Author: Sue Shapcott

Golf Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts

As new golfers, the rules and etiquette of golf can be perplexing and intimidating! It is not fun being in a position where you don’t know what you don’t know. Of course, there is nothing about playing golf that you can’t learn but, in the meantime, here are a few golf-etiquette basics to get you started! Do’s Be ready to hit your shot when it is your turn to play. No-one enjoys playing with slow golfers. Watch where your ball lands. Make a note of a tree, or landmark that will help you find it. Tell your playing partner...

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New year, new clubs || Golf tips by Sue Shapcott

A new year is a good time to make new golf goals. And most golf goals involve scoring lower. There are several strategies that can be used to reach your goals. Practice, of course, golf instruction and new clubs! For some players, new equipment will be game-changing. For others, new equipment will provide marginal gains. So before investing in new clubs, here are a few things that you should consider: New golfers frequently argue that they’ll buy new clubs when their games improve. Although this approach is understandable, it is counter-productive. New golfers are perhaps only likely to improve...

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Golf skills testing from a pro-golfer – Sue Shapcott

As we roll into the fall, it is time to take stock of the golf season and plan for the next one. Throughout the summer months, my articles have covered a range of topics including chipping, pitching, driving and practice. My goal with each tip has been to give golfers something to think about when they practice and play. Although golf tips are fun to think about, they may, or may not, address your specific problem or help your long-term development. For example, a tip about chipping may tell you to do ‘X.’ But you may already do too...

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Don’t get stuck in the sand – Pro Tips from a Pro Golfer

Universally, golfers fear bunkers. When a golfer’s ball lands in a bunker, his hands start sweating, he starts imagining the worst, and fears that he’ll never get his ball back out again. Don’t worry! There is good news about bunker shots. If you do one thing correctly in a bunker, you will get your ball out of it on a regular basis. So, what is that one thing? The bottom of your swing needs to hit the sand in the right place to play a successful bunker shot. Imagine your ball sitting on a dollar bill. When you play...

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Deciphering your Bad Shots

Let me describe a typical conversation I have with golfers I teach. Me: “What are we fixing today?” Golfer: “My driving.” Me: “Describe what happens when you drive badly. Do the shots go left, right, high, low or…?” Golfer: “They do all of those things because my swing changes every time” Me: “Okay, let’s see.” At this point, I ask the golfer to hit 12 to 15 shots and I make a note of patterns that I see. And there usually are patterns. The golfer may hit three consecutive shots where one goes straight left, the next curves right...

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