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Want a lower score? – Here is three quick ways to sink more putts

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If you ask any golf professional whats the quickest way to lower your score they would tell you to ‘get better at putting’. We know that for the average mid to high handicapper spends around half of their time on the greens so getting better at putting will definitely improve your score overall. In this article we would like to share with you three quick ways you can sink more putts an improve you score.

  • Practise, practise, practise. It is with putting as it is with mGolf player at the greenany things in life ‘Practise makes perfect’. The more you practise your putting stroke the better putter you will be. We would encourage you to practice a range of putts from all distances, practise putting from off the green and practise reading the green. This is a sure fire way to gain your putting confidence and get more into the hole.
  • Get into a putting routine. Watch the pro’s on TV and you will see them have the same routine after every putt, no matter what the distance or break. Having a solid routine will help you hole more putts, especially the pressure putts because you will be forced not to rush and make a bad stroke.
  • Try a new putter. As we all know golf is a game of confidence and if you are simply not holing as many as you deserve then maybe changing your putter ( or getting it re-gripped ) may have a positive effect on your confidence. Also putters are the clubs in our bag that we probably change the least, so you may be upgrading your putter to a newer technology that could help you hole with those off centred strokes.

Putting is a vital part of the game and if you are putting well then you will usually have a good round of golf and a more enjoyable time on the course.

Try these tips to improve your putting and please share any successes you have … good luck!

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Course management – The key to breaking 90?

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It’s the question that most new golfers want answered, how can I break 90?

Golfing couple high fiving on the golf courseIf this is you and you are scoring in the mid 90’s now, then great, this information should be of help. The good news is that you can obviously hit a reasonable ball if you can shoot in the mid 90’s. Where we see most mid to high handicappers fall down is with their course management.

Course management is often an over-looked part of the amateurs golf game because hitting a 7 iron off the tee for safety is not as exciting as a 250 yard drive. Every golf professional on the planet will analyse the ‘risk and reward’ of each shot to see if it is worth going for. What do I get if I pull the shot off? and what happens if I don’t?

So what is course management?  We define course management as the ability to play the course as the course designer intended. Hitting a variety of different shots and avoiding the hazards.

Course management can be divided into three main categories.

  1. Tee shots
  2. Approach
  3. Putting

Tee Shots – Don’t automatically reach for the driver. When on the tee, look to see what hazards the course designer has placed in front of you and work out how best you can avoid them. For example, can you play short of a bunker with an iron instead of hitting a great tee shot with a driver only to run into the hazard?

Also, do you have a favourite distance for your second shot into the green? It would make sense to try and leave yourself this shot instead of a distance that you are less confident to reach. For example, if you were to play a 4 iron tee shot to leave you your favourite 9 iron shot then you may have more chance of reaching the green in regulation.

Approach Shots – Now you have hit the fairway and avoided any hazards you need to think about your approach to the green. The golf professional will look for a safe area, somewhere – if they were to miss the green – where they would have a better than average chance of getting ‘up and down’. So where is your safe area? Usually the middle of the green is good enough however, we still go for the flag even though a miss may leave us with a very difficult third shot and a potential 5 0r even 6 on the scorecard.

Also, with your approach shots consider how well you have been hitting your clubs on the day. If you are not striking the ball particularly cleanly then it may be advisable to club up. The worst that can happen is that you strike the ball well and finish at the back of the green.

Putting – In an average round of golf almost a third of the shots taken are with the putter. Your goal should be to two putt every green. This means an approach putt that will leave you an easy ‘tap in’. We see many amateur golfer try to hole every putt which can sometimes leave them with a difficult return and a 3 putt on the scorecard. Also, when on the practice green do spend time trying to hole the 2 – 3 feet putts. on the scorecard they count the same as every other shot you take.

Using these course management tips will undoubtedly take shots of your score. Why not give them a try?

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5 easy steps to lower your handicap before you get on the course

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Can you lower your handicap before you even get on the course? Yes of course you can with these five simple steps to help prepare you for your game ahead.

  1. Get yourself in the right frame of mind, remove any distractions you may be thinking of for example work or to do lists from home. If you are feeling distracted then don’t be surprised if you do not play your very best golf. Try to keep focused on your game ahead.
  2. Get into a routine of arriving at the course early. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready for your game. My own routine is to get to the course at least 60 minutes before my tee off time. This gives me plenty of time to get set up, check in at the clubhouse and go to the practice range to hit a few balls.
  3. Go to the practice range. Don’t expect to hit one of your very best drives straight down the middle of the fairway when the last time you hit a ball was over a week ago. Hit a few balls with a PW, 7 Iron and 4 Iron, 3 wood and Driver. Aim to finish your practice with the club that you will hit your first tee shot. Don’t leave the range until you have hit a shot that you are happy with to give you confidence.
  4. Go to the putting green. For the same reasons as in point number 3. Sinking a few putts before your round will not only give you confidence but also help you get the speed of the greens. A few putts from long, medium and short distance should do.
  5. Finally have a score in mind that you want to shoot. We play more seriously when we are keeping score. Think about it how do you know what a good round is unless you have a target score that you are trying to achieve?

Follow these simple 5 step and have fun on the course!

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Five essential tips for playing your best winter golf

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Tip no.1  – Make sure you spend a few minutes warming up to get some flexibility and prevent any injuries. A number of injuries could be prevented by simply spending a few minutes swinging two clubs and a few stretches
Tip no. 2 – Clean groves on your clubs are essential for a good strike on the ball and a true flight. A groove cleaner or an old toothbrush will do the job.
Tip no. 3 – When the ground is hard from the frost the ball can bounce anywhere especially around the green. Choose to chip around the green as much as possible. You can control the flight of the ball, but not the bounce.
Tip no. 4 – Club up, club up, club up, in winter the ball is cold and does not have the same compression as in the summer. We recommend at least one club even two clubs when the temperature is below five degrees Celsius
Tip no. 5 – Enjoy the day and don’t take the game to seriously. Remember why you are out there, get some fresh air, exercise and keep your swing going through the winter months.