It doesn’t matter if you are an expert at golf, or just a beginner who thinks that eagles and birdies are things that birdwatchers do. Novices and experts alike find a degree of difficulty in golf. Before you play another round, read on for some easy ways to improve your skill and your score.

A great way to get more exercise out on the course is to forgo the electric cart and instead opt to walk. This is very beneficial to your health as you will be increasing your exercise on the course. Walking also warms your muscles and keeps you loose, which will help your game.

The beginning golfer needs to learn the right way to grip a club. One common mistake is thinking that gripping the club harder will cause the ball to be hit further. However, it’s best to use a firm, yet gentle grip. Grip the club like you would grip a small bird.

One of the most important things to remember when playing golf is not to take it so seriously. Mistakes will happen and you should laugh at them to remain calm.

Give every shot 100% of your attention. Don’t think about your past shots or the water hazard you’re going to have to face; don’t get distracted from the very next shot that’s up. Forget about your mistakes; move on, and do better next time.

When putting, always ensure that your left hand is in front of the ball. Putt the ball, keeping your hands steadily in this position as you follow through. This helps to get a smooth roll of the ball and prevents the ball from popping up as it meets the putter.

Keeping track of the score is important in the game of golf. This can be helpful because your skill as a golfer is frequently determined by your score. Each hit on the ball is called a stroke and each stroke is recorded. Once you have completed a hole, you add up how many strokes it took you, and you then have the total score for that particular hole. The less strokes it takes to get the ball in the hole, the better your score.

Take a small snack rich in proteins with you, such as nuts for instance. Although it is a great sport, golf can be exhausting both mentally and physically. The extra calories and protein in your snack will help keep your mind honed in and your body less tired, giving you the energy necessary to complete all 18 holes.

Good golfers are as smart and mentally healthy as they are fit. Block out the stress and issues of your life and concentrate 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.