Golf tricks for newbies

It’s very important to avoid any kind of back and shoulder related injuries.
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Updated on Apr 22, 2011 01:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

1 Stay limber: It’s very important to avoid any kind of back and shoulder related injuries. To avoid straining a muscle, do stretches as often as you can. Stand upright, hold a golf club in both hands with both arms extended in front of you at shoulder height.

2 Practice your putting: Buy yourself an artificial turf putting mat — they are available at most good professional shops and cost around Rs1,500. You can practice the basics of strokes anytime, in your office or at home.

3 Practice swing in front of a full length mirror: Check your address position and take dummy swings while keeping a good rhythm and perfect balance — the foundations of consistency.

4 Warm up before you tee off: Get to the practise area 40 minutes ahead of time. Do a few stretches before the game.

5 Keep your backswing short and simple: A short, compact backswing is much easier to repeat when you play and practice infrequently. Keep it simple and find distance and control come much easier.

(With inputs from Rishi Narain,former golfer).

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