Golf Digest SchoolsSeptember 21, 2017

The First Steps to Becoming a Good Golfer

Our newest video series, 5 Starter Lessons, is about getting the basics right
Nick Clearwater GolfTEC

Developing golfers, even total beginners, will sometimes hit a shot that does exactly what they dreamed it would do. Long, high, straight. They love it. But immediately they think, How'd I do that? They don't know, so they just keep swinging until another good one magically comes along. It's a waiting game.

The truth is, good shots don't have to be mysterious. If you can get a few things right, your chances of success skyrocket. It starts with the simple stuff, like ball position and posture, and then a couple of swing keys—turning your shoulders on the backswing, shifting toward the target coming down, keeping your arms extended. The golf swing can get complicated, yes, but to hit respectable shots, a few basics go a long way.

Our newest video series, 5 STARTER LESSONS, is about just that: getting the basics right. Nick Clearwater, the head of instruction for lesson leader GolfTEC has created a five-part curriculum that covers the fundamentals of driving, iron shots, the short game, bunker play and putting. These lessons are not just offering a few pointers. Each video runs about five minutes and includes step-by-step directions, fixing common faults and using the most effective practice drills.

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This game-improvement program, based on GolfTEC's advanced research of golfers like you, will help you repeat your good shots a lot more often. But it's as much about your golf future as the present. Starting with solid fundamentals also helps you cut out the frustration of trying to overcome chronic bad habits. So many golfers struggle for years before deciding they need professional instruction. Whenever you decide to get some expert advice, it'll help. But if you get it early, you get better faster. And quick improvement means you boost your chances of someday becoming a really good golfer.

Nothing beats learning the right things in the right order and having good, simple thoughts to focus on. That's about the best thing you can do to set your course in the game. Check out 5 STARTER LESSONS, and get on the fast track. You'll take control, instead of just waiting for your next good shot.

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