About The Ridge Golf Club
The Ridge Golf Club is located in some of Kent’s most picturesque scenery, with breath-taking views of the Weald. Patrick Dawson, the architect of The Belfry, created the 6,242 yards, par 71 courses (home to many Ryder Cup Matches). The course’s mature, fascinating vibe is enhanced by the spectacular vistas over The Weald and the layout, including 20,000 established trees.
The course’s design has taken careful consideration. The naturally draining features of the greensand on which it is built mitigate the problem of water bodies, making it a course that can be played all year.
Two strategically placed lakes present a challenge on the first, eighth, and final holes. The course also offers extensive practice facilities, such as an 11-bay driving range, a short game practice area with a bunker, and a practice putting green.
But many people wanting to experience the golf club’s enigmatic beauty and royal experience are golf novices. For them, this is our initiative to teach the basics of golf so that anybody can consider visiting without feeling inadequate for the tour.
About The Golf Clubs
It is the first and perhaps the essential tool to play golf, understanding, which can get a bit complicated. So, let’s explore this topic first.
Simply put, the Golf Clubs are the instruments which are used to hit the golf ball. The three pieces of a golf club are the head, shaft, and Grip. The game’s regulations limit golf club designs, but clubmakers seek to create clubs that are as functional as possible while permitting some swing mistakes, the result of which is a shot that is accurate, long, and forgiving. The smoother your swing, the less forgiving club you’ll need; conversely, the more work you need to do on your swing, the more forgiving club you’ll need.
Three kinds of wood (driver, 3, and 5) are usually included in a contemporary set of golf clubs, and also at least one hybrid (3H), seven irons (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and PW), as well as a putter. So, you now have a total of 12 clubs. In addition, because the regulation of golf permits you to carry 14 clubs in the bag, most golfers add a wedge or specialist hybrid to their arsenal.
After all, the more tools in our toolbox, the more possibilities you’ll have to make your work simpler!
How to Hold a Golf Club?
Now that we know what golf clubs are, the next most basic question is how to wield them to ace the field. You must resist the urge to use your golf club like a baseball bat to strike your golf ball. Even though it appears to be a lot of fun, you won’t have much of an impact on the range.
Without question, the golf hold is the most important component of your whole swing. It is your only connection to your club and the foundation of your golf swing, so look after it! However, trial and error are usually the best way to discover a grip that works for you when it comes to learning how to hold a golf club.
How to Grip a Golf Club?
The Grip is undoubtedly golf’s most crucial basic since it is the only physical relationship between your body and the golf club. It is much simpler to move the hands and arms properly through the swing and strike the golf ball with a square clubface when you have a decent grip.
Orienting the hands in the club is the first stage. If you are a right-handed golfer, your left hand will be on top, closer to the shaft’s butt, and your right hand will be below it. Leftists, on the other hand, reverse the sequence. The upper hand’s thumb is stretched down the handle of the club, not curled around the underside.
In the club, there are numerous techniques to unite the hands. The three most prevalent grip types are detailed below, although deciding which one is best for you is mostly a question of personal opinion.
It may also help you fix several issues with your shots and build a consistent setup.Try each approach to see which one works best for you.
How to Swing a Golf Club?
After getting a good grip on the club, the next important step to landing a good swing is proper posturing, followed by other key elements of a swing.
A solid athletic positioning is essential for creating power; look at any tour pro’s posture, and you’ll see that they aren’t slouching over the Golf ball. Allow your arms to dangle freely and ensure that your shoulders are back instead of forward as you go from your shoulder to the ball. Bent forward to achieve proper posture.
While bending forward from your pelvis, keep the same angle in your spine. This also determines how far you should stand from the Golf ball with the club. At last, you can flex or soften your knees to get into place. Finding the ideal position to place the ball for each club is critical; if the ball is wrongly placed when you begin your swing, you’ll diminish your opportunity of making excellent contact and achieving the desired ball flight.
The backswing essential to storing power is good upper body rotation. Moving your shoulders away from the ball with a certain strength, the shoulders will only create power if they have anything to coil or turn against.
It implies that your hips must rotate less than your shoulders as you raise the club upwards.
One technique to improve this is to ensure that the right knee is fully flexed when you return to the club. The right hip will travel backwards if it straightens, and you will lose momentum because your hips will over-rotate, leaving the upper body with nothing to coil to.
Any lateral motion will make it more difficult to return to the Golf ball and create any force consistently, so avoid swaying instead of twisting. Finally, don’t forget about your arms. Your left arm’s triceps should be nicely placed at the top.
In the downswing, transfer of weight is crucial. It’s tough to create an effective impact if you keep your entire weight on the right side too much. To urge your weight to move to your left side, begin your downswing by shifting the lead side towards the goal.
At address, place the golf bag beside the left foot and begin the downswing by pushing the left side toward the target to contact the bag through impact.
Strike down on the ball with an iron, resulting in the effective loft on the club at impact being lower than it was during the address.
This inevitable reality is difficult to grasp because golfers generally feel compelled to scoop the ball up from the ground with their hands or hold back on the right side in an attempt to assist the ball up. Either of these two actions will be detrimental and result in inconsistency is striking.
Setting a sheet of cards or cloth down within a few inches just behind the ball is the best approach to encourage the downward angle of attack, which is necessary with an iron. You must then aim to miss this at impact to induce the essential ‘ball first, ground second’ touch.
The driver impact is different because you would want to hit the club on the upswing to maximise every flight and swing.
The key is keeping the further ball front and the stance a little broader and the spine inclined away from the main target more than it is with an iron because the right shoulder tends to tilt down more; a solid setup will help you do this.
How to Regrip a Golf Club?
You can easily regrip your Golf Club using the following steps,
Using a vice and a protective rubber vice clamp, ensure the shaft is secured towards the end of the Grip. Keep the clubface at ninety degrees to the ground in the playing position.
Remove the worn Grip with either a straight blade or a stripper. Always keep a safe distance from yourself. Next, remove the existing Grip along with the grip tape by peeling or scraping it off. Finally, clean the residue with a cloth or preferably Mineral Spirits Grip Solvent.
To assess how much space has to be covered by the tape, hold the Grip that is to be applied parallel against the shaft.
Use double-sided grip tape that is 3/4″ or 2″ wide. Wrap 3/4″ of the tape in a twisting form from the top end of the shaft till the place where the bottom of the Grip is on the shaft if 3/4″ tape is used. Detach the tape backing and wrap the excess tape around the shaft’s end.
With your finger or a golf tee, hide the vent hole at the butt end of the new Grip, and put a liberal amount of Solvent of Mineral Spirits within. Then, with your palm, cover the open end of the Grip and shake it to conceal the whole grip interior.
Excess Mineral Spirits Solvent for the Grip should be poured over the whole area of the two-sided tape (via the vent hole). Use a lot of it. Excess Mineral Spirits Solvent can be collected in a tray and used for the other clubs.
Squeeze the open end of the Grip on top of the shaft butt and onto the club. Place the Grip completely on the club. Ensure that the grip end is in contact with the shaft end.
Starting with the pattern square and ending with the clubface, the Grip may now be correctly positioned. (a minute or so after applying the Grip, this should happen.) Allow several hours for grips to dry up before playing.
These were the basics of golf to help you get started with this majestic sport and help you along with the adjustments needed for the equipment.