When you turn on the TV and stumble upon some golf, you probably think this is quite an easy sport –– some people even object to calling it a sport. You just wave a club and hit that ball as far as you can, right? Well, not exactly. If you try to pick up one of those clubs and try your luck with golf, you’ll probably hurt your back trying to hit the ball, and you will still miss. It is far more difficult than most non-players could imagine. It requires finesse and precision, and mastering the swing alone is quite the challenge. These golf swinging tips and tricks will help you hit it straight!

Ensure proper stance

One of the most important things you need to do to hit the ball straight has nothing to do with the shot itself, but rather your stance before you even hit it. If you don’t have the right stance, your shot will never be straight. There are several angles to consider here. For starters, your club needs to rest flat behind the ball. Your knees, on the other hand, should be a little bent, with your upper half tilted a little bit forward while still being straight. You need to hold the club with your hands going straight down from your shoulders without any tension, and you hold it with your right hand just an inch lower than the left, which gives the shoulders the required upward slope to make the shot. Also, make sure your weight is evenly divided on both feet without any tilting to either side

Keep the hands low

If and when you do manage to make contact with the ball, your main problem would be having some form of accuracy on your shots. Just about anyone would hit the ball too high on their first few times. The secret to keeping it low and controlled is in limiting the height of your follow-through, which will significantly lower the height on your balls. It is not exactly optional to use this technique, because the higher your hands are, the higher the shot will be –– and vice versa. So, always keep your hands low while taking a golf shot.

Get the right gear

You might be doing everything by the book, with posture and follow-through motions as good as they can be, and you would still be hitting shanks and missing by a mile. If that is the case, then you might want to check your gear. You’ll realize that any proper golfing site’s homepage will advise you that selecting the right golf gear can make a huge difference in the quality of your shots, and more importantly your appreciation of the game. It is not just the clubs that count here. You also need a proper ball, markers, gloves, and a lot of different things that could impact your shot quality. If you are really serious about your time with golf, then you definitely need to consider getting better equipment.

Generate power through your body

If you asked any professional golfer how they generate so much power on their shots, they would tell you that it is the body that counts, not the arms –– contrary to popular belief. This is why you need to learn how to generate such power on your shots so you could properly hit the ball. Practice moving the club with your body as the main source of momentum. You will notice it makes a huge difference in the quality of your shots, and you will be able to generate much more power.

Mind your position at impact

At the end of the day, this is all about properly making contact with the ball and the impact you make with it with your body –– through the club. If that contact was off by a millimeter, your shot wouldn’t go out as you want it to and it will miss. To properly make contact, you need to ensure that your hands are ahead of the ball at the exact moment of impact. Your eyes need to be fixed on the ball, too. Position your left knee to maintain some flex, and bend your spine forward just the right amount to match the position set at address. This will help you make contact with the ball with enough accuracy and power, and you will be able to hit it straight.

It is important that you find someone to guide you on how to make proper shots, especially when you are first starting out. You can get all the right gear in the world and read tips as much as you want, but if you don’t have someone to tell you right from wrong, you won’t make much progress.