10 Habitual Golf Long Game Errors That Should Not Be Left Unchecked

Golf is really a game for everyone. It’s really that versatile! A beginner could play with a professional in the same group and there is a reasonable chance for the beginner to beat the pro because of the handicapping system. That’s the beauty of the game. However, to make the game more enjoyable for everyone, it would be a good idea to improve a little bit on the long game. There are just quite a few common errors that people tend to overlook:

  • Weight distribution at set up
  • Most players actually lean back with 60% of the weight on the right foot. This means the ball will immediately launch higher at impact, which would result in distance loss.

  • Dynamic balance through swing
  • This means your weight should be shifting from the right side to the left side at impact. Ideally, you should have 95% of your weight on the left at impact position.

  • Hands flipping
  • A common error in the long game is that people flip their hands to compensate for poor movements. This would result in hitting hooks and pull-hooks.

  • ‘Standing up’
  • This means your lift your body before impact. This hurts your ability to strike the ball properly and you will always top it.

  • Not releasing
  • In golf, players struggle with the release of the club through impact. This would strongly affect the curvature of the ball and initial flight direction.

  • Hitting too hard with driver
  • That’s the most common mistake that I’ve seen – golfers want to smash driver every time! They try to hit it so hard that they actually lose control of it.

  • No commitment
  • Another issue is that golfers don’t commit to their shots! That’s a huge mistake and it could really cause a lot of trouble. Not only are you sacrificing distances, you are actually lose distance as well. Always commit to the shot and swing through the ball. That’s the only way to secure good ball striking!

  • Thinking too much
  • Psychologically, this would hurt your game and this happens in the long game all the time. Don’t think about it. Just hit the ball and it’ll hit the fairway!

  • Not checking the wind
  • The wind could move your ball 30 yards in the air. If you don’t check it, you are prone to losing the ball to the wind!

  • Closed clubface at the top of backswing
  • Most amateurs have a really closed clubface at the top of their backswing. They would just try and open it up on the way down. The results? They would usually hit a massive slice!