Beginner’s Golf Tips I

By: Gregg Bisson

Clubs and Ball
[Posted by Yuki Shimazu]

1. Take time to orient yourself with the uses of each club. Many amateurs choose a club based on length, opting for longer clubs when they are further from the hole. Before choosing a club, however, players should consider personal tendencies, hazards, and the wind.

2. Forge a plan for the rest of the hole before taking a shot. Sometimes driving the ball close to the hole is not the most effective option. If major hazards stand in your way, two mid-range shots give you more control than a long and a short shot.

3.  Ensure that you properly align each stroke by standing behind the ball and gaining a clear perception of the target. Set the clubface directly at the ball, and align it to your target before assuming your shooting stance. Never try to align your feet at the target or force your shoulders parallel to it. Allow your body to assume its natural positioning once you align the clubface.

4. Play with the wind, using it to your advantage. Compensating for heavy wind with increased shot power never results in a good shot. Instead, adjust your shot to work with the wind. For example, if the wind blows from left to right, hit the ball to the left and let the wind naturally carry it to the right. Playing with the wind requires significant practice and great judgment so experiment as much as possible and strive for consistency when playing a game.

5. You will never become a great player without a solid golf grip. The key to a great grip is finger placement. Your thumb and index fingers on each hand should form a V that points toward your shoulder. To start, hold the club with your gloved hand and let it lie between the first knuckle and the palm. Wrap your other hand comfortably around the gloved hand and let the two Vs form naturally. Aim for a firm grip, but never squeeze the club. For more insight on grips, check out the following video:

[Posted by purepointgolflessons]

Beginner’s Golf Tips II here


Habits of Highly Effective Pistol Shooters, Part 2

By: Gregg Bisson
Habits of Highly Effective Pistol Shooters, Part 1 here

Disassembled Gun
[Posted by Hustvedt]

This compilation of pistol-shooting advice concludes with several additional good habits and pointers.

6. Avoid the “Jerk and Heel”
Applying pressure with either the heel of your hand or your trigger finger can cause the gun to jerk in your grip after firing, which might result in you dropping the weapon and it inadvertently firing again. Instead, apply pressure to your trigger straight on from front to back for a safer, more effective shot.

7. Put Aside Anxiety
Is your shot lined up properly? What if you are off-center and do not garner enough points? Will you get that big promotion at work? These and all other concerns must be temporarily forgotten whenever you step up to a target and prepare to fire.

8. Apply Follow-through
When a golfer swings, he or she does not relax immediately after striking the ball. The golfer must follow through with the shot, maintaining form, posture, and strength. The same rule applies to firing: after breaking (firing) your shot, maintain your grip and stance, then eye your target. How did you do? If you did well, work on applying the same follow-through to subsequent shots.

9. Find and Maintain Rhythm
As it applies to pistol shooting, rhythm is the smooth process of eyeing your target, taking aim, finding your focus, lining up the shot, firing a round, and following through. Once you have found your rhythm, try your best to apply it to every shot.

10. Practice
Like any other sport, profession, or hobby, you need to set aside time to practice pistol shooting if you want to get better. Arrange practice sessions at your local shooting range, and stick to them; short of emergencies, nothing should distract from your practices. If you need motivation, form a pistol-shooting group or club, and work with your peers to coordinate times when you can all practice together.