Be the long ball hitter with the golf swing of a long drive champion.
Article by William R. Papp, Jr.
Being a “long ball” hitter in your group entitles you to greater advantages. You will increase your distance and your chances of having scores under par throughout your round. You will impress and could even intimidate fellow competitors. More often, you will gain the recognition as being a “victor” as opposed to simply being a “donor.” You will ultimately become a better golfer! While playing or practicing, anyone who has taken a golf swing with a longer club has more than likely hit a decent shot that ended up close to the hole. As golfers, I think we can all agree that the shorter our distance is to “hole out” an approach shot, the better our odds are to have the ball end up closer to the hole. Wouldn’t we rather be using a golf swing that enhances our chances of hitting an approach shot from 125 yards away instead of 150? I know I would! The par for each hole is what is expected from a player who has no handicap, better known as the “scratch” golfer. Chances are we all make a few pars during our rounds but for the record, the percentage of players without a handicap is nearly a fraction. This means that any average golfer with a handicap of eighteen or more (an average golfer) is technically not expected to par a single hole in an 18 hole round of golf. Once you’re able to learn this golf swing that will give you a thirty yard approach shot into the long par 5 instead of having that forty or fifty or even sixty yard approach, your chances of writing down a 3 or a 4 or at worst a par will greatly increase!
Now that we’re hitting the ball further, somebody else in our group is more likely to be “away.” We now have advantages over our “shorter” opponents. We get to witness their approach shot and gain that invaluable feedback that’s been used against us for so long. We’ll be able to visualize things better for example, how the 1). elements, 2). the undulations, 3). the location of potential hazards and 4). the speed of the greens will effect our next golf swing. Each stroke we make should be based on as much factual information that one can gain.
Whether or not the stakes are low or high, learning how to gain a considerable amount of distance can prove detrimental to finishing “in the money” or “donating to the pot.”
The more we practice and the more knowledge we gain, the riper our ingredients will be in our recipe for success. Striving to be a better golfer doesn’t mean that you’re going to beat your opponents every time. What it should mean is that your desire to improve the game of golf has priority. It doesn’t even have to be your own game. Helping out a fellow golfer with their golf swing, doesn’t just make them a better golfer, it too, makes you one as well!
We all know that “The early bird gets the worm.” but now we’ve realized that “The Big Hitter” not only has the better chance of getting the “bird” but also the eagle and the albatross!
Well, I really enjoyed writing this article and hope you enjoy golf just as much!
About the Author
It is my mission and responsibility to promote incentives, offer sound advice and to genuinely assist as many fellow golfers and/or competitors for the good of golf. With over 25 years of experience and being a former teaching professional and mini tour player, I still strive towards playing golf professionally!
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