Golf is a great, great game. However, we’ve all been on the course and seen a player throwing his putter into the pond, or dropping a few off-color phrases. Maybe you’ve even been that player once or twice? Here are some tips on how to enjoy your round more.
Don’t play the blue tees.
There’s a saying I’ve used with my playing partners for years now. “Don’t play from there until you get there.” There’s a reason these are scored the most difficult placements, and unless you’re a 10 handicap or lower most likely playing from these tees will just cause more anxiety and frustration during the round.
Improve your lie
When you’re just out to enjoy a recreational round of golf, there’s no reason to follow the strictest rules of the game. If your drive ends up in a divot, moving the ball 1 inch back isn’t going to matter in the grand scheme of things. If you lose your ball, just drop one from where your partner is hitting. It helps speed up the rounds, and lets everyone enjoy the game that much more. What’s worse, a 6 hour round of golf or moving the ball a foot off the cart path instead of following the proper drop-ball procedure?
Play different games
This is one of the best ways to continue to enjoy golf round after round and year after year. Play match play with your partner instead of counting strokes. Make a friendly competition out of: most fairway hits, least amount of 3 putts, most 1 putts, closest to the pin. Be creative, and have fun out there.
Lower your expectations.
The average golfer gets to play somewhere around twice a week during the peek golfing season, if he or she is lucky. Most of us aren’t at the range hitting 500 balls a night. So lower your expectations and if you hit a drive off the toe, roll with it. We all do it, so relax and have a little fun.
Practice putts are for the practice green
Ok, you got me. This is really more for how everyone else can enjoy their round more; but if you’re one of those players that like to hit 5 practice putts after you miss a 10 footer: Please stop. Please. Now, I’m not saying don’t follow a pre-putt routine. In fact, that’s very important to playing the best round you can; but we’re at our local community golf course or maybe the country club. Either way, we’re not out there competing for the Ryder Cup and everyone would enjoy their round more if we all stopped the constant practice putts after a miss.