Smart Golf Tips For Smart Golf Players

Smart Golf Tips For Smart Players

Sometimes all you need to get better at your golf game and overcome sticking points is to tweak something simple, something small - a tiny aspect that you took for granted. The following tips may just be that "something small" you need to improve today.

Practice Your Putting rhythm

Just as the time on the range is not for rebuilding your swing, the time on the practice putting green isn't for working on the mechanics of your stroke. Prior to your round, focus on your rhythm, rolling the ball smoothly and striking the ball solidly. Leave the technical work until after your round.

Practice Long Range Putts Before Hitting Your First Tee

Tiger Woods once commented that on the first several holes of a round, it's very likely that your first few putts will be from a fairly long range. Prepare for this by hitting at least ten, 30 to 40 foot putts on the practice putting green. This will enable you to get a decent feel for the pace of the greens as well as an idea of the length of stroke you will need on those longer putts.Vws0100336

Find Your Ideal Swing For The Day On The Practice Range

The best way to find out how you are hitting the ball for the day, as well as what shape of shot you are producing, is to get into the groove with your preround warm up. Accept that this is your game and shape of shot for the day, and make allowances for it out on the course.

A perfect example of a professional taking this very advice would have to be when Tiger Woods won the Mercedes Championship back in 1997. It was a playoff against the great Tom Lehman.

Tiger hit a tee shot over water on a par 3 that finished only inches from the hole. However, he had been having trouble with his pushed shot the entire round, so on that specific hole he aimed well to the left of the flag to allow for his "poor shot", tapped the putt in to make the birdie, and won!

Research The Holes Ahead Of Time

Many good players would agree that the purpose of a golf hole is to test your game techniques and personal strategies. Prepare yourself for the challenge by looking at course planners and yardage boards on the tees to find out where the hazards are and your most sensible route onto the green. 

Check to see where the hole is most likely to catch you out and increase your margin of error with your shot selection so that you stack the odds in your favor.