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The Top 4 Unwritten Rules of Golf

The USGA rule book is one of the most quoted and feared books in the game of golf.  We all want to play by the rules but we don’t always want to know if we are breaking any rules that result in stroke and distance. (Damn you OB and white stakes).  There are however unwritten rules of golf that are not written down but rather passed down.  These are the unwritten rules of golf my dad taught me.

The Definitive Guide to Grabbing a Bite at the Turn

Golf is a social game and includes a acceptable level of drinking and eating.  One tradition is grabbing a bite to eat at the turn on your way to the 10th tee.  In the old days, this might include a sit down for a ham sandwich with Grey Puppon and a high ball.  Now a days, Ready Golf has turned the Turn into a fly by of a grab and go meal that is consumed bouncing down the 10th fairway.  Let’s talk about what makes a good “meal” at the turn.

How to Play Ready Golf

Ready Golf is defined by the small steps taken by all players to not waste time.  Some traditional protocols are ignored but not completely forgotten.  It is not a free for all but rather an organized group effort.  Golf courses like it because they cannot more foursomes through the course in a day.  I want to review what makes for good ready golf.

Golf Course Rating: How Difficult is this Place?

Now that we understand the math (Don’t worry no quiz today), what does a slope of 69.0 mean for the white tees at your local golf course?  It means that a scratch golfer should shoot a 69.0 at your golf course playing from the white tees. So what?  So buttons.  The lower the golf course rating compared to 72 to “easier” the golf course is.

Scramble Golf is the Key to Lower Scores but it Ain’t Pretty

The key to moving from being a hacker to a golfer who can hold your own is the lot art of scramble golf.  Scrambling is part special swings that of almost trick shots and mental fortitude to play your game.  If your drives end under tree more often than in the short grass of the fairway, a good scramble golf game can keep your scores from entering triple digits.

Find the Beat to Your Golf Swing

Once I felt comfortable with the rhythm, I applied it to my swing.  On the first beat, the BOP, I started my swing. On the second beat, my backswing was half way done.  On the third beat, I completed my back swing and initiated the downswing.  On the fourth beat, I made contact and struck the ball in a smooth hit.  I let another bar play before setting up for another hit.

Should You Leave Your Golf Clubs in Your Trunk?

Some clubs are for special occasions like a lofty wedge or long-range wood. How often do you practice with these clubs or do you keep that 3 iron in the bag for Par 5s when you are 230 yards from the green to try for eagle? What is the percentage of success for that shot? Not trying to dwell on the negative but if you are depend on miracles each time you step up to the ball, you are asking a lot of yourself.

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