My dumb questions about golf.

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Hello

I am new to golfing and trying to figure it out. I want to take lessons but unfortunately there is only one guy in my area and all his reviews are that he basically steals your money and cancels your lessons.
Here are my questions about golf so I can hopefully continue to teach myself. I have a lot of free time over the next month and have gotten a book that is helping a bit but I need more help:
Here are my biggest questions in no particular order (please number in your answer so I can read them better).
  1. I can hit a 7 iron and up pretty nicely but anything below that seems to be garbage. Any tips?
  2. I know with a driver I am supposed to transfer my weight to my front foot, do I do the same with irons or should I try to keep my body quieter?
  3. How do I know exactly how a clubs face should be at address? For instance should I try to just put the club down and make the face perpendicular to my target line?
  4. Should I really hold the club as loose as everyone says.. even if I am swinging an iron? (If it hits the grass wont it just cause it to turn?)
  5. Are there any tricks to help me keep my head down and not pull up on the ball?
Thanks for reading and taking the time to answer me. I might add some more questions if people respond.
 

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It’s not a dumb question one of the fundamentals in the golf swing is finding the lowest point of the down swing (where the club contacts the ground) so you can position the ball in the stance where the club contacts the ball first and then the ground.
The best bit of advice I can give you at the moment would be to find a PGA pro and have lessons but I see that is difficult in your case. There are plenty of pros that do online lessons and there are many pros that post on YouTube, the one I found particularly useful is Shawn Clements he has tons of stuff out there.
Asking random strangers for advice can get confusing because we all have our opinions about the golf swing and they may well differ from person to person Bobmac on here is a PGA Pro and is worth listening too, so welcome to the Forum hope this was helpful to you.
 

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2. I wouldn’t worry too much about a driver for now if I was you. People who have played for years still struggle with a driver as it is such a long club and hard to control.
3. Your club probably has a white line in one of the grooves, just try and ger that line face the target to line up.

4. Yes grip lightly as you don’t need to throttle it as your arms will tense up and you won’t be able to swing well
1. And 5. I will leave to others
 

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Welcome aboard.

Point 4, it is one of my problems. When not playing well I grip tighter and tighter, squeezing the life out of the club. I have to consciously relax my arms and grip. I find it easier to do with a driver and fairway Woods, harder with irons for the reason you mention.

The issue is how strong should your grip be? I suspect you will have to play around and find that out for yourself. The thing to remember, I've read this soooooo many times from teaching and playing pros so this is proper advice not me, tension costs distance. The tighter you grip the more distance you lose. Hold that thought and try grip pressures that give you enough control on your club but no more.

Good luck, keep asking questions, none of yours were 'dumb', and enjoy.
 
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5] It is not keeping your head 'down' that you should concentrate on but keeping your head 'still' [ie not moving].
Your head is on top of a six foot column and weighs a fifth of your body weight. It's all about balance.
Balance is seldom mentioned in golf science, but to me it is crucial.

One old tip for that with a tee shot is to watch what happens to your tee peg after you have hit the ball.
Or with a fairway shot to pretend that there is a 5p piece [tanner in my day] under the ball once you have hit it.
 
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Hello

I am new to golfing and trying to figure it out. I want to take lessons but unfortunately there is only one guy in my area and all his reviews are that he basically steals your money and cancels your lessons.
Hi Jennifer, what area are you in? and how far would you be prepared to travel for lessons? I ask this as there are plenty of members located around the UK, it may be that they can give you a good recommendation for a teaching pro. If you're not in the UK, that may not be an option, but it's worth a try.
 

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If you get the basics right that will help you.
Learn how to hold the club in a neutral position

strong-vs-weak-gripm.jpg

Then learn how to stand at the start.


Then learn how to stand at the end.

Try and film yourself so you can see if you're doing what you think you are doing.
 

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IF you are gong to teach yourself I would always recommend buying a club grip trainer.

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Durable-Rubber-Golf-Club-Swing-Training-Grip-Trainer-Practice-Aid-Correct-Hand/233587890015?epid=0&hash=item3662ec575f:g:UFgAAOSwWbxevXRv

better if fitted to a club and that will show you how the club face should point as well*3 Without one the grooves on the club should be square to the target line

2. With full swings with any club the swing and weight transfer is the same ie the weight moves to the trailing leg on the back swing and transfers to the leading leg on the forward swing.

4. I was taught that should imagine holding a bird in your hand so that it cannot fly away but not so tight you would kill it.

5. "Look for the spot" Imagine a spot under the ball and you are trying to see it after you have hit the ball.
 

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IF you are gong to teach yourself I would always recommend buying a club grip trainer.

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Durable-Rubber-Golf-Club-Swing-Training-Grip-Trainer-Practice-Aid-Correct-Hand/233587890015?epid=0&hash=item3662ec575f:g:UFgAAOSwWbxevXRv

better if fitted to a club and that will show you how the club face should point as well*3 Without one the grooves on the club should be square to the target line

2. With full swings with any club the swing and weight transfer is the same ie the weight moves to the trailing leg on the back swing and transfers to the leading leg on the forward swing.

4. I was taught that should imagine holding a bird in your hand so that it cannot fly away but not so tight you would kill it.

5. "Look for the spot" Imagine a spot under the ball and you are trying to see it after you have hit the ball.
Just two points if I may...

I don't know if those grip trainers come in different sizes nowadays because one size does not fit all.
My other question would be is it a good idea to suggest a transfer of weight onto the back foot as that could easily turn into a sway if unsupervised.
 
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Welcome @JR - I think the only 'dumb' question someone could ask about golf would be 'which end do I hold';)

Golf is a simple game with a myriad of complexities - and often untangling the complexities can be quite a challenge...mostly though only if we choose to make it a challenge.

As an old fella told me when I started playing. You put your ball on the tee and hit it, and you continue to hit it, and don't touch or pick it up again unless you must, until you are picking it out of the hole.
 

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5. It's not about keeping your head still, it's about maintaining your posture - look on youtube/see a pro about this (and most other stuff as well)

PS welcome to the forum.
 

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Just two points if I may...

I don't know if those grip trainers come in different sizes nowadays because one size does not fit all.
My other question would be is it a good idea to suggest a transfer of weight onto the back foot as that could easily turn into a sway if unsupervised.
The grip trainers I have bought or built for others tend to be on the smaller size I'm ML hand and it is a snug fit for me so probably a good fit for someone with M hands or smaller.

Re transfer weight if the lady is going to go the self taught route it is better to learn the correct movement rather than leading to trailing transfer on the downswing I have seen in so many that have clearly not had a lesson. I would say getting rid of sway is possibly an easier fix than getting rid of reverse weight transfer.
 

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Hello

I am new to golfing and trying to figure it out. I want to take lessons but unfortunately there is only one guy in my area and all his reviews are that he basically steals your money and cancels your lessons.
Here are my questions about golf so I can hopefully continue to teach myself. I have a lot of free time over the next month and have gotten a book that is helping a bit but I need more help:
Here are my biggest questions in no particular order (please number in your answer so I can read them better).
  1. I can hit a 7 iron and up pretty nicely but anything below that seems to be garbage. Any tips?
  2. I know with a driver I am supposed to transfer my weight to my front foot, do I do the same with irons or should I try to keep my body quieter?
  3. How do I know exactly how a clubs face should be at address? For instance should I try to just put the club down and make the face perpendicular to my target line?
  4. Should I really hold the club as loose as everyone says.. even if I am swinging an iron? (If it hits the grass wont it just cause it to turn?)
  5. Are there any tricks to help me keep my head down and not pull up on the ball?
Thanks for reading and taking the time to answer me. I might add some more questions if people respond.

First of all, Jen, EVERY golf question is a dumb question so don't worry about it.

Here's a mental thought that has helped many new players.

Your goal is to push the ball forward in a straight line. Just forward, not up.
Nothing about your swing makes the ball go into the air.

The ball gets momentarily egg-shaped when you hit it, this parallel to the lofted face of the club.
The process of becoming round again is what makes it go up into the air.

All you want to do, then, is hit it straight forward as forcefully as you can, and if you think this way, you won't lift up on the ball.

Also, balance is a problem with beginners.
This being the case, don't lift your left heel (assuming that you're right handed) in an attempt to execute a longer backswing.
Keep that left heel flat on the ground.
That will help your balance so the downswing will take the intended path.
 

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Welcome along. Don't be scared to get stuck in or ask questions. As you've seen most on here will be really helpful

One question - where are you based? I am sure there must be more than one PGA pro locally that you could use. Ask around as I always think word of mouth is a strong recommendations
 

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If you get the basics right that will help you.
Learn how to hold the club in a neutral position

View attachment 31047

Then learn how to stand at the start.


Then learn how to stand at the end.

Try and film yourself so you can see if you're doing what you think you are doing.
Check this in front of a mirror as well I was adamant I was the last picture but I was actually the first

That grip causes the right shoulder to be further forward than the left

In to out swing city for me
 

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Welcome along. Don't be scared to get stuck in or ask questions. As you've seen most on here will be really helpful

One question - where are you based? I am sure there must be more than one PGA pro locally that you could use. Ask around as I always think word of mouth is a strong recommendations
I have slight suspicion, given the time of posting and the name, that the poster is not UK-based. I have been known to jump to conclusions.
 

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Hello
4. Should I really hold the club as loose as everyone says.. even if I am swinging an iron? (If it hits the grass wont it just cause it to turn?)
5. Are there any tricks to help me keep my head down and not pull up on the ball?
4. You shouldn't be 'throttling' the club, but you need to be able control it properly. Grip tension needs to change throughout the swing and be 'solid' when it strikes the ball. A golf club is relatively heavy compared to most other 'swing and hit' sports equipment (Cricket Bat is the only heavier 'tool' that springs to mind). Have you played Hockey? That (or maybe Tennis, but debatable) are the closest I can think of for a 'reference'.
5. I hate the 'Keep your head down' expression - it's so wrong! 'Under control' is much better. Doon frae Troon has it spot on!

Here's a vid showing a really easy way to swing, though it's not 'traditional'! I know several folk who have adopted this swing, including an ex-Pro. While 'focused' on 'Seniors' (avoiding muscle/joint pain issues) it's relevant for all ages.
Check the comments. Here's another related one more in a lesson mode
 
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