6 tips from scratch golfers that will instantly make you a ‘smarter’ player

Every golfer wants to lower their handicap, and we have some good news for you. You might not think it's easy, but it is. It does take a little bit of hard work, but smart work is more important. That means you have to know what will help you the most and what is a waste of your time.

For this, we asked associate editor Drew Powell (+2.6 handicap) and senior game, both of whom used to play golf in college and are now low handicappers on staff.

It's not as hard as you might think to shoot in the 1970s. You only need a few simple shots that you can do over and over again. I know that's not always as easy as it sounds, but don't think that shooting in the 1970s has to be flashy.

1. Stop trying to hit too many shots

If you want to improve, you need to know what the golf ball is trying to tell you. So, you'll be able to explain your problems to a teacher and even fix things on your own if everything goes wrong in the middle of the round.

2. Understand the ball flight basics

Because of what I do, people sometimes ask me for free tips on how to improve their golf swing. I don't mind, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for. It's just interesting to me how often golfers think that if they need to change something about their swing, they need to completely redo it, take it apart, and start over.

4. You don’t need to change everything all at once

I'll admit that I don't keep track of statistics as well as I did in college. But there are many great stat-tracking programmes out there. that can keep track of the same number of strokes gained as the pros.

5. Your iron game holds the key

Look, I get it, hitting golf balls at a driving range is kind of relaxing. But keep in mind that the kind of practise that will help you the most is the kind that challenges you both mentally and physically.

6. A little bit of time, a lot of feedback

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