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How to Improve Your Golf Game With Simple Tips

by John Lindell
    Have a partner help check your alignment on the putting green.

    Have a partner help check your alignment on the putting green.

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    Overview

    To excel at the game of golf demands a great deal of practice as well as mental discipline. Those new to this sport can find all the facets of it overwhelming. But if the novice takes some advice on certain aspects of the game and is able to use these tips to enhance her scoring, she will progress every time out on the course.

    Chipping Tips

    Chipping is one of the hardest parts of the game to master. But there are many things a beginner can try to make chipping easier. One is to purchase wedges that can be used for shots of varying distances, allowing a golfer to take a full swing instead of trying to swing at half or three-quarters strength with an ordinary pitching wedge. Gap wedges, lob wedges and sand wedges are lofted differently and can be utilized to hit the ball from 120 yards and in. Another pitching tip adheres to where to try to land the ball. Many newbies make the mistake of trying to land a pitch shot next to the hole and fail to allow for the roll the ball will invariably take. By envisioning a circular area as a landing site for the ball and another circular spot around the hole that represents where the ball will roll to a stop, pitching can be made easier. Also, novice players are liable to scull a chip shot across the green; this comes often from picking up the head as the ball is being struck. To eliminate this mistake, the player should take her stance, swing at the ball, follow-through and wait 3 seconds before turning her head to observe where she has hit the ball.

    Iron Tips

    Better and smarter iron play will improve a person’s golf game. One tip players need to heed is to know how far he or she is capable of hitting each iron on average with a relaxed and normal swing. Once this information is known, it can be applied during a round and allows the golfer to avoid taking a club that, for example, he can hit 150 yards and try to hit that club 180 yards. Coming up short on an iron shot because of poor club selection can be eliminated, and the best place to find out the length of different irons is on the practice range. It is also important to understand it is not prudent to always aim for the hole with an iron shot because the pin can be close to hazards, which will severely penalize a shot that is only slightly errant. By using her head and aiming to the part of the green away from trouble, a golfer can lessen the chances of adding strokes to her score.

    Putting Tips

    More than one-third of a golfer’s score comes from putts, but this part of the game is often neglected when it comes to practicing. There are some ways to practice putting that can improve your game. One is for a golfer to go to the practice green with 10 balls. Line each up a foot apart in a straight line, then proceed to putt the one closest to the hole. After hitting this putt, he should putt the next-closest ball. The process should be repeated until the last ball, which will be a 10-foot putt, has been holed. If any putt is missed, the balls should be realigned and the player should start over. Another tip for improving putting is to take eight balls and place them around the hole in a circular pattern, with every ball being one club length from the hole. The player then should try to hit each putt from each angle. Once successful, the player can put the balls farther from the hole and attempt to hole out each putt. This repetition will help a player understand how hard to hit putts and how to read the breaks on putts around the hole.

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    About the Author

    John Lindell has written articles for "The Greyhound Review" and various other online publications. A Connecticut native, his work specializes in sports, fishing and nature. Lindell worked in greyhound racing for 25 years.

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