Avoiding big mistakes in the golf game

Golf amateurs are known for making a few common mistakes while playing on the course. In most cases it is how you approach the game or how you manage it. You can have an excellent swing but that alone will not guarantee you will make every shot you make. Some golfers take it upon themselves to get out on the course and play without getting familiar with common mistakes and how to avoid them.

The good news is this is partly the easy process in helping you avoid such errors; learning what they are. The other part is getting in the habit of avoiding them altogether. The following points are a few areas that highlight mistakes made on the course and what you can do to prevent them.

  • Using the wrong club. You need to make sure you are using the correct club when making your shots. For instance, many amateurs may use the wrong club when chipping. A 7- or 8- iron club may do the trick if you give it a try, but some tend to use a high-lofted club when it may not be necessary.
  • Playing more break can help you read putts better. Some players may under read putts and underestimate their play area. In some cases you may need more than you think.
  • Teeing off on the opposite or wrong side. There are golfers known to tee off on the wrong side of the tee, but you can do so by hitting on the side away from the trouble side.
  • Hitting the ball using all of your power. Many golfers make the mistake of using all their power to hit the ball when in many cases you do not have to. It is a matter of how you strike the ball, your swing and stance. You can use a shorter club, take another club and choke down as you make your shot. This can help reduce the amount of physical energy you use to hit the ball and your percentages may increase overtime.
  • Fighting against the wind when hitting the ball. If it is windy when you take your shot, you can actually use the wind to your advantage depending on how you hit the ball. This can be a good example of the phrase “just go with the flow.”
  • When long putts come up short. Distance control and concentrating on making solid contact can help improve your out come.