Learning Different Golf Playing Techniques
There are plenty of different ways to play golf. Even among the best golfers in the world, you will see a variety of different swings, putting strokes, chipping techniques, and more. What this means is that you don’t have to try and fit into a box or follow the technique of another golfer – you are free to develop your own style and continue improve it until you reach your goals.
To develop your own game, it can help to work through a few different techniques and see which you are most comfortable with. There is no right or wrong answer necessarily – only what works best for you.
- Overlap or interlock. Most golfers use one of two grip styles – interlocking or overlapping. To find out which you like better, simply try them both. You can work on different grips on the driving range and watch to see what kind of ball flight you get as you make the changes. Most likely, one will feel much more comfortable than the other, and that is the one you will stick with for the long run.
- Draw or Fade. Typically, you will have one go-to ball flight that you hit for most of your shots – either a draw or a fade. You can play great golf with each of these flights, so figure out what comes naturally to you and go with it. It is a valuable skill to be able to turn the ball both ways on command, but that is an advanced skill that usually takes years to acquire. Only when you have good command of your standard ball flight should you start working on the ability to turn it the other direction when needed.
- Low or High. This one has a lot to do with the ball flight that you use, but it needs to be sorted out either way. Some players like keeping the ball lower to the ground on most of their shots, while others like floating the ball as high into the air as possible. Usually, players who hit a draw are ones that like to keep the ball lower, while those with a fade will prefer to hit the ball high. Those rules aren’t set in stone, but are a good guideline to start from. As your ball flight starts to develop and become more consistent, decide whether you like hitting the ball low or high and make that your standard approach for most shots.