A good tee shot is just that, not great. Golf is a sport that has a lot to do with the mental part of the game. It’s not about the best swingers in the world, but about the golfers that are able to play their best every day.
A good tee shot is one that is straight. One of the biggest mistakes the average five handicapper makes is missing the green on the tee, or if the shot is on target but not in the middle of the green.
The reason for this is often players trying too hard to hit the ball as far as possible. This is one of the poorest shots a player can take.
When the shot is lined up properly, the player should focus on hitting the ball not only straight but with good height as well. This will eliminate any chance of a penalty and get the ball rolling on the green.
If your shot is on line but not on target, you’ll be happy. And if the ball is on target, great.
Approach shots, as the name suggests, are those shots that you hope will land by the green. This shot is especially important on par five or par four holes because if you can reach the green, you usually have a much easier putt for birdie.
Approach shots all have a similar shape and are played around your playing level. The common mistakes you will see with approach shots are either the ball will land under or over the hole, off the green, or to the side of the hole.
A perfect approach shot will always find the hole.
Here’s how to increase your chances:
Use a nine iron. The 9-iron is the easiest to hit and it will help you hit the ball on target.
Swing steady. If your swing is wild, it’s harder to keep your ball on line.
Swivel. Make sure to turn your body and hips. Maintain your balance.
Keep your head down. Don’t lift your head up. Follow through until the ball is in the hole.
Play the ball back, closer to the tee box.
While a nine iron is preferred, you can play with a lofted iron instead.
It is a commonplace occurrence for golfers to be faced with an approach shot that is just a little too difficult to hit. This is where the expert golfers in the world differentiate themselves from the average players.
This is where a golf shot that makes it on the green or even in the hole on one attempt can be the most difficult one. This is also where one has the ability to trick the brain, because this is the point in the game where one’s mind starts to play tricks on him.
Here are some tips for those who want to be sure that they always keep their approaches to a reasonable shot.
Where the club will contact the ball is another thing that one should ensure that he gets right. Many people will have an idea of where the ball should start but will not get the clubface moving in a way that will guarantee that the ball will follow the intended line of flight.
And that is where the first rules of golf applies.
Grip the club the same way throughout the swing, and ensure that one has a solid set-up. Here is where one can use the stance that will allow one to get the ball to travel in that direction.
Here one should have a friendly audience that can call out the position of the ball or even the hole.
The average number of strokes per round by the top 100 players on the PGA and European Tours in 2016 was between 26 and 25.5 strokes, so 26 is a good round for most of the pro’s and a decent round for a high handicapper.
The average number of putts made per round for the top 100 players in 2016 was between 33 and 30, so that is the expectation you need to have.
If you are hitting the green with 12 putts and 1 or 2 of them are those 20 footer’s, and your total number of putts is 27, that’s the equivalent of a pro making his or her 10 foot putts.
Or you can look at it this way: From a drop zone, the average TOUR player will make one of about every five putts to within three feet or less, and he or she will two putt about forty percent of the time.
So if you are hitting the green in regulation with 30 putts per round, plus one or two twenty-footers and two three-footers, you are hitting your average TOUR score.
You are putting at a level for the TOUR golfer, when his or her game is at this best, and you are fairway hitting at a level for the TOUR player when his or her game is at its best.
Wrapping It Up: You Are Probably Better Than You Think
When golfers think about their bad shots, two things usually come to mind. The first is their lousy playing partner, or the guy who breathes through his mouth while standing up to his ankles in sand traps. The second is that stupid little ditty, “I’m not very good at golf and probably never will be!” And finally, we all walk the course with the weight of 1000 bad shots on our shoulders.
The thing is that most of us are surprisingly good at golf. We all remember the days when we thought we were a pretty decent player. But somewhere along the way, we began to believe that the big, inflated ego of a poor player was actually our real personality. Well, it’s not. Take semi-retired former touring pro J. J. Henry for example. In a 2016 interview, he said, “I’ve always had my best rounds when I’m relaxed and have the fewest expectations.”
The truth is that the worse you think you are, the worse you play. But if you follow this book, and read all the way to the end, you’ll learn the simple science that will help you play your best golf every time you tee it up.