You’re on the last hole. You’re on the green. It’s been a great day on the course. If you sink this, you’ll achieve a personal best, and your friends will brag about your game for the next 10 years. Everybody’s watching. Your best game ever is at stake. Then suddenly you freeze. Too much pressure! You’re not alone. Pressure can
The wind is whipping along, from left to right. You know that this would not be a good time to hit a slice. You attempt to hit the ball to the left to overcompensate for the breeze. But it doesn’t work. And your ball goes exactly in the direction you didn’t want it to go—way, way to the right.
Your ball just doesn’t get the height you want, rarely rising above the tree lines. You’re struggling with the 3-wood off the deck. As an amateur, your struggle is not unique; it is common. However, most of your problem may lie in your head. You’re thinking about it incorrectly. So, what’s the problem, and how can you fix it? First,
You’re in the rough, on the edge of the green. Your ball is about five to 10 feet from the hole. Your only hope is lobbing it. Ideally, you knock the ball high and it floats gently down near (or in) the hole. So, what’s the trick? Good lob shots are made when you have some cushion under the ball.
Your ball has landed on a fast green and the hole is downhill. Too much punch in your putt and your ball is heading to the other side—of the green. How do you retrain your more forceful tendencies to do a more tender putt? The short, downhill putt on a slick green requires a very delicate touch. Practicing distance control
The good news: You’ve landed the golf ball on the green. The bad news: The hole is about 50 feet away. And it’s uphill. The first scenario: You make a short, punchy putt, and the ball doesn’t make it even half the distance to the hole. Then it rolls back downhill about a dozen feet back toward you. The second
The second-best place to have your ball land is on the green. The first favorite, obviously, is in the hole. But along the way, you encounter water hazards, roughs, and sand bunkers that seem to attract far too many of your balls on the way across the fairway to the green. So, what do you have to do to land
Just a short distance. Maybe five yards. Ten yards would be nice. That’s all you want. What’s the secret to adding yards to your drive? The short answer: Do what the pros do. The longer answer? Amateurs tend to strike too low on the face of the ball during their drives, creating high spin and a low
You’ve knocked the ball off the green and under some trees, and now you’re faced with a dilemma. You can’t shoot the ball over the tree or around the trees. You’re only option is to hit a low-flying ball under the trees. But how? First, grab a low-lofted club. Next, make an easy, not-quite-full swing. That’s it,
It’s not just your normal course hazard. It’s a bunker, with high walls and often filled with sand. If your ball lands in a bunker, you’re faced with a dilemma: How do you get the ball to hop over the bunker barrier to go at least in the general direction of the hole? Calm down. You can do it. This