Summer approaches, and so does our 13th Annual Lee R Bangerter Memorial Golf Tournament! This year we’ll be playing on a new course, courtesy of Bountiful Ridge Golf Club, and we’re giddy in our seats about it. We hope you’ll join us June 21, 2017 for a 4-man scramble, silent auction, and a memorable lunch—all in the name of one of our founders, whose philanthropy and big heart has continued to make an impact in the lives of our community’s underserved. We’re making sure this tournament takes the cake in terms of contests and hole prizes, so to help you bring your A-game, we present four tips and techniques to a great round of golf.
#1 Know Your Stroke Path
First things first, read the situation. Consider the course terrain, the distance to the hole, and the path the ball will take to get there. Does it have a slight curve, or is it a simple straight shot? From there, choose the best club. Blade/Anser-style clubs are good for arc strokes, while mallet putters are best for straight-back-and-forward-through shots, and High MOI putters can be used for strokes where the ball is off-center.
#2 Assume Correct Swing Posture
The components of proper posture are these: lower your chest, bring your hips back, straighten (but don’t tense) your spine, and lean your body weight onto the balls of your feet. How you hold your club will depend on the strength of your swing, so if you’re a beginner, try the standard 10-finger grip, also called “the baseball grip.” Place your left hand toward the end of the club handle with your right hand just below it.
#3 Relax Your Stance
A stiff stance can really throw off your swing, so relax your shoulders, loosen tension in your arms, and let your knees rest in a slight bend. The spacing of your feet will depend on which club you’re using for a specific shot. If you’ve got a driver for a tee shot, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. For other clubs like putters, position yourself in a hip-wide stance.
#4 Give Yourself an Eye Exam (!)
This tip comes from Dr. Craig Farnsworth, an optometrist turned golf instructor. Basically, the best shots are all about the player’s perception of his or her target. Try this exercise:
- Study your target, burning its image into your mind’s eye.
- Close your eyes, raise your arms in a straight line, and point to where you think the target is.
- Now open your eyes. How close were you?
Use this new information to read the shot and re-assess your swing if needed. Your game will be better for it.