Hi, my name is Fred Fields. I'm the author of How Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All the Time. It is the basic handbook for beginning golfers and high handicappers.
The book was written as a response to one statement. "Most golfers have no idea how to play the game." You go to a golf pro. He charges you $25 or $35 or more for 30 or 45 minutes of his time, and you expect that he will show you how to hit the ball like Tiger Woods.
And he probably will honestly try to do that. And 100% of the time he will fail. Know why? Because even Tiger doesn't hit the ball like Tiger. He has had 3 different pros teach him 4 different swings in the past dozen years. And, by the way, Tiger hits about 5,000 practice balls a week. Are you prepared to do that?
Let me give you a tip. Playing golf is more than hitting the ball. To be a decent golfer, you must know the strategies to reduce your scores no matter how well or badly you hit the ball... and bad hitters can score well if they know how to play the game.
I'm not saying "Don't go to your pro". Quite the contrary, you must have some idea of how to hit the ball. What I am saying is, "Learn the strategies to improve your scores. Learn what shots you should master first. Learn how to keep out of trouble and eliminate wasted strokes from your score." If you study THE GAME, and not just how to hit the ball, you can be a reasonably good golfer in a reasonably short time.
Here are some questions you should get answered to start.
1- Is it important that I be a "long ball" hitter, or can I play well hitting the ball short?
ANSWER: Smart question. Almost every golf magazine you see will feature on its cover some article about hitting the long ball. If you expect to be a professional golfer, hitting the ball a long way is good. If your goal is to reach a single digit handicap, it's not important. I had a 6 handicap, on a course 7200 yards long, and my standard drive was 225 yards...short even among women pros.
2-What are the important things to learn? What strategies will help lower my scores?
(A) Stay out of trouble. Keep your ball in play. Don't waste strokes by hitting into the woods, water, or out of bounds. (Pretty obvious, you say, but you'd be surprised at the players who aim their shots at trouble; most of the time, without even knowing it.)
(B) Don't play for birdies. Play for bogeys. Birdies are the goal for pros and really good amateurs. If, instead, you try to bogey each hole, it makes the game a lot easier, and 18 bogeys is a score of 90...respectable in about 95% of all golf foursomes.
(C) Most professional golfers are on the green in regulation on about 14 of 18 holes. Most amateur golfers are lucky to be on the green in regulation 2 times in 18 holes. Just try to be near the green in regulation then, learn to get on the green in one over regulation, learn to 2-putt, and walk off the green with your easy bogey.
(D) The long shots don't kill you, if you can play the short shots well. Remember this. A 1 inch putt is one stroke, the same as a 300 yard drive. The 3 rules for scoring well at golf...
1- Keep the ball in play
2 & 3-Chip and putt like a genius.
That's enough for my first blog. I'll post every week or two. Keep in touch.
And look for my book, How Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All the Time. It's available on Amazon.com...Book $9.99, Kindle $2.99.
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