Consistent Golf

Written by Seth Cotterell
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We've all had those rounds where everything seems to be going great on the front nine, leading us to think that we are well on our way to beating our best score, only to have it fall apart on the back. The inability to play consistent golf can be the most frustrating thing about the game, causing many a club to be flung into the nearest water hazard. However, there are steps you can take to alleviate this problem and find a way to be shaving strokes off your game in no time.

The failure to exercise proper technique is the most common shortcoming on America's courses, with many beginners just picking up a club and hacking away for years until they finally just give it up. Playing a consistent golf game is slightly different from other sports because deviating from the standard will have detrimental results. For instance, a baseball pitcher may throw it overhead, sidearm, or submarine style to throw a pitch that is determined by the way he holds the seams, flicks his wrist, or flings his arm. If you watch professional golfers, you will quickly realize that this kind of variety just does not exist. Everybody pretty much holds the grip the same way, cocks the club in the same manner, and pivots on their follow through exactly the same. The best way to learn these techniques is to consult with a pro that can help you build this kind of swing from the ground up.

The Short Game and Consistent Golf: Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Stop spending all your time hitting the driver while on the range, for you only use it a max of eight to 10 times a round. Seventy percent of all shots come within 100 yards of the hole, and the only way to play consistent golf is to master the chipping and putting aspects of the game. This cannot be stressed enough, for nearly every errant tee shot can be made up for on the short game. If you can get it close to the hole on your approach, you may be able to sink in one to two shots if you have worked on your putting.

This does not mean that you should neglect your tee shots, though. A solid tee shot can put you in a great position for the remaining shots. Mastering the drive is an important aspect of the game. A long, straight drive can separate the good players from the great players.

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