Summer’s here and that means that many of you are enjoying a little golf at some of the great course here like North Shore Country Club, Castle Bay Golf Club and Topsail Greens. With that in mind we are going to feature a few golf tips here in our blog that might make your golf more enjoyable.
Hope you enjoy the tips and we hope you have a wonderful summer!
How often have you been frustratingly close to sinking a putt only to come up short? Or maybe you have only just missed the hole to see your ball go sailing past adding too much distance for the return putt.
A lot of rounds have been lost on the putting green and in most instances it has been due to poor distance control, rather than the direction of the ball.
Most beginners quickly get a feel for the direction the ball will travel, even on sloping greens. You’ve probably seen it yourself when a newcomer to the game rolls the ball within inches of the hole time and time again.
What you won’t see quite so often is the ball stopping a few inches past the hole when they miss. No, when they miss the ball is either 4-5 short of the hole or driven way past which makes a two putt very difficult.
There are many factors that come into account when determining the distance a ball will travel on the green, from the slope, to the preparation of the green and whether it is wet and slow or dry and fast. It can make a huge difference depending on the time of the day with greens getting faster as they dry off in the afternoon sun.
So reading the distance of a putt is what you really need to concentrate on to get your ball to drop in that hole or if you miss, have it lying there for an easy tap-in.
Once again it all comes back to practice and there is no better practice than on the day of your round under the exact conditions that you will be playing in.
Always take some time to have a few practice putts before you start play to ‘dial in’ your distance.
One thing you must always remember; the golf ball will never drop if it doesn’t reach the hole. Sounds too obvious to even need mentioning doesn’t it, but more often that not putts will come up short. Always aim for the back of the cup so that, provided you have your direction right, you are going to have a chance of making the putt.
Hope this has given you food for thought.
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