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Adelaide University Golf Club Newsletter

18th of April, 2011


Basic Golfing Tips As an introduction to golf, here is a combination of basic golfing tips. This is not an exhaustive list; it is only designed to be a brief introduction to the game and provide a starting framework on which to build. We shall touch on many of these topics in more detail over the upcoming newsletters, however at this point; we shall just explore the basics. We would like to emphasise that these are tips which we use and there are many variations, and different players may have slightly different advice. As you practice and gain more experience and understanding of the game, it is probably best if you try different tips from different players and see which one works best for you.

Basic Positioning In golf, the term ‘address’ refers to one positioning and aligning up to strike the ball. When addressing the ball, the side of your body closer to your target is the ‘front’ and the side further from your target is the ‘back.’ For example, for right handed players; -

the ‘front’ hand will be the left hand the ‘front’ foot will be the left foot the ‘back’ hand will be the right hand the ‘back’ food will be the right foot

This can be seen in the pictures below, where the individuals are right handed players, and their ‘front’ hand, for instance, is there left hand, whereas their ‘back’ foot, would be their right foot. The opposite applies for right handed players. So the basic position which one takes when addressing the ball includes the following features:

One should have a straight back

Keep head in line with the ball

Buttocks should be slightly sticking out

Knees slightly bent Feet should be aligned towards the target Feet should be shoulder width apart, or slightly wider


Two key areas which should be addressed in more detail are the grip and the ball alignment.

Grip -

[A] [B]



The ‘front’ hand sits higher up the club [A] The ‘back’ hand, sits lower down the club [B] Both thumbs sit on ‘top’ of the club and face down the club towards the club head The ‘front’ hand grips the club first, and the ‘back’ hand grips the club second so as the thumb of the ‘front’ hand is covered by the ‘back’ hand

Ball alignment -


The ball should lie further back in the stance for the shorter clubs (6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, 9 iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge)



The ball should lie in the middle of the stance for a 5 iron

The ball should lie forward in the stance for the longer clubs (driver, woods, 3 iron, and 4 iron)

The basic position for the 5 iron, is that the ball should be half way between the feet. This also applies for a putter. When playing with a driver or a wood, the ball should lie so that it is further ‘forward’ in the stance – it is more in line with the left foot When playing with pitching wedge or a sand wedge, the ball should be placed further ‘back’ in the stance In essence, the 5 iron is in the middle of the stance. For any club which is longer than the 5 iron, the ball should be further forward in the stance. For any club which is shorter than the 5 iron, the ball should be further backwards in the stance. 3

A few additional pointers 1. Always remember to complete the swing. It is important to follow through, and have the swing finishing in line with the target.

2. In golf, it is more important to have good technique rather than brute strength – when swinging, do not worry about how quickly or how forcefully you swing the club. Do not try to use all your strength to send the ball flying into the next millennium! Keep your swing controlled, and focus on technique and having the club make good contact with the ball.

3. As you take your backswing, shift your body weight onto your back foot. And as you swing through the ball, shift your weight forward.

4. Always keep an eye on the ball. When you are preparing to swing, focus on the ball. Even after hitting the ball, try to keep focused on the spot where the ball lay. This will help keep your body in alignment. Try to resist the urge to look up straight away to see where your ball went. You can always ask those you are playing with to keep an eye on where the ball goes, allowing you to focus on your swing technique.

5. Always have the target in your mind. Before taking your shot, always look at the target. This even applies for the driving range, where the target often will not have changed inbetween each shot. It is important for each shot to have a solid mental picture of where you want to hit the ball.


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Golfing News According to, the current golf world rankings are: Men’s Rankings: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Martin Kaymer Lee Westwood Phill Mickelson Luke Donald Graeme Mcdowell Paul Casey Tiger Woods Steve Stricker Rory Mcilroy Matt Kuchar

Women’s Rankings: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Yani Tseng Jiyai Shin Cristie Kerr Na Yeon Choi Suzann Pettersen Ai Miyazato I.K. Kim Karrie Webb Michelle Wie Paula Creamer

Golfing Quotes Mark Twain: “Golf is a good walk spoiled”

Winston Churchill: “Golf is a game who’s aim it is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly illdesigned for the purpose

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