Time To Revisit Some Playing Guidelines

About 3 years ago I came up with five things that I believe every golfer should follow or at least be aware of to improve their (and others) enjoyment on the golf course. I am bringing them up again because I believe they are important and should be taught to beginners as a first step towards understanding that golf is more than just hitting a ball into a hole.

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Protecting Your Golf Course Early in the Season

If you ever golf on a course freshly open after its long winter’s nap you know that it is in a very fragile state. The newly exposed grass is always damp and their root system has yet to take hold. So, it is the responsibility of every golfer to take more caution and help protect the course to prevent any lasting damage.

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Fixing Ball Marks

First Tee at Laurentide

First Tee at Laurentide

This morning was fabulous!  As I walked to the first tee at my home course Laurentide, I was grateful for the warm, clear, and peaceful surroundings.  What a fantastic way to start your day!

Each day I try to set a goal to improve my over all game.  Today was fixing ball marks on the green.  I know, you are thinking fixing ball marks – what does that have to do with scoring well?  It is interesting you should ask.  I try to make a ball mark on the green every hole.  This tells me that I made a decent approach shot.  Sometimes I reach the green in regulation, others ….. well you know.  As a treat, I fix my ball mark (I know many people have a bad back and cannot bend over) plus one more.  When I do not leave a ball mark, I fix one anyway.  By setting the goal of leaving a ball mark on the green, it helps me focus on my approach shots and as a result a lower score.

The weather is going to be fantastic this weekend and I hope everyone enjoys their time on the links.