How to Work on Your Golf Game All Year Long

You can improve your golf game no matter the season, with or without frequent lessons, but you can’t just play a round every now and then and expect to have a better swing and a better handicap. Improve your game with practice, practice, and more practice. Also implement the following tips and you’re sure to see improvement over time.

How often do you need to play golf to improve?

Golf is not at all like riding a bike—you can’t just pick up a club after a long hiatus and play like no time has passed. It’s a sport, and it requires training, dedication, and consistency. That said, you can practice casually. You don’t have to fork over lots of cash for green fees, lessons, and a cart. You can keep up your game by just going to the range a few times a week and casually hitting a bucket of balls. Then, schedule a tee time at least once a month and push yourself to play a little better each time. You’ll probably be a bit tired after playing 18 holes, but you’ll likely play a decent game because of how often you were hitting at the range.

How can you get better without lessons?

No matter your golf skill level and what aspect of your game you’re trying to improve, it’s almost certain that you won’t get any better without some lessons. However, in between lessons, you can and absolutely should be working on your game. If you don’t practice what your instructor is helping you with at your lessons, you won’t improve with just lessons alone. Improve your game with these tips:

 

  • Be consistent and deliberate in your practice. You won’t get any better if you don’t practice regularly.
  • Practice your swing, with or without a club, in front of a mirror. Working with a mirror is a great way to see your stance and form. A similar way to see and improve your form is to take a video.
  • Be deliberate in focusing on certain aspects of your golf game. Think about what you learned in your last lesson and focus on working to improve those elements.
  • Practice your grip and your swing in your backyard for 20 minutes a day if you can’t get to the range. Grab your clubs, get outside, and start swinging!

Work on your short game

Getting better at your short game is a sure way to improve your handicap and lower your number of strokes. It might not be as exciting as hitting a long drive off the tee, but it’s necessary to improve your overall game. Pull out your 3 wedge set and putters and practice softening your grip. This will ease the tension in your arms and wrists, and you’ll be able to focus on your basic chipping stance. Work on allowing your body to rotate with your swing, and finally, pay attention to your left arm. Control comes from your left arm when you chip. Let your left arm, wrist, and hand lead the way from your backswing all the way through to connect with the ball.