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Old 02-07-2022, 03:31 PM
 
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I'm a hacker and trying to get better. Looking for some good golf tips...

Here are two someone told me:

When in a sand trap - when sand is hard, hit it soft - when the sand is soft, hit it hard.

and

"Swing easy and learn to live with the extra distance."
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Old 02-08-2022, 11:53 AM
 
Location: north bama
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" it aint how you drive .. It's how you arrive " .. work on your short game .. become pretty good with your 5/6/7/8 iron and pitching wedge .. practice 85 % of the time .. play 15 % .. when i played i carried a 4 handicap .. never outdrove anybody but could hit a postage stamp size green from 175 and in .. these pros today are certainly good but they shoot at greens sometimes a half acre big .. i could run and jump across most of the ones i played on ..
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Old 02-08-2022, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Drive for Show - Putt for Dough
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Old 02-08-2022, 06:04 PM
 
Location: The DMV
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Get lessons.

For every 'tip', you can probably find a conflicting/contradicting tip.
Like life, there are a lot of factors that goes into how you play a shot.

In the end, it's about experience. People play the sport differently. Everyone has different abilities, builds, tendencies. Lessons will help you take advantage of your good attributes and minimize your bad ones.
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Old 02-22-2022, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Kernersville, NC
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Take 2 weeks off, then quit.
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Old 02-24-2022, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Capital Region, NY
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1. Get lessons at your local muni.
2. Play with a couple friends once a week, preferably friends who are better than you.
3. Play par-three courses until you can keep up on a full sized course.
4. Join a league. The frequency of play will lead to better golf.
5. Read golf mags or websites for a ton of info on the swing.

Specific tip:
In a green side bunker lay the face of your wedge wide open. Aim a bit left of the pin with your stance a bit open as well. Swing so that at the bottom of your arc your club head hits behind the ball as if your ball sits on the head of Washington on a dollar bill, and your club head begins at the end of the dollar bill. That’s about a couple inches behind the ball. You hit the sand with the underside, or “bounce” of the club head. It should be so open faced you could rest a glass of wine on it. The sand “splashes” the ball up and onto the green.

Enjoy!
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Old 02-27-2022, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Southern Nevada
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Learn the average distance you hit all your clubs.

On the course take one more club than you think you'll need.

Work a lot on the short game. Chipping, pitching, bunker play, and especially putting. Learn what clubs work best for each kind of short game shot.

You don't neccesarily have to open a wedge wide open in the bunkers. Gary Player never did. It's better to get out of the bunker than hit it 2 feet and have to hit it again.

Watch the pros and how they hit certain shots. You can learn a lot from that, and understand that even they have bad days and hit bad shots.

Golf is a hard game to play well. Accept the abilities you have, try to get better, and just go out and have fun.
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