It doesn’t matter to us if you’re a beginner or seasoned golfer. There are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to improving golf skills. So whether you want to get to the next level or just want to remind yourself of the basics, here are some principles of golfing that will improve your golf game.

Let’s talk about your swing

Proper target alignment is key—make sure your feet are lined up parallel to your aim line. Use your body to gain power, not your arms. As you take the club back to prepare for your back swing, rotate your hips to a 45˚ angle. When it comes time for your downswing, rotate your hips back through. The power released through this motion creates an impact that will send your ball flying straight. As your club connects with the ball, focus on a great follow-through, ending with your hands positioned above your left shoulder and your right shoulder lowered.

It’s all about the right clubs

It’s as important to improve golf skills on your short game as it is on your long game. When it comes to pitching, you want to be confident and precise, and that starts with proper club selection.

The pitching wedge is the lowest-lofted wedge and is considered the most commonly used wedge. Use the pitching wedge for approach shots to the green, chip shots that you want to keep low and for bunker shots. '

A lot of golfers feel apprehensive about using their sand wedge to pitch but because it’s your heaviest club it powers through rough lie conditions easily. When using a more lofted club, don’t be afraid to open the face a little more to avoid digging your leading edge.

The gap wedge is a nice intermediary between your pitching and sand wedge clubs. It has more loft than a PW and less than a SW, and is best used from fairways or when the ball is on a hard surface.

Next comes the setup to the swing. There’s lots of conflicting information on whether or not to start with a closed or open position. The consensus is that an open position is often unnecessary when pitching. Instead focus on a CCC set up—this means you want your trajectory, bounce, and roll to all be centered. Set up with your weight center, your ball positioned center, and your hands and club shaft centered in the middle of your body. Stand with your feet two club heads apart, and make sure to hit down on the ball. Once you get comfortable with this technique, you can adjust the distance your ball travels by altering the length of your swing, the pace of your swing, and whether you choke down or up on the club.

Make the most of those rainy days

Getting out on the green as often as you can to hone your new skills is vital, but sometimes the weather is not golf-friendly. In such cases, you might want to take advantage of golf simulator software. It offers incredible visual realism and gives you the freedom to practice your golf game on-demand.

These simple tips and seemingly minor changes can drastically improve your golf game—all you need to do is get out there and practice.