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Little known on-course habits/tactics of pros that amateurs should practice?

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  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers  9546WRX Points: 3,171Posts: 9,546 Titanium Tees
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    Lol get reported for what? FYI I dig unofficial “scratch” golfers

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    Are you just saying that or do you really love lamp?

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  • hoselpaloozahoselpalooza Members  487WRX Points: 176Posts: 487 Greens
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    callaway big bertha alpha 815 DBD 8*, 70g diamana d+ x
    TEE CB4 13* 3w, 80g diamana a'hina x
    mizuno mmc fli-hi 2i 16.5*, c-taper 130g
    mizuno mp5 3-p, c-taper 130g
    mizuno t7 50/55/60, c-taper 130g

  • MelloYelloMelloYello Upstate, SCMembers  3931WRX Points: 1,091Handicap: 3.9Posts: 3,931 Titanium Tees
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    #1

    Buy a tool to fix pitch marks and learn to properly repair pitch marks. Take 10 seconds and repair your pitch mark. Take another 10 seconds are repair someone else's. Fix 3 or 4 if you can stand to.

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    Try to avoid watching other players. I developed this habit out of practicality and since I've become aware of it I've noticed other good players doing it on countless occasions. Pro's can be seen doing it all the time.

    If someone is a really good player then you might catch a good vibe by watching them, but if you have some semblance of control over your own game do yourself a favor and be VERY CAREFUL about watching other players in general. You will subconsciously start to copy them and that'll move you off your spot. I make a point to avoid looking at most of my playing partners (good or bad). No offense to them but I don't want even the thought of their tempo, rhythm or mechanics entering my mind and messing with those of my own swing.

    On the green, this is 10x as true. I've played in enough best-ball scrambles to know that you're better off seeing nothing as opposed to seeing a bad putt. You'll see a 15-handicap line up and start his putt 2-ft outside the hole and then hear them say, "I started it 6-in outside." Or they'll gun it through the break or leave it way short and then having watched that you'll do the opposite. So do yourself a favor and just avoid watching other players.

    All that said, do try to be a good partner by keeping one eye on where peoples' shots end up though. At least track where the ball enters the rough, hazard, tree-line, etc. That's sort of your duty as a playing partner. But in general, avoid looking directly at them as they hit.

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  • hoselpaloozahoselpalooza Members  487WRX Points: 176Posts: 487 Greens
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    some great tips here, thank you.

    WRT #1: i learned to fix ball marks by watching other people. i don't recall if i simply didn't understand what they were doing or if they were doing it wrong, but i learned to be a prier and caused unintentional damage to greens as a result. oh well, lesson learned. the below video was an eye-opener for me and i think it's a good supplement to your #1 tip. thanks again, mello!


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    callaway big bertha alpha 815 DBD 8*, 70g diamana d+ x
    TEE CB4 13* 3w, 80g diamana a'hina x
    mizuno mmc fli-hi 2i 16.5*, c-taper 130g
    mizuno mp5 3-p, c-taper 130g
    mizuno t7 50/55/60, c-taper 130g

  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers  14078WRX Points: 2,888Handicap: 3.1Posts: 14,078 Titanium Tees
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    Learn how to play fliers

    learn how many extra clubs you need in certain wind conditions

    know carry and run out yardages

    learn how to not shortside yourself

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  • oikos1oikos1 Members  2982WRX Points: 725Posts: 2,982 Titanium Tees
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    Yikes. If you can't hit a wedge inside of 100 yards, I'd say that's the first thing you need to start working on. Laying up every now and again because of trouble is one thing, laying up and giving up 50 or more yards because you can't hit a wedge is costing you strokes.

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  • GunGunGunGun Members  61WRX Points: 60Handicap: Whoknows?Posts: 61 Bunkers
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    Another pro tip that is often forgotten. Be nice and polite to all other golfers even on Internet forums, we share passion for the game regardless of skill and background. Honour that and have fun is the best tip many forget...

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  • hoselpaloozahoselpalooza Members  487WRX Points: 176Posts: 487 Greens
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    great tip, thank you!

    separate but related, this reminds me of an episode of chris como's swing expedition with xander schauffele. i'm paraphrasing here, but xander essentially said he tries to find straight edges to square up his club face before tee shots. apparently, this helps him maintain good alignment during his rounds.

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    TEE CB4 13* 3w, 80g diamana a'hina x
    mizuno mmc fli-hi 2i 16.5*, c-taper 130g
    mizuno mp5 3-p, c-taper 130g
    mizuno t7 50/55/60, c-taper 130g

  • OrangeGravyOrangeGravy WAMembers  1710WRX Points: 427Handicap: $$Posts: 1,710 Platinum Tees
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    I take it off once I'm inside about 25 yards or so. I like bare hands for all "feel" shots. Can't understand how anyone could putt with a glove on unless it's really cold and your just trying to get through the round. Taking it off between shots works great. It doesn't take many holes before it's a firm signal. Glove off, brain disconnects briefly giving you a mini-break from the mental game, glove back on-time to play.

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  • OrangeGravyOrangeGravy WAMembers  1710WRX Points: 427Handicap: $$Posts: 1,710 Platinum Tees
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    I repair as many pitch marks as I can to avoid watching other putts and it gives me time to collect myself a bit if needed.

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  • anythingfiniteanythingfinite Members  382WRX Points: 223Posts: 382 Greens
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    I actually used the tee/repair tool to check for roots in my round on Friday.

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  • hoselpaloozahoselpalooza Members  487WRX Points: 176Posts: 487 Greens
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    when you use a coin to mark your ball on the green always leave it heads up. if you need to move it for someone always switch it to tails.

    just saw tiger mention this here.

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    callaway big bertha alpha 815 DBD 8*, 70g diamana d+ x
    TEE CB4 13* 3w, 80g diamana a'hina x
    mizuno mmc fli-hi 2i 16.5*, c-taper 130g
    mizuno mp5 3-p, c-taper 130g
    mizuno t7 50/55/60, c-taper 130g

  • b.mattayb.mattay New WRX'er Members  689WRX Points: 155Handicap: +2Posts: 689 Golden Tee
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    1.) Always use an alignment aid on the range. ALWAYS

    2.) Stick to one shot shape whenever possible.

    3.) Take a back swing that is at least left arm parallel on every bunker shot.

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  • DallasDanDallasDan Members  34WRX Points: 16Handicap: 8Posts: 34 Bunkers
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    when grounding your club in the rough not only do you want to make sure to pat down the grass but pat it down so that the grass is going with your swing and not against it. Easier to get through the ball...just beware of the flier.

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  • anythingfiniteanythingfinite Members  382WRX Points: 223Posts: 382 Greens
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    Also make sure you use 3 or 4 (or more) clubs to really get that grass to lay down. After all, you won't know what club to hit until you've tested them all behind the ball before realizing that you now have a clean look at the back of the ball.

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  • hoselpaloozahoselpalooza Members  487WRX Points: 176Posts: 487 Greens
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    leaving dirt in the grooves apparently provides a distance boost for irons/wedges by reducing spin. this could be a good strategy for dealing with 'tweeners.

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    callaway big bertha alpha 815 DBD 8*, 70g diamana d+ x
    TEE CB4 13* 3w, 80g diamana a'hina x
    mizuno mmc fli-hi 2i 16.5*, c-taper 130g
    mizuno mp5 3-p, c-taper 130g
    mizuno t7 50/55/60, c-taper 130g

  • 8thehardway8thehardway Members  1912WRX Points: 75Handicap: 8Posts: 1,912 Platinum Tees
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    Two quick tips if you want to check that your shoulders are square to your intended path - at address either switch to a left-hand-low grip or bend forward & down as if you were using a 30-inch putter... any misalignment will become fairly obvious

    Great tip from Jack Nicklaus on putting distance control, especially for mid- and long putts - 'I always putt the ball one-third of the distance to the hole and let it roll the rest of the way.' I take that to mean that 1/3rd of the way to the hole he has imparted enough energy for the ball to complete it's the journey; even given the unknown (to me) weight of his putter, stroke speed and stimp of the his greens I only recalibrate his 33% on very slow greens or fast, downhill putts.

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  • andrueandrue Members  1565WRX Points: 297Handicap: 20Posts: 1,565 Platinum Tees
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    Same here. It encourages me to stop thinking about my game between shots and also reminds me to switch to 'feel mode' for chipping and putting.

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