Helpful Golf Tips from the GolfDiscount Team



We asked and they answered. Boy, did they answer, with six pages of ideas.

The team brainstormed golf topics for this space. Included in that long list are a handful of golf tips that might help you as you play and enjoy this challenging game.

The following are a few of their contributions humbly offered for your consideration.

Use a lower-lofted iron around greens. When pitching around greens, if you have a lot of green to work with and you don’t have to carry much rough, use a lower-lofted club like a 7- or 8- iron. You’ll get the ball on the ground quicker and roll it to the cup rather than trying to fly it most of the way there with a sand or lob wedge. Imagine if you were trying to throw the golf ball close to the pin. Would you throw it way up in the air and have it land right at the pin or would you roll it like a bowling ball? I’ve played with many higher handicap golfers who choose a wedge around the green and have trouble getting it close! –Dave

Is forearm tension killing your golf game? Try this drill. With your arms extended parallel to the ground and your club shaft vertical, use just your hands to lower the club head to head height. With just your hands, try to make small circles in front of your face. Now relax your forearms and make bigger circles using just your hands. What you feel is an acceptable amount of forearm tension. More tension is too much. –Natacha

Practice putting to save shots. Why don’t golfers practice their putting more when it’s about half the game? Although it can be boring, putting improvement is the easiest and quickest way to save shots on your game. –MT

Practice chipping, too. Most golfers miss a lot of greens yet they focus on the distance shots and glamor clubs like the driver. After putting, learning to simplify your chipping stroke is probably the second easiest way to save strokes on your game. –MT

Prepare for your round. It begins the night before. Make sure everything is packed and ready to go. What’s in YOUR bag? Are you prepared for all conditions? Pack rain gear and sun protection such as a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Be sure you have plenty of golf balls and tees. How about a first-aid kit, including some ibuprofen? And perhaps moleskin for blisters on your feet and tape for your fingers. –Keith

Practice sound course management. Have a game plan before you play. Do you really need to use driver on every hole? Get to know the course layout and have an idea of when to be aggressive and when to play smart. Pay attention to pin locations and wind conditions. Is the pin tucked behind a bunker or near water? Aim for the center of the green. Try to leave yourself with uphill putts when chipping. -Breena

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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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