photo credit: dougtone No matter where you play, there will invariably be golf holes that parallel busy roads. In the Phoenix metro area playing under these types of conditions is especially prevalent. Most golfers don’t realize it but the liability consequences for an errant golf shot can be substantial.
If you hit a shot which damages a vehicle or, worse yet injures a passenger, you can be held completely liable for damages. The same holds true for hitting another golfer. Your greens fee does not include an automatic inclusion into the course liability insurance policy. You are on your own.
The safest bet, is to be extremely cautious at all times. When hitting a shot, wait until the roadway is void of vehicles. if there are other golfers to your front or sides simply let them pass. “Play safe,” as the saying goes and the liability factor becomes non-existent.
photo credit: eMaringolo Many amateurs are haunted by quitting on short chip or pitch shots (30 yds. or less). Most beginners will tend to take a longer than necessary backswing and then decelerate coming into and through the ball. To correct this problem try the following:
Take a shorter backswing; by doing so, it will force you to accelerate through the shot. A longer backswing will tend to make you quit on the shot which is common with even the best of players. Also, a shorter backswing will result in a more solid contact with the ball. A ball that is solidly hit will react the way you want it to, when it strikes the green.
Short chip or pitch shots are all about good tempo which results in the correct swing speed. Practice Tip: near the practice green try taking shorter backswings. Bring the club back to about an 8:00 o’clock position and be sure to accelerate through the hitting zone.
On the other hand, when practicing, it’s best to play alone. The practice range will only take you so far but the “proof of the pudding,” lies on the golf course. A practice round is void of competition because of the need to experiment with different shots, lies and situations you might expect during a typical round of golf. This “on the job training” so to speak is invaluable in developing the confidence required to be a good golfer.
There is nothing like playing the game to win. The thrill of golf comes from making good shots, making bets and winning. You can’t win when playing alone, you can’t have much fun either!