Learning to Play Golf at 50, 60, 70
So you find yourself having passed the 50 mark, and you feel like taking up golf. Well, don’t worry for a second about starting out, and don’t think that golf is just a young persons game.
That is not the case.
You see, anybody can pick up golf at any age. However, the way in which you learn the game is going to be slightly different, and that is where this is going to help.
What we are going to do is to provide you with some tips as to what you need to do to pick up the game. Also, we plan on making this as easy as possible for you. After all, you want to feel as if progress can be made with the game, don’t you?
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What to Be Aware of
As you are older, it makes sense that you will have less power and speed compared to younger players. However, that doesn’t need to be something to worry about.
Instead, there are ways around this particular problem, and this is where our first tip really does come into its own.
Tip 1: Use Technology
The first tip is to really use technology to your advantage wherever possible. That means, get clubs that are specifically designed to help you out in this way, and there are a number of them out there on the market.
Technology can make a huge difference to how far you can hit the ball. There are shafts for clubs specifically designed for senior players, and that’s one area you should focus on.
Technology is there to help with distance, getting the ball up off the ground, providing consistency, the list is endless with what it can do.
Remember, you won’t have the same power, so do go ahead and use technology, and see the difference it makes to your entire game.
Tip 2: Focus on Technique
While some people go for the absolute raw power with their shots, that’s not going to be an option here. One tip is to focus more on technique as that too can add some yards to your shots.
With technique, you are looking at having a good swing that means you address the ball in the correct manner. That is going to work well for you, especially when you use the first tip about technology to your advantage.
You see, people that focus on power will often end up losing some yardage and control with their shots as their technique lets them down. You don’t want to be further compounding your issues in this way.
Get help with your swing, and be prepared to even slow things down a bit more than you would perhaps like to get the technique mastered before working on the power in the future.
Tip 3: Use Hybrids Instead of Long Irons
Another tip is to look at using hybrid clubs instead of something along the lines of a 5 or 6 iron. It will not only improve your distance, but a number of people feel it also improves the control they have over their shots.
However, you need to think carefully about your clubs in general if you want to get the most out of the game from the outset.
Tip 4: Choose Your Clubs with Help
When it comes to your clubs, then you want something that fits you perfectly well. This means not only length, but also how they play.
You should seek advice from the local course pro who can help you out when it comes to the clubs.
You want the senior golf shafts, but also tend to look for clubs that have a titanium head. These heads are lighter, and they can also be larger in size.
What that does is it allows you to tee things up higher as the weight of the club won’t drag you down. That should result in you being able to hit at better angles, and get a better end result.
Also, modern clubs are designed to make a difference when it comes to getting the ball into the air. If you know you are struggling with this, then it’s simply a case of potentially changing your clubs.
Tip 5: Have the Right Grip
Having the incorrect grip can have a profoundly negative impact on your shot, and that is something you can work on. We aren’t just talking about the grip you actually install on the club either.
Focus on maintaining grip in the root of your fingers rather than the palm. That will only lead to you losing some of the flexibility in your grip, and the distance will be affected as a result.
Tip 6: Work on the Game
The final tip is to try to avoid getting too frustrated with the game, and focus on trying to work on your game as much as possible.
Golf is a game where practice does indeed make perfect. Well, perhaps not perfect, but it will make a huge difference.
Get to the driving range. Get on the practice green for your putting and short game. Mix it up, and get out there as often as possible. You will start to see an improvement quite quickly especially if you take on board the earlier tip about focusing on technique.
As you can see, there are a number of very obvious tips when it comes to learning golf when you are classed as being an older player.
Perhaps the most important tip of all is to just get out there and get started with the game. There’s no point in sitting at home wondering what it’s like to be on the course. Getting clubs and help in the game is the easy part.
There’s no doubt that golf can be a wonderful sport for you to play at any age. It gets you active and out there with friends, and there’s nothing more enticing than having a great time with some great company even if your own game frustrates you.