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A different way to chip - This might be the answer!

A different way to chip – This might be the answer!

A different way to chip – This might be the answer!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  I have taught this method over the years to students who struggle with the conventional method.  Using a less lofted club like a 6 or 7 iron, getting into a chipping stance with the ball behind the toes of the back foot is the way I do it.  

Chipping always takes a little bit of practice to develop feel. 

But once you get that, the rest is easy! A different way to chip! This might be the answer!

Listen up as A.J. Avoli, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers explains a different way to chip with this innovative method. He likes to get the shaft a little bit more upright and hits the ball off the toe of the club.  Maybe this gets the ball to roll a little bit better.  It would certainly prevent the club from sticking in the ground!  He is director of instruction at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

Over time, a simple method for getting the ball from off the green to the flagstick fell out of favor.

I rarely see anyone chip like the late Hall of Fame golfer Paul Runyan. That’s a shame, because this technique will make you more accurate around the greens, with a lot less practice. Once you master the setup and learn to make a rhythmic stroke—like putting—you’ll start getting up and down more often. Let me show you how to chip old school.

To see the rest of this informative article, go here!

Source: Golf Digest  Ron Kasprisky  A.J. Avoli

Picture: Beth Rankin

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Are golfers finally improving - and if so why?

Are golfers finally improving – and if so why?

Are golfers finally improving – and if so why?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Back in the mid-’90s, I read an article that said golfers were not getting better, despite the advances in equipment design, instruction, and course condition.  Well, that data has either been wrong all along or has changed dramatically over the last 25 years.  Recent studies answer the age-old questions “Are golfers finally improving?” Thanks to  of Golf Digest for providing this significant insight!

Golfers are better than they were 25 years go.

It’s not just theory, it’s fact. Forgetting for a moment who among you is sandbagging and who’s toting around a vanity handicap, the data on handicaps from the US Golf Association makes one thing clear: Golfers not only are getting better, they may be getting better at their sport than any other group of athletes are getting at theirs.

This bold statement isn’t originally mine. I was having an email exchange with former USGA Senior Technical Director Dick Rugge, when listening to the recent Hot List podcast. When there was a suggestion that golfers really haven’t improved despite all the advances in technology.  Rugge, who often talked about the subject of handicap trends during his tenure at the USGA, told me about some handicap data that suggested just the opposite.

A quick call to the USGA confirmed that very fact. In the last 25 years, the average USGA handicap for a man has improved nearly two full strokes, from 16.3 to 14.4. For women, the improvement is no less impressive, dropping from 29.7 in 1991 to 26.1 in 2016.

Are golfers finally improving and if so, why?

Access to great golf courses has helped bring more golfers into the game.

Pictures: Golf Digest   Chun Xia
 
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Learn how to play the Buried Lie in the Bunker with Hank Haney!

Learn how to play the Buried Lie in the Bunker with Hank Haney!

Learn how to play the Buried Lie in the Bunker with Hank Haney!

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This is not the way I teach the buried lie in the bunker, but who am I to argue with Golf Digest Top 100 Teacher Hank Haney?  The key that both of us agree on is that you want the leading edge of the club to hit the sand first and hit DEEP!  Those are the 2 keys to making this shot a whole lot easier!

I like to hood the clubface slightly.  This moves the bounce of the club out of the way and guarantees that the leading edge will strike the ground first. The ball will come out slightly lower because of the closed clubface, and there will be no backspin on this ball at all!  So swing a little softer to allow the ball to roll out a little more than normal. 

Hank Haney offers advice on how to recover from a buried lie in the bunker.

Source: Hank Haney   Golf Digest

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Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

This list put together by Golf Digest, shows just how uneven the playing field is for men and women golfers!  When a golfer like Jason Dufner (who is no slouch on the golf course) is ahead of World #1 Lydia Ko in earnings, that is just wrong!  Folks, start watching the LPGA Tour on TV and you will find these women can really play!  Just as exciting and competitive as the men.

For the first 12 years of the Golf Digest 50 all-encompassing money list, Tiger Woods was No. 1, usually by a wide margin. But reduced play because of injuries and the loss of more than half a dozen A-list endorsement partners after the 2009 scandal caught up to him in 2016, when he fell to No. 3 behind Jordan Spieth and Mickelson. This year, Woods is No. 4 behind Rory McIlroy, Arnold Palmer and Mickelson.

10.) GARY PLAYER

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Certainly surprised me!

PREVIOUS RANK: 10

 

9.) ADAM SCOTT

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Money does not seem important to him!

 

8.) JASON DAY

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Has never quite fulfilled his potential!

 

7.) DUSTIN JOHNSON

Thought he would have been much higher.

 

6.) JACK NICKLAUS

Did not build an empire like Arnie!

 
 
 
Source: Golf Digest
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Acquiring the backswing and downswing sequence with David Leadbetter.

Acquiring the backswing and downswing sequence with David Leadbetter.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Understanding the “feel” of a proper backswing or a proper downswing normally takes many hours and days on the practice range.  This is required to train your body in the right sequence of motion.  Here,  for Golf Digest, explains a simple drill using your golf towel to attain the feel in a fairly short period of time.  Have your golf club handy, so as you acquire this elusive feel, you can pick up your club and put that same motion into practice as you make a full swing!

 

If I tossed you a golf ball and asked you to toss it right back to me, without even thinking, I bet you’d throw it with your dominant arm. What this should tell you is that even though you’ve got two arms, you feel more comfortable using one over the other.

Remember that when you swing the golf club. A good golf swing is a blend of coordinated movement from both sides of the body.  But it’s really your dominant side that wants, and should, dictate the action. For most of you, that means taking a right-side approach to your swing. Grab a bath towel and I’ll show you how. – With Ron Kaspriske

BACKSWING: LOAD AND SEPARATE

Wrap a towel around your right arm at the elbow joint and hold it taut like I am here (above). Now mimic a backswing all the way to the top trying to resist the movement—just a little—while holding the towel with your left hand. You should feel like your upper body is coiling with the latissimus dorsi “lat” muscle really flexed on the right side of the back.

You’ll also notice that to swing to the top, you have to let your right arm separate from your upper body. I know you might have heard to keep that elbow tucked when you swing back, but letting the right arm “float” a little away from your trunk provides a nice, wide swing arc and puts you in position for the proper shallowing of the club on the way down. Essentially, you’re creating more room to swing from inside the target line. Couple that with the coiling the resistance of the towel promotes, and you’re poised for a powerful, right-side-fueled downswing.

To see how to use the towel to improve your downswing, go here!

Source:   Golf Digest  Golfchats.com

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Start the new year with an overhaul of your putting method!

Start the new year with an overhaul of your putting method!

Start the new year with an overhaul of your putting method!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Jordan Spieth is one of the best putters on the planet.  So when his coach, , talks about putting, everyone listens.  These are some really useful ideas to retool your putting stroke if your flat stick behaved less than stellar last year.  Cameron gives you 4 ways to reboot your putting game. I really like #2.  Thanks to Golf Digest for this informative article!

Has your performance been slightly less than satisfying? I know it’s not enough to hear it happens to everyone from time to time. You want to shake off the year of stubs, lip-outs and three-jacks before golf season rolls back around and you’re racking up missed putts again like a kid catching Pokémon. Well, if you really want to fix this flat-stick fiasco, you’re going to need a bit more than a 30-minute session rolling balls into those tiny golf cups. I recommend a full reboot. Here I’m going to give you four ways to pull yourself out of that putting rut. Sometimes only one of these will do the trick, but be prepared for the reality that you might need all four. Best get started. —With Ron Kaspriske


1.) BENCH YOUR PUTTER

If you’re the kind of golfer who talks to a putter, gives it a good spanking when it isn’t performing, and even threatens to back the pickup truck over it in the parking lot, it’s time for the “we need to take a break from each other” conversation. Bench your putt-er for something different. Use a blade? Switch to a mallet. Always preferred heel-shafted putters? Try a centershaft. Everything from club length to grip circumference is up for consideration. Go get fitted (View: Your Ultimate Guide To Finding A Better Game). The big switch works for two reasons. First, there are no bad memories with a new putter. It’s a new day. Second, assuming the old one isn’t now residing in a scrap-metal yard, you’ll make it just jealous enough that it will perform its best when you rekindle your relationship.

2.) REALLY BENCH YOUR PUTTER

“It’s not you, it’s me” won’t fly as a break-up excuse after the second Tinder date, but it’s probably true of your relationship with the putter. It showed up ready to bury every five-footer—but sometimes you didn’t. You need a refresher on mechanics. So I suggest you practice putting with your sand wedge. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. A good stroke is propelled by the shoulders and requires minimal hand or wrist action. To get the ball rolling with a wedge, you have to make that kind of stroke hitting the ball at its equator with the leading edge (above). This type of practice elicits precision and is good for the ol’ ego. You’re more apt to forgive yourself for a miss, which helps reduce those anxious feelings that turn you into a puddle of goo when the putts actually count.

To see the rest on how to overhaul your putting method, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest    golfchats.com

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For the 31 we lost in 2016 - Thanks for the Memories!

For the 31 we lost in 2016 – Thanks for the Memories!

For the 31 we lost in 2016 – Thanks for the Memories!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

As each year passes we mourn the loss of loved ones.  People we knew, or people we did not know personally but knew through the magic of television.  Many became heroes, some became legends!  To all of those who touched our lives in more ways than they will ever know, thank you so much!  RIP, 2016! Thanks also go to  of Golf Digest who reminds us that all things must pass.

Arnold Palmer.

For the 31 we lost in 2016 - Thanks for the Memories!

Thanks for the memories, Arnie!

A King, a General, and a Bull died in 2016.  But he was one and the same with a distinctly singular name, Arnie. Known by those titles (yes, Bull was early and lesser known), when golf immortal Arnold Palmer passed away on Sept. 25 at age 87 from heart issues, it was more than just the death of the year. It was the end of the game’s focal point for the last 60. If golf history ages well from this point on, Arnie will certainly remain as vibrant.  And as much of a measuring stick of how a pro golfer interacts with the public as he ever did. Yet it is a real dilemma we are just now starting to comprehend: How will golf go forward without the Golfer of the People and what his presence meant to the game?

Arnold Palmer was the common man’s pro!

A seven-time major champion, Palmer was the reason golf exploded out of the elitist realm it lived in to be a populist sport. He did it by a combination of a bold, spirited performance on the course with a touchy-feely hold on the fans. He made the game feel fun because you could sense he felt it permeate his spirit right down to the blood rush he’d get on both great and poor shots.

Palmer was iconic in so many ways: his connection with the Masters, his place among the Big Three and his 1960 U.S. Open charge. He was Ike’s pal, an expert pilot and an advertising giant, a matinee idol, a course designer and a charity leader. Arnie helped revive the Open Championship and made hitching your pants a thing.  Proudly called Latrobe his home and Winnie his wife, had a drink named for him and an Army that stood at attention wherever he played.

All of it is familiar because he let it be so, his openness to the world a result of traits he learned from his mother but the toughness and determination from his Pap. Palmer enjoyed it all and wouldn’t have changed his life path to gain a few more majors if it meant losing fans. He will endure in the minds of all golfers present and future as the most beloved golfer in history. A king whose realm wasn’t walked but felt in the heart.

Other deaths of notable golf personalities in 2016 include:

Jules Alexander.

90, Aug. 19: The notable golf photographer whose best known images were of Ben Hogan, beginning with the 1959 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, but whose career also lasted through Tiger Woods.

Phil Cannon.

63, Oct. 27: Volunteered at the Memphis PGA Tour stop at age 14 and stayed involved with the event for much of his life, working as tournament director from 1999-2015.

Dawn Coe-Jones.

56, Nov. 12: An LPGA player from 1984 to 2008, Coe-Jones won three times on tour, had 44 career top-10 finishes and is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

For the 31 we lost in 2016 - Thanks for the Memories!

Left us far too early!

Steve Cohen.

76, Aug. 12: Founder of the Shivas Irons Society nearly 25 years ago, created based on the book Golf in the Kingdom.

Bob Cupp.

76, Aug. 19: A former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the 1992 Golf World magazine Golf Architect of the Year, he designed courses for 40 years, including Liberty National, Pumpkin Ridge and Old Waverly.

Jack Davis.

91, July 29: A prolific illustrator who worked for decades at Mad magazine and who did work for magazines such as Time and Golf Digest, where his style was used to illustrate unusual feats.

Manuel de la Torre.

94, April 24: The Spanish-born teaching legend and son of Spain’s first golf professional, Angel de la Torre, Manuel was a constant presence on the Golf Digest list of 50 Best Teachers since the inaugural group in 1999. De la Torre attended Northwestern and settled in as a longtime fixture at Milwaukee Country Club, becoming well known for teaching amateurs and stars alike, notably Carol Mann and Loren Roberts. He is a member of the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.

For the 31 we lost in 2016 - Thanks for the Memories!

What a legend!

Dwight Gahm.

96, March 7: The founder of Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, who hired Jack Nicklaus to design the course and has a statue of himself and the Golden Bear at the club.

Rudolph (Hubby) Habjan.

84, July 5: A PGA member since 1955, he was the noted golf pro at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Ill., and the creator of highly sought custom-made golf clubs.

Thomas Hartman.

69, Feb. 16: The monsignor, who with Rabbi Marc Gellman was part of “The God Squad,” often appeared at golf events, he would be the straight man in their religious dialogue.

Peggy Kirk Bell.

95, Nov. 23: One of the greatest women’s figures in golf history, she starred as an amateur standout before becoming a renowned teacher, owner of the Pine Needles resort and an advocate for women in the game. Among her honors was the USGA’s Bob Jones Award in 1990.

For the 31 we lost in 2016 - Thanks for the Memories!

Peggy Kirk Bell became a legendary teacher after a stellar playing career!

Bill Kratzert Jr.

87, Aug. 21: A PGA member since 1960, he was the father of tour players Bill Kratzert III and Cathy Kratzert Gerring and was the longtime head pro at Fort Wayne (Ind.) Country Club.

John Margolies.

76, May 26: A legendary photographer of vernacular architecture, his 1987 book Miniature Golf is a treasure of golf nostalgia.

Hubert Mizell.

76, March 3: Writer and columnist who worked for the St. Petersburg Times for 27 years, and in 1973-1974 was an Associate Editor at Golf Digest; he wrote 23 pieces in all for the magazine.

To see the rest of this prestigious list – go here!

Source:   Golf Digest   golfchats.com

Pictures: Getty Images

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10 Golf Courses that have attained architectural absoluteness!

10 Golf Courses that have attained architectural absoluteness!

10 Golf Courses that have attained architectural absoluteness!

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There are literally hundreds of immaculate golf courses throughout the world that would make your heart race when you stood on the first tee.  But  of Golf Digest has come up with the creme de la creme of golf courses that have attained architectural absoluteness!  I have had the esteemed privilege to have played four of these top 10, but I can always hope that there is a round of golf on one of the others sometime in my future!  My heart will once again beat in anticipation of an exquisite round!

Given golfers and their propensity to disagree on the merits of even the most revered masterpieces, proclaiming design perfection can be dangerous. However, these ten golf courses in their current form come as close to achieving architectural absoluteness thanks to a melding of strategic complexity, walk-in-the-park beauty, experiential purity and an overall sense of design permanence.

Pine Valley, George Crump & H.S. Colt (1918) 7,057 yards, Par 70

Cypress Point Club, Alister Mackenzie and Robert Hunter (1928) 6,524 yards, Par 72

Oakmont CC, Henry & William Fownes (1903) 7,255 yards, Par 71

10 Golf Courses that have attained architectural absoluteness!

The eighth hole of Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Shinnecock Hills GC, William Flynn (1931) 7,041 yards, Par 70

 

18th at Shinnecock Hills GC.

To see the other 6 golf courses on this prestigious list, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures: Getty Images   Golf Digest

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The 9 Important Steps to a Correct Clubfitting.

The 9 Important Steps to a Correct Clubfitting.

The 9 Important Steps to a Correct Clubfitting.

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Getting a Correct Clubfitting these days is like having a suit fitted.  

There is nothing worse than a poorly fitting suit and likewise, a poorly fitted set of golf clubs (usually clubs bought off the rack) will make your game feel very uncomfortable. Clubfitting has become popular in the past 10 years as the process becomes more and more user-friendly and much more accurate.  A good clubfitter will use several computerized tools to help him determine the specs required to match the clubs best suited to your unique swing.  Thanks to  of Golf Digest for providing this very educational list!

The 9 Important Steps to a Correct Clubfitting.

Being fitted by a professional club-fitter can make a huge difference to your game!

The 9 Important Steps to a Correct Clubfitting.

If you haven’t noticed, custom clubfitting has become more ubiquitous than craft breweries. As more equipment companies offer drivers with dozens of settings and bouquets of custom shafts, the golf consumer is at once tempted and swept away by a cornucopia of confusing choices. As Jason Fryia, owner of six Golf Exchange stores in Ohio and Kentucky, explains, “I don’t think golf equipment is a self-shoppable product.”

Fortunately, every golf shop, from the 50,000-square-foot megastores to the corner shops one-fiftieth the size, is increasingly equipped with expert fitters divining the right heads, lofts and lengths with a wisdom that encompasses club technology, instruction ideas and even good, old-fashioned people skills. In our fourth listing of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, we highlight the top facilities in the country that expertly bridge this marriage of art and science, and we offer some of their wisdom to prepare you to embrace the benefits of clubfitting.

1. How to prepare for a club-fitting.

Randall Doucette, a master clubfitter for the Marriott Golf Academy in Orlando, says to approach a clubfitting with an open mind. If you have a swing coach, Doucette says to get a tune-up before going for a fitting. “Come to the fitting with notes on what you’re working on and where you want to get to,” he says. You also should come to the fitting with your current clubs. This gives you and your fitter a baseline for comparing other clubs. Also, Doucette says every good fitting requires patience. “There’s no need for anxiety and nervous tension. We’re here to make you better.”—Keely Levins

2. Why getting fit once is not enough.

One myth about clubfitting is that it’s like buying a tailored suit: Get fit once, and use those specs for life. But that thinking is off base, according to Dan Sueltz of D’Lance Golf Performance Center in Englewood, Colo. Sueltz says avid golfers should be fit every two years. “A lot of things can change in that time,” Sueltz says. “You might experience changes in strength, flexibility, reflexes or have an injury. Your swing might become steeper or shallower, etc.” People also need to realize different manufacturers might have a different specification for length or lie angle. So the fitting you get for one brand might not apply to another one. —E. Michael Johnson

3. Finding the right driver isn’t only about swing speed.

Swing speed can be a starting point.  But the best fitters want to see how you’re hitting the ball. If impacts are across the face, for example, you can bet a large, highly stable driver is best for you.  Even if you swing it faster than Bubba Watson in a bad mood. The right driver is also about how to distibute the weight within the head. Knowing how drivers differ or how that weight can be tweaked can improve how far you hit the ball and how well you square the clubface.

Says Woody Lashen of Pete’s Golf in Mineola, N.Y.: “Finding a driver with the correct center of gravity for the player, whether it’s forward, back or toward the heel, can change the person’s game. For example, a relatively straight hitter who is spinning the ball too much.  Even if he doesn’t swing very fast, he can gain tremendous distance with a driver that will spin the ball less.” —Mike Stachura

To see the rest of the important steps to correct club fitting including a list of the Top 100 Clubfitters, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures: Rami Niemi  Mizuno

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Rules of Golf Course Etiquette for Everyone!

Rules of Golf Course Etiquette for Everyone!

Rules of Golf Course Etiquette for Everyone!

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Golf course etiquette is something every golfer should know, but most don’t!  My number one rule on the golf course is consideration!  Consideration for the players behind you (play faster) the players in front of you (don’t crowd) and all the players on the course (take care of divots, rake bunkers and don’t throw trash on the course.)   of Golf Digest gives you his list of Golf Course Etiquette.

Rules of Golf Course Etiquette for Everyone!

Good golf course etiquette is not hard to follow!

 

Years ago during a high school rules clinic, one of my fellow juniors asked an instructor what constitutes proper golf courtesy. “If I have to define it, you don’t get it,” the official replied. It’s that type of systemic vagueness that makes golf decorum so maddening.

Until now, that is. Below we tackle the most frequent questions we receive about common courtesy on the course, and how to conduct yourself in such situations.

I’m a beginning golfer paired with a good player. How do I survive the round?

Don’t get overwhelmed. It can be intimidating to be paired with a better player, and possibly amplify insecurities regarding your game. Use this opportunity as a learning experience. Take note of the player’s swing, his technique around the green, pre-shot routine, even something as simple as his demeanor and etiquette. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most golfers are happy to pass knowledge to beginners. You do have a responsibility, however, to keep things moving. It’s OK to struggle, but “struggle” and “slow play” don’t have to correlate. Four over par should be the max score on any hole; once you reach the limit, pick up. Moreover, don’t let your labors drain your attitude or outlook. Golfers can deal with newbies. They have no tolerance for ********.

I’m paired with a beginning golfer who is really struggling. How do I survive the round?

Compassion is key. That slow, flailing greenhorn was once you. Without belittling, let them know it’s OK to be liberal with the rules by improving lies, placing their penalty shots on the other side of the hazard and conceding less-than-automatic putts. Unless they ask, avoid giving tips and advice; they’re already overwhelmed, and don’t need more thoughts running through their head (more on this in a moment). Do feel free to pass on general etiquette or rules, however, and try to keep things light so they enjoy themselves. And if it’s really bad? Perhaps call it a day at the turn and hit the range instead.

How do I to tell someone to pick up the pace?

When informing a partner to get their butt moving, avoid a singular accusation. Instead, use “we” as in, “Looks like we better get going, think we’re holding groups up.” If it’s a family member or friend, feel free to be more direct. Even in this circumstance, don’t deliver the “speed it up” edict in emotional or confrontational terms. It will only exacerbate the situation.

When am I supposed to let groups play through?

For whatever reason, most golfers view letting others ahead as a shot to their manhood. Which is absurd: If you’re in a foursome, it stands to reason that you’ll play slower than the single or twosome behind you. If there are no groups immediately in front of you and you’re holding up individuals or a pairing, give them the greenlight with a wave, then proceed to move to the side of the hole. If this happens more than once in a round — especially if the groups behind are multiple players — take it as a hint that you need to pick up the pace.

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Souce:   Golf Digest

Pictures: Peter Arkle   Ken Mattison

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