Taking Strokes To Save Strokes On The Golf Course

Golf is a game that requires any player to make a decision on when to save strokes by taking strokes. Where we drop the ball out of a penalty, whether to take take an unplayable lie, hitting a provisional or punching the ball out of deep rough all have an impact on our golf score. In some cases we need to accept our medicine to ensure we shoot the lowest score possible. I have learned through the years that taking strokes from time to time actually saves me strokes in the long run.

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Do You Roll Your Golf Ball?

Golf is a play it as it lies game. The rules are very specific about playing our golf ball down and absorbing the good and poor lies the golf course has to offer. This rule is critical in competitive matches, but is it really that important when playing a friendly match with your buddies? We play winter rules at the courses I play until mid June. The reason for this minor rule adjustment is because the golf courses in my region are waking from a long winters nap and need time to grow without excessive damage caused by playing out of new growth. Therefore, is rolling the ball a good idea or not?

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Hitting Your Driver Farther In One Easy Lesson

Watching the 2022 PGA Championship was great entertainment. Of course congratulations are in order for Justin Thomas for his win in a playoff, but that was not my takeaway from the second Major of 2022. What I notice the most was the amazing drives that all the professionals seemed to perform over and over again. Yes, I know that some of the players were wayward, but their consistency was something to emulate. So, I decided to see if I could find a simple video that would improve my driving distance off the tee. And guess what, I found one!

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Being Grateful For Golf and Life

My motivation to play golf this year is as high as normal. I think about all the fun times I could be having on the course when I get a minute to think. This year, I have a few more life things going on that is preventing me from maximizing my time on my new course. This current trend is nothing new for all golfers as we try to juggle our regular lives with the time commitment to play golf. With all that is going on, I wonder if I should close a few golf doors in order to reduce the pull of activity from other sources.

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So We Think Our Golf Courses Play Tough

The 2022 PGA Championship is the 104th PGA Championship, to be held from May 19–22 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is not the first time this prestigious event was held at Southern Hills and I am confident it will not be the last. As the play at this Major continues, I stumbled across this video of the challenges faced by PGA professionals at Southern Hills. Many amateurs can relate to this video because we have experienced some of their challenges.

When I wrote this video, Rory McIlroy was leading. I wonder if he will have the 36 hole lead on Saturday. Regardless, I am planning to watch a bit of the action this weekend, but in the meantime I am off to the course.

Have a great weekend.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!