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Course Management – Five tips for short hitters

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For many golfers we have to accept that hitting the ball a long way is not going to happen for us and try as we may, keeping up with the long hitters in the group will just make us feel frustrated. However, this does not mean that we cannot score well we just need to play to our strengths. In this article we will give you our top five recommendations of how to score well and not let yGolf 005our distance off the tee be a disadvantage.

First of all we need to accept that distance is not our key priority, accuracy is. For many short hitters are relatively accurate. What we need to concentrate on is consistent ball striking. So our first tip for the short hitter is to practise hitting crisp iron shots. A good drill to practise when on the driving range is to place a ball under you right heel and hit a few half shots with a medium iron. This should give you the crisp feeling of a descending blow and help you achieve the desired strike. Also remember to practise your pre-shot routine, this will help with consistent ball striking. For more details on how to develop a reliable pre-shot routine look in the back catalogue on www.golftalk.club

Our second tips is to look at your golf club selection and assess whether you have the right clubs in your bag for your local course. If you are playing a course that has a number of longish par fours then maybe the addition of a seven wood or a rescue club would be a good addition to your bag.  Longer irons are usually much harder to strike consistently well so try them out and see what difference it makes to your game. If you do decide to stick with your irons then ensure that you give them plenty of time on the driving range to help with your confidence and consistency.

You will find that you will be faced with a number of longer shots into the green so a good short game is a must for you to score well. Practise chipping from off the green and holing the putts to help you get up and down on a consistent basis. Also spend a little time on pitch shots of around twenty to thirty yards as you may find yourself just short of the green and as with chipping getting up and down from here is essential.

Also with regard to putting practise, spend more time holing out from three feet to take some pressure off your chipping. Develop a good, reliable stroke. Remember that even though you may not reach the green in regulation a good putter is a match for anyone. Keep a note of your putting stats with an objective to lowering your averages.

Finally accept that you will not reach some greens in regulation and that you will be forced to play some par four holes as three shots onto the green. This means that good course management is essential. Ask yourself how is it best to play this hole instead of immediately reaching for your driver. For example a par four hole with a yardage of four hundred yards maybe a driver, a five wood and a chip onto the green for you. Or you could play three six irons and achieve the same result. What type of play will give you more consistency?

Try these tips and see how they improve you score and enjoyment out on the course.

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Course Management – Five tips for long hitters

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For many golfers hitting the ball a long way is not an issue for them. With developments in swing techniques and equipment many of us mere mortals are able to hit the golf ball considerable distances. However, for some this just means a different set of problems. In this article we will give you our top five recommendations of how to keep the ball in play and use your lGolf club and ball in grassength off the tee as an advantage.

First things first. If you are a long hitter then you will have more opportunity to miss the fairway. A shot that is a slight push for a short hitter may not cause to many problems. But for you this could be thirty yards off-line and finish in the rough or out of bounds. Your number one priority must be to keep the ball in play. Our first tip is to use a club off the tee that you are confident that you will hit the fairway. Don’t automatically reach for the driver. Instead look at the hole on your course planner and asses whether a utility wood or even an iron may keep you on the short grass. As an experiment next time you are playing a practice round play two ball of the tee. Your usually driver and a lesser club and mark your card for both balls and compare your scores. In our experience you will usually score a lower score with your more carefully planned shots.

Golf tip number two is to think more about the shape of your shots. We would like you to have a regular stock shot shape that you can rely on under pressure. On the practice tee try different shots and hone in on a shot that you know you can play consistently well no matter what. For us a slight fade is the shot of choice because the ball has more back spin, is easier to control and will land on the fairway or green with a more predictable bounce.

Longer drives will mean you will be hitting more short irons and wedges into the green. Accuracy with these clubs is essential for you to score well.  It may be worth you investing in a third wedge to compliment your club armoury. This will give you more options from one hundred and fifty yards and in. On the practice tee ensure that you focus on hitting these shorter irons to a target. A slight improvement here will have a positive impact on your score immediately.

If you are hitting your short irons well you should also find that you will hit more greens in regulation. This has an effect on the distance of your first putts. We have found that the more greens in regulation you hit. The longer your first putts usually will be. Before you tee off spend some time on the practice putting area stroking putts from medium and longer distances. Try to focus on your lag putts ensuring a tap in for a regulation par.

Finally you will hit the driver off the tee and you will find yourself in the rough. This is inevitable for the longer hitter. When you are on the practice ground spend some time hitting shots out of the rough. Try and get a feel for what reaction the ball has out of the rough. This will help you predict what the ball will do when faced with these shots out on the course and help you decide on what type of shot to play. Just because you are in the rough does not mean the scoring potential for the hole is no longer available.

Try these tips and see how they improve you score and enjoyment out on the course.

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How to master the art of chipping a golf ball

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All golfers need to be able to chip the ball close to the hole when they miss the green. We know that an eighteen handicapper will hit around three greens in regulation per round and even a scratch golfer will miss around a third of the greens. This means the difference between a good round and a great round of golf is how well you consistently get up and down. In this article we will discuss the art of chipping and give you our three top practice drills to try out on the range.Chip shot golf

Firstly let’s define what we mean by a chip shot. A chip shot is a shot that rises off the ground for a short time and then rolls out to the hole. We have much more control of the shot when it is rolling, so our first thought should be ‘ can we putt the ball’? If not then a chip shot should be our second option.

Next you want to select the club. This will vary from shot to shot and can be any club from a sand wedge through to a seven iron. If the hole is fairly close and you just need to bump the ball over the fringe and roll out for a few feet then a sand or lob wedge would be the club to reach for. However if the hole was further back on the green and you had some distance to cover then a nine or eight iron may be a better club to choose. This will need some practice and experimenting for you to be able to see the shot and select the correct club.

Now you have selected the shot and the club let’s talk about the technique. If you were to play a full shot you would address the ball with you weight evenly distributed between both feet. With a chip shot we want to ensure we hit down on the ball with a clean strike so we shift our weight onto our left foot with something like and eighty twenty weight distribution. We also need to play the ball back in our stance to encourage that downward strike, this will help a clean strike on the back of the ball. One last point with regard to the set up. We want you to aim your feet, hips, and shoulders slightly left of your target line in an open set up. This will help you clear your hips through the shot and prevent any release of the club head. The chip shot is played without any wrist break so keep your wrists as passive as you can.

Now let’s look at our top three drills that will help you on the practice ground.

One handed chipping. This is a great drill to develop feel of the clubhead through the ball. Take six balls and using just your left hand try to chip the balls within a three feet circle of the target. Once you can do this consistently move onto your right hand and do the same. Finish the session by placing both hands back on the club and aim for a smaller circle of eighteen inches. You will soon develop a much better feel for distance control and even start holing a few.

Drill number two is to place a pencil in the strap of your watch on your left hand underneath the watch face. This will prevent you from breaking your wrists during the shot. This is a very effective drill if you have a habit of trying to scoop the ball up to the hole and are consistently hitting bladed shots across the green. Hit a dozen balls with the pencil in place and then remove the pencil and hit a dozen more. Keep repeating this drill until you feel you are getting a consistent strike on the ball.

Our final tip is to help the golfer who seem to shift their weight during the swing and find it difficult to keep their weight on their left side throughout the shot. Get into your set up as previously described and place a golf ball under the heal of your right foot and play your chip shot. Having a golf ball under your right foot will ensure your weight is on your left side and you do not fall back during the shot. Try hitting a dozen shots with the golf ball under your heal and then a dozen without.

These are three great drills that we have seen be very successful. Why not give them a try….

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How to score a stableford round of golf

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If you are going to start playing competitive golf then you will very soon use the Stableford scoring system as a way of marking your scorecard. In this post we will talk you through how to complete your scorecard and what strategies you could be using to play your best golf.

A very common way of scoring a competitive round of golf is the Stableford system. This type of scoring enables you to score points against the course’s par. For example if you are playing a par four hole then the course has already scored a par four. Your challenge is to beat that score, for which you will be awarded points as follows …

Double Eagle    5 points
Eagle                  4 points
Birdie                 3 points
Par                      2 points
Bogey                 1 point
Double Bogey   0 points

Of course this is you nett score allowing for your handicap. So let’s assume you are an eighteen handicapper. This means you will get a shot on each hole to give you your nett score. A par four on the scorecard will in fact be a par 5 for you. Now let’s also assume that you are playing a par four. If you were to achieve a gross score of five on this hole. This would be a nett score of par and two points for you. So if you play to your eighteen handicap and score a gross score of ninety and a nett score of seventy two you will achieve two points per hole and a total of thirty six points.

Now lets look at how you can best use this information to formulate your strategy to play your best golf.

How the stableford game differs from your standard medal play is that t
his form of the game rewards risk. By that we mean, if you decide to go for a shot that would result in a possible birdie (nett eagle) then you will score four points. However, if the shot does not go according to plan and you score a bogey (nett double bogey) then you will lose only two points that could be made up else where. This is very different to medal play where you would play the course much more conservative trying not to put a large number on your scorecard. So with Stableford we would encourage you to look at the scorecard and plan out where you will play safe and accept two points and where you will try the riskier shots and go for nett birdies and more points.

Also if you are playing off a higher than eighteen handicap then this obviously means that on some of the lower stroke index holes you will get more than one shot. Now the golf holes with the lower stroke index means that they play more difficult so you may need to plan how you will use the extra shot. This could be an iron off the tee for safety, or a lay up second shot to avoid a hazard for example. Either way please ensure that you know what shots you get on what holes because this should have an impact on how you play each hole.

Finally look at your score in three hole increments and see how you are progressing against your target score. If you have scored six points over the first three holes then you are playing steady and to handicap. If you are scoring higher or lower than this you may want to start thinking about where you will pick up points and potentially where you may lose a few points. The impact of counting your points over an average of three holes is that it prevents you from making any rushed decisions after just one bad hole. You will start to see patterns and make the correct choices of what shots to play. Or whether to play more aggressive or more defensive.

So next time you have an opportunity to play a Stableford game use these tips to help you out on the course and have fun!

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What is a Texas Scramble in golf

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There are many games within golf that we can play from the traditional stroke play where we play against the par of the course. To medal play where we compete against each other. In this post we will take a look at the format of Texas Scramble and explain what it is, how you score and wGolfhy it is such a fun game to play.

Let us start with the answer to the question in the title. What is a Texas Scramble?

A Texas Scramble is a four person team event where each member of the team plays his or her own ball from tee to green. Each player will hit their tee shot and then as a team you will all decide on the best shot out of the four and all play your ball from that spot. The person who’s tee shot was chosen marks their ball and plays their shot. The rest of the team will then drop a ball within six inches of the marker and all play their shots on to the green assuming this is a par four. Once on the green the process is repeated with the team deciding the best putt with the most chance of holing it. The player who’s shot is chosen will mark their ball and putt first. Assuming that they do not hole the putt they will mark their ball and the team will then all have a chance of holing the putt. You then move onto the next hole and the process is repeated throughout all eighteen holes. Because your team is getting four chances at each shot this is usually a low scoring competition with ten or twelve birdies per team not uncommon.

In some competitions their maybe some local rules to this format. A common one is the number of drives each player has to take. For example, the local rule could be that each player has to take four drives each. This is usually to try and even out the field and make the game more competitive. We have also played a local rule where each team is given an an orange or yellow ball to play. Each team member must play the ball tee to green and then pass onto the next player in the team. The objective is not to loose the orange ball and the team that returns it at the end of the competition gets extra points.

To score you simply play the hole as described previously and write down your score in a ‘medal format’ you may also need to write down who’s drive you used and who had the orange ball?. The handicap for each team is usually calculated as one tenth of the combined handicap. For example if each player is a eighteen handicapper then the total handicap is seventy two and one tenth would be seven point two. You would simply deduct seven point two from your gross score to give your nett score.

This is a great game to play because it lets you contribute to the team score no matter how well you are playing on the day. By that we mean, if on the day you are not striking your irons well you may knock a few putts in as your contribution. This format will also allow you to ‘go for shots’ that you would usually not try in a monthly medal for fear of putting a big number on your scorecard. This can be exciting if you pull off the shot but not devastating if you don’t. Also this is a great format to be used on a corporate days because the round is usually quicker than a medal round and fosters team spirit.

Finally most golf competitions are a medal format throughout the season with some matchplay for the summer and winter leagues. Texas Scramble can give you another format to try which you may find breaks up the repetitiveness of your usual competitions.

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How to play out of the rough?

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No matter how well you are playing on the day you will, on occasion find yourself in the rough. Even the professionals play out of the longer grass a few times per round. So if it is inevitable that you will stray off the fairways. Then how best is it for you to deal with this situation? In this post we will give you a simple traffic light system that should help you make the right decision out on the golf course and keep those big numbers off your scorecard.

“Never follow a bad shot with a bad decision”golf ball

First things first. When you see that your ball is going off-line keep your eye on the ball and try to see where it lands. Try using a tree or other landmark to give you a reference point for your search. If you have a positive line on where you think the ball has landed you will find your playing partners much more motivated to help you look for your ball. Many golfers get so disappointed when they play a bad shot that they forget to look at the ball and usually have a difficult time finding it.

Now you have found your ball there are a few questions we want you to ask yourself to help you make the decision of whether you should play safe and get the ball back on the fairway or go for it!. What is the lie like? Playing out of the rough is more difficult than the fairway because of the lie. The ball can settle down into the grass which means that you cannot get a clean strike on the ball. On a score of 1-10, 1 being very poor and 10 being great. Asses your lie and if is less than 5 then you should really be looking to just chop the ball back out onto the fairway.

Next we want you to consider the position. Can you get on the green in regulation? Again assuming the 1-10 score. If you feel that the line or distance will prevent you from getting on the green you will need to seriously consider the safer play. However if you are striking the ball well and you think a fairly average shot could get you back in contention for a par then going for the green may worth it.

Finally we want you to consider your score. We have all seen good scorecards ruined by bad decisions. So if you are protecting a good score then the safer play might be the correct one to choose. After all, if you are protecting a good score then you must be playing pretty well up to now, so the chances of you dropping a shot and not being able to pick it back up somewhere else is low.

All in all, when you approach your ball in the rough ask yourself these three questions with an image of a traffic light signal. Red means that you will take the safer option and play the ball back onto the fairway. Amber is a 50/50 and you will need to consider the lie, position and your score. And green is go for it!

Now you have made your decision, what next?

Playing the ball back onto the fairway is considered the safer option, however we often see golfers get this wrong. The number one mistake we see is the golfer lifting their head to look for the ball. You want to see where the ball has gone and that you are back in play. This often leads to a poor shot and the ball remaining in the rough. Next time you are faced with this situation ask your playing partner to look out for the ball so you can keep you head down and play through the ball.

Also you will need to consider he strike you get on the ball when it is in the longer grass. It is not as clean. The ball does not have as much backspin because longer grass will get in between the ball and the clubface so the ball cannot compress against its grooves. This means that the ball will come out of the rough ‘hot’ and will roll more than usual. It is often advisable to play a lesser club to allow for this.

One last point to consider. Do you ever practice out of the rough? We have said that it is inevitable, so why do we not practice for this situation. The next time you are on the practice tee head over to the longer grass and play a few shot from there. You will soon start to develop a feel for playing out of the rough and increase your confidence for when this happens out on the course.

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How to mark a golf scorecard for your Monthly Medal or Stableford competition

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When you arrive at the golf course you will get your golf gear ready, put on your shoes and then head into the Pro shop. This is where you will sign in, pay for your round and be given a scorecard.

If you are new to golf then you may be wondering how to score your golf gameGolf scorecard for the different types of competitions. In this post we will discuss how to complete a golf scorecard for a monthly medal and a stableford competition. This will not only give you a better understanding of the types of games but also how to score well out on the course.

Lets start with the scorecard itself. On your scorecard you will see the hole number from 1 to 18. This is obviously the holes you will play throughout your round. Just a note of caution. Many golf courses have more than eighteen holes on them. So check which two loops of nine holes you are playing and ensure you are marking the correct ones.

Next to the hole number will be the tees. These are usually blue, white, yellow and red. The blue tees are usually for tournament play by the professional golfers often seen at championship courses. The white tees are usually mens local competition tees, the monthly medal for example. The yellow tees are usually for mens general play and the red tees are for lady and junior golfers. Each tee will have the distance from the tee box to the centre of the green and the par for the hole. You will be told in the pro shop which tees you are playing off on the day. If in doubt, for a general rounds men use yellow tees and for competitions use white. Ladies and juniors are always off the reds.

The par for the hole is the number of shots that you should complete the hole. For example a par 3 hole should be completed in 3 shots, a par 4 in 4 shots and a par 5 in 5 shots.

Next you will see the stroke index or handicap for the hole. The course staff have decided which of the holes is the most difficult to play and which is the easiest. With stroke index 1 being the most difficult hole and stroke index 18 being the easiest hole to achieve par. The stroke index of the course is regularly checked against competition scores to ensure that this remains consistent.

Finally you will see places to write in scores, totals and the players name and handicap. It is your responsibility to ensure that your card is completed correctly. There are many sad stories of golf professionals handing in scorecards only to find that their playing partner has made a mistake and they have been disqualified. Don’t let this happen to you. Check your scorecard to ensure it is correct.

As you may have gathered by now your playing partner marks your card and you will mark theirs. Just before you all tee off swap your card ensuring that you have completed your name and handicap. You will then confirm your scores to each other at the end of each hole for you to record on the scorecard.

Now we know what all the numbers mean lets look at the different scoring games starting with medal play. This is the easiest game to score because you are just writing in your total strokes for the hole and your playing partners total strokes for the hole. When you have completed all 18 holes then simply add them up and deduct their handicap. For example if your playing partner shoots a total score of  90 and they play off an eighteen handicap then you would record a nett score of 72. This is considered the toughest game in golf because you have to return a score for each and every hole. Which means one bad hole where you lose a couple of balls could be a ‘card wrecker’ which could ruin your day.

The next game we will look at is stableford. This game scores each hole against the par for the hole. The easiest way to think about this is that you are playing the course and the course has already scored. If you score better than the hole, the same, or worse there are different points awarded. For example if you score a nett birdie then you get 3 points, a net par is 2 points and a net bogey is 1 point. Lets say I am an 18 handicapper which means I get a shot on each hole, and on the first hole I get a par. Because I get a shot for my handicap this is a net birdie and 3 points. On the next hole I get a bogey (one over par) again because I am an 18 handicapper I get a shot on each hole so this for me is a nett par which would be 2 points. At the end of the game add up all the points to see the final score. A score of 36 means you have played to your handicap. For beginner golfers this is a much easier game to play and we recommend that when you start scoring your rounds then use this stableford method. This is because you will definitely lose a ball or two per round and with this type of game you simply do not record a score for that hole. You can then clear your mind and concentrate on playing a good shot on the next hole.

Finally we did mention at the beginning of this post that understanding the scorecard can help you score well on the course. When you are new to golf and want to get your first handicap you will be asked to score three rounds of golf with an existing member who will mark your card. Usually when you first start playing your handicap will be over 18. This means that you will have more than 1 shot per hole. In these situations play the hole and use all of your shots. By that we mean if you are on the most difficult hole on the course, lets say a par 4, and you have two shots. Then you can play 4 shots easy shots to get to the green and then 2 putts for your nett par. Instead of reaching for the driver and slicing your tee shot out of bounds and finishing the hole with a 10 on the card and no score. Remember golf is as much about playing the game strategically as it is about the technicality of ball striking.

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What is Golf Etiquette? How to be courteous on the golf course

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The game of golf is different to many other sports due to not having a referee with you during your round. It does have its official rules of good play and also rules of etiquette, which ensures all golfers play with good sportsmanship and consideration throughout the round – not only with your fellow players but other golfers around you. In this article we will walk you through some of these etiquette rules:A man enjoying a game of golf

Firstly be quiet when somebody else is making a shot. Many golfers can loose concentration when there is noise around them. So please ensure that you do not talk or move when another your playing partner is about to take a swing. The best place for you to stand is behind the player out of their line of vision when your fellow competitor is about to play their shot. Again this is to not cause a distraction. Ensure all electronic devices are on silent there is nothing worse that a mobile phone ringing when you are about to take your shot. We recommend to turn them off completely so you are also not distracted by potential calls or text messages.

When on the green you should remember to again stay out of their peripheral vision and not to walk on the line between the golf ball and the hole. Your footprint can leave a temporary indentation on the green that could knock a putt off line. You must also consider your shadow, (especially when the sun is low) this must not be over the putting line either.

When its your turn to play, make sure you are ready to swing. It is essential to keep up with the group in front to ensure the pace of the game is made without any delay. We accept that some people play faster than others and playing at a faster pace may put you off your game. If this happens to you and you fall more than one complete hole behind, call the group behind you through and allow them to play ahead. This will not only make your round more enjoyable but the other players on the course.

When on the putting green leave your bags off the green towards the next hole, this advice is also true for golf buggies. Be ready to exit quickly once you have finished the hole. Also do not stand on the green and mark your card this can be done whilst walking to the next hole or on the next tee. Remember to keep up the pace of play.

Male golfer sitting on the hole information signLost balls can cause delays on the golf course. If you believe you have lost a ball, best practice is to play a provisional ball. A second shot that you will use if you cannot find your original ball. You now have 5 minutes to look for the ball. All of the golfers in your group should help you. If the ball proves difficult to find after your 5 minute search then you must play your provisional ball. Before doing so look to see if is a group behind you waiting. If so, you should call the group through before playing your shot, you will not be able to continue to play until this group has finished the hole.

Golf courses have grounds staff in place to maintain the golf course, however it is also your responsibility to take care of the course during your round and leave it in the condition that you found it, by completing the following:

– Smoothing out holes and footprints from a bunker when you leave it. Rakes are there for a reason so please use them. As the name suggests a bunker is a hazard and difficult enough without the ball landing in a footprint in the sand.

– Divots should be replaced on the fairway after each shot. If you want to keep your local course in good shape replacing divot will certainly help the green keepers.

– Care must be taken on the greens, any impact damage from a golf ball or shoes should be repaired before leaving the hole. We have discussed repairing pitch marks on earlier posts so please look back and learn how to repair your pitch marks.

– As previously suggested, your golf bags should be laid on the grass of the green when putting. It would be good practice for the flag stick to be put here too, in order to decrease the amount of damage on the green and players should not lean on their putters when retrieving a ball from the hole.

– The flagstick should be replaced in the hole before exiting the green. This sounds pretty obvious, however i’m sure we have all seen flagsticks left at the side of the green where the players have forgotten to put it back in the hole.

Finally the last thing we do before we leave the 18th green is shake hands with our playing partners and thank them for the game and their company.

Etiquette is what sets the great game of golf apart from other sports and dosen’t take any time, just some consideration for other players on the course.

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How to strike crisp middle Irons, these swing drills can help

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Every golfers ambition is to nail their driver on a long par 4 and find themselves in the centre of the fairway with a middle iron in their hands and the green invitingly in reach.

As you may have heard us say at Golf Talk on past posts the average amateur golfer scoring around 90 strokes will only hit 3 greens in regulation per round. This is partly down to where their drive finishes and partly down to their iron play. Hitting just 3 more greens in regulation could save you up to 5 strokes off your round. In this article we will discuss the importance of striking your middle irons crisp and give you some tips on how to achieve it.

One of the keys to good ball striking with a middle iron is to hit down on the ball. The clubhead is designed for you to hit the ball then turf and if done correctly you will hit the ball out of the sweet spot which is about the 5th groove on the clubface. A good drill that we recommend is to place a head cover on your target line about 7 or 8 inches behind the ball and hit a few 7 iron shots. Having a headcover on your target line will encourage a steeper swing and for you to hit the ball then ground giving you a cleaner strike. If you find yourself hitting the headcover then you would have probably hit behind the ball which could lead to a duff or thinned shot.

Another important factor in striking crips iron shots is to transfer your weight during the swing. If you do not transfer your weight and finish your swing with your weight predominately on your right side (right handed golfer) then you will almost always struggle to hit consistently good middle iron shots. This next drill will help you to get the feeling of good weight transfer in the downswing. Address the ball with both feet together and as you start your downswing step forward and shift your weight to your left side. You should finish your swing with your arms and hands high and 90% of your weight on your left foot.

Finally we want to give you one more tip to hitting crisp iron shots. Practice with half swings trying to hit a 7 iron around 100 yards. Practicing with mini swings will help you hit the ball cleaner and also help you spot any errors you may be doing. We have also found doing this drill with your left hand only at first can enhance the sensation of a crisp strike. Once you are confident hitting half shots then place both hands on the club and progress to a three quarter swing before finally moving on to your full swing.

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I want to play more golf but I don’t have time!

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It’s a very common question amongst many golfers … I want to play more golf but I do not have the time. We all seem to be busier than ever, with more demands on our time from our work and home life. So if we agree we would like to play more golf. How can we get out on the course more?

Golf Course in the AutumnWe have been discussing this very subject around the Golf Talk office and have come up with a few ideas to help you escape the office onto the fairways.

Firstly can you play in the quieter times. We find that when we tee of on a Saturday or Sunday morning then we are usually in for a five hour round. However, if we tee off later in the afternoon when the course is much quieter then this time is reduced to just over three hours. This means we can play twice over the weekend at these quieter times, and the time on the course is not that much different.

Are there any work related activities that you can do whilst out on the course?, For example if your job involves meeting customers and discussing potential deals or joint ventures could this be done on the golf course? Also does your industry have any corporate golf, supplier days etc. These days can be used as a great networking events out on the golf course.

Find a course with good clubhouse facilities and invite your family to dinner after your round. This will cut any time consuming travelling between the course and home and it may give you more quality time with your family.

Finally accept that nine holes is ok. We often think that we have to commit to eighteen holes of golf and this is certainly not the case. We get the opportunity to leave work and play nine holes of golf most nights of the week during the summer months. For us nine holes is better the no holes

Try these simple ideas and get yourself out on the course!

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The Golf Talk team