Strategy

  • 5 Questions to ask yourself when you're on the fringe

    17 October 2017

    Fringe benefits: Five questions to ask when you're on the apron Whether it's through the common error of under clubbing or simply a sight mishit, the club golfer often ends up short of the putting surface. Typically that means a chip up the green from the apron. It always seems like a simple shot, but without some strategy in place and a clear...

  • How to: Plan your shot better

    28 September 2017

    Make sure your strategy matches how you're swinging, and use this guide to plan your shots better  Improving your technique is one thing – but it counts for nothing if you don't have an effective plan for the shot. Focus on these five areas to ensure your strategy matches your swing Take Your Time When you're faced with a tough shot,...

  • Par 5s: How to decide whether to go for it or lay up

    25 July 2017

    Make the right decision after a good drive on a par 5 by asking yourself these five questions before pulling the trigger Fault: Finding trouble on a par 5 through loose thinking Fix: Build a plan with five key questions So you’ve hit a good drive on a par 5, and are assessing your second shot. At this stage, the club golfer’s strategy...

  • How to deal with bad weather, slow play and better golfers

    Written by Karl Morris, mind coach to Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen on 12 February 2016

    So, you’re playing golf this morning. You get up and look outside. It’s rainy, windy and cold. So very, very cold. Yes, it’s going to be a battle today – slow, bumpy greens, good shots blown off-course, miserable waits on the tees; and you never play well in the rain…  Hopefully you’re a bit more upbeat than that. But the above...

  • Here's what you need to do over winter to be a better golfer

    Written by Karl Morris, mind coach to Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen on 03 December 2015

    The golf season may be drawing to a close, but this time of year offers you a unique opportunity to make progress with your game. Let me explain.  For most club golfers, the competitive year ends around October 31. They’ll either cut down how much they play, or even stop altogether. Then, in late February, when the new season is around...

  • Master approach shots over water

    25 October 2015

    Fault: You get nervous when faced with an approach over a hazard. Fix: It’s the one that makes every amateur – and plenty of pros – weak at the knees: the approach shot over water. The first step to being successful here is your state of mind. If the hazard wasn’t there this would be a straightforward approach of around 150...

  • Hank Haney gives you 10 tips for saving shots

    23 October 2015

    If you are serious about improving your game then there's no-one better to advise you than the man who coached Tiger Woods to Major success.   You’ve really got to know your stuff for the world’s best golfers to trust you with improving their games. Hank Haney experienced that trust while guiding both Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara to Major Championships.

  • Short game: Recovering from the rough

    16 October 2015

    Fault: Failing to remove the ball from thick rough at the first attempt. Fix: It was an error to get yourself in this position but you’re here now so let’s deal with it. You’re in range of the green but there is no chance of getting any control from this lie so forget about the flag. The only objective...

  • Indecision: Chipping over a bunker

    17 September 2015

    Fault: Indecision and fear when faced with a chip over a bunker. Fix: ‘You’d rather be in the bunker.’ It’s a line you will have heard trotted out countless times by television commentators in this situation. Those who struggle to control their bunker shots will laugh at that but, trust me, it’s much easier to get up and down...

  • Approaches: Get out of jail

    26 August 2015

    Fault: Being too greedy after hitting into trouble and compounding the error. Fix: Whether it’s a short par 4 that you’ve taken on with the driver or a long par 5 that you’ve tried to hit in two, we all misjudge things and put ourselves in trouble. With your head spinning, the most important thing is not to do the same...

  • Matt Kuchar: My short game secrets

    24 August 2015

    Anyone who enjoys a punt on golf tournaments knows that a wager on Matt Kuchar is likely to keep you interested all the way to Sunday evening.  Kuchar has 71 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, with over 50 coming in the past five years. The game’s most consistent player might have only five PGA Tour titles since 2010, but one...

  • One hour away from a better game

    04 February 2015

    Jonathan Wallett is a European Tour coach and director of the Elite Coaching Golf Academy. Whatever your handicap, everyone thinks more practice is the key to success. However, as a golf coach for more than 25 years, I’d say that, of those who practise regularly, 70 per cent do so in a way that hurts their game, and 20 per cent...

  • Avoid sucker pins to turn six into four

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 29 July 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Adrian Fryer is faced with a risk-reward approach from 150 yards. He has to decide whether to go for the fat of the green, or to take on the flag which is protected by a deep front bunker. Watch the video above to see which he chooses and why, and what you can learn to...

  • Know when to lay-up to turn sixes into fours

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 24 July 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Adrian Fryer is 200-yards from the green on the stunning 18th at The Belfry's Brabazon course. In this strategy special, he explains why sometimes it is better to play safe and lay-up of tricky hazards than risk taking them on. Watch the video to see how it is done.

  • Play safe from trouble to turn six into four

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 22 July 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional has found himself in the trees on a par 4. He can still see the pin, but it's a very tough shot, so he has to choose whether to go for the flag with a 4-iron and risk leaving it in there, or to chip out sideways to guarantee a shot at the green. See what...

  • Use the rules to your advantage to turn six into four

    Written by Adrian Fryer on 22 July 2013

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Adrian Fryer has found a tricky lie up against the lip in a bunker, and only has a very slim chance of success. Rather than risk taking two or three shots to get out, it might be wise for most club golfers to take a penalty drop in line with the flag back in...

  • How to avoid trouble with your approach

    Written by Chris Ryan on 29 November 2012

    In this video Elite TG Pro Chris Ryan shows you how to avoid trouble, but still go at the flag. With less than 150-yards to the flag Chris wants to be aggressive but avoid going left towards the water. In the video, he explains how some simple setup changes can help you to achieve this, without the risk of going left.  This video...

  • Matchplay - Keep your ball in play

    Written by Scott Cranfield on 21 September 2012

    The golden rule in matchplay is to never give your opponent the hole. By keeping your ball in play, you force your opponent to make birdies to gain the advantage and often, this strategy will grind them down and force them into a mistake. This strategy applies off the tee (avoiding out of bounds and water hazards) but also in fairway...

  • Matchplay - Display aggression early

    Written by Scott Cranfield on 21 September 2012

    Letting your opponent know that you’re willing to be aggressive from every tee sends a signal of intent. You can do this most effectively on holes where the honour is theirs by pulling the driver from the bag and ensuring they notice you’ve done so. In this video tip from TG Elite Pro Scott Cranfield, our man highlights how you should...

  • Matchplay - Always intend to mark your ball

    Written by Scott Cranfield on 21 September 2012

    You can become unnecessarily frustrated in matchplay if you expect your opponent to give you a putt, only for them to stare at the floor quietly when you look over. This could lead to you making poor decisions or swings on the subsequent holes, giving your opponent the psychological upper hand. A way to prevent this is from the very start...

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