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Whether playing for practice, playing for fun, or playing in a tournament, mistakes can happen while playing golf. Here are five of the most common errors made while out on the green.

  1. Exaggerating the backswing. Some players believe that the more they turn their backswing, the more distance they will gain. This is false; however, as perfect posture is what allows a fluid swing that ensures contact with the ball. By exaggerating the backswing, you will move out of the “ideal” swing plane, meaning you will need to compensate to strike the ball in the correct manner.
  2. Failing to “see” the putting line. The best way to putt is by visualizing the line between the hole and the ball. Don’t analyze the potential trajectory from the hole back to the ball stance; rather, do the opposite. Visualize the ideal route of the ball from its position towards the hole.
  3. Being misinformed on swings. Many try to improve their swing thinking the backswing isn’t straight, the swing plane isn’t consistent, and the finish isn’t high enough. However, most of the swing can be improved by modifying the first three steps of the swing sequence. Ensure your grip is smooth and solid. Make sure the clubface is right on the ball. Position yourself based on the distance given by the right alignment of the clubface to the ball towards the objective. Maintain the correct posture – not too curved, not too straight. Use a back mirror to check posture and compare to an ideal stance.
  4. Failing to accelerate as much as you should. Many make the mistake of decelerating through the swing, trying to scoop the ball. What you should be doing is accelerating through the ball. Slowing down can cause the ball to land short of the hole.
  5. Failing to become restless in the legs during the short game. Short game swing is dominated by the motion of the upper body. Your legs should act still; the proper stance comes from the power and control of your hands and arms.