It’s no secret that golf is tough. Maybe not as physically demanding as other sports, but when it comes to the space between the ears, it’s about as tough as there is. To help the average player, VSI Golf has come up with a short-list of ways to improve your game and potentially lower your score.
- PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Like anything else in life, the more you practice, the better you will be. The reason we emphasize this for golf is that the golf swing itself is built almost entirely on muscle memory. What separates you from your weekly double bogey streak and playing on the PGA Tour making millions of dollars is the ability to repeat a good swing. The only way to accomplish this consistent repetition is to practice, practice and then practice some more.
- THE QUALITY OF YOUR GOLF BALL
Look, I’m not here to tell you that the right golf ball is the answer to your golf prayers. It certainly isn’t going to turn a 30 handicapper into Jordan Spieth. That being said, a Pro V1X compared to a cracked golf ball you picked up off the driving range right before you teed off could’ve been the difference in 40 or 50 yards off the tee, and perhaps a little backspin if the strike was good. Point being, just make sure you’re not throwing strokes away out there.
- THE HEIGHT OF YOUR TEE
This one is common sense for most amateur players out there. If you’re hitting the ball too high off the tee, play with a shorter tee. Vice versa, if your golf ball skips across the water, you might want to consider raising your tee up a little bit. The ideal tee height is 2 ¾ inches but don’t be afraid to tee it up a little higher or lower depending on the ball flight you seem to be consistently having.
- KEEP IT SIMPLE
Overthinking on the golf course is what can hold back so many. Keep in mind your weekly foursome is probably not happening at Oakmont or Winged Foot in early June, so it’s not the U.S. Open. I’m also willing to bet that the golf course you’re playing isn’t as difficult either. Don’t worry about hitting the shot of your life on every swing. Play the shot you know how to hit and let the rest of the round just fall into place.
- HAVE FUN!
Remember, you’re paying to be here so you might as well enjoy it!