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How To Use Aids To Play Golf Like A Pro

How To Use Aids To Play Golf Like A Pro

If you are struggling with your golf swing, trust me you are not the only one. A lot of us try our hand at golf at one time or another. Golfing is considered to be the classiest sport and requires a lot of finesse and expertise to master. You can learn a lot by practicing a lot and through the help of a few tips that will guide you with the points you need to focus on in order to up your golf game quickly.[1]

There a lot of guides out there, however a lot of them are very technical, and honestly I couldn’t understand half of them. Here, I will give you a set of non-technical easy pointers about things you need to help you improve your game to golf like a pro, from one layman to another.

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Golf Equipment Basics

  • Golf ball
  • Golf clubs
  • Ball markers
  • Tees
  • Golf bags
  • Golf cart
  • Club head covers
  • Ball mark repair tool

Now that we’ve named the basics, let’s delve into different aids available that even professional golfers use.

Additional Golf Equipment Aids

The following is a list of different golf equipment that you may or may not be privy to. This list of equipment is tried and true by pro golfers everywhere, so to drastically improve your game and skill, rely on one or more of these aids. There are a number of training aids provided to golfers to train for a better swing, putt, drive, etc. However, you can only use a lot of these aids for practice and not for the actual game.

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Your swing will be improved in no time!

Ball retrievers:

These are long poles that can be extended or telescoped with a loop like a device at its end.[2] This loop traps the golf balls from water hazards, etc. It should be noted that there are some strict rules that do apply to the use of these retrievers.

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Rangefinders:

Rangefinders are the devices that are used by golfers to measure the distance from their current position and the hole with exact precision. The best golf rangefinders are always accurate with maximum distance coverage.[3] Rangefinders can help you strike an accurate shot, given that you have great control of your swing.

There are two kinds of rangefinders, one is optical, the other is a laser. You can even have a GPS enabled one, if allowed by the course. It is advisable to check the legality of the rangefinder before purchasing it.

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Stroke counter:

As its name might suggest, a stroke counter is a device that helps you count the number of shots you took to complete a round or hole, or even both. This can be very useful for beginners because we need to take more shots and usually lose track of how many we took. The latest version is available in the form of electronic scorecards.

Positional guides:

This aid includes a number of devices that will guide you to have better posture while playing golf. You can have a laser attached to the shaft of the putter or have a putting line on the ground. You can also have special tapes attached to the head of the club that will guide you and help you learn if the head of the club is hitting the ground correctly or not.

Adhesive club faces:

These are tapes that can be attached to the head of the wooden or metallic clubs to make it a bit softer to make better shorter distance shots. These can be used for training purposes, but you can’t use adhesive club faces during competitions.

Ball washers:

These are devices used to wash the balls. Ball washers are devices provided by the golf course. You can remove dirt from the ball by picking it up and cleaning it with ball washers. This can help you take a more accurate swing because dirt can make the ball difficult to play with.

Reference

[1]Hudson Valley Magazine: How to Play Golf Like a Pro
[2]Golfsmith: How to Play Golf Like a Pro
[3]UBERGOLF: Best Golf Rangefinder Reviews

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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