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Fourth in a series: Practice Golf Effectively

16) Stop aiming at the pin
     That thing sticking out of the ground with the flag on it should not always be your target on your approach shots. In fact, I can’t think of a good reason for any golfer to be aiming at the pin unless you are playing at an extremely high level. The payoff is simply not there.
17) Playing smarter tee shots
     Understanding when to be aggressive with the driver, or to choose a more conservative club choice based on the hole, is one of the best golf tips I can think of. This takes discipline, planning, and being honest with your ability as a golfer. Keeping the ball in play off the tee is extremely important, and that can be accomplished through picking smart targets and clubs.
18) Just get on the green!
     Reducing double bogeys is probably the best golf tip I could give to any golfer. One of the biggest mistakes that most recreational golfers make is get- ting too aggressive with shots around the green, and going for a low-percentage play like a flop shot. Sometimes bogeys are our friends, and the best strategy is just to get the ball onto the putting surface and make sure you are two-putting at worst. Be honest with the kinds of wedge shots you can pull off, and pick the shot that you know you can get on the green 9 times out of 10.
19) Be honest with yourself
     One of the hardest things to do as a golfer is to be honest with your abilities. This leads to many mistakes on the course that lead to double and triple bogeys, or in other words, round killers. For example, if you have 155 yards to your target, and you know you will have to hit your 7-iron absolutely perfectly to reach that number, maybe it’s a better idea to take more club. The likelihood is that you won’t strike it purely, and it will come up short. And if you’re stuck in the trees, don’t try and thread it through that small opening either. Of all the golf tips out there, this can easily eliminate serious strokes from your score.
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