General golf tips to improve your practice and better your round.
When shooting from a fairway bunker, play the ball a ½ inch behind your normal ball placement, and take your normal swing.
Practice punching your driver off the tee for those under the wind shots.
At the driving range, try hooking and slicing your 200 yard club around the 150 yard marker.
Enjoy the game, regardless of your score.
If you're under pressure, make sure to keep your weight on your heels. (It tends to shift forward to the toes under pressure)
For the first couple of holes swing at 80% until you're warmed up.
Practice chipping with all your irons (3-SW) to diversify your chip shot.
On the range, try to hit the 100 or 125 yard marker with your 3 iron. You’ll have to keep it low and hard.
Play a round in your sneakers. Since they don’t have spikes, you'll have to swing smoother to not slip. (Never play barefoot because of the pesticides)
Keep a pair of rain gloves (they come in pairs, right and left) in your bag.
On a practice day, play the par fives with only a 7 iron. (It breaks the hole down nicely)
If you're between clubs (7 or 8), opt for the longer club and grip it a ½ inch lower than normal; hit it full. It’s like having a 7½ club.
When playing, try to consciously either draw or fade the ball.
Unless your name is Tiger Woods, refrain from trying the 6 inches off the green full swing flop shot. You might kill your partner on the other side of the green.
Try to learn how to come out of a green side bunker with an 8 iron. (great practice)
Practice hitting your 5 thru Driver 130 yards. (It will teach you a lot of survival shots)
Practice three foot putts to avoid three putting.
If you have blisters on your fingers, place electrical tape on them before going out.
Keep a wet towel on you at all times to clean your ball and clubs.
On hot days, keep hydrated by sipping fluids on every hole.
If you're hitting into the wind, club up 2 clubs and punch it under the wind. (Instead of a 7, hit a punched 5 under the wind)
When on a slope: If your feet are below the ball, aim to the right of the target. If your feet are above the ball, aim to the left of the target.
On a practice round, try to hit the bunkers. They're very small targets, not as easy to hit as you would think, and it's very good practice.
When shooting for the green from 130 yards out, break the green in half and aim for a particular half. It can be left, right or back front. Inside 130 yards, break the green in ¼'s and aim at a particular quadrant.