October 2016 Newsletter

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In This Issue,

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2, Golf Course Management

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Course Management Tips

Recently I’ve had a few playing lessons which resulted in a friend asking me:
“What are the biggest mistakes that the average golfer makes in their course management?”
…. so I just thought it would be a good idea to share a few of the tips / advice I believe will make the average golfer a better player.

Hitting Driver On Every Hole – There is no rule that you have to hit driver on every par 4 or 5. It is important to know your strengths and weaknesses and driving can be a key weakness if you don’t play smart.

Driver Golf Club

We all have our holes that we struggle with at our home course and my advice is to change your strategy. Hit a fairway wood or a hybrid off the tee and see if your scores don’t improve. You must have room to miss your tee shot and still keep it in play. If the hole is super tight, play a shot that you know that you can get in play 80% of the time even if you give up a little distance. Don’t let your playing partners dictate your game plane. Stick to it!

Not enough club? – How many times are you past the flag? 
I think this stems firstly from not knowing how far each club carries to begin with, most golfers rely on their absolute best shot distance instead of their average. This doesn’t leave room for a slight miss hit.

Iron Golf Club

Make a trip to the practise ground and work out your averages for each club and keep a note in your bag for reference. Don’t let your ego get in the way of your golf score.

Aiming at every flag no matter what – Normally there are 6 easier flags, 6 moderate flags and 6 tough flags in major competitions. To make it more understandable, good players give them some sort of coding like for example traffic lights, red, amber and green:

Red Flags, a flag that is tucked away behind a hazard (ditch or bunker etc) or very near water. Very rarely do we go for these flags

Traffic LightsAmber Flags, a flag that has no actual hazard in front of it but may be very close to the edge of a green, it will temp you to go for it but the club choice must be spot on and hit well.

Green Flags, a flag that is in the centre of the green and very accessible from any approach shot and plenty of room for the ball to stop.

Green flags are your opportunities to attack and make your best score. The average golfer would make some of their best scores by simply playing to the middle of every green and taking your chances on putting.

Using Too Much Loft When Chipping Around the Green – We all like to lob a shot high in the air and see it landing 6 inches from the pin (most average golfers come up well short) but you should only use this shot when going over obstacles.

Wedge Clubs with Loft 

Learn how to play a variety of chip and run shots using different clubs, even hybrids, these are the higher percentage shots, ones that help you get “up and down” and keep your score going. Remember keep the ball as low as possible when chipping around the green.

For help on you wedge choice then please re-visit one of my older newsletters here

Of course this is not the be all and end all of playing golf and there is a lot more to consider, but just these four tips alone will help you to play a higher standard of golf and make it much more enjoyable.

Have a great time working on these and see you soon.

Martin Rathbone PGA - Head Teaching Professional - Surbiton Golf Club