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Golf Course Strategy – How to Determine Which Side of the Fairway!

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

You can easily improve your golf scores simply by thinking better.  In this session, I will show you how to determine which side of the fairway to “target” from the tee.

It’s a pretty simple and common sense fact but perhaps you don’t know.  And if you don’t know, this will definitely cut some strokes off your next round.

Also, this golf strategy tip can work on golf video games.  (Yes, you can practice this golf strategy without even being on a real golf course!)

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As you can see in the above diagram (sorry, I made it real quick with Photoshop), there’s two red circles.  Each of them represent a “side” of the fairway.

Depending on where the pin is on the green, you can increase your chances of getting the ball nearer the pin by hitting the ball at the “right side” of the fairway.

For the example above, you will want to hit your tee shot to the left side of the fairway more room to “roll” your ball on the green.

As you can see, B angle has clearly more room for you to land the ball whereas A angle will not be as big.  (Now, mind my diagram, in real life situations on the golf course, these distances can become drastically bigger/shorter.  But you get the idea.)

When I used to play tournament golf, I do this on every hole, determining which side of the fairway I should land my tee shot on.  Especially on dog-leg lefts and rights, this simple golf strategy could determine whether you get to the green on your second shot or not.

Of course, there’s many other factors to consider when determining which side of the fairway you should aim for but one thing is for sure, you will “always” have to choose a side.

Don’t just try to hit the ball in the middle of the fairway.

Usually, you will find more trouble on one side than other such as OB stakes, water hazards, and even trees.   Also, always setup your tee shot near the side of the trouble.  For example, if there’s OB on the right side, setup your tee ball on the right side of the tee so you have more room for error (better angle).   I see a lot of hackers and amateurs who do the opposite and ultimately end up in trouble. (then they cuss at themselves for that when in fact they didn’t give themselves the best chance)

Do factor all that and try to find the best spot to land your tee shot for your 2nd shot.

Golf is really about setting up yourself right for your approach shot, whether that’s from 250 yards or 100 yards.

Sometimes, on some courses, you will find a better angle and approach if you hit your tee shot onto another fairway.  (And yes, please do that, it’s not illegal.)

Well, this is just my 2 cents and I hope it cuts some strokes off your golf game by thinking about “course strategy” the next time you play.

Remember, as a rule of thumb, if the pin is on the right side of the green, setup your approach shot to the left side of the fairway.  If the pin is on the left side of the green, setup your approach shot to the right side of the fairway.  If there’s water hazard in front of the green, this tip will help greatly in increasing your chances of landing your ball on the green or avoiding water at the worst.

P.S. Golf is about playing smart, not just hitting the ball.  The better you get at golf, the more these tips will make sense to you.

Here’s a video re-cap of today’s course strategy tips:

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Golf DIY – How To Mentally Play Well and Score Well by Practicing Mentally!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Anyone who has played golf for at least a year would realize that golf is 90% mental and 10% skill.

This is so more true as you get to a higher level such as scratch golf or pro golf.

The truth is, most PGA Tour players today can hit the ball as good as the guy next to him.

The real difference between top players who win tournaments and the guy who finishes last in a PGA Tour tournament may be blamed purely on mental state of the player.

I have mentioned in many of my previous tournament analysis that the player who is tougher nearing down the last 3 holes of the tournament usually wins the golf tournament.

That is completely true, most golf tournaments are decided on the last 3 holes.

For example, even the 2009 U.S. Open came down to the last 3 holes where Lucas Glover made a birdie on the 16th hole and parred out the rest while everyone else had at least 1 bogey. I am sure it could have been different if Ricky Barnes, Phil Mickelson, or David Duval birdied couple of those last holes.

Or even take a look at the miraculous win by Tiger Woods at 2008 U.S. Open, where Tiger had to birdie the last hole to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate. Tiger dumps his drive in the rough, then procceeds to hit his 2nd shot to the rough, and barely makes it to the green. But Tiger’s mental toughness has helped him make that 10 footer downhiller under intense moments of pressure, not just his skill or luck.

So, how to get this mental toughness?

Well, first you need to be in that state of pressure, if you have nothing to go for, there’s no pressure.

You can easily practice this type of pressure while you practice on the driving range or play a round at your favorite golf course.

What me and my pro golfer friends like to do is actually bet money and play a skins game during the course of the round. This “pressure”, even if it’s a dollar a hole, will make you focus more on “playing” the game and also let you “practice” pressure golf.

When I am at the driving range, I like to play games with myself. I will challenge myself to hit 10 of 10 shots to within 100 yards. (You can also read about developing your bread-and-butter shot by signing up for my newsletter in the free E-book I provide.)

Another way to engage yourself in pressure golf at the driving range is to actually play a round of golf in your mind.

That’s right, I will imagine my favorite golf course and actually hit my drives, approach shots, and pitch shots. I make it so real that I actually go through my whole pre-shot routine, which is a must if you want to play great golf. (I will also do a blog post soon on how to develop and maintain a pre-shot routinne later this week.)

A lot of people don’t like to gamble on the golf course but gambling with your friends is actually one of the best ways to improve your game and practice “pressure” golf.

You don’t have to bet a lot of money, even pennies will do, just so long as there’s something on the line, mainly which boils down to your confidence, not really money itself.

So again, make sure you play for some money (or even house duties) the next time you play golf with your friends and family.

One of my favorite things to do was play skins game with all the seniors at my local club and take all their money, even with handicaps given for them. Now, that was a lot of fun because the seniors enjoyed playing with good young golfers like me, even if that was losing couple bucks every time.

Next time you go out on the range, don’t just mindlessly bang golf balls after another, practice “playing” on the practice range.

I hope these golf tips help you play better the next time you try to let your friends pay for your dinner and I will have to get back to getting my golf game up to par so I can try out for the PGA Tour next year.

Happy golfin’~

P.S. One of the keys to playing well under pressure is to simply enjoy golf and have fun. Can you remember how many times you played good and had fun?

Oops, another golfing secret spilled…

Golf Tips – Play Better Golf by Playing Different Courses!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Here’s the most simplest yet great tip for any aspiring pro golfer:

Play several different courses with different features on a daily basis.

What do I mean?

You want to go out there and play many different courses in order to learn to score.

I know, you belong to a country club and you get to play the same course over and over for free but if you play there all the time, your golf game will never improve.

Why?

It’s simple.  You get used to the surrounding, you know every yardage from every tree, you get too comfortable.  When you get too comfortable, you will score good but as soon as you walk onto an unfamiliar golf course, this might shoot right back at you attacking your psychological and physical states.

To become really good “scratch” golfer, not just a scratch golfer, you need to rotate 3-5 different courses every time you head out to create the “randomness”.  Once you get in the mindset that you can play good regardless of the course, you will play much better under pressure.

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Face it, golf IS like playing different race tracks on your Playstation.  You need to learn to cope with new and random tracks so you learn the ability to adjust and play any course you encounter, not just your home course.

Besides that, you will also benefit from playing different courses and never get bored.

Golf Prank Video – Fill your opponent’s car with golf balls!

Monday, October 8th, 2007

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Watch as hundreds of golf balls pour out of the driver side door…hilarious.

Golf Book Review – Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

I bought this book, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, when it came out at the bookstores long times ago. (I think about 10 years ago or so…)

Anyways, this is one of the best books on golf psychology that I’ve seen in my lifetime. Although Dr. Bob Rotella isn’t a pro-golfer, he does case a lot of scenarios with other pro-golfers such as Tom Kite among many other pro-golfers to show you the mental side of playing golf.

Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year’s Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer’s game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world’s greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular.

 

Golf Tip – How To Master Every Shot You Make On The Golf Course

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Before you can go out to the golf course, you should know exactly how far you hit the ball with each club in your bag under normal weather. (Such as 70 degrees fahrenheit)

If you do know, then you can expect your ball to fly a little bit further or less depending on the weather conditions.

Remember, in the cold weather, the ball will not fly as far and in hot weather, the ball will fly further.

Another thing is that in the cold weather, your ball will not stop as quickly on the greens while your ball will stop a lot more quickly in warm or hot weather.

But again, you need to know the exact yardage for each shot that you know how to hit whether that be a 1/2 swing sand wedge or full driver.

Even though specific clubs are designed for long shots and other clubs were made for shorter ones, the distance that different players can hit the very same club will vary tremendously. This is why so many beginner golfers do not get the results they want from a club that is supposed to hit the ball in a certain way.

The best way to learn specifically what you can accomplish with each is to find a large field that is big enough to handle the travel distance of your longest drive. Make sure that there are no windy conditions that day, and of course be positive that the field is empty for obvious safety reasons.

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