Play Faster Golf

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Play Faster Golf

 

A movement across America in the last several years has been finding ways to play faster golf.  One of the main reasons why golf has been on the decline lately is because people don’t feel they can dedicate the time needed to play the game.  Such programs as “Play It Forward” and “While We Are Young” have been launched.  If you have watched any golf on TV you are sure to see these ads.  Here are a few tips that might help you move it along.  If we want golf to grow, it is up to all of us to speed it up!

In the video above, Mike discusses some of his favorite ways to make your round faster and more enjoyable.

Fay’s Top Tips For Playing Golf Faster

1.  Play Ready Golf-Playing when ready and not “waiting” for others to play will automatically speed up play.

-Who ever is first to the tee, tee off.

-Switch cart drivers-if your cart partner’s ball is not near you, drop your partner off with a couple of clubs.  By the time you reach your ball, your partner should have already hit.

-Lost balls-When looking for lost balls, it should be last all others hit first to keep the game moving.  Note on lost balls:  Allow two minutes to find it.  The rules allow 5 but if it takes you that long, then you probably won’t like your next lie anyway.

-Putt when ready, it’s not necessary to wait until someone who is on the way to the green and furthest away putts.

-Club in hand when it’s your turn.

2.  Pre Shot Routines

-Pre shot routines should not include practice swings.  The only place you should use practice swings is on uneven lies to find the ground or chips and pitches around the green.  Practice swings with all other shots don’t really matter much and can tire you out.

-Get a range/yardage finder.   Don’t waste time looking for sprinkler heads and yardage plates.   In fact, at Boyne Mountain we have an app for your phone that includes a GPS yardage finder.  Use it.

-Read the green before you putt, not when it’s your turn.  It’s a misconception that the players on TV walk around and read the the green when it’s their turn to putt.  You should have already done that before it’s your turn.

3.  In Between Shots

-Mark your scores on the scorecard at the tee while someone else is teeing off not when players behind you are trying to hit the green.

-Make sure you have fueled your body before the round.  Food and liquids should be taken before you tee off and brought with you to be used as the round progresses.   This will keep you from stopping at the turn and holding up play.

-Talk while walking not while stopping.

-During a walking round, place your bag on the side of the green nearest to the next tee.

-Get the rake before you get into the bunker.  Then you hit your shot, rake, and exit.

4.  Play It Forward

The PGA of America’s Play It Forward campaign is excellent and I highly encourage everyone to incorporate it’s ideas.   It encourages players to play the golf course at their level of play.  For instance, if you are a beginner you don’t necessarily have to start at a tee box.  It’s OK to tee up at the 100, 150, or 200 yard markers or closer.  As you progress with your game, move back to those plates.  Essentially, those are your tees.

5.  Big Numbers

If you are about to put up a huge number, pick it up.  The USGA handicap system allows for equitable stroke control.  Unless it’s a stroke play event, take your maximum you can take on that hole and move on.  If you don’t hold a USGA handicap, double the par is a good rule of thumb.

Hope these tips help you speed up your round.  Please leave your comments below.  If you have any tips that you might find useful, please share.  We are all in this together.

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it’s easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Email:  mike@mikefaygolf.com

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Use The Tee Drill For Better Chipping

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Better Chipping |  Use The Tee Drill

 

In this video Mike Fay shows you a great drill to help you with your short game.  This video was featured on Mike Fay Golf Live.

Bad short game shots could be the most frustrating part of golf.  The green is right there, it seems simple enough just to get that little white ball on there.  Sometimes it isn’t.

Here’s a drill that I have had much success with my players and I wanted to share it with you.   Leaning the shaft ahead of the ball at impact is essential to hitting solid chip shots.  It allows the leading edge of your wedge to contact the turf before the bounce does.  An added bonus is that the more you de-loft your wedge, the more spin you can put on the golf ball.  The more spin, the more control.

Thanks so much for watching and we look forward to your comments below.

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Hitting The Center Of The Golf Club Face

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Hitting The Center Of The Clubface

 

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Now that we know where we hit our shots, how do you fix it?

Here are a few common fixes to your problems:

If you tend to hit the ball out on the toe of the club you are too far away from it at address, your clubs may be to short for you, or you pull your arms in at impact closer to your body at impact.

If you hit the ball closer to the heel of the club you made be too close to the ball at address, your clubs may be too long for you,  or your club path may bring the club farther away from you than you where at address.

Make minor adjustments to help you find the sweet spot!

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How To Repair A Ball Mark

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How To Repair A Ball Mark

 

The USGA has released a great video about repairing ball marks we wanted to share with you.  In the following video, find out why it’s important to fix a ball mark and why doing it incorrectly can do more harm than good.

Taking care of the course is our responsibility to the game.  It’s recommended that all players to fix yours and one other.  See if you fix ball marks like this.

Special thanks to the USGA for producing this video.  Thank you for watching and please leave your comments below.

Source:  USGA

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Better Impact Equals Better Shots

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Better Impact Equals Better Golf Shots

 

How good does it feel to be in a great impact position?  I say it feels like hitting ice cream.  Soft but heavy, very sweet!  In this video Mike describes what it feels like to be in a great impact position.  He offers one of his best drills to get you there!

Please comment below!  Thanks for watching!

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How To Aim A Golf Shot

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How To Aim A Golf Shot

 

Golf is a side-on game. You stand to the side of the golf ball. In order to have a chance to hit the ball at your intended target, you have to be aiming relatively parallel to it. In the following video, Mike discusses how to improve your aim. He also discusses the importance of a pre-shot routine, the basis for good aiming.
Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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How To Take Relief From Immovable Obstructions In the Rules of Golf an obstruction is a movable obstruction if it can be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and without causing damage. ...

The Use Of The Provisional Ball Rule

  The Use Of A Provisional Ball This is the next in the Playing By The Rules Video Series.  Mike and Frank discuss the proper way of using a provisional ball.   We discuss what the rule states and how to go about it...

What Is Meant By Testing The Conditions of a Golf Hazard?

In this latest article Frank discusses the dos and don't when pertaining to golf hazards.  Rule 13-4 Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions states: "Except as provided in the Rules, before making a stroke at a ball that is...

Where Does The Term Birdie Come From?

Where Does The Term Birdie Come From? We all love making birdies.  Who doesn't right?  But did you know the origin of the term?  Well, in golf history standards the term birdie isn't that old at all. Atlantic City...

How To Repair A Ball Mark

How To Repair A Ball Mark   The USGA has released a great video about repairing ball marks we wanted to share with you.  In the following video, find out why it's important to fix a ball mark and why doing it...

Factors of Controlling Golf Ball Spin

Factors Of Controlling Golf Ball Spin   We all watch the pros on TV and think:  How did they get that golf ball to stop so fast?  How about back up? What makes that golf ball spin so much? Making the ball spin is cool,...

Losing Golf Balls In Leaves

Losing a golf ball in the leaves can be frustrating and it is that time of the year when the leaves are falling and it can become difficult for you to find your golf ball due to the accumulation of leaves.  The...

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