Helpful Golf Tips from the Team (Part 2)



The team brainstormed golf topics for this space. Included in that long list were a handful of golf tips and ideas that might help you play this difficult game.

Following are more of their tips and thoughts for your consideration.

Warm-up and practice (Part 1). Do people play better after they warm up? Take the time while warming up at the range to visualize playing golf for three to four hours. Think about it: No one hits 20 drivers or 20 7-irons in a row when playing golf.  –MT

Warm-up and practice (Part 2). Get out of the habit of hitting too many golf balls in a row. During a game of golf you only hit one shot at a time. As you improve, try to lower the number of shots in a row with one club. Being able to slightly readjust every swing as the clubs get longer or shorter is a key to consistency. –MT

Why lie angle in golf clubs is important. Grooves are like airplane wings. If the toe of the golf club is up at impact for a right-handed golfer, the ball should curve left. If the toe of the club is down at impact, the ball should curve right. Pay attention to your divots and use a lie angle board if you can. –Natacha

Play smart on that long second shot. When playing a par 5 or a long par 4, I see many golfers automatically pull out their 3-wood on their second shot. They try to advance their golf ball as far up the fairway as possible—even if there’s trouble around or just short of the green. Why not play the percentages? Choose a 5-iron or a hybrid, which most golfers hit more consistently. You might be 100 yards from the green on your third shot, but that’s better than slicing a 3-wood into the trees or splashing into water (or finding other trouble). Avoid that big number on the scorecard. Keep the ball in play, keep penalty strokes to a minimum and watch your scores come down! –Dave

Fun reinforcement to strike the ball more consistently. Most golfers tend to swing too hard. (Have you noticed how professional golfers look so effortless?) Try to swing with good rhythm instead of swinging hard. The penalty for swinging hard could be monetary (pick an amount). How quickly will you change your behavior? –MT

Graze the grass. This tip is for beginners. Try grazing the grass a couple of times with your practice swing before hitting your shot. This can be a lot easier to do when you’re not concerned about actually hitting the golf ball. Plus, this simple drill helps build a routine. Add this reinforcement if you wish: Every time you miss the grass, pay up! –MT

Do you have favorite golf tips, wisdom and quotes? Feel free to share them in the comments section.

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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