5 Things About Golf You Didn’t Know
As golfers, we often find ourselves searching for that key bit of information, that unrevealed tip, that “slice” of the pie, that will benefit the one area of our golf game that we just cannot seem to overcome our deficiencies in. From one round to the next, consist play across the board is often a sporadic fleeting dream, often put to rest early on in the single digit holes.
As you search for the answer… as you dig through the myriad of information guaranteeing “better golf”, “secrets to putting perfection,” and “tips to play better golf instantly,” you have found that these suggestions haven’t truly maximized your game. So, here are offered:
5 Things About Golf You Didn’t Know
1. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. (Hollywood Beach Golf Resort)
2. Tiger Woods first ace was at the age of 8. (Hollywood Beach Golf Resort)
3. The chances of making two hole-in-ones in one round of golf? 1:67 Million (Hollywood Beach Golf Resort)
4. The youngest player to ever play in a PGA Tournament was 11 years, 11 months, and 10 days old. (YougestPlay)
5. The longest putt ever: 375 feet (40 Completely Random Yet Amazing Golf Facts)
Ok, Ok. Yes, these are not the 5 Things About Golf You Didn’t Know that you came here for hoping to improve your game. We promised some help, so now we will deliver the golf secrets to help your game.
Let’s look at those golf secret tips you can do to effectively improve certain aspects of your game.
Get a Grip… But not too much
Instead of grasping your club with the palm of your hand, concentrate on lightly gripping the club with your fingertips, keeping the shaft of the club off the palms. This will prevent you from over-tightening your grip, leading to inconsistencies as you come through the ball on your swing. It was once addressed by Sam Snead, where he recommended you envision the club being a tube of toothpaste, and during your swing, you are trying to not squeeze any of the contents out.
As a right handed golfer, your left hand should be gripping the shaft of the club where your fingers curl in to meet the palm of your hand. Your left thumb should end pointing directly towards the end of your club. With your right hand, the same should be done, leaving your palm covering your left thumb, fingers resting on the side of the shaft, and your thumb resting, again, pointed down the shaft.
This allows for a non-overbearing grip on your club. The non-restrictive grasp will allow the club to work naturally as it was intended to.
“I’m a…. golfer”
Todd Hamilton, a PGA pro, offers this next secret golf tip. Once you hear it, you will find yourself repeating it to yourself in the check-out line at the grocery store. You will visualize yourself going through you swinging motion, from backswing to follow though, saying to yourself, “I’m a…. golfer.”
“I’m a… golfer…” Swoooooosh. “I’m a…. golfer…” Swooooosh…
Hamilton encourages one to use this saying to organize the timing and pace of their entire swinging process (Men’s Health). At the start of the first movement to initiate your swing, which he refers to as the “trigger,” begin saying “I’m a…” as you pull your club up into the backswing. The pace should allow you to complete the two words as the club reaches its apex. At the pause in the sentence, you begin the downswing process, which from start to follow through should be at the pace of “golfer.”
Combining these segments into one will encourage you to bring the golf club into the backswing smoothly and in a relaxed manner, an endeavor which is what he describes as “half the battle.”
“I’m a… golfer.” See, it is difficult to stop envisioning.
Broken Windows Theory
It is hard to imagine how the broken window theory, which offers that unaddressed vandalism within a community will encourage more of that similar behavior, can find its way into an article on the 5 Things About Golf You Didn’t Know. However, consider this golf secret and you will understand how it applies to reading the green on your big putt for birdie.
When there is any concern about the correct reading of the green, taking a quick gander at the cup as you begin preparing for your putt. Are there any signs of evident “overuse” on one side of the cup?
Does one side of the cup appear to have been used more than the rest? It is likely that you have now found the angle from which approaching balls are coming into the cup, giving you a good idea about where you putt will be breaking from.
Playing the “Green”
It may seem too easy to believe, however, the appearance of the grass can give you a secret golf trick that will keep you ahead of your partner. Take a moment to compare the greenness of the grass on your shot. What is the color?
Here’s the likely breakdown of what you are facing:
Shiny Green: Chances are you are in for a quick break in the direction of the grass. As your ball goes with the grass grain, there is less drag to slow it down.
Dark Green: You are likely in for uphill battle. Going against the grain of the grass will leave your putts rolling slower, as the friction works against the rotation of your ball. Take this into consideration when determining the strength of your putt.
Distance is “key”
As we line up a putt, we tend to focus on the obstacle ahead… the break. Where is the right line to drop it into the cup?
Question is… what does it matter if we don’t get the ball there… or smack it 5 yards past? We are so focused on reading the break of the greens, that we will find ourselves taking the distance to the cup at face value… and that is often wrong.
According to Craig Farnsworth, O.D. (See and Score Golf Schools), who is also a sports-vision specialist, distance is not “easier to discern than tilt,” which is a common misconception by most golfers. Through his experience of working with players, he has found that many of the players he works with are “depth-deficient,” meaning they perceive the hole to be closer than it is. When lining up and hitting a putt, this could accumulate into many extra strokes over the course of 18 holes.
Are you “depth-deficient?” Give yourself thins quick test. Find the bottom of an object (similar to the flag on a course) and look at it with only your eyes. Once you are fixed on the bottom of the object, close your eyes. Now, raise your hand and point your finger directly at the location where you were just looking before closing your eyes. Chances are, you will be pointing just short of the actual location.
Go ahead… take a break from reading and try… don’t forget to repeat, “I’m a… golfer.”