5 Essential Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather

5 Essential Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather

5 Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather.

 

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Most golfers prefer a dry course, but inevitably you’ll find yourself facing wet conditions. Perhaps you are playing in a tournament or on a special out-of-town course and don’t want to pass up the opportunity. Whatever the reason you have to do it, playing golf in wet weather, wet course requires some special techniques and skills.

 

Here’s some advice to help you get through a wet course without sacrificing your score:

1. For those new to golf, here’s a quick safety tip.

Never play golf during a thunderstorm. Being struck by lightning is no laughing matter. Standing out in the open, totally unprotected, near water, and holding a metal shaft in your hands puts you at a drastically higher risk.

 

2. When you are playing a course that is truly wet, and not just damp, you may notice your feet sinking into the turf. Choke down on the club – up to one inch – to prevent making fat shots.

 

3. The first hole you play on a wet course should be an assessment hole. Many inexperienced golfers assume they can play the same club on a wet course as they would on a dry course, but this is almost never the case.

As you hit your first series of shots on the first hole, pay close attention to how your ball reacts when it lands. You’ll most likely find that it will not roll anywhere near as much on wet turf as it would on dry.

If this is the case, don’t be afraid to add more club to your future shots. You may find that you can add one, two or even three clubs depending on how wet the course is and how far or little your ball rolls.

 

4. If you find yourself in the rough on a wet course, consider raising your hands slightly at address to make your shaft more vertical. This get through wet grass easier than a horizontal shaft. Playing out of the rough also requires more power to compensate for the sticky grass that slows down clubhead speed.
When playing on a dry course in the rough, avoid gripping the club too tightly. On a wet course, make sure you are  holding the club tight enough to keep the face of the club from flying open upon impact with the ball.

 

5. Putting on a wet green is almost always slower than normal. Take this into account when judging the pace of a putt.
You will also find that balls do not break as much on a wet green (with the exception of a cross-grain). You may find that your ball actually “slides” down the grain on very wet greens.

In general, my advice is to be more aggressive on a wet course. Try to make more solid hits on a straighter target path to compensate for the drag caused by the water. This may not work in every case, but it’s worth a shot.
Playing a wet course requires you to adjust your course management skills and play modified shots that work with the water rather than trying to fight it.

Be patient, be mindful of your shots, and don’t be afraid to change your tactics as you move from hole to hole. When playing golf in wet weather demands more concentration and focus on your technique so take your time and assess all your options.

 

Tired of Missing The Greens In Golf

Tired of Missing The Greens In Golf

Are You Tired of Missing The Green in Golf

 

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Missing a green is a great source of frustration for all of us playing at some time or another.

Here are 5 of the biggest reasons for this problem.

1. Poor Club Selection:

This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that causes golfers to miss a green in golf. There are many factors other than distance that go into picking the right club. When we play too quickly or ignore other issues associated with picking the right club, we miss greens.

2. Poor Shot Skills (Approach Shot):

Many golfers could dramatically lower their scores, and hit more greens, if they spent more time practicing approach shots with their fairway woods and long irons. These can be tricky clubs to master – and this goes for the hybrid woods as well, in spite of what the advertisers tell you. Because fairway woods and long irons have less loft, you must be able to get the clubface back to square upon impact with the ball. By mastering these clubs, you’ll be able to hit the green with a long approach shot.

3. Poor Shot Skills (Chipping and Pitching):

Players often miss greens from short distances because they mess up their chip or pitch shot. How often have you seen a player dig his or her club into the dirt with a wedge, popping the ball forward a foot or two? Pitching and chipping are two of the most common shots you will face on a golf course. The hours spent mastering the wedges are time well spent and will definitely help you to hit more greens.

4. Par 3 Tee Problems:

A lot of golfers miss the greens on what should be simple Par 3 holes. One reason for that is teeing up the ball too high or too low for the iron that
is used to play off the tee. Teeing up a ball for an iron is not the same as it is for a big, fat driver. Yet, many golfers approach both the same way. This can lead to pop-up balls, screaming hooks and slices and wild shots we have no name for yet.

5. Water, Bunkers and Trees,

 A lot of Par 3 holes, and many other holes, have some type of hazard or obstacle that is strategically placed to mentally challenge the player.

One example is the island 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. Although it is an easy, straight shot to the green, over 150,000 golf balls have gone into the water over the last 3 years. Talk about visual intimidation! Here is a good tip for those who have a hard time playing over hazards: Overlook the hazard. Assess your shot the way you normally do, but when you get ready to shoot, concentrate on some other focal point above the hazard. This might be a particular tree in the treeline behind the target, a tower, or anything else that gets the image of the hazard out of your line of sight.

Give these tips a try. I think you’ll be happy with the results you get out on the green.

 

Jay
Purepoint Golf Team

How to Fix 10 of the Most Common Mistakes Made in Golf.

How to Fix 10 of the Most Common Mistakes Made in Golf.

How to Fix 10 of the Most Common Golf Mistakes 

 

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No matter how low your score, you’ll run into one of these sooner or later.

1/ Slicing: 

This is perhaps the most common golf mistake made by all players. At the heart of the slice is an open clubface at impact. The tricky part is determining what you are doing wrong.
For many, the slice comes about because there is too much play in the wrists during the backswing. 
Your wrists should cock and uncock naturally. If you are deliberately working your wrists, stop it and see if that does not cure your slice.

Check out this anti-slice swing system for a simple and effective technique for curing your slice:

2/ Hooking: 

If slicing is number one, hooking is number two. A hook is caused by a closed clubface upon impact. Like the slice, all sorts of things can lead to a hook, and finding out what is causing yours should be at the top of your to-do list.

A golf great tip for those who hook the ball is to stop the club at the top of the backswing and mentally count to three before beginning your downswing. Try it; this easy trick works!

3/ Shanking:

Everyone shanks a ball now and then. If you do it consistently, however, you have a problem. A shank shot is almost always caused by poor fundamentals. The two keys to avoiding the shank are to make sure you are the proper distance from the ball at set-up and to ensure steady balance.

If you are too close to the ball or standing up too straight, you will shank it. If your weight is on the toes or heels and not in the centre of your feet, you will likely shank it as you lose your balance at impact.

4/ Low Drives:

Try teeing the ball up a little higher than what you are doing now. A ball that is teed low will tend to fly lower, which is great if you are playing into the wind, but not so great otherwise.

5/ Pop-Up Drives:

Try teeing the ball lowers to avoid this type of mishap. Also, make sure your feet are positioned properly for the club you are using.

6/ Missed Fairway Shots:

Many players simply do not spend enough time practicing with their irons while on the range. This often results in missed fairway shots. It is important that you know where to play the ball in your stance in regards to your irons and fairway woods.

7/ Breaking Putts: 

Learning how to read the green is vital to making putts. When reading a break, it is usually best to approach the hole from the top side of the cup with the intention of dropping the ball into the hole at a 90- degree angle.

8/ Putting Short:

On average, more putts are missed due to being short rather than being long. When practicing your putting, spend some concentrated time working on your distance control. Mastering distance is a key element to mastering putting.

9/ Putting Too Quickly:  

A lot of putts are missed simply because there is not enough time taken to read the green and determine the correct speed. You should not linger too long over a putt, but definitely take enough time to size up the putt in order to execute it.

10/ Emotional Gaffs:

Anger, frustration and dread are three of the most destructive emotions. All of these normally lead to poor play once they take hold of a player. The cure is to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Don’t forget to check out this anti-slice swing system for a simple and effective technique for curing the #1 golfing problem

 

Jay Simcic
Purepoint Golf Team

 

How to Avoid a Blowout Round of Golf

How to Avoid a Blowout Round of Golf

How to Avoid a Blowout Golf Game

 

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A good place to start in avoiding a blown out round of golf is by improving your drive distance. Nothing sucks more than miserable drive distance ruining your game. However, with the right guidance, you can add huge amounts of distance to your drives without actually heading to the golf course more often.

Every golfer has a bad day. There is no way around that fact. The trick to avoiding them is to identify a bad round before it becomes a bad round, and that, believe it or not, is possible. Here are some easy tips on how you can rescue your round before it blows up in your face.

Before we get into this, let’s understand that the definition of a blown round varies from one person to the next. For some, a blown round is shooting 18 straight bogeys with a few double bogeys thrown in for good measure. For others, a blown round is shooting three strokes over the course par.

While the definition of a blown round differs, one thing remains constant: A blown round is the culmination of a series of blown holes. If you want to avoid a blown round, avoid playing one blown holes after the next.

For many golfers, the genesis of a blown round begins with one single bad shot. A drive that duck hooks into the trees, a fairway shot that ends up in the green side bunker, or an easy putt that rolls past the cup. One poor shot that gets the adrenaline pumping hard and fast, and it’s all downhill from there.

Anger and frustration are two leading causes for a blown round as they tend to move with the golfer from hole to hole, but beware of other emotions, too. Exuberance and over-confidence from making a great shot can also lead to future mistakes, which can start the chain reaction that ultimately leads to a bad day.

Another tip for avoiding a blown out round has to do with your style of play.

There are two schools of thought on this subject, and both of them are valid. The more popular school of thought says that when you notice you are blowing a few holes, step back, relax, and tell yourself that you have made these same shots a thousand time in the past so there is no reason you cannot make them today.

This school emphasizes concentrating on YOUR basic fundamentals of play.

The other school of thought for those facing a blow out is to change things up. Rather than continue down a path that’s obviously not working for you today, change something about your technique or approach.

If your driver isn’t working, use another club. You may lose some distance, but gain more control. If your long irons are consistently slicing today, go to your mid-irons and layup. In other words, instead of trying to force yourself to play your normal game, adjust your game and style of play to match whatever obstacle it is you need to overcome.

This last tip on how to avoid a blown out round has to do with self-inflicted pressure.

When I first started playing golf I felt as if I had to make every shot. It was as if someone had a gun to my head saying, “Make this shot or else!” I believe many golfers feel that same type of inner pressure, and the way it shakes confidence can lead to trouble.

My solution was to turn that inner pressure into humor. Rather than getting angry or feeling defeated if I made a poor shot, I would laugh or grin or crack a joke about the shot. Having some fun with yourself not only makes you a better golfing partner, but it also relieves the stress of a bad shot, right then and there.

The next time you see a blow out heading your way, try some of these tips, and don’t be afraid to just laugh out loud when you make a horrible shot.

17 Golf Rules You Need Know

17 Golf Rules You Need Know

17 Golf Rules You Definitely Need to Know 

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The difference between a leisurely round of golf and tournament play is stark; at times, it feels like it’s an entirely different game. The pins aren’t accessible. Those tee boxes that seem miles back? That’s where you’ll be teeing off from. Instead of jokes and breezy conversation, the mood is tense. Oh, and a tap-in putt seems a hell of a lot farther than two feet.

And then there are the golf rules.

Most players abide by a reasonable — some would say liberal — interpretation of golf’s laws. Every hazard is treated as a lateral, rocks are thrown out of bunkers, and gimme putts. SO many gimme putts. In short, a “winter golf rules” approach for the entire year.

Unfortunately, those rebellious ways don’t fly in competition. The USGA rule book is the law for tournament play; it is absolute, without discussion. If it’s your first time entering in an event, from as comfortable as a club championship to U.S. Open qualifying, you need to be well-versed on golf’s legislation. And because there are so many golf rules, one could feel overwhelmed. Fear not:

Here are the 17 rules you definitely need to know when playing in a tournament:

Count your clubs

Oh come on. No one would ever have more than 14 sticks in the bag, right?

Right?

Wrong.

Avoid the two-stroke penalty by double-checking your bag before teeing off.

Ball falls off tee

There’s a shocking amount of players that aren’t 100 percent sure what to do when this happens. Simple: You get to re-tee without penalty. (Exception: You’ve already whiffed on the first shot. If the ball then falls off, you have to play it as it lies.)

On the bright side, since things are a tad more serious in tournament play, you won’t have the jamoke who chirps “One!” when your ball falls off the tee. I hate that guy.

Giving advice

On the weekend, you may ask your friend what iron they just hit, or, while on the green, point to a spot and say, “I think this is the line.” While such behavior is standard in a normal round, it’s deemed illegal in competitive play. The penalty is two strokes. (Exception: In a team match, you and your partner, as well as respective caddies, can discuss strategy.)

The difference between water and lateral hazards

A water hazard is marked in yellow, lateral in red. If you aren’t going to attempt to play from the hazard — and unless you have a clean shot, we advise you don’t — you are facing a one-shot penalty.

For a water hazard, a player has three options:

  • Go to the designated drop area (not all hazards have this).
  • Identify where your ball last crossed the water hazard, then drop as far back as you want from that spot and the pin.
  • Play your next shot by dropping a ball nearest to the point where your last stroke was played. You can re-tee if it was your first shot.
  • A lateral hazard is slightly different. Like with yellow stakes, you have to identify where the ball crossed into the hazard. However, you are given a two clubs length area to drop. You can also go on the other side of the hazard — assuming no closer to the hole — and drop there as well.

Improving your lie or position by moving growing things

Your ball comes to rest under a tree, and it appears you have a shot. Only problem is a pesky limb interfering with your backswing. No worries; you can break that branch off, yes?

Nope: You cannot improve the position or lie of your ball. This includes moving or bending anything growing or fixed in the realm of your envisioned swing.

Beach rules

The two biggest infractions in the sand are grounding your club and moving impediments from the bunker. This pains me to bring up, but my high school coach made me call both infractions on a competitor in a match: He chunked his first bunker shot, causing him to slam his club in disgust. He then threw out a few rocks around his ball before attempting his next shot, both violations. If you thought he was mad then, you should have saw his face after I sheepishly told him about said offenses.

Rake in bunker

This is another area that causes confusion, but if your ball comes to rest against a rake, you are allowed to move the tool, as the USGA defines it as a “movable obstruction.”

Tapping down your putts

This doesn’t come up as much anymore, as many players wear softless spikes. Nevertheless, you’ll occasionally come across spike marks on the green and be tempted to press them down. DON’T: That act constitutes a two-stroke penalty.

Lost ball time

You have five minutes to search for a ball. The clock begins when you start looking, not after you’ve hit your shot. After five minutes, the ball is considered lost.

Announcing the provisional

Confession: I love the word “reload.” It turns an unfortunate event — the prospect of a lost ball — into a course of action. Without checking Webster’s, I think reload etymology stems from Clint Eastwood movies. “I’m out of juice. Time to reload; fire in the hole!” Hard to believe I went so long being single.

Alas, saying “reload” does not constitute proper procedure, according to the USGA. A player must announce “I am hitting a provisional” to competitors. You must abandon your provisional ball if your original isn’t lost or out-of-bounds, or you determine that it’s in a water hazard:

Conversely, anytime you hit a great provisional shot, you might not want to find your original ball. If someone finds it before you play a shot with the provisional, the first ball is the one you must play.

Relief from cart paths, ground under repair, immovable objects

Most players understand they get help in such scenarios. In that same vein, most don’t know the proper way to push ahead. You take your stance, from there getting one club length of relief. The new spot has to be without interference from what caused the drop. From the USGA: “For example, if the ball lies on a cart path, the ball must be dropped at a point where the cart path does not interfere with the lie of the ball, his stance, and also the area of intended swing. If the ball comes to rest in such a position, it must be re-dropped.”

Unplayable lie

Unlike above, your point of drop doesn’t start from a place without interference. You have three options:

  • Play a ball as nearly as possible to the spot from which the original ball was last played, no nearer to the hole. If it was on the tee, you can re-tee.
  • Take a drop within two club lengths of where the ball is at rest, not nearer the hole.
  • Draw a line from the hole to where the ball is located and drop anywhere behind that point, keeping the point between you and the hole.

I found No. 2 out the hard way after my ball went under a pine tree in a tournament. What that pine tree was doing in the middle of a fairway is beyond me. (Although, it wasn’t the fairway I was supposed to be on, but semantics.) I couldn’t get to my ball, so decided to go with two-clubs length option, only to discover I’d still be under the pine tree. Ten years later, I’m still washing the sap off my neck.

Order of play

This mainly comes up in match play, but whoever is farthest away from the hole is up. And if someone breaks that order, a competitor is allowed to cancel the shot, forcing them to replay it.

But this comes with a caveat: Unless it’s an egregious offense, don’t call this on a competitor. Unless you want their putter tomahawked into your windshield after the round.

One-ball condition

This is rare: You usually only see this in professional tournaments, most recently when Phil Mickelson was dinged for using two different types of makes at the Presidents Cup. That said, I’ve been in club championships before where this popped up, sending people scrambling to the pro shop.

Sprinkler heads

This falls under the immovable object umbrella, but happens so often that it deserves its own section. Relief is granted from sprinkler heads only if your ball, intended stance, or swing is interfered with. Line of play isn’t covered, meaning if you’re putting from the fringe through a sprinkler towards the green, well, you might want to break out a wedge.

Identifying your ball

Buried in the rough and can’t tell if it’s your ball? You are allowed to lift the ball for ID purposes. From the USGA: “The player must announce his intention to lift the ball to an opponent, fellow-competitor or marker, and mark the position of the ball. He may then lift the ball and identify it, provided that he gives his opponent, marker or fellow-competitor an opportunity to observe the lifting and replacement.”

Flagstick

Your group has made it to the green; the hole is almost behind you. And, look at that, your ball has come to rest just inches from the pin. You’re so excited that you brush it in without thought, walking off the green thinking you just made birdie.

Except, the pin was in, and you hit it. That drops your score from a bird to a bogey and sinks your heart into your stomach. Other violations include hitting a pin that has been taken out and lying past the hole, or if you purposefully leave the flag in while attending it to cause a penalty on your opponent.

Most tournaments have rules officials on site, and all golfers should have a copy of the USGA rules book in their bag for more intricate situations and rulings. But the aforementioned points serve as the foundation for the obstacles you’ll likely encounter during tournament play. Now you can put your rules apprehension to rest, knowing your equipped to handle whatever the course, and your competitors, throw at you.

The Great Benefits of Online Golf Lessons

The Great Benefits of Online Golf Lessons

Get the Great Benefits of Online Golf Lessons

 

online golf lessonsPeople all around the world turn to the internet to allow them to explore the vast ocean of information that is available. Whether you are looking for stock quotes, a perfect video game, or information on a specific subject the internet is the perfect place to initiate your research. You can virtually find everything and anything that you have ever dreams of having.

Online golf lessons allows you to really expand your knowledge and improve your skills at same time. Golf is a classic example of this while most people look towards the television and various golf tournaments to give them information about golf in general, using the internet can open up such a diverse world where you can learn so much more much quicker.

By using the internet, you can easily look up and study the vast array of different golf lessons. Simply trying to learn all of the golf features as you actually play, or even from watching television can be an incredible bother. Using online golf lessons however makes the entire process so much easier since you can easily study when you have the time, without fretting about looking silly on the green.

The internet is also the perfect place to do research on the golf courses that are both in your area and around the world. This can allow you to plan a great vacation, or even shop around for the golf club that suits your particular needs. Finding a golf course, on the internet you have the ability to search based on difficulty, location, and even the name of the course. This can be a huge help so you can find the exact course that you are interested in, without worrying about wasting time looking at golf courses that you do not really like.

Those golfers who love to see who they are playing against before a competition can even use the internet to do a bit of research about their opponents. If you know whom you are going to be playing against, or whom you might be playing against you can take the time to look around and see how well they play in different circumstances. This allows you to be fully prepared before the day of the competition. You may decide that you just simply want to look up player’s profiles and statistics even if you do not actually play but rather watch, this is possible using the internet as well.

Above all the major use of the internet is online golf lessons and the ability to learn some tips and instruction that can allow you to improve your game. Using the internet you can search for the specific problem that you are having and read up on or watch a teaching video will assist you to work and practice the tips and instructions that you learn. This can be relatively accommodating in improving your game and taking it to the next level. In addition, it can help you avoid having to pay for expensive golf lessons or at least give you a better understanding so that the next time you have a golf lesson, you will get more from it.

If you are looking for a golf instructor, the internet can be extremely helpful in reviewing the ideal teacher in your area. While most people would have to search around at the local country clubs to find a potential instructor you could search online to find exactly what you want. This is a huge saving in time, in addition allow you to peruse a great deal more instructors before you make a decision.