Tips for New or Returning Golfers
Golf is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors and spark some healthy competition between friends and family. Home to two Nicklaus-designed golf courses, members of Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club have access to 36 holes of award-winning golf. For those interested in picking up a new hobby or returning to the sport after some time off, check out a few refresher tips below.
Those new to the sport don’t need to purchase an entire set of golf clubs or wear the latest and greatest in golf clothing. However, new golfers should feel comfortable when heading out onto the links the first time.
There are several ways to equip new golfers. Renting clubs or borrowing from friends and family are great options for those just trying out the sport. If ready to purchase clubs, new golfers can take advantage of hybrid clubs that combine irons and woods that are forgiving and versatile.
Select appropriate clothing for the weather conditions - The Arizona sun can be unforgiving. Golfers can stop into Superstition Mountain’s Top 100 golf shop to find the right clothing and get answers to any questions along the way.
Posture and Approach
Proper posture and approach to the tee will help new golfers be set up for success. Begin by standing with your feet about shoulder-width apart and flair out your feet to open your stance up, allowing for more range of motion which is crucial to your swing.
Focus on keeping your body weight on the center of your feet, avoiding too much weight on your toes or heels. Knees should be loose, not locked, which will help with your balance. Maintaining a square and balanced stance will assist with a straight shot when the time comes to swing the club.
A common new golfer mistake is using the upper body to initiate a swing. Instead, focus on initiating the swing through your hips. Imagine skipping a stone or throwing a baseball and how the lower body starts the movement with the upper body following. Practice makes perfect, but ensure you are practicing with proper technique to get the most out of your swing. Prevent bad habits from forming by seeking the expertise and coaching of our professionals and Mike Malaska Instruction Program at Superstition Mountain.
Patience and Fun
Rome was not built in a day, and it’s important to stay patient when you first start out as a golfer. The sport requires time to master skills and find the right equipment that will work best for you. Both beginners and the most skilled players should remember to remain calm, cool and collected during play. Whether you decide to play socially, as a weekend warrior or competitively, golf is a great and challenging sport, but is still a game, treat it as such and have fun!
With these takeaways, you’re ready to hit the greens and take part on the timeless game of golf. For more information on golf at Superstition Mountain give the Club a call today!