Golf can be quite an expensive game when you add up the total cost of clubs, shoes, balls, green fees and practice range fees. Golfers may think they don’t have enough money in their recreation budget to accommodate golf instruction and game improvement. Golf is much more enjoyable when you play better. Game improvement requires a commitment of time--but not necessarily money.
Get in better shape. Hit longer drives by developing more clubhead speed through exercises designed to build muscle tone and lengthen your swing arc. Try abdominal crunches, push ups and yoga-style stretching. You don’t need to purchase any specialized equipment. Take up daily walks, go jogging or swimming to build your stamina and prevent fatigue from affecting your coordination and shot-making ability near the end of a round.
Have a friend take a video of your swing. Golfers are often surprised when they see their golf swing on tape. Watch the video to identify flaws in your alignment or swing. Make a list of adjustments you want to make as you watch. In a month or so, have your buddy take another video and note your progress.
Practice in the backyard. The golf swing is improved through repetition. This doesn’t have to be on the driving range or the course. Take a club out to the backyard and do a series of 20 swings each day. When you get to the course, the club will feel more familiar in your hands and these daily repetitions can help you develop your golf muscles.
Take free lessons. During the month of May PGA and LPGA professionals around the country volunteer to give 10-minute individual lessons and family golf clinics--for free. The playgolfamerica.com website has a database searchable by Zip Code to help you find a participating teaching pro in your area.
Visit the public library. Your local library can be a treasure trove of golf instruction books and videos--and they can all be checked out for free. Sign up for a library card and get an online account so you can search for materials you want to reserve. Most libraries also subscribe to the major golf magazines, which include instruction articles with valuable tips.