Join one of Oxfordshire’s most popular golf clubs and learn a new skill in a friendly environment, with a fantastic golf course to take advantage of. If you’re a beginner or looking to start golfing, The Springs Golf Club offers a wonderfully inclusive and friendly environment to start, with our Golf Pro Paul Cook on hand to help you get started. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of 133 acres, the golf course was lovingly designed by former Ryder Cup Captain Brian Hugget MBE, and was created for all skill levels to enjoy.
In this post we’ve listed some top tips for golfing beginners, with brief explanations, but why not book a day of golf or a Pro Session with Paul to see what it is all about?
get your aim spot on
Your aim isn’t just in your feet, but you need your knees, hips, shoulders and club face to all follow suit. Always check your alignment is spot on in every practice session, even the pros still do this.
solid stance is key
You need to have a wide, solid, stable and balanced stance to begin any shot, build from the ground up (meaning your feet, not the actual ground). The general rule of thumb is to make sure the inside of your feet line up with the outside of your shoulders.
get that grip right
Practice holding your club as often as you can, even if that means taking into the house and picking it up every time you walk past it, your grip is key to a successful stance and swing.
work on your posture
This doesn’t mean walk around with books on your head, don’t worry. You need to make sure you are tilting from your hips and not your waist, while keeping both your arms and back straight, with a very slight bend to your knees.
start swinging your hips
Your down swing needs to start with your hips, not your upper body. Similar to skimming a stone, the lower part of the body starts the movement, with the upper body following the momentum, this should happen when you swing.
use the short clubs first
As tempting as it is to get the driver out and start swinging, mastering your core skills on each of the clubs to begin with is the best course of action. Once you are confident and consistently hitting with the shorter ones, move up to the longer club.
keep up with your skills
As your love of golf grows, so will your knowledge and you will start to read magazines, forums and websites all talking about new ways of doing things. This can cloud the fundamental skills you’ve learned. Make sure to book regular coaching sessions with our resident Pro to keep on top of your skills.
And those are our top tips for all beginners, start with the small and core skills which you can build on and create a successful game from. Are you ready to join The Springs Golf Club?
Memberships at The Springs are available for almost any age, with options for both Juniors and Seniors, as well as a Ladies membership being available. Members are able to take full advantage of the exclusive members-only events, which includes a number of golf tournaments and community events in the Tudor-style clubhouse all year round.