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Shae Killey3 years ago

Shellharbour golfers, refine your swing with these tips

Are you hesitant to get your driver out of your golf bag? Every golfer knows that satisfying feeling of crunching a drive down the fairway, but replicating it consistently is where the problems arise. Whether you can hit the ball straight and can't get any distance or you can slam the ball a long distance but your slicing it out of bounds, perfecting the drive is not easy! With so many variables in a swing, it's impossible to completely fix your long game without a few golf lessons and months of practice. However, we've got a few tips that can help patch up your driving in the short term and get you excited (not nervous) about reaching for your driver.

Customise your club

Everybody is shaped differently and has unique idiosyncrasies with their swing. So if you’ve purchased an off-the-shelf driver, then there’s a good chance it’s not the right fit. Make the most of modern technology and have your driver custom made for you. Be sure to opt for a light shaft and if you want to drive longer, consider a club with more loft. Using better equipment can add 20-50 metres on your drive instantly, as opposed to months of practising a new technique. Just make sure you get all your new equipment before overhauling your swing.


Keep it short

One more thing to consider before purchasing a new driver is your shaft length. Many people think that a longer shaft equals more leverage, and more distance, when in fact a longer shaft can throw out your timing and cause you to lose control of the stroke. Comfort is key! You can sacrifice a little distance to ensure you’re hitting the sweet spot.


Don’t over think

It might sound bizarre, but try and approach your drive like you’ve just come off a double bogey on the previous hole. When you’re teeing off a little angry, you tend not to strategise and over think your swing as much—you just grip it and rip it down the fairway. Using emotion rather than thought will stop you from freezing up and make your swing more fluent.


It’s all in the hips

Many golfers make the mistake of thinking that a big shoulder turn is the key to crunching a long drive, when that’s not completely true. Turning your hips further in your backswing, will allow you to turn your shoulders much more, resulting in a bigger windup and maximum distance.


Flare your feet

Flaring your feet out a little a little wider in your stance will give your hips more room to move. And just like we learnt in the last tip, more hip movement means more distance. Just be careful not to flare your feet too much and restrict your swing.


Test your drive

Once you’ve got all the right equipment and have spent a bit of time practising these tips at the driving range, it’s time for the moment of truth! We’ve found a couple of the best golf courses in Shellharbour to try your new swing and a have a nice meal afterwards.

Kiama Golf Club

Golf course for all abilities, Kiama Golf Club - Shellharbour
Golf course for all abilities, Kiama Golf Club – Shellharbour

With tree-lined fairways and a challenging layout, there’s no better way to put your golf game to the test than with a round at Kiama Golf Club. Enjoy panoramic views of Kiama as you make your way through the par-66 course, which is in pristine condition all year round. It’s not all about the golf here though! After your round, stop by the clubhouse and enjoy a few beers and a couple of delicious pizzas with your golfing buddies at their in-house restaurant. Just remember, loser shouts the first round!
Where: Oxley Ave Kiama Downs NSW


The Links Shell Cove

Beautiful course, The Links Shell Cove - Shellharbour
Beautiful course, The Links Shell Cove – Shellharbour

For a friendly atmosphere and an enjoyable golf course, come down to The Links Shell Cove. Whether you’re an avid golfer or a first timer, this unique course is perfect for golfers of all abilities. Why not make a day of it? Head down to the brassarie after the 18th and enjoy a delicious pub-style meal—the slow-cooked pork belly with seared scallops and berry sauce is to die for. With a fleet of 60 golf carts and tee times available 7 days a week, you can’t look past The Links Shell Cove when you want a hit in the Shellharbour area.
Where: Golf Drv Shell Cove NSW

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