Professional Golf Tips

By Katie Jensen
There is no substitute for professional expertise, so if you can, try to take some group or private lessons.
There is no substitute for professional expertise, so if you can, try to take some group or private lessons.

Golf is an enjoyable game no matter your handicap, age or gender. You don't necessarily have to compete against other players, only against yourself and the course. Golf is one of the few games that hasn't changed much since its inception in the late 1400s: Players get from tee to green on a pre-determined course, and the winner is the one who accumulates the fewest amount of strokes.


Louis Oosthuizen, the winner of the 2010 British Open, was asked in an interview on ESPN why there is a red dot on his golf glove. His response was that when he's distracted by the excitement around him, he sees the red dot and it reminds him to focus on his game. Focus is an important factor of any golfer's game. The ability to concentrate on the ball and where you want it to go while blocking out distractions leads to a lower score. While you might not go as far as placing a red dot on your glove, find a way to get yourself back on track and in the game when needed.

Strength and Fitness

Professional puts significant stress on the wrist, shoulders, elbows, waist and back. And, if you choose to walk, a round of golf will take you on a stroll covering a few miles. Strength allows the body to absorb the shock and torque of a golf swing, resulting in more-explosive drives and less injury. Professional golfer Greg Norman recommends completing a 30- to 35-minute exercise program for strength and flexibility three times a week.


"A creative practice program is critical to becoming a shotmaking virtuoso," writes Fred Couples in his book "Total Shotmaking." Practice makes perfect, and golf is no exception. Whether it is to refine a skill or to learn how to swing a golf club, players of any level can benefit from a lesson. Your local golf pro likely provides a variety of options for tutorials. Some may offer the opportunity to videotape your swing so that you can identify and address glitches.

The short game is a critical aspect of golf. Practice chip shots from several positions around the practice green so you learn to deal with varied lies and different slopes and speed on the green. Practice putting from short, medium and long range.

Whether you are on the driving range or on the putting green, go through your normal pre-shot routine as if you were on the course. Consistency and repetition are keys to developing a strong golf stroke.

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