Tips from Joel Vogel
Eagle Trace Golf & Event Center
Most beginner golfers are told that they lift their head up when they top the golf ball. When in fact, their eye hand coordination is so good they hit where they are looking, the top of the ball. We suggest they use their finger to draw a line behind the ball in the grass and look at the line when they swing. There is a good chance they will stop topping the ball and get height and distance.
Spend some time on the range to find out how far you hit your clubs. To start with use your 9 iron and then add 10 yards per club. For example if you hit your 9 iron 140 yards you will hit your 8 iron 150 yards and your 7 iron 160 yards. Once you determine the distance for each club you will take out the guess work on what club to select as you approach the green.
Before teeing off, look at the layout of the hole along with the distance. Find out placement of trees, bunkers, water, out-of-bounds areas, etc. Align yourself and the ball to stay away from trouble as much as possible. Most courses will provide a card that offers suggestions on how to play each hole on their course.
As you play, you want to keep up with the group in front of you. As soon as they are out of your driving distance, start teeing off. As soon as they are out of your fairway hitting distance, proceed to your ball and hit. As soon as they have cleared the green, hit your ball toward the hole.