Sat November 01 2014

Tight lined courses require focus

Think Straight To Keep It Straight

Golfers who struggle with accuracy on tight courses often get distracted by thoughts of the trees rather than concentrating on where they want to hit the ball. Invariably, wherever your thoughts go, your golf ball follows. 

 

The brain is incapable of registering the word 'NOT' so if you tell yourself NOT to hit the trees, all the brain remembers is 'trees' and will do exactly the opposite. Instead concentrate on what you do want to do.

 

Playing on a tight course is great for improving your accuracy - it forces you to focus all the more intently on where you want to hit the ball. Try picking a small, specific target before where you hit your ball - for example the highest tip of a pine tree behind the ball. The tighter the course, the more specific your instructions need to be to your brain and body about where the ball should be. 

 

Even on a more open course, aiming at specific targets will improve your consistency and scoring. 

Other handy tips

A Make or Break Question

Holding the club too tightly can cause a number of problems including striking the ball too low and hitting thin shots. Do you know where the wrists are supposed to break in the swing? Click to find out.

Why Do You Slice?

Costing accuracy and distance, the slice is the scourge of many a golfer. Recognising where the problem originates is crucial. Work through these common causes to isolate your swing fault.

The Low Punch Shot

Sometimes you'll need to punch the ball low into the wind or under trees. An adjusted set-up is key. Read our tip on how to perform this shot.

Don't Let Poor Play Sink Your Sorrows

If your game seems to fall apart when your ball lands in a hazard, trust your ability and remain positive.

 

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