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By Paul Myers

Many beginning golfers have heard of the idea of golf course management, even if they don’t pay much attention to it in their own games. If you are serious about lowering your scores and reaching your goals on the course, course management is something you can’t afford to ignore. There is no requirement for how good you need to be before you can start paying attention to this concept – it applies equally to every golfer on the course. Hitting the right club off the tee, picking a smart target, avoiding hazards and subsequent shots where you are blocked out – they are all a part of the overall course management process.

A Secret Ingredient

Some times when someone tells you that there is a certain ‘secret’ relating to your golf game that you need to know, they are full of it. However, in this case, there really is a secret to course management that you need to know if you are going to be successful. Best of all, it is only one word – conviction.

Having conviction in the decisions you make as you work your way around the golf course is one of the most important parts of the picture. Why? Because, for any given shot, there are actually a number of decisions that could be acceptable ones. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you pick the right one as much as it matters that you believe you have made the best choice.

Think about it this way – you are playing a par five and have hit a beautiful drive right down the middle of the fairway. You have 195 yards left to the green, and there is a pond just short and right of the green. Additionally, there is a bunker in the middle of the fairway about 60 yards short of the green. You can hit your three wood up to 195 yards in the air, but you have to hit it solid to do so.

What shot is the right one to hit?

Should you go for the green in two, or layup and play it safe?

In reality, any of the choices have their pros and cons. If you decide to go for the green, you could hit it in the pond – or you could knock it on the green and make an eagle or birdie. If you lay up over the bunker but short of the green, you will be bringing the bunker into play but could set up an easy pitch. If you take the easiest option and layup short of the bunker, you take almost all of the risk out of play but will be more likely to make a par than a birdie.

As you can see, any of these options could be the right one for you. It all depends on which one you believe in. Feeling confident with your swing and like the way the shot sets up for your ball flight? Go for it. Aren’t sure that you can carry it far enough to avoid the water? Don’t mess with it – play it safe and keep your ball dry. A good argument can be made for each option, so it has to come down to which one you really are convicted in.

Conviction is a power feeling on the golf course, and it can lead you to great accomplishments. When you truly believe in yourself, and in the shot you are attempting, half of the battle has been one. Trust your decisions 100%, and your course management can instantly get better.

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By Paul Myers

Every golfer knows that it is important to practice their game if they want to improve and lower their scores. Unfortunately, many golfers give up on practicing because they don’t see the results of their efforts actually showing up on the course. It isn’t that their golf practice is pointless, it is just that they may not know how to practice properly to best get results from the time they put in. Once you understand how to practice a better way, you will be far more likely to see your scores drop – and that is the point at the end of the day.

Start by Nailing Short Putts

Nothing can ruin some people’s rounds faster than missed short putts, so you might start out your golf practice session with a round of four footers to get your confidence up. There are no tricks to this kind of golf practice – just set down several golf balls around four feet away from a practice putting hole, and try to make as many in a row as possible. To build pressure, set a goal for yourself that you have to reach before moving on. For example, you could decide that you need to make 10 straight before you head over to the driving range.

Alternating Clubs

Are you a golfer who hits your driver 10 or 12 times in a row on the driving range? If so, you may be wasting your time and possibly even hurting your game. When was the last time you hit a driver that many times in a row on the course? Never. Hopefully anyway! Playing golf is all about moving back and forth between your clubs and being able to swing each of them properly. So, if you have to play that way on the course, it only makes sense to spend some time practicing that way as well. As you work through a bucket of practice balls, try moving back and forth between long and short clubs to best replicate what you will be doing on the course. You may even pretend that you are playing the holes from the course on your driving range.

Don’t Forget Chipping

For some reason, chipping seems to be the forgotten part of the game of amateur golf. Despite being hugely important to the score that you post on the course, many golfers completely neglect chipping during their practice sessions. If you are serious about playing better, you should immediately focus some of your golf practice time on chipping. Vary the shots that you hit, and put your ball in a variety of difficult lies that you can practice from. Chipping is a skill that involves a level of feel and touch, so the more golf practice time you can put in, the better it may become.

Proper golf practice should not only be productive, but fun as well. Figure out which parts of your game are in need of the most work, and then focus on them during your practice sessions. Once you dial in a routine that works for you and addresses all of the areas of your game, you should quickly notice that you are performing better out on the course.

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And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

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By Paul Myers

It can be a great feeling to have ample swing speed at your disposal. Even a long golf course suddenly is far less intimidating when you can launch the ball down the fairway, or hit towering iron shots that come down soft. It isn’t necessarily enough, however, to have that power at your disposal – you need to know when and how to best use it. If you simply try to hit each shot around the golf course as hard and far as you can, good consistent results are probably unlikely. Rather, it can be good to demonstrate discipline and patience in order to get the most from your power.

Picking Your Spots

Depending on the type of golf course you are playing, there are likely to be some holes on the golf course that welcome the use of your power, and others that will punish you for missing just slightly. You job is to pick and choose the right times to be aggressive with your shots, and when to hit less club and make sure you stay in good position.

For example, a short par five might usually be a good time to try for a long drive so you can reach the green in two – but if there are hazards on both sides of the fairway, and deep bunkers around the green – you might be better served to play the hole in three shots and make sure you stay on the short grass. While it isn’t as fun to lay up on a par five, scoring-wise, you decision making should be first and foremost concerned with making the best score possible.

Not All Drives Must Be 100%

Just because you are hitting a driver doesn’t mean you have to give it maximum speed on every swing. Sometimes, a swing at about 90-95% effort is all that is required to hit a nice shot down the middle of the fairway and set up a comfortable approach. You won’t get any bonus points at the end of the round for hitting long drives on every hole, so don’t worry about smashing it off every tee. On the average, drives at 90-95% will probably be longer than the ones at 100% anyway. Instead, think of your round of golf like a chess match – for scoring it is all about position and putting yourself in the best spot to succeed on the golf course.

Trust Your Eye

Sometimes, a shot just doesn’t look right when you are getting ready to hit it. Even if you know you have the power to clear a hazard and reach the green, don’t fight your instincts if you are fully comfortable with taking on the shot. Good golf requires complete conviction, and you won’t be committed to a shot if you are doubting whether or not you should be trying it in the first place. Good decision making is part logical and part emotional – trust what your gut feeling is telling you and don’t go for a shot unless you are totally convinced that you can handle it.

By spending your practice time working on adding swing speed to your game, you are putting a valuable weapon in your arsenal on the golf course. However, just as important as being able to hit long drives, is knowing when to use them. Before each round, think about your strategy for the day and then adjust accordingly – even if that means you have to resist the temptation of the driver from time to time.

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To learn more about Swing Man Golf products and hit it longer with swing speed training, click here.

And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

…based on gender, age, handicap and average driving distance? Use this tool to find out:

Male Female