Golf tricks for newbies
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).