If there’s no time to go on your way, go the night before. It’s amazing what whacking a big pile of balls can do to your game. This is usually realised on the 18th hole – when you finally, after 17 holes of trying, hit a good tee-shot.
5. Do a little warm up
The last thing you want it to play the next 17 holes with back-pain. Before teeing off, use a club to stretch your arms, back, and backside by holding each end and moving your arms and upper body around a bit.
6. Just relax
Whoever it was that said “golf is a relaxing sport” deserves to be hit with a 3-wood. The more relaxed you are the better your concentration, and consequently your swing are. So don’t think about your fellow golfers watching you or that annoying bird chirping in the tree next to you. Take a deep breath, zone everything else out, and swing.
7. Don’t be afraid to drop a new ball
If you can’t find your ball drop one where you think it might have landed. Don’t spend more than five minutes looking for it. Other golfers don’t like waiting around for hackers, plus searching through the trees makes it look like you missed the fairway.
8. Practice swings
You don’t want to be that guy who takes 53 practice swings before he hits the ball or even the one that walks straight up and tops it on his first try. What you want to do is take a step away from the ball, take two to three swing. Adjust your club height if you were too low or high. Take another. Now hit it. Nothing more nothing less.
9. Don’t try and be the longest hitter
The winner is not the guy with the furthest drive; it’s the guy with the lowest number of shots. Grip the club with your fingers (not palm); a steady solid swing on the sweet spot will always go further than a wild muscle shot.
10. Just because you can’t see the group in front, doesn’t mean that they’re out of range
Make sure you give the guys in front lots of time to clear you’re driving distance, from even your longest drive – because that’s when you’ll hit it.
11. Think about your approach
Unless you’re a pro (in which case you shouldn’t be reading this article) take the straightforward shot. Don’t try the impossible, by carrying a lake or those 100 ft trees, to try to get on the green in one. You should hit your tee shot down the fairway and leave yourself with a good chance to make your next shot. Until you’re using the putter, the aim should be to position your next shot.
12. Don’t hit the tree in front of you
If your balls behind a tree in the rough don’t try and play the miracle shot. Just chip out and get the ball back into play. 9/10 times the ball will hit the tree/branches. “You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time.”
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