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Golf lessons, whats the real value?

Time after time golfers choose not to get lessons. They either can’t find the time or enthusiasm to learn the beautiful game or its bot what they play golf for. It’s easier and more enjoyable naturally to book a four ball with some friends, have a bunch beers in the clubhouse bar afterwards.

There is one thing that every golfer will do once they’ve finished and had time to reflect – wished they had played better or taken another option when faced with a challenging shot. Golf is a game that very few, if any, ever master. Even the very best that have graced the game such as, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholas and Arnold Palmer all at times badly. One thing that sets them apart from the rest of us – Their desire and determination to succeed and get better.

It’s agreed that golf for some is not about getting the lowest score and more about the sense of freedom one gets when they are walking the fairway, leisurely hitting a ball around sharing laughs and jokes with friends. However, for the rest there is a burning motivation to improve, score better and win the club competition. The worrying thing is that this large percentage still struggle to get the professional tuition needed to really see those dreamed of shots and scorecards.

This is the real value of lessons, whether its from the local pro at your club or through a website/mobile app (some of which provide world class tuition video’s from the worlds very best coaches) which saves time mucking about getting to the club or driving range and the convenience of tuition as and when the golfer requires it.

Golf is a game that needs to be learned and practised over and over again. The only way a player of any level is going to get better is to be taught the correct technique, practice with purpose and take that new found ability to the course and persist with it until it becomes second nature. Tour pro’s still after earning millions and winning multiple tournaments get lessons – they practise continuously.

The real value of lessons is measurable only by the individuals. Is ot a goal to become better, if so, the latest clubs at American Golf won’t get you there. First class lessons will, no if’s or but’s.

Golf ball position

For the majority of shots, the ball should be positioned just off centre towards the target. So if you are a right-handed golfer the ball should be just of centre towards your left leg and opposite if you are a lefty. This will allow you to hit the ball on your downswing and release the club on the path of the target line. You need to be mindful that the ball is not too far  left as it will open up your shoulders and cause the ball to take flight immediately left.

This is different with the driver as its a long club and you ideally need to be hitting it on your upswing. Therefore, you need to position the ball just inside your left heel (if a right handed golfer). This set up will create further roll when the ball lands and gets the low point in the arc of the club just behind the ball. One important factor to remember when using the driver is to close your shoulders towards the target line. With the ball positioned so left in your stances it has a tendency to open your shoulders. Positioning of the ball just inside the heel of the driver requires the player to delay hitting the ball unlike other clubs. Do not force the hit. Hitting early in the down swing is one of the most common problems in golf.

The position of the ball in relation to your feet is so important. You must always ensure your stances, posture and target alignment are correct. The ball should be positioned so that you strike it on the downswing and release the club through on to the target line.

The Driver – When using the driver, the ball should be just inside the leading heal. This allows you to hit it on the upswing.

Long irons – Long irons require the ball to be positioned just off centre towards the target. You attack the ball at a flatter angle and clip the ball off the fairway, making a good, solid contact.

Short irons – Short irons mean the ball must be positioned dead centre between your feet. This enables you to hit down on the ball through impact creating accuracy and control.

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How to score in Golf

There are several ways to play golf and a number of scoring systems used, however the most common are stableford, stroke play and match play. Occasionally bogey will also be played. These systems can be played individually or on a better ball basis with a playing partner.

Stableford – All golfers in the competition are awarded points depending on how many shots they take on each hole and what their handicap is. So a net par will give the player 2 points, a net birdie 3 points and a net bogey or one over par is 1 point. A net eagle is 4 points. The player with the most points at the end of the round will win. A score of 36 points indicates the player has played to his/her handicap.

Stroke Play – Stroke play or medal play is where every shot taken in a round (including penalty strokes) are counted. At the end your handicap is deducted to give you your net score. Club competitions are decided on the net score as this allows golfers of all levels to compete in the same competition.

Match Play – Match play is where two golfers or partners take on each other on a hole-by-hole basis. It’s not the number of strokes taken over the entire round but on each hole. The player or partners that score the best on that hole win going one up, etc. Again the handicap is deducted to provide the net score which is the one taken. The player or partners who win the most holes win the match.

Bogey – Golfers play for ‘plus, ‘minus’ or zero on each hole. Zero is when the payer has played the hole to par (taking into account his/her handicap), a net bogey is a minus and a net birdie is a plus. A player that plays to his/her handicap will achieve a score of zero.

To keep track of your score time and time again and have them saved to review your improvement, download the Gateway Golf App which has an electronic scorecard with unlimited storage facility.

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Are you always in the Hazard?

How many times have you been playing golf and had a heated conversation about the rules regarding a hazard? Its time to know the various definitions…

Ground Under Repair (GUR). Usually marked by a ‘GUR’ sign. You can remove your ball and place at the nearest point of relief without penalty.

Casual Water. This is surface water clearly where your ball lies or within your stances. You can move the ball to the nearest point of relief without penalty. Establish nearest point of relief and drop the ball within one club length. If in a bunker you can incur a one shot penalty by removing the ball from the bunker or take relief without penalty by finding a suitable place in bunker which avoids the casual water.

Water Hazard (yellow stakes). If the ball is still playable as perhaps in a dry ditch you can play it without penalty but can not ground the club. If ‘in the drink’ you can drop the ball in line with the last point of access and the hole and incur a one shot penalty.

Water Hazard (red stakes). Red stakes indicates a lateral hazard which runs in the direction of the hole. You may play the ball but again without grounding the club. If you deem unplayable, you must agree point of entry and drop the ball no more than two club lengths away. A one shot penalty is incurred.

Ground staff cuttings and clippings. Drop within one club length and do so without penalty.

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5 Tips on Golf Psychology

Probably the greatest amateur to ever play our wonderful game, Bobby Jones, once famously said: “Golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course… the space between your ears.”

Compared with all other sports Golf has got to be right up there as one of the most challenging mentally. That’s why most, if not all, the top players on the European and US tours employ the services of a sports psychologist to assist them with their mental preparation and conduct on the course in the middle of a round. Us amateurs can use some of the simple mental strategies to keep our golf game in check and push us close to our best golf, they are:

  1. Stay in the present. Don’t be put off by counting scorecards or thinking of what your going to do on each hole after the one you are about to play. If you focus fully on the job in hand you will see that you play better golf and your scores tumble.
  2. Every shot is a new opportunity. You only objective in golf is to put the little whit ball in the whole in as fewer shots as possible. Assess the shot you have in front of you and review the risk and reward of taking on the dream one in a thousand shot or play the safe score reducing steady eddie shot.
  3. The past is the past. Golf is a game fully of ups and downs and each shot played has now been given over to history where it should stay. You cant change anything and whether it was the best shot you’ve ever done or the worse score ever played it will not help the next shot you have to play. Leave it there, clear the mind and move on.
  4. Never give up. However difficult or poorly you are playing never ever give up. Always play the next shot as well as you can.
  5. Positivity. Keep positive throughout the whole round and always re-confirm positive imagery and attitude.

Whats in your Golf Bag?

Fundamentally there are some important questions that need to be answered when choosing the right golf bag. Golf comes with a enormous amount of extra equipment, most you will need on the rare occasion, others you will need every single time you play and having the correct bag to house all this stuff is makes life and your round of golf a lot easier!

You need to prioritise what you will take out on the course with you and the decision of bag and/or trolley will come naturally. The contents of a bag usually includes:

  • Clubs – the right set for your game and the course you are playing.
  • Balls – how many and what type.
  • Gloves – how many and what type.
  • Food and drink.
  • Clothing – wet/cold weather suit, over-trousers and appropriate shoes.
  • Bag cover and umbrella.
  • Other extras – suntan lotion, lip cream, sunglasses, wet and dry towels.

Do what the professional’s do and use the bag as an assistant to your round of golf. Make sure you have everything you need and use the appropriate bag and/or trolley to ensure that carrying or pulling will not hinder your round of golf through fatigue and tiredness.

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Etiquette On The Green

Its important to know how to behaviour when on the green, here’s some tips which will help…

  1. Stand well away from and to the side of players who are about to take their putt. Stay out of their line of sight to avoid being accused of gaining advantage through the feedback from their putt.
  2. Bags, Trolleys and buggies should be kept well away from greens.
  3. Try to avoid scuffing green with golf shoes.
  4. Never walk on the putting line of another player. If in doubt ask and mark your ball.
  5. If tending the flag, release it from its support prior to the shot being taken to avoid any penalty shots occurring.
  6. Be quiet and still when others are taking their putt.

These simple etiquette rules of thumb will keep you in good stead if you are new to the game and a good reminder to those who have been playing a while and forgotten. You know who you are!

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Components of Golf Fitness

Golf fitness is made up of aerobic endurance, nutrition, muscular strength and flexibility.

Aerobic Endurance is your ability to continue for long periods of physical activity. Its what most would say is your ‘fitness’ level. If you are out of breathe climbing the stairs then you are probably not as fit as you should be. However if you running around and not braking sweat you are likely to be in good shape and more than capable of enduring a competitive round of golf.

Nutrition is all about what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat it. Most would say golf is just a leisurely walk round a field but that they would be wrong. A competitive round of golf can use vital levels of energy you have gained from the food intake. It is important to keep yourself well hydrated and keep topping up you fuel source whilst playing. Although a fairly excused subject in the world of golf, nutrition is a key component when trying to be the best golfer you can.

Muscular strength is all about power. You only have to see how far Rory Mcllroy hits the ball to know how spending hours in the gym pumping iron (excuse the pun) can benefit your golf game. Want to hit those 300+ yard drivers? Hit the gym and engage a Personal Trainer to really focus on key areas of the golf swing.

Flexibility can be incorporated into the gym sessions lifting thse weights. A flexible, freely moving body can only help the golf swing. The swing uses most parts of the body so its vitally important to keep yourself in shape and feeling good!

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Good and Bad Lies

Each and every time you get an opportunity to practice the game of golf you must test yourself and improve on your capabilities. This can not be more said than with chipping from good and bad lies.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of going to a professional golf tournament on practice day you will see each and every pro doing exactly this – testing their abilities and finding out what the particular golf course has in store for them on the big day. On the practice green you will find the pro’s spreading the balls around the green and not hitting ball after ball from a perfect lie just of the green. This provides vital feedback and quality practice. Some will even create terrible lies to really test their ability.

You should add this to your practice sessions as its very unlikely you will ever get that perfect lie on the course when playing with friends or in the local club competition. Practice should be enjoyable but it should also have purpose and provide you with continuing challenges so you are constantly pushing yourself to be a better golf.

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5 Factors to a Good Address Position

  1. STANCE. How your weight is balanced at address is important. It will be different for all types of shots.
  2. GRIP. Holding the club so your hands work in partnership to keep the club on plain with powerful, fluid movement.
  3. BALL POSITION. Where you place the ball in your stance will affect the angle the club strikes the ball. Getting this spot on ensures improved flight and control/striking of the golf ball.
  4. ALIGNMENT. Ensuring you are aligned with the direction you wish to send the ball is vitally important. It will give feedback and will help you take the club back on the right path.
  5. POSTURE. Much like ball position, the angle of your back will assist in the consistency of quality strikes time after time.

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