Mini golf is an ideal game because virtually anyone can play it, even without having ever previously held a golf putter. If you're playing with a newbie, whether it's on a date, during a visit with work colleagues or any other scenario, it's polite to offer a few words of wisdom to the beginner in the group — especially if he or she appears to find this sport a challenge. Don't overdo it on the tips, though. The last thing anyone wants is to be lectured during this relaxing pastime. Instead, here are some helpful tips that you can share.
Keep Your Feet Parallel
Before a mini golfer attempts to take a shot, he or she should look down at his or her feet. A golfer's feet should be parallel; while it's often customary to stand with your heels slightly closer together than your toes, this posture isn't ideal for mini putt. When the feet are parallel, there's more chance that the golfer in your group will be able to hit the ball in the intended direction.
Place The Ball In The Right Spot
Another simple piece of advice that you can give is for the golfer to make sure that the ball is in the right spot between his or her feet. When a golfer approaches the ball to make a putt, it should typically sit equally between the front and back foot. This will permit the golfer to make contact with the ball when the putter's club face is square. If the ball is too far forward or too far back, the contact will not be clean. For example, if the ball is aligned with the back foot, the putter will be on a downward plane as it makes contact with the ball, which will often produce a result that is less than desirable.
Keep Your Head Over The Ball
While many people take different approaches to playing mini golf, a useful tip to share is to stand so the head is over the ball. This means bending the knees and back enough to lean forward and look straight down at the ball before making contact. In this position, the new mini golfer in your group will have a better time looking at where he or she needs to send the ball and will be more apt to hit the ball on that trajectory. If the head isn't over the ball, it's easy to mishit the ball.