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Practicing on the Golf Course!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

One of the “secrets” to scoring well in golf is being able to hit various different shots on the golf course.  I am not talking about completely flat lie at the driving range but the ones from real fairways, rough, and from different sidehill/downhill/uphill lies.

How do you practice these shots and how to you learn to guage the differences?

Simple, you practice them on the golf course.

Now, you are going to have to outsmart the weekend warriors because if you only play golf on the weekends and your golf course is rather busy, you are probably not gonna have a chance to hit more than one shot during your round of golf.

Here’s a couple ways to get around that:

1. If you just can’t play golf during the week when the golf course is not so busy, try getting a tee-time for the weekend for the earliest tee time.   And also get a golf cart.  Once you tee off, just skip a couple holes so you’ve got about 1 hour of difference between yourself and the foursome behind you.   And just leave the foursome you joined so you can get some practice done, seriously.

2. Go out during the week, preferably Monday through Wednesday.  Usually the old timers are there in the morning so if you tee off right at noon during lunch time, you should be have no competition.

3. There’s always “loop holes” at the golf course, just go skip some holes and find the loop hole where there’s no one playing for 2-3 holes.  Find some hackers, they will surely be 2-3 holes behind.

On the golf course, play your round but whenever you miss a golf shot, try at least 2-3 times until you get it right.  These on-course practice gives you valuable feedback and positive experience you can use later.

I remember this is actually a “golf tip” one of my high school rivals gave me.  And it was really unbelievable because he never went to the range yet he would shoot par or under and he told me his secret was “practicing on the golf course”. (His name was Scott Wingfield btw, he played for UNLV but don’t know what happened to him.)

Anyways, if you haven’t been practicing on the golf course, start doing it and get better at scoring golf!

Free Golf Handicap Calculator!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post.

For those of you learning golf and you want to keep a track of your golf handicap, you might want to check out, a free golf handicap service for golfers who want to keep track of their scores and handicap.

As for myself, I’ve actually stopped using my local NCGA handicap membership, because you have to pay $75 every year to use it. While that’s not a lot of money, I also don’t really need the service because I can use a free/cheaper golf handicap calculators such as this one.  NCGA membership does have benefits like discount on NCGA membership courses but I never play them anyways. has pretty much every course you can find in the world through its database as you can see in the above screenshot and also auto-fills the par-rating for what tee you played off.  This is neat feature since it’s less work for me.

Also, you can make your own list of your favorite courses like I did here:

(Yup, my friend’s a member at Olympic Club!  It’s good to have friends there.)

For those of you who don’t know what “par rating” is – Every golf course in the world has a “par rating”, which pretty much says how hard the golf course is so you can make the most accurate comparison between playing a really hard course versus the easy one.  Without this, you couldn’t really compare handicaps among golfers, you could have a 3 handcap on an easy course but that could translate to 10 handicap on a much tougher course without handicap.

Above screenshot shows instantly what your handicap is and your average score.   These numbers were just entered randomly by myself by the way just to check out how quickly it would give me my handicap.

Also, the USGA handicap system is a bit more complicated, I remember waiting days to update my handicap after I shot a really low round.  There’s no need to waiting with

There’s also a cool graphical stats you can see with a bar graph so you can visualize your golf handicap changes by year or even monthly.

If you are just starting out with golf and you don’t track your golf scores, it’s probably a good idea to start doing so as tracking your scores is one key to improving them.

If you can’t track it, you don’t know where you’ve been and where you are going.

Also, features REAL handicap, where you can adjust couple strokes on every couple you play, this is ideal because par ratings aren’t always accurate but this REAL handicap feature allows you to adjust your handicap more accurately.  This can come in handy for beginners.

Overall, I highly recommend as it’s free or only costs $9.99/year for their premium service, and you can get instant feedback on your golf scores.

You can check it out here at



Harding Park, San Francisco

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Harding Park GC Scorecard

Harding Park is probably the best public golf course in San Francisco, not because I live right next to it or the fact that Tiger Woods has won on it, but because they spent so much of my own tax dollars to renovate it couple years ago.

With Ratings of 72.8 and Slope of 136, it’s not a bad challenge for a public golf course.

You can get a SF Resident card from the City Hall for about $40 and play at half price.

Link to Harding Park Golf Course Home Page