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Kathryn Newton on How To Make Solid Contact with the Ball | Golf Digest

How To Golf with actress Kathryn Newton (Supernatural, Halt and Catch Fire). Everything you need to know about getting started in golf.

Okay, so now it’s time to hit a ball.
How you do it?
Well, let me ask you a question.
How do you hit a baseball or a softball with a bat
or tennis ball with a racket?
Those balls are moving, sometimes pretty fast
and yet you somehow still make contact.
Well, a golf ball’s just sitting there.
It doesn’t move unless you move it.
So remember that it isn’t that hard
to make solid contact.
Where most beginners struggle
is they aren’t trying to hit the ball.
They’re trying to get it airborne.
They can torque their bodies and the arms
when they swing in effort to help the ball get to the sky.
It’s a bad move.
The clubs are designed to get the ball in the air.
All you have to do is make contact with the ball
somewhere on the face of the club
and it’ll probably fly
because of the way the club’s designed.
So if you’re just starting out, focus on making contact
and let the club do the rest of the work.
Think of the golf swing a lot like the movement of the arm
of an old grandfather clock.
The club moves back and through on a consistent path.
If you swing the club
with a consistent back and through motion,
you’ll have success hitting good shots.
By the way, this tip works great with the putter too.
Just swing your arms back and forth like a pendulum,
tick tock, pull the putt.
Another tip relax.
Relax your hands and your arms
and make a nice easy swing.
If you squeeze the club too hard or swing too fast,
you’ll make it a lot more difficult
to make solid contact.
Start by making a slow relaxed swing.
Don’t be jerky,
take your time swinging the club back away from the ball
and take your time swinging the club down into the ball.
Last piece of advice
Continue your swing after the ball’s been struck.
Why does that matter?
The continuation of the swing
makes the ball go farther, higher and straighter.
If you think in tennis,
the racket keeps moving after the ball has been hit.
It’s the same with baseball with the hitter.
It should look something like this.
Easy peasy.

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Kathryn Newton on How To Make Solid Contact with the Ball | Golf Digest

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