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FROM TEE TO GREEN: TIPS FROM THE PROS

Quick strategy tips that will lower your score

We all don't get to practice as much as we like due to time constraints. But sometimes just playing smarter and making better decisions on the course will help you more than you realize. 

Off the tee: 
Tee your ball up on the same side as the 'trouble' on the hole. Trouble means OB, lots of sand, water, etc. Now you will be aiming away from the bad stuff, instead of towards it‎. 

In the fairway:
Take a few practice swings so you get a feel of the club brushing the turf and taking a small divot. Swing through to your target so the ball has the best chance of going where you want!

Bunkers:
The priority should always be to get out of the sand first, then worry about being on the green or close to the hole. Remember: with a long distance shot, you will want to hit the ball before the club hits sand. On greenside shots, you will want to hit the sand‎ and NEVER touch the ball!

Putting:
While getting the ball in the hole is the goal on every putt, a more realistic goal is to make sure you are stress free on your second putt. Take the time to line up properly and follow through to your target. 

General:
Exhale before you swing so that your muscles are relaxed. Also, when you find trouble (we all do)‎, don't be a hero and try a miracle shot. The definite way to high scores is to follow a mistake with another mistake!

Happy Golfing!

FROM TEE TO GREEN

How to hit the ball further without swinging harder

Here are some tips that will improve your yardage off the tee that will easily work for anyone.  

1. Widen your stance. At a minimum, your feet should be shoulder width apart. But try making your stance even wider and you'll find that you will pick up some more yardage. The reason for this is your swing arc will be wider (generating more swing speed) and you will hit the ball with a more sweeping motion rather than a descending one.  The result is the ball will be hit with more force (without more effort) and the trajectory will allow for more roll when the ball hits the ground. 

2. Tee your ball up higher. As a general rule, when your driver head is sitting on the ground, at least half of your ball teed up should be above the top edge of the driver head. This might look strange and give you the sense that you will go right underneath the ball and pop it straight up in the air. But realize that your driver head comes through the ball off the ground, not along the ground. What this encourages is that the ball is hit on the center of the clubface and not the bottom of the clubface, which transfers energy better (more distance) and avoids the ball being launched too low.  

3. Turn your shoulders. ‎By using the larger, more powerful muscles of your body, more force is generated without the need to swing harder or faster. Focus on turning your lead shoulder under your chin on the backswing and then have your trailing shoulder under your chin on the follow through. Don't worry if you don't have the flexibility to quite pull this off, or if you feel your arms aren't swinging back far enough - the goal is to have the feeling that your upper body is rotating versus your arms only swinging. As you get more used‎ to this motion, your arms will naturally follow where your shoulders lead them. 

Dan Warwaruk
Golf Operations Manager