8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

Quick And Easy Tips To Play Better Golf Right Now


TRICK 7: Finish The Shot

Another one of the higher-handicapper's biggest fears on the golf course is the sand shot. Better players know that with the right fundamentals, hitting good bunker shots isn't as hard as it looks. There are a few fundamentals you ought to follow to get the job done, such as hitting down and behind the ball and letting the sand lift the ball. But here, I want to focus on one thing, and that happens to be the finish. So many of my students seem to believe that it's necessary to dig the wedge into the sand as you would an ax into a piece of firewood, all in order to excavate the ball. They make a steep backswing and THUD! The wedge stays stuck in the sand in most cases, and so does the golf ball.

Instead, try to make a full finish. Swing all the way through to a balanced and comfortable finish position. If you think of a full finish before you swing, you'll be less inclined to drive the club deep into the sand and, in the end, make a shallower sand divot and get the ball out of the sand. Also, thinking of a full finish before you swing helps you to relax and avoid flipping the hands over and prevents the ball from getting up and out of the sand. So, think of that full finish before your sand shot. I'll bet your sand game improves in a hurry.

16 thoughts on “8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

  1. Golf is my favorite sports event… As i was surfing tricks of golfing i end up with this page… Amazing content on tricks and tactics … The explanation is very well brought out… Thanks for this helpful kit on tricks to become a better player…

  2. Some nice quick tips here. For me, grip & chipping have been the keys from moving from a high handicap to a middle handicap. I fought a horrible slice and strengthening my grip improved my ballstriking immeasurably. Once that was fixed, I could gauge distance pretty well, but my approaches were near the green but not on so chipping came into play more often. The next step is accuracy with my approaches & putting.

  3. Alignment is critical to a good drive. Don’t count on the greenskeeper to align Tee shots for you. How often have you stepped to the tee and hit a ball far right or left and discover (too late) that the tee markers were aimed right or left. Always approach shots from behind the ball and lign up the club face from there. Focus on specific place you want the ball to go and trust your swing to get you there. Be positive.


  4. Definitely a solid piece of advice. I think one of the most common mistakes for alignment practice on the driving range is laying two clubs down parallel. Almost every golfer I see do it has the left club aiming far too left. Think about a train track, the railroad actually looks like it converveges the further down the track you look. Thats how your clubs should be aligned too.

  5. Wonderful advice. I feel that #7 is probably the most important on the list. I’m glad that I came across this, as since i worked with a pro on this i can drive it further (swingmangolf.com). This was some kind of blockade in my game… I’m hoping to find more interesting articles as I work though the archives!

  6. stand behind the ball and find a spot/mark 2 feet in front of the ball in line with your target and set your clubface to that mark,then align your body.Turn that mark into a pretend gate-club head width, and swing thru the gate on all shots.

  7. I’ve been looking for a good sport to get into and I’ve heard that golf is a really good one. You can keep doing it even you your 60’s, if you go professional it pays really well, and it has a relaxing feel about it. My friend who is the state champion golfer has really convinced me on this one, though I clearly see I have a long way to go when I play with him. http://www.lakequivira.org/Golf.aspx

  8. Golfing is a great way to spend time with people. I used to golf with my grandfather, father, and two of my uncles all the time when I was little. I remember how my grandfather would always laugh as I tried to copy everything he does before he hits the ball. Sometimes he would correct me in what I was doing. It was a lot of fun.

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