If you play in any golf team events, you have to rely on your partner to make some of the shots during your round. Depending on your handicap, the reliance might be a little lob sided. I think that is to be expected because the stronger players have a higher expectation to hit well in the clutch. Unfortunately, some teammates, who think they all that and a bag of chips, allow their ego to run their emotions. Watching opponents walk off the green as they mutter under their breath at the play of their teammates. It is at that point when the cohesion of the team falls apart.Continue reading
If You Could Teach One Golf Rule of Etiquette
There are many unwritten rules in golf that are lumped into the term of etiquette. This seems to be a catchall term that enhances the golfing experience. If followed properly, great fun can be had on the links; if ignored, the four hours of bliss feel like torture! This might seem over the top, but I assure you it is not. I often wonder how some players learned the concept of etiquette because on the surface they seem to understand the concept, but as the day progresses it is obvious that their time on the links is all about them and them only.Continue reading
Exiting A Sand Trap Properly
Last weekend I watched Christina Kim, LPGA Professional, exit the sand trap after hitting the pin. Originally, I thought she took the long way out and wondered if that was the proper way to exit a sand trap. After some thought and her explanation, I believe that I learned something new or at least reinforced something I naturally do.Continue reading
Using a Lob Wedge With Success
Using a 60 degree lob wedge with success is sometimes very difficult. Many amateurs like the idea of using this club, but find it difficult execute these delicate shots. It does not help watching players like Phil Mickelson use their lob wedge like scalpels on the golf course as if it was a natural extension of his body. But, I would suggest that his skill was rooted in hours of repetitive practice.
Recently, I came across a learning opportunity (I call them teaching moments so I remember them for future use) for successfully using your 60 degree wedge. The lob wedge (see infographics on wedges) is used near the green to quickly elevate your ball over difficult terrain to stop the ball quickly near the hole. This is easy to say, however there is a bit more to it.