When it comes to golf, it’s the little things that can have the biggest impact on your game. Whether it’s your first attempt, or 10th season, golf expert Bob Weeks has got you covered at the links this summer with these five tips:
Choose the right clubs:
Regardless of your experience or skill level, choosing the right equipment can be the difference between duffing it and striking the ball straight down the fairway.
It’s important to work with a professional to get the clubs best-suited to your game and then, to have them custom fit. You should be fit for the length, loft, lie angle, shaft flex and even the grip size. If your clubs aren’t custom fit, it will be like walking around in shoes that are the wrong size.
Get on the ball:
Choose the right kind of golf ball for your game. While golf balls all look the same, it’s what’s inside that determines if it’s right for you. Golf balls fall into two categories: distance or control.
Distance balls are generally two-piece balls with a large core and a cover. They are harder and better suited for higher handicappers or beginners.
Control balls, usually three- or four-piece balls, are softer and spin more, meaning they will land on the green and stop. More skillful players should use these.
Consider the elements:
Weather is always a factor in golf and dealing with it must always be considered.
For instance, in cold temperatures, the ball will travel shorter distances, so take more club.
The opposite is true for warmer temperatures. If you’re playing into the wind, swing easy as that will keep the ball from spinning too much and rising up into the breezes. And downwind, make sure to judge the intensity of the breezes so you can choose the proper club. Your ball will roll further than normal on a downwind shot so take that into account.
Putting and chipping is priority:
Lots of players like to boom their drives and will spend a lot of time on the range hitting their drivers. But if you want to improve your scores, you should spend more time working on your putting and chipping.
Since most average players miss a lot of greens, the best way to save strokes is by chipping it close and making more putts. Focus more on your short game than your drive and you will improve.
Play the 19th hole:
Win or lose, there’s no better way to celebrate than hitting the 19th hole.
Less is often more in golf and the same applies when considering what to eat and drink after a round.