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As golfers, we like to start playing and working on our games in March so that when April rolls around, it doesn’t feel like you are learning how to play golf for the first time. Here are a few tips to help you jump-start your game for the 2015 season.

1. Do you need new grips?

2. Are your shafts adequate for your swing speed?

3. Are you playing with the right loft in your driver to maximize distance?

4. Do you have the right set make-up to benefit your game? (wedges, hybrids, fairway woods etc.)

Work on your swing

1. Start practicing with the short swings and move back to the full swing.

2. Start with putting to establish rhythm and tempo.

3. Chipping and pitching require a lot of feel and tempo and therefore is another great place to start practicing. Think of these shots as a miniature full swing, which will allow you to make a smoother transition to a correct full swing.

4. Once you move to the full swing, make sure your grip, posture and set-up are correct. I like to think of these three areas as the engine that starts the golf swing. Without the grip, posture and set-up being correct, it becomes almost impossible to swing the club correctly and to get consistent results.

Set realistic expectations

1. Remember that you be will be a little rusty those first few rounds of the year, so don’t get frustrated on the golf course when your scores are not where you would like them to be. While on the golf course, I suggest that you take notes on what you think you need to practice so that when you return to the range to practice, you can work on the things that will improve your game most.

2. Remember to set aside some practice time for all aspects of your game. I like my students to spend about 25 percent of their time on the range and 75 percent of their time practicing short game (putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shots).

Think about lessons

Consider taking some lessons or even attending a golf school or clinic to be certain that you are starting the year off with the correct fundamentals. This will also allow you to have more focused practice sessions because you will know what you need to work on.

I hope these tips will get the season started with success and most importantly some fun.

Written by Kandi Comer


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