It matters not, whether you are an established golfer or a novice, who thinks birdies and eagles are strictly for birdwatchers. Golf is an exciting game that holds challenges for players of any skill level. Before you tee up, browse through this selection of handpicked tips and tricks for interesting insight into the sport.

When you get ready to swing, check your posture by wiggling your toes. If you can do this without difficulty, you are probably leaning too far back from the ball. The proper position would be to lean into the golf ball, allowing your feet to move slightly, but not overly much.

There is a particular spot on a club that, when it hits the ball with a well-aimed swing, produces the most accurate shot. Golfers call this the “sweet spot”. Get familiar with each club’s sweet spot. When you practice, experiment with each of your clubs to find this spot. Hit the ball with the sweet spot as you swing your club down.

If you need to make a long putt, focus mostly on the speed that you hit the ball with. Don’t aim for the hole, instead aim for a point between yourself and your goal which lies on the way to the hole. This technique will increase the chances that your second putt will be short, and ensure that you don’t have a putt that is too long or short.

Enhance your own skills by observing those of stronger golfers. You can benefit from the experience of your fellow golfers in more ways than one. You don’t have to contact a pro to get help from a player better than you. Simply observing their play style will allow you to gain new ideas and skill.

Avoid being super-tight or ultra-loose with your golf swing. Lacking a tight enough grip on the club means your ball will often cut to the right of its target. If you hold the club loosely, your shots will drift to the left. Use the way your shots go to figure out the right grip for yourself.

Ensure that the back of the foot in front is lined up with your ball when you do a drive shot. During any swing but the drive shot, your ball should be centered between your feet as you swing your club. The only time when it wouldn’t be centered is on a slope.

Be certain you are standing correctly to get the right golf swing. Your position is usually an indicator of where the ball will go. If you are leaning too far forward or not far enough, your swing distance will be dramatically reduced.

If you want to get the most out of each game, you must be prepared both mentally and physically. Clear your mind of the everyday stresses and focus on your game.

Now that you have taken the initiative to learn something new about the sport of golf, you can impress your golfing buddies (or that gorgeous pro shop attendant) with the information you’ve just picked up. Look for new ways to apply these skills to your current game, to make the game even more challenging and engaging.