Has your golf game been lacking as of late? Do you feel like your progress has become stagnant and you just can’t get past the plateau you are at? Now that we’ve entered into a fresh new year, this is the perfect time to give your golf game the attention it deserves and really take it to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced golfer, there is always room for improvement, so why not go for it? To help give you that jumpstart you may need, here’s a look at some of the best ways you can go about taking your golf game to the next level in 2020.
Use a Launch Monitor
In order to improve your game, you first need to know what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. That can be pretty difficult to assess on your own, which is why you may want to consider using a launch monitor.
What these devices do is track your shot, giving you all kinds of insight into the habits you may have formed that you aren’t aware of. Today’s launch monitors are very-high tech, using some of the best software out there to ensure accuracy in the results. You will get insight into such data as your total distance, carry, side angle, launch angle, club speed, ball speed, side spin, and backspin.
There are both stationary and portable devices available, so you’ve also got the option of flexibility and convenience. The portable ones are meant to be stowed in your golf bag so you can take them with you on the course, gaining even more information.
Invest in New Golf Clubs
It’s also the perfect time to look at your current clubs with a critical eye and ask yourself if it’s time to invest in a new set. If you’re playing on a regular basis, the typical lifespan for a club is three years to a lifetime. This will depend on the make and model, the material used, and whether or not it’s needed repairs and incurred any damage. In general, golfers tend to do a full set replacement around the 10-year mark.
Are You Using the Right Club for the Shot?
Another area to focus on is the club that you are using for each shot. While you may think you’re reaching for the right one, in reality, you may be making mistakes that add up to extra shots on the scorecard.
Part of figuring out what club is best for what shot is practice. Experts suggest that you head to the driving range and hit about 50 balls with each of your clubs. Make note of which gave you the shortest five shots and the longest five shots, and then the rest are your middle shots. This is a great tip for beginners especially.
Give Your Short Game Attention
While there is plenty of attention paid to your long game and reaching the green, it’s a golfer’s short game that can make a massive difference to their score. Without mastering putting, you’re basically going to be giving away shots. Combine that with the fact that roughly 65% of shots are taken within 120 yards of the actual hole, and clearly the short game matters.
The good news is that your short game is something you can easily work on at home. There are plenty of putting mats and “greens” that you can purchase to be used in your house or yard, allowing you to really work on your accuracy and skill.
Take your game to the next level in 2020 by using these tips.