Author: Sue Shapcott

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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Improving your golf game takes practice, and not all practice is equal

Improving your golf game takes practice. But not all practice is equal. Consider these two scenarios. Player one: This player heads to the range twice a week after work to relax. He takes the same clubs with him each time. If possible, he also hits from the same space and he aims at the same target. He hits a few shots with his wedge, then 25 balls with his 7-iron. And he always finishes the bucket off with some drives. It’s his routine. And his routine has resulted in him maintaining the same handicap for years. Player two: Another...

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