TERRI’S TIPS

LEARN TO PLAY THE GAME – NOT JUST HIT THE BALL !

Terri Migliaccio, PGA Professional Director of Player Development

Do you really know how to play the game of golf, or are you just focused on hitting the golf ball? Learning how to hit the golf ball is a very small percentage of the game. When you play the game of golf you will encounter bunker shots, uphill lies, downhill lies, sidehill lies, chips, pitch shots, shots under a tree, shots over a tree , etc., etc., etc. The list goes on and on, I always tell my students there are not enough hours in the day to practice the shots you will encounter on the golf course.

If you really want to lower your score you need to learn how to score your golf ball. Get the ball into the hole in fewer strokes. This will not happen off the tee box, this will happen from sixty to seventy yards in, or there about. My advice to learn how to score – go out at some point, play nine holes, but start each hole from 70-80 yards out. Keep your score for the nine holes. Keep track of how many putts you take. Your golf is to score a total of 36 for those nine holes, from the yardage I mentioned above. If you don’t hit that score, you need to work solely on your short game, chipping, pitching, bunker play and putting!

Golf is meant to be played, not just hit the ball. If you are able to hit a variety of short shots, see the shot that the course is telling you to hit and be able to execute that shot you will lower your scores, and have more FUN !!

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