The 4 Best Video Golf Lessons For Beginners

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Why learn to play golf?

There are several reasons, so let’s take a quick look at the most important ones. First, we live extremely busy lives in the 21st century. It seems that 24 hours in a day is not enough to do all that we have to do as we try to pack in all of the chores and commitments. We are in a constant rush.

Learning to play golf does two main things: it gets us out into the fresh air when we have been stuck in an office all week, and it requires a lot of concentration. This second point is probably the main one. When you have to concentrate so hard on the shot that you are about to take at that moment, all of your worries disappear. They have to, because your mind is suddenly 100% on the shot, so everything else vanishes. There is no room left for fears, worries, and frustrations, so golf gives you mental relaxation and peace of mind.

Certainly, other things come into play such as your competitive instinct and the pleasure of a couple of drinks at the 19th hole, but overall, golf gives you RELAXATION in an otherwise demanding dog-eat-dog world.

The Best Ways To Learn Golf

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best ways to learn golf. Obviously there is nothing to beat physical practice out on the course with an instructor who has been there and done that, but it is not possible to spend as much time as you might like doing that. Furthermore, a golf pro costs money, which of itself may be a restriction.

Fortunately, the internet has come to our rescue with the advent of YouTube. It is now possible to spend a few minutes here and there learning how to play golf by watching other people doing it on video in the comfort of your own home.

If you type “golf for beginners” into YouTube you come up with about 131,000 results. If they averaged 10 minutes in length it would take you about 2 years doing nothing else day and night to watch them all.

Since we guessed you probably didn’t have that much time we have sorted through them for you and found the best golf lessons for beginners on YouTube. Here are the top four I’ve found.

The Swing

One of the first things that you need to master is your swing. We found a great video by Andy Proudman and Piers Ward which has had nearly four million views. It’s called Golf Swing Made Simple and runs for less than seven minutes.

Andy begins by pointing out that the object is to hit the ball in a reasonably straight line, but that a lot of beginners think that in that case the swing should be directly behind the ball and follow through in a straight line. However, that is not the case. The club does not travel in a straight line, but in an arc. The club is raised behind the golfer’s body so it is not directly behind the ball. As the swing commences it travels down the first part of the arc and – it is to be hoped – connects with the ball at exactly the point where it will send it in the direction we want, and then continues in its arc finishing up above the golfer’s left shoulder (or right, in the case of a left-handed player).

Next, the pair make the point that the angle at which the club face strikes the ball is critical. This is demonstrated with – of all things – a tennis racquet.

Then Piers demonstrates that you can practise with small swings so that you get used to turning your body in the correct arc in order for the clubface to strike the ball at the correct angle, and play some shots like this before increasing your swing in order to drive the ball down the fairway. To begin with you only need to hit the ball 20 yards.

Piers further points out that he has taught golfers who have been playing for ten years who still think that the club should be played in a straight line in relation to the ball.

Andy goes on to say that learning the swing is what he calls “concepting” – in other words grasping the concept that the club is swung in an arc rather than in a straight line.

Golf Swing Made Simple is a great video and one which we thoroughly recommend.

Beginner Golf Basics 

Beginner Golf Basics – Part 1 is the first in a series of four videos, also by Piers Ward and Andy Proudman, and starts right at the beginning by defining the various parts of a golf club – the grip, the shaft, the club head, the face, and the leading edge.

Next Piers shows you the stance with his feet apart at about shoulder width, and the ball slightly ahead of the centre of his body. The feet are turned slightly outwards. He then describes how to aim the body and achieve the target line.

Next up is the correct way to hold the club. Andy says that when they take on a new pupil, whether he has been playing for six months or ten years, the way that he holds the club is the first thing that they both look at in order to ascertain if there are any problems with it. They go into considerable detail about how to hold the club, showing the back of the leading hand facing the direction in which the ball is required to go and referring to how to “close” the hand on to the grip rather than the term ”grip” the club which is the word many people use. In fact, they use the term “hold” the club rather than “grip” as they say that they don’t want you to “grip” the club too tightly. Then they go into more detail about how to use the other hand, showing a “V” shape between the thumb and the grip.

In fact, Piers says that many people hold the grip too tightly, especially after they have just missed a shot: the tendency is to “grip” the club even more tightly which is not what you should do.

Next up is a description of the body motion during the swing. Piers shows you how to practise this without a golf club. You put your arms around your front and “hug” yourself. Then you place the feet into the correct position as described earlier and “wind up” the body keeping the lower body stable. You then move your body towards the target and turn your body. The weight is now all on your lead leg and the other foot just has the toes in contact with the ground, the spikes of your shoes pointing away behind you. The right knee is “on top” of the left knee.

This completes the “set up” and the pair now go on to discuss the swing. Piers demonstrates a short swing which only drives the ball a short distance. He then shows a longer swing, thus driving the ball further.

To complete the video, the pair emphasise that you do not need to keep hitting the ball: it is more important to practise the movements correctly until you are confident with them.

Beginner Golf Basics – Part 1 is the first in a series of four videos and has had over 70,000 views in its’ first three weeks on YouTube. It is well worth a look.

Golf for Dummies

Golf For Dummies is by Australian champion golfer Brett Ogle. This is also the first in a series, and goes into considerable detail on how to choose the equipment that you need. Basically, as Brett says, all you really need to play golf are some clubs and some balls.

However, how do you know which are the best golf clubs for you? There are golf clubs with steel shafts and golf clubs with graphite shafts (much more expensive, but lighter in weight). There are big headed golf clubs, cavity back golf clubs, and many more.

When choosing them you have to consider your height, build, and strength. If you are tall, you probably need longer and stiffer shafts. You can get standard, mid-sized, and over-sized club heads. Brett recommends over-sized heads for the beginner as they are much more forgiving. He also suggests that you start by getting a putter and a few irons. Your objective is to get used to the correct action: distance should be the last thing to worry about when you are a beginner.

Brett emphasises that you need to find out what is the best type of club for your build, body type, and your game. He says that there is no point wasting money on expensive clubs until you know what is the best type for you.

Having discussed clubs at considerable length, Brett then goes on to consider balls and also reminds you to buy tees.

After this, he suggests that you should always warm up before playing golf, even if it is only on the practice range. Although golf is not as physical an activity as some sports, you use a considerable number of muscles so a regular warm up routine is essential. Five or ten minutes of stretching can help to avoid pulled muscles, or even more serious injuries.

Finally in this video Brett goes on to demonstrate some simple warm-up exercises that you should always do before playing a round or playing on the practice range.

Putting For Beginners

We found a great video on putting by Harold Swash and Phillip Kenyon.

Harold says that there are four fundamentals to good putting. To begin with the blade has to be square to the target at both the address and strike positions. The second fundamental is the importance of keeping the blade of the putter square through the path of the hitting area.

The third fundamental is to strike the ball with a slight upstroke. This gives the ball a forward roll. The way to achieve this is to position yourself so that the ball is two inches forward of your sternum. Phillip Kenyon demonstrates how to do this.

Finally, every putt is a straight putt and you must strike the ball with a smooth acceleration so that you control the speed of the ball. Many amateurs either hit the ball with a short backswing and a hurried hit, or a long backswing with deceleration, both of which will cause the ball to veer off course.

This video is only around five minutes long, but puts into perspective exactly what it is that you may be doing incorrectly. One of the best on putting that we have seen.

The Four Best Golf Lessons For Beginners

So there you have it. In our view the best golf lessons for beginners from some of the best professionals around. Take our advice and go and watch them all.

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