Pretty sure I’ve done this before but just in case here are some really general tips about playing golf:
- SETTING UP
Lower hands are better than higher hands
Narrower stance is better than too far apart
Slightly closed to the target line is better than open (square to the path)
Favoring the right side is better than favoring the left
Right elbow down and in is better than right arm straight
Ball more forward for longer clubs (hit on slight upswing)
Head up is better than head down (it’s OK, you’ll still be able to see the ball)
- IN SWING
Let your hands and arms strike the ball from BEHIND your center line
Allow backswing to finish BEFORE starting towards the ball
Fire right side into back of ball (Ballard)
Swinging any club behind you is better than lifting it straight up (radial)
You can only REALLY keep your head still if it’s BEHIND YOUR CENTER THE WHOLE TIME
- SHORT GAME
Chips go low and run out (7-8-9 iron)
Pitches go high and stop (pw-sw-60-etc.) Using these everywhere around the green is a dumb idea.
Higher hands work better than lower hands
Weaker grip works better than stronger grip
Try PW or 9 iron out of sand – you’ll be surprised
The closer you get the harder the game gets – be calm around the greens
Open to the line stance means you can see better
Try slicing your putts onto your line – you’ll be surprised (Vardon)
Be tall on long putts
Be short on short putts
Look all around you for gravity’s effect. Course designer is trying to make you just look at the green! It’s a trick!
Pushing the ball with the right arm is easier than pulling with the left wrist (just sayin’)
Find high targets off the tee and swing there. Looking at the fairway (ground) will make you swing down.
Deep, slow breathing actually works (brain needs oxygen)
Feel club in you fingers for better “shot sense”
If you suck on the front and not on the back, or vice-versa, divide 18 by 3. Now you have 6 hole increments and no front or back!
If you’re having a hard time – just think about time. As in “…in twenty minutes this isn’t going to be happening like this.”
To relax, make fists as tight as possible for as long as possible – then let go. You’ll be surprised
- STAYING FULED
Eat small bits all day
Drink small bits all day
No burgers or dogs at “the turn”
HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FRIENDS!