Footgolf Tips To Master Your Game
Footgolf has become a phenomenon since it’s creation with millions of people playing the precision sport worldwide. The game has well and truly taken off with formal competitions now taking place: World Cups, Global Tournaments, etc. Although the object of footgolf (in dummy terms) is kicking a ball, it turns out there is so much more to it. Here we have eight tips to help you become a truly amazing footgolf player.
Tip 1 – Dress Code:
Now footgolf is more for enjoyment rather than as a competitive match of life and death; you can wear whatever you want. However, there is a certain attire which may well help your performance in this game (hint: it’s not a pair of checkered slacks). Shorts are the key here because they will help with the flexibility of your game when striking the ball. Also, don’t wear anything too bulky because you don’t want to constrain yourself: you want the full movement of your legs. Here at Foregolf we only prohibit the use of football boots and blades but don’t hesitate to contact us beforehand if you have any other queries.
Tip 2 – Bring a Towel:
Although you are probably thinking “why the hell do I need a towel?”, there is actually some method to the madness. Your ball is going to pick up all sorts on the footgolf course: mud, sand and debris to name a few. So taking a towel and wiping down your ball between each hole makes sure that nothing is going to get in the way of you making a sweet connection with the ball. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that towels can be provided at Foregolf but we welcome the use of your own.
Tip 3 – Know the Course:
There is no harm in carrying a course map around with you or even having a little look at the course the night before. It’s not incase you get lost : it’s basically so that you know where you’re kicking. With this, you know where you are aiming but more importantly, you don’t aim for another hole. Maps for the course are available to pick up at the Foregolf reception.
Tip 4 – Ball Inflation:
Fairly self-explanatory this one: make sure you pump up your footgolf ball. With a deflated ball, it’s not going to reach the distances it could and it may end up losing you that hole-in-one. With a pumped up ball, you are able to send rockets towards the hole with absolutely nothing getting in the way of your ball. Note that at Foregolf we provide fully pumped up balls for each participant.
Tip 5 – Play with the Wind:
The weather as we know can always take a turn for the worst but this shouldn’t have to affect your game. It’s important that on a windy day – so pretty much every day in the U.K – you know what direction the wind blows. This will help you determine exactly which way to aim your strike and also how far the wind is going to carry your ball. For example, if there’s a bit of a breeze heading towards you, then strike the ball with a bit more force to create a balance. That’s what the key to a successful shot is in the wind; you need to find a balance between force and wind.
Tip 6 – Hazard Spotting:
Your typical footgolf course is a little bit more than just plain fields. Nowadays they tend to have an array of obstacles impacting your game and creating an obstruction between you and the hole. Whether it be 80ft trees, a crater full of sand or a giant lake it’s important to avoid them at all costs. Now if the worst does happen and your ball falls into a lake, it’s highly unlikely you’ll have to recreate that alligator scene from Happy Gilmore. However, it may be an idea to send a ball boy/girl to the hazard that awaits you and try to work your way around it, or even walk to the hazard yourself to judge where to aim.
Tip 7 – Kicking Techniques:
With golf, you have a variety of different clubs to use: iron, wedge, putter. With Footgolf, you have either your left leg or your right leg. However, don’t panic because this isn’t a problem. There are techniques for each situation you find yourself in.
- The Sweet Strike – Top of your Foot / Laces – Used for Power
- The Toe-Poke – Front of your Foot / Toes – Used for Chipping
- The Precision Put – Inside of your Foot – Used for Putting
- The Curler – Outside of your Foot – Used for Avoiding Obstacles
- The No-Look Shot – Back of your Foot / Heel – For Showing Off
Tip 8 – Removing the Ball:
Either you’re about to take your victory shot or you’ve already putted – make sure that there is no ball in the hole. It’s simple. Otherwise, the ball is going to bounce off the one already in the hole and someone is going to be left both angry and frustrated. Once you’ve finished that particular hole, take your ball out (this would be a perfect time to carry out tip two).
So there you have it; these tips are going to make you the Pro Footgolfer you have always dreamed of being. All you need to do now is assemble a group of friends or family who know nothing about this blog and the game is yours for the winning. Oh, and you’ll probably need a course to play on as well… Book your tee off time now, here
Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf
When teaching newcomers golf it’s always a tricky issue covering the rules as you don’t want to come across as being petty, but if they don’t learn from the off life will be trickier for them later on as the courses played get nicer and potentially they get the same advice from a not so friendly face!
To help with this we thought we’d pull together a quick overview of the main rules to get you going:
The game of golf should be played in the correct spirit and in
accordance with the Etiquette Section in the Rules of Golf. In particular:
• show consideration to other players,
• play at a good pace and be ready to invite faster-moving groups to play through, and
• take care of the course by smoothing bunkers, replacing divots and repairing ball marks on the greens.
Before starting your round you are advised to:
• read the Local Rules on the score card and the notice board
• put an identification mark on your ball; many golfers play the same brand of ball and if you can’t identify your ball, it is considered lost (Rules 12-2 and 27-1)
• count your clubs; you are allowed a maximum of 14 clubs (Rule 4-4).
During the round:
• don’t ask for advice from anyone except your caddie, your partner (i.e. a player on your side) or your partner’s caddie; don’t give advice to any player except your partner; you may ask for or provide information on the Rules, distances and the position of hazards, the flagstick, etc. (Rule 8-1)
• don’t play any practice shots during play of a hole (Rule 7-2).
At the end of your round:
• in match play, ensure the result of the match is posted
• in stroke play, ensure that your scorecard is completed properly and signed by you and your marker, and return it to the Committee as soon as possible (Rule 6-6).
The Rules of Play
Tee Shot (Rule 11)
You may change your ball before playing your tee shot, but it is good practice to advise a player in your group if you are changing your ball. Play your tee shot from between, and not in front of, the tee-markers. You may play your tee shot from up to two club-lengths behind the front line of the tee-markers. If you play your tee shot from outside this area:
• in match play there is no penalty, but your opponent may require you to replay your stroke provided he does so immediately;
• in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty, the stroke itself does not count and you must play a ball from within the correct area.
Playing the Ball (Rules 12, 13, 14 and 15)
If you think a ball is yours but cannot see your identification mark, after notifying your marker or opponent, you may mark the position of the ball and lift it to identify it. When lifted under this Rule, the ball may not be cleaned except to the extent necessary to identify it (Rule 12-2).
Play the ball as it lies. Don’t improve your lie, the area of your intended stance or swing, or your line of play by:
• moving, bending or breaking anything fixed or growing, except in fairly taking your stance or making your swing, or
• pressing anything down (Rule 13-2). If your ball is in a bunker or a water hazard, don’t;
• touch the ground (or the water in a water hazard) with your hand or club before your downswing, or
• move loose impediments (Rule 13-4)
If you play a wrong ball (i.e. stray ball or ball being used by another player):
• in match play you lose the hole
• in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty, the strokes made with the wrong ball do not count and you must correct the mistake by playing the correct ball (Rule 15-3).
On the Putting Green (Rules 16 and 17)
On the putting green, you may:
• mark, lift and clean your ball (always replace it on the same spot), and
• repair ball marks and old hole plugs, but not any other damage, such as spike marks (Rule 16-1).
When making a stroke on the putting green, you should ensure that the flagstick is removed or attended. The flagstick may also be removed or attended when the ball lies off the putting green (Rule 17).
Ball at Rest Moved (Rule 18)
Generally, when your ball is in play, if you accidentally cause it to move, or you lift it when not permitted, add a penalty stroke and replace your ball.
If someone other than you, your caddie, your partner or your partner’s caddie moves your ball at rest, or it is moved by another ball, replace your ball without penalty.
If a ball at rest is moved by wind or it moves of its own accord, play the ball as it lies without penalty.
Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped (Rule 19)
If your ball in motion is deflected or stopped by you, your caddie, your partner, or your partner’s caddie, or by equipment belonging to you or your partner, you incur a penalty of one stroke and play the ball as it lies (Rule 19-2).
If your ball in motion is deflected or stopped by another ball at rest, there is normally no penalty and the ball is played as it lies. However, in stroke play only, if both balls lay on the putting green before you made your stroke, you incur a two-stroke penalty (Rule 19-5a).
Lifting, Dropping and Placing the Ball (Rule 20)
Prior to lifting a ball that has to be replaced (e.g. when you lift your ball on the putting green to clean it), the position of the ball must be marked (Rule 20-1).
When your ball is being lifted in order to drop or place it in another position (e.g. dropping within two club-lengths under the unplayable ball Rule), it is not mandatory to mark its position although it is recommended that you do so.
When dropping, stand erect, hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length and drop it.
Common situations where a dropped ball must be re-dropped include when it:
• rolls to a position where there is interference from the same condition from which free relief is being taken (e.g. an immovable obstruction)
• comes to rest more than two club-lengths from where it was dropped, or
• comes to rest nearer the hole than its original position, the nearest point of relief or where the ball last crossed the margin of a water hazard.
If a ball dropped for a second-time rolls into any of these positions, you place it where it first struck the course when re-dropped (Rule 20-2c).
Struggling to find time for Golf? Use these tips to speed up your game
Before we start we wanted to make one thing clear, these aren’t rules. We’re not into making golf less enjoyable! These are just tips we’ve picked up so that we can play more golf without annoying your family too much… So here we go
Prepare yourself before your turn
Get prepared for your shot whilst walking to your ball. Do your pre-shot routine, get the distance and check the wind, all ahead of time so that you’re ready to go immediately.
Play Ready Golf
If the next player in your group isn’t ready, then (with their permission) play your shot. Take turns in order of average drive length, let the shortest driver go first while the more experienced players wait for the fairway / green to clear. Once upon the green when a each player is ready and has permission they should take their turn.
Always know the distance
A recent study has found that laser rangefinders can shave up to 30 minutes off a round of golf. If possible, invest in one of these devices, or ensure that you have a course scorecard.
Don’t just watch your ball
The vast majority of players spend the lion share of their time looking for lost balls, after every shot (yours and those that you’re playing with) keep an eye on the ball and identify a nearby marker when it does come to rest.
Move to your ball
It’s always tempting to move in packs and talk as you wander, if speed is your aim save this for the clubhouse. Move quickly to your own ball and get straight into your pre-shot routine.
If it’s lost, it’s lost
No one enjoys searching for balls, if you haven’t managed to find it after a few minutes (5 max) move on.
Read the green from afar
Your best view of the green isn’t as you’re stood on it, as you approach study the contours, and slope of the full green. What others putt closely to determine the pace as well as getting other hints as to where it breaks, however don’t let this interrupt you from getting ready to take your own shot.
Keep behind the group in front
Often players get distracted monitoring the group behind them and thinking “as long as we’re ahead of them we’re ok” however this leads to a lack of pace to your game. If you’re more than one shot behind the group in front, you need to speed up.
Taken more than 8, 9, 10 strokes?
Pick up. Don’t fight a losing battle, shake yourself down and get ready to rip it on the next hole.
6 Steps to Lower Your Score
1. ASSESS THE SITUATION
Always look at the lie first, then the flag position and assess the firmness and undulations of the green. The lie will always determine where you want the ball to land and how it will react on the green, whether you can spin it or if it will release out. When the wind is over about 10mph it can also make a difference, especially playing soft shots with not much green to work with.
2. PLAY THE PERCENTAGES
We would always recommend amateurs to take a little safer route with chip shots. There is absolutely no point in going for the 1 in 10 shot and bringing a big number into the equation if it goes wrong, especially if you have a shot on the hole. Anything inside 10 to 15 feed to give you a chance at the putt is what we would recommend to most amateurs.
3. PLAY THE PERCENTAGES
You are always thinking about the best side to miss when you have a difficult approach shot to a green, especially on tough courses because you don’t want to short sight yourself. If faced with a tough approach into a tough hole we would always err on the side of caution and try to leave yourself in a position with a lot of green to work with or an uphill chip if you do miss the green.
4. BE AGGRESSIVE THROUGH IMPACT
A lot of amateurs get the ball way too far back in their stance and decelerate into the ball. We would always recommend moving the ball forward and using a shorter back swing with more acceleration of the club head through impact. Always get the club face quite open in your backswing, anyone who shuts the clubface down on the way back will always struggle with the short game.
5. SET SCORING TARGETS
With every chip shoot you should expect to get up and down every time and think of holing at least 80% of the time. Set yourself a realistic target based on your ability levels and record how many times you get up and down or hole out to monitor your progress around the green.
6. GET COMPETITIVE WITH PRACTICE
We’re very competitive in nature in the shop, often we’ll have a little wager whilst playing. Its first to 10 and we take turns picking a variety of chip shots with the person hitting it closest willing a point. It’s a great way to practice as it challenges you to hit shots from different lies and gets you used to the pressure of consequence.
When should you consider custom golf clubs?
On a daily basis I have golfers of all ability levels asking me “Do you think I’m good enough to be custom fitted?” or “will custom fitting actually make that much difference to my game?”. The honest answer is that without the right preparation, you’re making the enjoyment of the game a lot harder.
Trying to improve your inconsistencies with clubs whose length, weight, lie angle, shaft flex or grip size don’t match your body encourages you to make unnatural changes to your posture, swing and compensations which will ultimately stop you from ever developing the proper mechanics.
By analysing a player’s size, physical characteristics and ball launch conditions, a set of clubs can be created for you with precise specifications to maximise your performance and enjoyment of the game.
Custom Fitted Golf Clubs Process
Custom club fitting improves your game by creating custom golf clubs that are built for your specific swing and style of play. We give you access to all of the best golf brands and club combinations from the starting golfer all the way up to the seasoned professional.
A golfer with a high handicap, or possibly no handicap at all. You’re in the process of learning the game and just need help getting the golf ball in the air consistently, down the fairway and on the green. For this level it’s vital that we pair you with the most forgiving set of clubs available.
Players who have had a couple of years under their belt and have managed to reach an ok handicap. They have some inconsistencies to their game still, but on the whole have become more consistent, for this level we’re looking to still keep with forgiving clubs but with improved technology to also enhance their distance and accuracy.
Someone with a low handicap seeking premium golf equipment, looking to enhance their performance whilst receiving feedback and data that can help fine tune their game.
A custom club fit session at Foregolf is a learning curve to pin point what golf equipment in your bag is working for you and which clubs may not be. By custom fitting to your exact swing we can enhance your progress in the game and ultimately look to improve your swing.
We’ll check your posture, measure how close to the ground your hands are as tall people often need longer clubs, however there are many tall people whose arms actually hang just as close to the ground, without this information how could you possibly choose the right clubs?
We then move onto the wrist to floor measurement to check your comfort when addressing the ball, whilst also checking the solidness of hit, monitoring the club face at impact to tell exactly where you are striking the golf ball on the face of the golf club. Inconsistent strike patterns may indicate a differently shaped club head may benefit you. Other possible changes could include the shaft profile, moving to something more suitable or shortening or lengthening the shafts to suit your game. Consistency is very important in your custom fitted golf clubs.
With our TrackMan Custom Fit Technology, we then look at other helpful stats to help in the golf club fitting process like swing path, club head speed, face angle, angle of attack present just before impact. By assessing all these measurements. With all this information, we are then able to then try the different brands, head shapes and shaft combinations to then get you to hit it further, straighter and more consistent on the club face.
Are you ready? Book Now
Improve your swing speed
We all think we’re beyond the fundamentals, but there are small adjustments that can make a big impact. We all know the correct grip for instance, don’t we? We know where our ‘V’ should point. But most golfers still hold the club in a manner that restricts their swing speed. They hold it in their palms.
If the grip on your club is worn, then it also makes it difficult to generate fast clubhead speed. Not only will your hands tighten in an effort to hang onto the grip, but so will your wrists, forearms, shoulders, and even your back.
If you hold the club too much in the palm, then it is more difficult to release the hands and create clubhead speed. If releasing the hands properly is a challenge then you also make it more difficult to square the clubface through impact.
Most golfers place the club on the ground before gripping it. While you’re trying to develop a better understanding of a performance-based grip, try holding the club in the air and then placing it in the crook of the fingers of your left hand.
Check your grips every month. You can, and should clean grips regularly. Try and avoid leaving them somewhere that is going to get hot. If you’re unsure about anything, including my explanation above, contact us.