball. Amateur golfers tend to take effective practice swings but then tense up over the ball and fail to replicate them when it counts. You must be loose to properly strike the ball.

Pick a target to shoot at, even on beginning shots, such as drives or approaches, when you do not have the flag to aim for. Instead of hoping for a good shot, pick a point in the fairway and aim for it, so you will know if your shot was truly on target.

Take one or more practice swings before addressing the ball to loosen up and get your body used to taking the swing you want to put on the ball.

Address the ball with your clubhead, hips and shoulders pointed at the target.

Swing with an even tempo without trying to kill the ball, allowing the club and your natural pace to make the ball move.

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