First Time Fridays – How to Hit the Ball

First Time Fridays is a new summer video series for beginners to get the inside scoop about how to look and feel like a golfer.

First Time Fridays is here and we have an exciting video this week! This is new summer series brought to you by Kathryn Newton, Golf Digest and Morton Golf. We will give you the inside scoop on how to look and feel like a golfer for all you beginners out there. Golf is an intimidating sport so we want to make it easier for you to feel comfortable from the get-go. Today, learn How to Hit the Ball.

So how do you do it? Well, how do you hit a baseball or softball or tennis ball with a racket? Those balls are moving, a golf ball isn’t. You move it. The ball won’t go anywhere unless you make it.

Beginners tend to have the mentality that their focus should be on getting the ball in the air and not what it should be which is striking it first. Clubs are designed to get ball in air. Focus on making contact and have not making your body overdo the work.

Try to swing your arms like a clock or pendulum and you’ll have success. This motion creates a smooth path for the club and gives you a better chance of making the ball go straight. Make sure to continue your swing after you’ve struck the ball too. Like in tennis and baseball, the hitter keeps swinging through the striking point. This makes the ball fly further and higher.

And as always Kathryn reminds you to Relax! Relax your hands and arms; if you squeeze your grip too much or swing too fast, you’ll make more mistakes. Easy and relaxed verses hard and fast… you know our suggestion.

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