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!
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!
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.
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!