Are You Tired of Missing The Green in Golf
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.
Purepoint Golf Team
How to Fix 10 of the Most Common Golf Mistakes
No matter how low your score, you’ll run into one of these sooner or later.
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.
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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!
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.
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Purepoint Golf Team
4 Tips in Golf for Beating Pressure
Beating pressure is all about a strong mental game. This great video and audio training course called the Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf gets you in the right mindset for an incredible score and massive game improvements.
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Did you know there are sensible ways to help you play your best golf game even when you are under pressure? There are! Here are some tips on how you can beat the pressure every time.
1. To Beat It, Feel It
A lot of players will not know that they are playing under pressure until they have made several bad shots. One of the key elements to playing your best under pressure is to realize that you ARE playing under pressure.
That word “pressure” can mean different things to different people. For some of us, playing in front of a crowd can lead to pressure. For others, a few bad shots can lead to the feeling of being under pressure to regain those shots.
In all cases, the player has to realize that he or she is feeling some sense of stress or dread before they can deal with it.
2. The Spin Cycle
Playing under pressure will often result in two things: One is we tense up. Our muscles will get taut, and that makes them less flexible than usual. The second thing that happens is we begin to swing the club harder than normal.
Either of these reactions will produce poor shots. And one poor shot leads to another as we continue to try to bully our way out of the cycle.
The ultimate key to playing under pressure is to relax. Yes, that is easier said than done, but it’s necessary to get yourself there. As soon as you realize that you are playing under pressure…
Breathe: Taking a few deep breaths can do wonders when it comes to relaxing the mind and the body. The trick is to breathe in slowly and exhale slowly. Not only does this help to relax the muscles, but it also oxygenates the brain.
Stretch: Pressure will lead to tense muscles. This is so common that it is thought to be universal. Tense muscles lead to poor swings, and that, too, is inevitable.
In order to relieve the tension in your muscles, do a bit of stretching immediately before you take your stance. Even a few shoulder twists will help relax your muscles.
Pre-Shot Routine: If you have been reading my newsletters, you already know that I advocate that every player have a pre-shot routine designed by themselves for themselves. If you have one, now is the best time to perform it.
Performing this routine will help to settle your nerves. Think of it as a foundation on which you can build your shot.
Swing Normally: Many players will often fall into the trap of thinking if they hit the ball harder, their game will improve. Things almost never work out that way. What usually happens is a duck hook, a screaming slice or an embarrassing miss-the-ball entirely shot.
Avoid the temptation to smack the ball as hard as you can. Instead, have faith in your own swing. You have been using this swing for some time now; trust it to pull you out of this trouble.
For many players, when pressure begins, it builds. In other words, it only gets worse if it isn’t immediately addressed. It is a game and should be enjoyed.
If you make a bogus shot, miss a few putts or hit five hooks in a row, smile! Laugh out loud if you need to. Let some humor get into your body, even if it is at your own expense.
This, too, can go a long way in relieving stress and pressure.
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The more confidence you have in your shots, the more easily you can stand up to pressure and win
8 Tips on Playing Golf in the Wind
There are certain things that you can control. However, there are other things you cannot control. Wind is one of the latter.
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Playing on a windy day is one of the most challenging events you will face. Wind is unpredictable, and that means you have to be on top of it from start to finish.
Professionals know how to handle windy days, but there is nothing they do that you cannot do as well.
Here are some tips on how to play the wind.
Tip 1: It is important to check the wind direction and velocity for every shot, not just every hole. It is surprising how the wind can change from one shot to the next, and you need to prepare for those changes.
A good way to check is to look up at the treetops or at the flag (if it is close). Throwing a few blades of grass into the air will often help, too.
Tip 2: If the wind is blowing directly at you (from front or back), resist the temptation to adjust your target line.
For shots made into a crosswind, adjustments to the target have to be made. This will depend on the velocity of the wind as well as your own skills. If you can play a fade or a draw to help get your ball through the wind, then try those first.
Tip 3: If you can see that the wind is higher up (by looking at the treetops), tee your ball lower than usual. You may need to tee down as much as an extra one-half inch or so. This will help keep the ball lower in its trajectory.
Tip 4: This tip is simple but often overlooked. If playing in strong wind or wind that suddenly gusts, widen your address stance a bit to help increase your stability. This can really help, but do not go overboard.
Tip 5: When you are shooting into a strong wind, try not to power swing your way through the shot. This often means using more club than you would for a particular shot.
A rule of thumb: For every 10 mph (16 kph) of wind, adjust one full club. For example, it you are hitting into the wind, you would need a 5-iron instead of your normal 6-iron in a 10 mph wind. You would play a 4-iron instead of a 6-iron in a 20 mph (32 kph) wind.
Tip 6: When shooting with the wind at your back, your ball will travel farther when it catches the wind. To compensate for this, use your normal club for the shot but grip lower on the shaft. Start with one-half inch lower, and adjust as needed.
Tip 7: Use your less lofted clubs to help keep the ball low. A low-flying ball is often the only real option you have on very windy days. This can be especially useful if you play on fairways that have trees on either side since they may act as a buffer against the lowest winds.
Tip 8: Wind can affect your short game too. Windy days are perfect for using your low-trajectory pitch and run shots. Try to keep the ball low, regardless of your shot selection, when playing near greens that are exposed to the wind or close to water hazards.
Taking a wider stance while putting may also be necessary. But, again, do not overcompensate with this as it may affect your putting swing.
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How to Avoid a Blowout Golf Game
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.