8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

Quick And Easy Tips To Play Better Golf Right Now

Editor’s Note: This story was updated May 10, 2017 — Serious golfers love to work on the fundamentals of the swing and stroke, which leads to “automatic” improvement that you really don’t need to think about — until your move gets out of sorts (and it will, even for the best players). But beyond the basics are valuable tips that deal with aim, club selection, course management … all those nuances that add up to a more complete golf package. I call them 8 tricks to become a better player, and I’m happy to share them with you here.

8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

TRICK 1: Align The Clubface

One of the most common mistakes amateurs make is improper alignment. Some think they should align their feet at the target, others try to get their shoulders parallel to it. Hey, some golfers try to align everything at the target! They’re all wrong.

The correct way to align your shots is to always begin by first assessing your target from behind the ball. This will give you a perspective of the entire hole and help you aim right where you want the ball to go. Secondly, before you make your actual stance, set the clubface behind the golf ball and align it directly at the target. Do this before, not after, you get into your stance. PGA Tour players have a knack for aligning the clubhead in this fashion. Pay attention to how they do it the next time you tune in.

8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

After you have the right clubface alignment, then comes time to situate the rest of your body. Most players benefit from aligning their lower body left of the target line and their upper body parallel to the target line. There’s actually no right answer as to what works best for you, but one thing is for sure. Aligning your body directly at the target rarely works. It usually leads to crossovers and over-the-top swings. Keep your body aiming left of the target line, and experiment with what works best for you. But be sure to align that clubface first!

16 thoughts on “8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

  1. Golf is my favorite sports event… As i was surfing tricks of golfing i end up with this page… Amazing content on tricks and tactics … The explanation is very well brought out… Thanks for this helpful kit on tricks to become a better player…

  2. Some nice quick tips here. For me, grip & chipping have been the keys from moving from a high handicap to a middle handicap. I fought a horrible slice and strengthening my grip improved my ballstriking immeasurably. Once that was fixed, I could gauge distance pretty well, but my approaches were near the green but not on so chipping came into play more often. The next step is accuracy with my approaches & putting.

  3. Alignment is critical to a good drive. Don’t count on the greenskeeper to align Tee shots for you. How often have you stepped to the tee and hit a ball far right or left and discover (too late) that the tee markers were aimed right or left. Always approach shots from behind the ball and lign up the club face from there. Focus on specific place you want the ball to go and trust your swing to get you there. Be positive.


  4. Definitely a solid piece of advice. I think one of the most common mistakes for alignment practice on the driving range is laying two clubs down parallel. Almost every golfer I see do it has the left club aiming far too left. Think about a train track, the railroad actually looks like it converveges the further down the track you look. Thats how your clubs should be aligned too.

  5. Wonderful advice. I feel that #7 is probably the most important on the list. I’m glad that I came across this, as since i worked with a pro on this i can drive it further (swingmangolf.com). This was some kind of blockade in my game… I’m hoping to find more interesting articles as I work though the archives!

  6. stand behind the ball and find a spot/mark 2 feet in front of the ball in line with your target and set your clubface to that mark,then align your body.Turn that mark into a pretend gate-club head width, and swing thru the gate on all shots.

  7. I’ve been looking for a good sport to get into and I’ve heard that golf is a really good one. You can keep doing it even you your 60’s, if you go professional it pays really well, and it has a relaxing feel about it. My friend who is the state champion golfer has really convinced me on this one, though I clearly see I have a long way to go when I play with him. http://www.lakequivira.org/Golf.aspx

  8. Golfing is a great way to spend time with people. I used to golf with my grandfather, father, and two of my uncles all the time when I was little. I remember how my grandfather would always laugh as I tried to copy everything he does before he hits the ball. Sometimes he would correct me in what I was doing. It was a lot of fun.

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