Sunday, February 1, 2004
50 Best Playing Tips
Easy keys for making the most of every swing during every round
22. Treat Every Par-5 As A Par-3
Suppose I told you we were going to play a course with four par-3s only 100 yards long. You’d be anticipating shooting one of your lowest rounds ever. Well, here’s a way to turn every course you play into a course like this. Instead of automatically blasting your driver and fairway wood on every par-5, figure a two-shot combination that will position you 100 yards from the green. Once there, you can think of the hole as an easy, 100-yard par-3.
23. Read Your Lie
When the grass is against you in the rough (growing away from the target), put a firmer grip on the club, swing harder on pitches, and add at least one club for long shots. When the grass is growing toward the target (a flyer), swing easier around the greens and take at least one less club for full shots using your normal grip pressure.
24. Come Prepared
Don’t be in a hurry to leave the course the next time your round of golf is interrupted by rain. Instead, put on your rain gear and tough it out for a few holes. You certainly don’t want to experience playing in bad weather for the first time in a tournament.
25. 1, 2, 3 Chip
Web Tip: The Easy Basics For Expert Chipping
If you’re having problems with your chipping, try this: Set your feet in position and look down the line to the hole counting one; then bring your eyes back to the ball on two; draw the club back on three; and hit the ball on the count of four. Your goal using the count of one-two-three-four is to eliminate any need to think about chipping mechanics. Once you ingrain this routine, your move will be automatic.
26. Angle Your Putting
There’s a key angle created when you place your trail hand on the putter: Your wrist bends backward slightly toward your forearm. Many successful putters keep this angle intact through impact to prevent overuse of their hands.
27. Look Where You’re Going
If you leave yourself a lot of long putts, here’s a simple tip that will help prevent three-jacks: Always take your practice strokes looking at the target. This gives your brain the information that links feel to force, so you can hit the ball the right distance.
28. Go Toe-To-Toe
Web Tip: Develop A Stroke For All Distances
Before every round, calibrate the length of your stroke by widening and narrowing your foot width. For short putts, use a very narrow stance, position the ball in the center, and then stroke the putt by taking the putter back to your back foot (big toe) and through to your front foot. Do this for different stance widths until you develop a feel for how long a backstroke you need for each length of putt. Once on the course, simply match the distance of your putt to your foot width and putt toe-to-toe.
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