5 Simple Golf Tips

by golfer on December 18, 2010

We golfers are always looking for ways to improve our game. We’ll do just about anything to shave a stoke or two off our scores.
It’s an obsession…
There is so much information on the game of golf you could spend a lifetime pouring over all of the different golf swing techniques. Truth be told, there is so much information on improving your golf swing that even a professional golfer can lose his form.
Golf just doesn’t have to be that difficult. I mean really, the reason we love the game is because we can escape from the real world. Why else are we out there for 4 or 5 hours on a Saturday or Sunday? It’s because we want to enjoy time with our friends and see if we can’t get through a round of golf without losing a sleeve of golf balls. So how do we make this crazy game a little more enjoyable?
Here are 5 simple golf tips to improve your game…
1. Take time to prepare – When we head out the golf course, we know that we are going to be there for several hours. Take the time to get yourself ready for the day. Put the worries of the day, be it bills, work or the kids…
It really doesn’t matter, if you are thinking about that, then you are not thinking about golf. This simple golf tip is more important than all the rest!
2. Warm up – Ok, I am no exercise nut, but even I know that if I stretch my muscles before I tee off my swing will be more relaxed.
By just taking 5 or ten minutes to do some basic stretching exercises before you head to the first tee, you have a much better chance of hitting a solid shot instead of the worm burner or banana ball we all dread.
3. Hit some balls – When you get to the golf course, if there is a driving range, get a small bucket of balls and hit 20 or 25 shots. Just taking the time to hit some balls before you start will give you a chance to get a feel for your swing.
Hitting 3 or 4 solid shots at the driving range goes a long way. Remember though, you are not trying to play muscle man on the driving range, just trying to get a few good swings in.
Hey, if there is no driving range, you can always find an area where you can break out a wedge and hit some chip shots. Give it a try; you will see a difference on the golf course.
4. Practice putting – I have never been to a golf course where they didn’t have a practice green near the clubhouse or first tee. Yet, so many of us never take the time to hit some putts.
Pull 3 balls out of your bag and hit some putts. Make sure the golf balls you use are the same ones you are going to use on the golf course. I like to use a new sleeve of balls for this. That way I know the golf ball is not an issue when practicing. Get a feel for the greens and this will give you confidence on the course.
5. Plan your Round – This one may sound funny, but I like to break my round into six 3 hole sessions. We all know what are strengths are weaknesses are. My goal is to break 80 every time I play, but there are some courses that are more of a challenge than others.
I will look at the first 3 holes and decide what I want my score to be for those 3 holes based on my knowledge of the course and the strengths and weaknesses in my game.
Unless you are a professional golfer you are here for the sport not the money.

We golfers are always looking for ways to improve our game. We’ll do just about anything to shave a stoke or two off our scores.
It’s an obsession…
There is so much information on the game of golf you could spend a lifetime pouring over all of the different golf swing techniques. Truth be told, there is so much information on improving your golf swing that even a professional golfer can lose his form.
Golf just doesn’t have to be that difficult. I mean really, the reason we love the game is because we can escape from the real world. Why else are we out there for 4 or 5 hours on a Saturday or Sunday? It’s because we want to enjoy time with our friends and see if we can’t get through a round of golf without losing a sleeve of golf balls. So how do we make this crazy game a little more enjoyable?
Here are 5 simple golf tips to improve your game…
1. Take time to prepare – When we head out the golf course, we know that we are going to be there for several hours. Take the time to get yourself ready for the day. Put the worries of the day, be it bills, work or the kids…
It really doesn’t matter, if you are thinking about that, then you are not thinking about golf. This simple golf tip is more important than all the rest!
2. Warm up – Ok, I am no exercise nut, but even I know that if I stretch my muscles before I tee off my swing will be more relaxed.
By just taking 5 or ten minutes to do some basic stretching exercises before you head to the first tee, you have a much better chance of hitting a solid shot instead of the worm burner or banana ball we all dread.
3. Hit some balls – When you get to the golf course, if there is a driving range, get a small bucket of balls and hit 20 or 25 shots. Just taking the time to hit some balls before you start will give you a chance to get a feel for your swing.
Hitting 3 or 4 solid shots at the driving range goes a long way. Remember though, you are not trying to play muscle man on the driving range, just trying to get a few good swings in.
Hey, if there is no driving range, you can always find an area where you can break out a wedge and hit some chip shots. Give it a try; you will see a difference on the golf course.
4. Practice putting – I have never been to a golf course where they didn’t have a practice green near the clubhouse or first tee. Yet, so many of us never take the time to hit some putts.
Pull 3 balls out of your bag and hit some putts. Make sure the golf balls you use are the same ones you are going to use on the golf course. I like to use a new sleeve of balls for this. That way I know the golf ball is not an issue when practicing. Get a feel for the greens and this will give you confidence on the course.
5. Plan your Round – This one may sound funny, but I like to break my round into six 3 hole sessions. We all know what are strengths are weaknesses are. My goal is to break 80 every time I play, but there are some courses that are more of a challenge than others.
I will look at the first 3 holes and decide what I want my score to be for those 3 holes based on my knowledge of the course and the strengths and weaknesses in my game.
Unless you are a professional golfer you are here for the sport not the money.

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