Tips On How To Improve Your Golf Swing

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TIP! Practicing with slightly different stances will help you learn the best way to stand. Your stance is important, but since everyone is unique, it is impossible to to determine the proper stance without experimentation.

People have been playing the great game of golf since early in the 15th century. Golf has changed over that time, but one thing that has not changed is that it is both relaxing and engaging at the same time. This article is just what you need to take full advantage of your time on the course.

TIP! Read blogs or ask an expert before you choose new equipment. This is something you should know because a professional will be able to aid you in club selection and will know what types have been created lately.

A great way to get more exercise out on the course is to forgo the electric cart and instead opt to walk. Walking from one hole to another gives you extra exercise, thus supplementing the health benefits of playing golf. Walking will also help to keep you loose and your muscles warm.

TIP! Exercise your toes to figure out faults in your stance when golfing. If it is too difficult to prepare a swing while moving the toes around, it means the golfer is too far in leaning towards the ball.

Always focus all of your concentration on the next shot. Thinking about a previous success or mistake, or worrying about the next hole, will make you lose your concentration on the shot you need to make right now. Thinking about past mistakes or future actions takes your mind off the swing, so do your best to just move on and forget about them.

TIP! Don’t take golf too seriously. Everyone makes mistakes and the ability to laugh at them will help you to learn from your flubs and relax while you play.

When addressing each putt, it is important to have your hands slightly ahead of the line between your head and the ball. When you are swinging the club do your best to hold this position. If you do not incorporate this technique, you run the risk of having the ball bounce off of the club, greatly reducing your chances for an accurate putt.

TIP! Always focus all of your concentration on the next shot. Don’t dwell on a bad play at the previous hole, or worry about what’s up ahead, but concentrate on the task at hand.

Speed is a critical factor when you are trying to make a long distance putt. Do not concentrate solely on your aim; you should aim for a target that is between the ball and the hole. This will help you to moderate the speed and direction of your putt, preventing a painful overshot or too short of a shot.

TIP! When getting ready to putt, look down and make sure your left hand is set a little forward of the ball before you strike it. Keep this position during your stroke to maintain proper form.

You may want to bring nuts or other high-protein food items with you when you play. Not only will golf tax you physically, but it is also mentally draining as well. An infusion of additional protein and calories will restore your mental clarity and revitalize your muscles, which will help you play your best all the way to the end.

TIP! If possible, play with good players and watch their techniques. There is more than one way to benefit from the expertise of a fellow golfer.

Before you invest any money in a new set of commercially packaged golf clubs, you might want to consider getting a custom-made set instead. Since all golfers vary in their height, weight and overall physical structure, one man’s club can wind up another man’s paperweight. By ensuring that you have a set that fits your body, you have a much better chance to develop a solid swing.

TIP! As such, you need to stretch before starting a round and keep yourself hydrated. Your strength, balance, and many other physical factors contribute to your success at golf.

Before you swing, make sure your hands are positioned properly on the club. Your thumbs will be pointing downwards, and the handle will fit right in your palms. Both your hands should have contact with one another. Choking the club is the best way to hit long shots.

TIP! All of your muscles, in particular trunk and legs, need to be involved in order to achieve a powerful swing. You need to whip your body around during the swing, deriving strength from your legs as they push against the ground.

Try to maintain the same ball position for each shot. This will help you stay consistent, and ingrain your stance. You can use your trailing foot to increase the loft by moving it forwards, but do not do so at the cost of your position. This ensures that you will be using the proper club for any situation that you may encounter.

TIP! Take a small snack rich in proteins with you, such as nuts for instance. Golf can make a person both mentally and physically tired.

Always take a stance approximately 3-5 feet behind the ball and look forward to the destination where you want it to land. Be sure to also consider other factors such as the wind. This sort of mental preparation for hitting the ball will pay off in improved alignment and shot direction, so take your time. You will then be able to more effectively get the ball to the spot where it needs to go.

TIP! A proper position is very important when trying to become better at golf. You have a better chance to get maximum distance if you maintain a consistent body position with your swing.

Try to find ways around the problem if you can’t figure out how to solve it. It may become an advantage for you and become something unique about your style of play.

Golf has grown into a very popular sport for plenty of reasons. Now, it is up to you to apply this advice to your game.

Golf Academy Awards Posted

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The Golf Academy

Arthur Scarbrough, Teaching Professional, at The Golf Academy.

The Golf Academy at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club provides the ultimate golf learning experience combining personalized instruction with computerized diagnostic equipment for swing analysis. The Golf Academy opened in 2001 as The Dick Harmon School of Golf and originally designed for and by the late Dick Harmon, one of America’s top teaching professionals and golf legends.

The state-of-the-art teaching facility features two indoor practice bays with an outdoor instruction tee with access to the expansive golf practice facilities offered at The Houstonian. Private golf instruction is available for golfers of all levels or in a group setting for for corporate clinics and outings.

Looking to improve your game in time for the spring golf season? Click for Spring Training Packages at The Golf Academy.

Arthur J. Scarbrough

Director of Instruction, The Golf Academy
Director of Instruction, Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club


Arthur Scarbrough is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston. Arthur is a PGA Golf Professional who began his golf career at River Oaks Country Club as Assistant Golf Professional prior to moving with Dick Harmon to The Dick Harmon School of Golf as Teaching Professional upon its opening in 2001. Throughout his career, Arthur has maintained the teaching philosophy of his mentor, Dick Harmon, who he worked closely with for almost twenty years. Arthur teaches players of all levels including some of the area’s most notable juniors, collegiate players, amateurs and tour professionals.

Beginning February 2012, Arthur will serve as Director of Instruction at the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club. Art will work closely with Charlie Epps, Director of Golf, to lead the team of teaching professionals as they debut Houston area’s premier golf teaching facility. Along with his new role at Redstone Golf Club, Art will continue to provide private instruction at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club on a limited schedule.

Notable Mentions:

Against the Wind – Golf Tip with Bob Slovak, ABC13
A Step Forward for UH Golf, Houston Chronicle, June 2011
Local Golf Notebook, Houston Chronicle, January 24, 2012
Junior Golfers fine-tune swings with eye on future, Houston Chronicle, January 25, 2012

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Golf Course Redesign Approved

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The Houstonian Golf & Country Club was designed by internationally acclaimed golf course designer and re-designer, Rees Jones.  With more than 7,100 yards of pristine play and five sets of tees, the golf course challenges golfers of all levels. The golf course engages approximately 50 acres of lakes and waterways along with 43 bunkers. Fairways of 419 Tif-way Bermuda and Tif-eagle greens are meticulously maintained for championship golf course conditions year round. And unique to the Houston area, the golf course is uniquely free of any housing developments, affording the freedom to focus on the game of golf as it was meant to be.

Members and their guests enjoy the area’s finest golf practice facilities allowing them to improve and perfect their game. Practice areas include an expansive practice range, two putting greens and a one-acre dedicated short game practice area. Paying homage to the true tradition of the game, The Houstonian provides on-site caddie services. Whether playing in a club tournament or entertaining clients, the addition of a caddie or forecaddie can enhance any round.

Among its many accolades, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club proudly hosted the 2006 Nationwide Tour Championship and LPGA Tour Championship presented by Rolex in November 2009. Both season ending tournaments showcased their tour’s top leading money winners competing for a season ending purse.

Along with Shadow Hawk Golf Club, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club co-hosted the 2011 U.S. Mid Amateur Championship that took place September 15-22, 2011.

The Rees Jones philosophy is always in play: holes that are fair, challenging, continually interesting to play, and visually exciting.

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