Common Golfer Mistakes




A former assistant district attorney in Albany, New York, PJ Blanchfield currently operates as a private practitioner, and occasionally assists the Albany County District Attorney’s office. In his spare time, PJ Blanchfield is an avid golfer who has played for more than 30 years.

Here are a few of the most common mistakes made by golfers:

Choosing the incorrect club – When playing in a foursome, it is sometimes tempting to try and “keep up” with everyone else as far as club selection. In order to succeed and not make too many mistakes, it is important for a golfer to play his or her own game regardless of what others in the group are doing.

Golf swing – Several issues that golfers typically have with their swing involve errors in mechanics, body positioning, or the golf grip. Watching an instructional video or watching a golf professional play gives one a good idea of how to position the body and grip the club properly.

Positioning the feet incorrectly – One of the most common mistakes golfers make is positioning their feet incorrectly. For the ball to travel straight, the feet and shoulders must be aligned with the target, with both feet positioned shoulder-width apart and in a straight line. If either foot is not aligned correctly, the ball will tend to hook or slice.

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