Strategy

  • Matchplay - Display aggression early

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Friday, 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 Friday, 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...

  • Matchplay – Take control of your body language

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 31 August 2012

    In matchplay, your opponent can take confidence and strength from your weakness. If you hit a wayward shot and show your displeasure, your opponent will believe he has you on the racks and make a conscious effort to put the final nail in your coffin. But there’s a way you can stop this from happening, as TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer...

  • Matchplay – Expect your opponent to hole out

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 31 August 2012

    Momentum is key in matchplay. To that end, one must never assume a hole is won or your opponent is out of the hole until you’ve nailed that winning putt. A common way momentum is lost is when you hit your approach shot close only for your opponent to strike first with a lengthy birdie putt. This can sometimes leave you...

  • Matchplay – Keep your eyes busy, mind still

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 31 August 2012

    Ernie Els’ Open Championship win at Royal Lytham brought into the public eye (excuse the pun) of Eye Doctor Sherylle Calder and more importantly, the role the eyes play in performing at the highest level. Recent research has shown that when the eyes are busy, looking around and taking in the surroundings, the mind is relatively still, which means you don’t...

  • Get the most out of practice

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Wednesday, 01 August 2012

    Our Elite Pro Adrian Fryer feels that too many people focus on one aspect of their swing during their pre-shot routine, and let that effect the real thing. So he has come up with these tips on the range at Royal Lytham and St. Annes to help you find that extra bit of consistency. First up is always make your...

  • Upgrade your brain – Holing clutch putts

    Written by Karl Steptoe on Thursday, 23 February 2012

    When faced with a short putt we expect to hole, we can often become anxious and focus too much on the stroke because ours and our playing partner’s expectations are so high. A good way to combat this problem is to rank the putt on something other than if the putt is successful, as top sports psychologist Karl Steptoe explains in...

  • Upgrade your brain – How and when to switch on before every shot

    Written by Karl Steptoe on Thursday, 23 February 2012

    It’s not beneficial to be concentrating fully on our golf for the whole four hours during our round. Aspects of our pre-shot routine can be used as a trigger to switch our concentration on when we need it – when hitting golf shots. In this video tip, top sports psychologist Karl Steptoe also highlights crucial parts of the pre-shot routine you...

  • Download the Pre-Shot Training Programme

    Thursday, 09 February 2012

    The mental side of the game has never been more important on Tour, as players eek every ounce of performance in order to compete at the highest level. Jon Finn, a former university lecturer and has produced a free document for todaysgolfer.co.uk users, to help you improve your mental attitude to the game. Finn has identified four tools to tackle...

  • Know your options in bunkers

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 20 October 2011

    When you find yourself with a bad lie in a bunker or up against a steep lip, it’s not difficult to rack up a big number and wreck your medal scorecard. So it might be worth taking a step back, considering your options and using the rules of golf to your advantage. As TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer explains in this...

  • Execute shots successfully

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 12 November 2010

    Bad shots often occur when we spend too much time thinking about our technique when standing over the ball. During our swing we should be thinking about nothing other than executing the shot. If you start focusing on a certain swing move or feeling during the shot, it’s unlikely you have a successful outcome. A great way to separate the thinking and...

  • How to prepare for your medal round

    Written by Richard Ellis on Friday, 24 September 2010

    You’ve arrived for your weekly medal desperate to shoot a good score and get your handicap cut. So what should you do in those 20 crucial minutes before you tee off? In this video tip from TG Elite Teaching Pro Richard Ellis, we show you the best way to prepare for your own major championships. Use your time on the practice ground...

  • Don't be a hero!

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Tuesday, 27 July 2010

    Every golfer wants to pull off the impossible shot. The thought of playing stunning shots from around the green like the pros is usually too appealing to resist. But sometimes, the perfect shot is simply not an option and playing to the safe part of the green is actually the strategy that will lead to a lower score on that hole! So if you want to cut...

  • Know when to attack the flag

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 16 July 2010

    Understanding when to attack flags and when to play to the safe side of the green is what separates the sensible from the stupid! On every approach shot, you need to take into consideration all the relevant factors around the flag: hazards, slopes and thick rough for example. More often than not, playing to the centre of the green will still give...

  • Play it safe from sand

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 16 July 2010

    Going straight for the pin from greenside sand is not always the best way to record the lowest possible score on a given hole. Sometimes, if the lie is bad or the slope between us and the pin is severe, the prudent play is to actually aim away from the flag. Take the risk out of the shot with this bunker course...

  • Vital pre-round stretches!

    Written by TG Instruction Editor on Thursday, 03 June 2010

    Do you feel stiff every time you step on the first tee? There’s absolutely no way we can play to the best of our ability right from the start if we haven’t warmed up and stretched our body properly before we play. With this in mind, we’ve brought in fitness guru to the stars Rob Hillman, the European Tour Physio Unit...

  • Overcome Your Winter Blues

    Written by Jamil Qureshi, Psychology Expert on Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    We all know it’s been a shocking winter for us golfers. The great thing about golf is that it’s supposed to be a sport you can play all year round. But playing in conditions that are bad even for winter can be a frustrating pastime. But how can you turn this into an enjoyable experience? There are a few things...

  • Nail the first tee shot without warming up

    Written by Dan Frost on Friday, 09 October 2009

    Although it's not ideal, we rarely have any regrets about stepping out of our cars and onto the first tee without any kind of warm-up because, quite simply, we just want to play golf! But thanks to TG's Dan Frost, you don't have do a stressful warm-up routine. You can go from your car to the tee and hit your first...

  • Do Not Let Fear Affect Your Game

    Written by Stanley Popovich on Tuesday, 18 August 2009

    Sometimes, fear and anxiety can get the best of us in the game of golf. The key is to know how to manage that fear and anxiety. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a golfer can use to help manage their fears and every day anxieties. Occasionally, you may become stressed when you have to play...

  • Do Not Stress Over The Competition

    Written by Stanley Popovich on Tuesday, 18 August 2009

    Many golfers sometimes get anxious when they play against a tough opponent. They get nervous on who they are playing and they get so worked up that they lose focus on playing their game. In the end, they make mistakes and end up beating themselves up if they do not win. As a result, here is a list of techniques...

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