50 Ways To Lower Your Score

Use our top tips, equipment advice, Tour examples and a few new training aids to play your best golf

Through The Gate30. Stroke Through The Gate
Most golfers invariably start the ball on a line that will never give the ball a chance of going in the hole. A good fix is to create a gate for the ball to roll through at the apex of a breaking putt. Practice setting up the gate with a couple of tees on both right-to-left and left-to-right breakers, and see how quickly you can pick the right spot and speed.

Ten Tips For Escaping Trouble
31.The Long Bunker Shot
This is one of the most challenging shots in golf for pros and amateurs alike, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of trying to blast a long bunker shot with a sand wedge or pick the ball clean, try using an 8- or 9-iron, and execute the shot the way you normally would. Be aware that the ball will come out lower than it does with a sand wedge and will release more as well.
32. From A Divot
Every golfer has a perfect drive ruined from time to time by a ball ending up in the middle of a sand-filled divot. When this happens, there are some simple steps you can take to promote a good result despite the bad break. Begin by placing slightly more weight on your front leg—you want to be sure to have your chest over or in front of the ball at impact. Then, be certain to fire your right side all the way through the shot. This will help ensure ball-first contact and a clean escape.

Over The Lip

33. Over The Lip
When the lip of the bunker is higher than your head, your goal should be simply to get the ball out of the hazard on the first try. One of the keys to accomplishing this is creating a setup that produces a high shot. This means opening your shoulders and the clubface as wide as you can. But the real trick to getting out of deep bunkers is adopting a stronger grip with the left hand and maintaining the bend in the wrist from address through impact and even into the finish. Doing so will make the ball fly out high and soft every time.

34. Gear Effects: Know Your Bounce
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Wet course conditions, and specifically wet bunkers, can be extremely challenging for all types of golfers. As such, it’s even more critical that you pay extra attention to the loft and bounce built into your wedges. For wet conditions, it’s best to have wedges that feature a relatively high degree of bounce (at least 16 degrees for a 56-degree model), as well as a fair amount of loft. Most golfers are better-served by a 58- or 60-degree wedge for normal sand; in wet conditions, a higher-bounce utility wedge tends to work the best. It’s not a bad idea, however, to have one higher-bounce wedge and one with lower bounce.


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