How to Manage a Golf Course – 5 Tips for Beginners

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No matter what level of golf you play, course management is something you should think about. When you start golfing all you are focusing on is hitting the ball down the fairway. That is understandable and there is nothing wrong with it. However, it would help if you started learning how to manage a golf course sooner rather than later.

You might be asking yourself what golf course management actually is. That is a fair question.

It is basically knowing how to approach and play a certain golf course. As you already know, each course is different. Because each golf course is different there are different ways to play them.

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Image by Ping Lee on Unsplash

First of all, there are different types of golf courses. There is a huge difference if you play a links course versus a park golf course. Then there are the weather conditions as a major influence on the gameplay. Without further explanation, check these tips below that could help you with course management.

1. Know Your Club Distances

I honestly do not know many more important things than knowing how far you hit the ball with each golf club. It should be a straightforward thing for every golfer. But there are cases when recreational golfers do not have that info. In that case, it is really hard to golf, since you might be struggling to find the right club.

Ideally, there are two key numbers you know. One is how long each club carries the ball and two is the total distance for each club. Now, not everyone has access to launch monitors to know those distances. Even knowing the ballpark numbers based on the driving range sessions would be helpful already.

In a perfect world, you have a distance chart for each type and strength of your swing with each club. It does require time to get the numbers, but it can improve your game a lot. You can at least get a GPS application for your phone to track your distances when playing. That will give you some numbers which you can rely upon when golfing.

2. Learn Your Misses

We all know not all of our golf shots are going to be good. In fact, there is a greater chance most of them are not good. Even professional golfers often do not land the ball exactly where they want. That happens more than you would think. Nonetheless, there is a big difference between recreational and professional golfers when it comes to that.

Professional golfers know their misses. What that means is they are aware of where the ball could end after a bad shot and they play to that info. They choose an area to target according to their tendencies. For example, if a golfer tends to miss to the left, they will make sure to leave enough room for that ball to miss to the left.

This is really beneficial for approach shots. In the end, it can make a difference in the number of putts you take and give you low score chances. We all have tendencies when hitting the ball. Learn yours and make your rounds less painful.

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3. Stay Away From Hero Shots

We have all been there. The temptation is ever present every time our ball ends up in a tricky lie. If we just choose the right club and hit that ball perfectly it is going to end up exactly where we want. The reality is, we are going to make a mess out of the hole. We’ll go for it and the ball is going to end up in the tree, in the water, or just a few yards ahead of us.

When you find yourself in a non-promising situation like in the deep rough, in the woods, or anything that does not look nice, you should just get the ball back into play. If you sacrifice a stroke, you can still come out with a bogey or even a par. That is great compared to what will most likely happen if you go for the hero shot.

4. Know the Hole Layout

If you play the course regularly, you probably have an idea of what each hole looks like. In case you find yourself playing a course for the first time, check each hole layout before you play it. You can do it either on the sign at the tee box (if there are signs), on your GPS device or app, or on the scorecard.

This is important for knowing where to aim at each shot. It will help you stay away from hazards and eventually help your score. Do not just hit the ball anywhere and hope for the best. As long as you know what to avoid when you are playing you are in good shape. The more you play a course, the more familiar you will be with all the holes which will lead to better rounds.

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Image by Richard Brutyo on Unsplash

5. Think One Shot Ahead

When it comes to strategy, golf can sometimes be compared to a chess game. Ideally, you are choosing where to land the ball thinking about the next shot already. This goes hand in hand with the previous point of knowing the course layout. If you think about one shot ahead, you can position your ball in the best spot to execute the next one.

It will be especially helpful with approach shots. Make sure you position your ball at the distance you are comfortable hitting from into the green. Not just the distance, but also aim to the side of the fairway from where it is easier to land on the green. Try to avoid going over bunkers or any other types of hazards.

Another important thing related to this. A lot of flag positions can be inviting to aim right at them. Nevertheless, that can often lead to trouble. If the flag is in a nice position with a lot of green to work with and no big hazards, that is fine. Otherwise, it is better to aim for the middle of the green. That way you will most likely have a two-putt instead of a bogey or worse.

Be Prepared for Lower Scores and More Fun

At the end of the day, we are all looking to play our best and have a good time. Golf course management can help you with both. If you want to get better, this is one thing you can work on to help you with that. Like everything related to golf, it will require time and experience. There is no question you will be having more fun combined with lower scores as you go further.

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How to Get a Consistent Golf Swing – 5 Tips for Beginners

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New golfers have one thing in common. They want to improve as fast as possible. The reasons are simple; play better and lower the score. The most important thing that leads to the promised land is a consistent golf swing. Once you have that nailed down, the doors start opening. Below you can read 5 tips on how to get a consistent golf swing.

Don’t get me wrong, there is no secret formula or anything like that. You will still have to work to improve your swing.

Golf is a game that will punish your inconsistency and reward your consistency. There will always be some hiccups no matter what, but that is a part of the game.

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If you were to start gathering all the information about the golf swing, you would spend a long time doing it. Because of its nature, a lot has been written and said about it. That is all fine if you want to do it. However, there are some tips you can focus on that can help you to become more consistent.

1. Solid Setup

This goes without saying, a solid setup is crucial for a good swing execution. Basics play a big role in any sport and golf is no exception. Among the golf swing basics, setup is number one. The reason is, it all starts from there. Imagine building a house and having a bad foundation. It will probably not turn out well.

Your golf swing setup is the foundation you build your swing on. For that reason, you have to make sure the setup is in check for every type of shot you are trying to hit. There are several things you have to pay attention to when setting up your swing. All of them are equally important to make it work.

  • Ball position – make sure it corresponds to the club you are using for the shot
  • Feet width – this is important for both clubs and distance
  • Feet alignment – it will affect which way your ball is going to go
  • Grip – how you grip your can impact the contact and where the ball is going to go
  • Relation to the ball – be aware if you are standing too far or too close to the ball

2. Straight Lead Arm

When it comes to solid contact, keeping your arm straight through impact is very important. It can make all the difference between topping or chunking the ball and hitting it solidly. The fact is there are some professional golfers that get away with slightly bending the arm at the top of their backswing. Nonetheless, most experts recommend keeping it straight.

That translates to not overswinging. In other words, you should ideally end your backswing at the point before your lead arm starts bending. It helps with more power in the swing and leads to solid contact. The same goes for the follow-through. You should try to keep your lead arm straight as long as possible when finishing the swing as well.

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Image by Courtney Cook on Unsplash

3. Trail Elbow Tucked In

I would say the trail elbow position in the swing is often overlooked. Yet it plays an essential role in the swing outcome. Any situation when you extend your trail arm during the swing can lead to mis-hits. Not just mis-hits, but also loss of power and distance. It is equally important during the backswing, downswing, and at impact.

During the backswing, it helps keep your lead arm extended and helps get the club in position to store energy for impact and release. When it comes to the downswing and impact it helps the club to lean forward for solid contact. Keep the trail elbow tucked in at takeaway and the second part of the downswing and your striking will improve.

4. Side Bend Through the Swing

One of the biggest reasons for mis-hitting the golf ball is loss of relation to the ball during the swing. That is most often seen in the form of early extension. Every time early extension happens it leads to thin or fat shots. In order to become a consistent hitter, you have to keep the relation to the ball during the swing.

Side bend through the swing, more precisely through the downswing, impact, and follow-through, will improve your hitting. There are two key things that can help you to achieve that. One is the tucked-in trail elbow I mentioned above, and the other is the trail hand extension. If you do both those moves properly you can hit balls better than ever.

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Image by Brandon Williams on Unsplash

5. Swing Tempo

Now, this is a segment that recreational golfers rarely ever think about. It is easy to focus only on hitting the ball and swing parts. When you do only that, you are missing one of the key components of consistent ball striking. I used to fall into that category as well. Then I started noticing almost every time I was rushing my swing, the results were not good.

The point is not to swing as fast as you can, but actually to do it with a flow. When your swing tempo is moderate there is a better chance your strike is going to be better. Next time you are at a driving range, try to slow down your swing, especially the takeaway. Find a nice swing rhythm and you will improve your ball striking.

Practice and Patience

As we all know golf is a lifelong learning process. What we also know is that it usually takes a certain amount of time to get good at golf. I know, good is relative because it can mean different things to each golfer. Not everyone has the ambition to become a scratch golfer, and there is nothing wrong with that.

At the same time, I am certain everyone who golfs wants to become better at it. To do that requires practice. Not any type of practice, but practice with a purpose. To make it work, in every practice session, you should have a plan. Work on certain swing parts at a time, the results will be better. Most importantly, have patience and have fun while doing it.

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2020 Wilson Duo Soft+ Golf Ball Review

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When you go to the company website there is a statement considering this product. It states that it is “the world’s softest and longest premium 2-piece ball”. That is a very bold statement. Now, I will not try to debunk that statement by any means. In the Wilson Duo Soft+ golf ball review, I will let you know how the ball performed for me.

As far as the compression rating goes Wilson’s website states 35, although some independent sources have it a touch higher on average.

It is a 2 piece ball with an ionomer cover and new Velociticor core technology that contributes to the soft feel while delivering long distance.

Wilson Duo Soft+ Box
Wilson Duo Soft+ Box by golfballsworld.com

The only Wilson golf ball I ever played before was the Triad that came out in 2022. To put it in simple words, that ball performed very well. This one is a couple of years older and it is the new edition in the Duo line Wilson started back in 2011. I am expecting a decent performance considering it is not a tour-level ball.

Who Is This Ball For?

This ball feels soft, very soft. It is definitely among a few softest golf balls I have ever tried. In case you are someone who likes a very soft feel, this could be a strong candidate for purchase. Its low compression suggests it suits better golfers with slower swing speeds. Even if you are in the medium swing speeds category, you could still benefit from it.

If the distance is a priority in your game it could be a solid option as well. I can’t say it was the longest ever I hit in the 2 piece category, but it is not far from that. On top of everything, it is a very budget-friendly golf ball. Overall, beginners and senior golfers could benefit the most from it.

PROS

  • Beginner Friendly
  • Distance
  • Price
  • Soft Feel

CONS

  • Not for Fast Swing Speeds
  • Less Short Game Spin

Wilson Duo Soft+

Review by golfballsworld.com

Distance Control
Chipping and Pitching
Putting
Durability
Appearance
Price

On the Green

Of all the areas related to performance, this ball did the best on the green. I have to start with the feel. It felt very soft and the sound it was making was among the most mellow ones I tried so far. I really enjoyed putting with this ball, even though it did let me down on a few occasions.

There were no issues with shorter putts. It was easy to control the pace and get the distance. Another thing that was working is keeping the line. This was the case both for short and long putts. Nevertheless, I did struggle a bit with the pace on longer putts. Most of them I was leaving too short. This was really prominent on long uphill putts.

That might have to do with me being used to higher compressed balls. Although I could not crack longer putts, putting with the Duo Soft+ was a positive experience.

Around the Green

The word I would use to describe how this ball did around the green is fine. Meaning, it did not do great but did not do horrible either. Although, the feeling while chipping and pitching was very soft like when putting. The lack of greenside spin made me work harder on judging the pace and finding the right spot for landing it.

Even for bump and run shots, I had a harder time adjusting to the ball. The case was mostly leaving it short of the hole. When it comes to higher-flighted shots, it was not much different. That being said, I am probably making it sound worse than it was. As I mentioned earlier it was still a decent performance around the green.

Approach Shots

The performance on approach shots was right in the middle. It was better than around the green, but not quite good as putting. That still puts this area in the well-done column. Since I try golf balls on a par 3 course, every shot is an approach shot. That underlines the importance of this section.

I will start again from the feel. It felt very soft upon contact and hitting it felt nice. The distance control worked well due to the mostly high flight trajectory. Because of it, the ball would stop fairly close to the landing spot without too much roll. When I wanted to keep the ball lower there were no issues whatsoever.

Even when the ball trajectory was medium, it seemed fine to control the distance. There was no crazy spin or anything like that upon landing, but that is nothing I expected from it anyway. To sum it up, the ball behaved well on approach shots. It was going a long distance when needed and it was fairly controllable.

Appearance and Price

Unlike the Wilson Triad which has a classier black-and-white look, the Duo Soft+ is colorful. The Wilson Staff logo has the regular red color in it, while the ball number is red as well. When it comes to the alignment arrow, I would say it is just ok. It does not look fancy or anything like that, but it does the job.

Price wise this ball is placed among the likes of the Bridgestone e6, Callaway Supersoft, and the Titleist TruFeel. In other words, it is quite a competition. When we take that into consideration, it could be challenging to emerge as a choice. However, the balls are fairly often on promotion which makes them appealing to deal seekers.

Durability

This was a very pleasant surprise to me. I never judge the ball by the cover, until I actually try it. The Duo Soft+ did very well in this category. After a full round on a par 3 course, there were only a few visible marks and maybe a scuff or two. This gives it some additional value for money if you are looking for longer-lasting golf balls.

Final Verdict

This may not be the first choice you want to buy when you walk into a golf store. That does not mean it is not a good golf ball. On the contrary, it is a very decent product for a fair price. Overall, it can compete with the big brand ball in the same category. If you are considering it, give it a chance, you never know.

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Top Golf Putting Tips – How to Master the Greens

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If you fall into the recreational golfer category, there is a good chance you are neglecting your putting practice. Don’t worry, it is a common thing. Most of us tend to prioritize our swing over putting all the time. With that being the case, check the top golf putting tips below in order to help you master the greens.

There is no shortcut to getting better at golf, that is the truth. In the same way, there is no shortcut to getting better at putting. However, there are things that can help you on the green.

It takes time to see results when you start changing your golf game.

We all have some routines when it comes to putting. Sometimes we have to change them to see better outcomes.

There is a reason why professional golfers seem to be putting with such ease. Besides all the hours they put into practicing, they do certain things that help even more. Some are related to putting techniques and others are related to knowing the greens better. You will find a few of those things as you keep reading this article.

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Learn to Read the Greens

Reading the greens the right way is the recipe for lower scores. You can be great at controlling the putting pace, but if you do not get it on the right line all is for nothing. Now, there are things recreational golfers do to read the greens and there are additional things the professionals do.

You will not have enough time to do the reading thoroughly as the pros do, since you can’t spend that much time on the green due to the pace of play. Nonetheless, there are a few things you can do to read them better. Walking around the green and reading it from different positions is one of them.

Additionally, you can walk your putting line and stop at certain spots to see if it tilts either way and how much it tilts. It is also a good idea to observe other golfers in your group when they putt. That will give you an idea of the green speed as well as where the putts are moving toward. You can also find other ways that can work to improve your green reading skills.

Use Practice Greens to Your Advantage

Usually, the golf course has a practice green where you can warm up before your tee time. What I notice a lot is that not that many golfers take advantage of that. It is a shame because it is complementary. On top of that, it can help you a lot for the round of golf you are about to play.

First of all, it is a good way to warm up. There is nothing worse for your body but to start hitting balls cold. Any form of warm-up is good, this one included. Besides that, it can give you information on the current greens’ condition. You can see how fast the greens are so you can adapt your putting for the day.

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Image by Frederik Rosar on Unsplash

Rotate Your Shoulders

One of the things that lead to putting inconsistency is using arms or wrists. That way is harder to control the stroke pace and the putter head. If you have a look at the tour pros you will notice how they move their shoulders and arms in sync. It almost looks as if their putter is an extension of their arms.

When you move only your shoulders and arms while putting you leave less room for errors. It might feel weird in the beginning, but once you get hold of it brings more consistency. Everything should be basically locked in with no separate arms or wrists motion. Start doing that and you will see better results.

Strike the Ball Firmly on Short Putts

Greens can be very tricky and sometimes short putts are harder than long ones. For one, you feel more pressure in making a 3-foot putt compared to a 20-foot one. As simple as it seems, it can be far from that. There are a couple of reasons for missing short putts. One is missing the line and the other is the pace.

If you have a look at the pros they rarely make a short putt that dies off by the time it reaches the hole. They always strike the ball firmly on those occasions. Assuming that their line is correct, those firm putts will end up in the hole. That leaves less room for a mistake that can happen if the putt is too soft.

When a short putt is too soft the ball can easily get off the line on the way to the hole. There can always be some slight bend on the way to the hole that you can’t see. Striking the ball firmly eliminates surprises and makes sure your ball goes straight into the hole. Next time find the right line and hit the ball firmly enough to hold the line on its way in.

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Find the Most Comfortable Grip

As trivial as it sounds, the grip is very important when it comes to putting. There are many variations of it and it can make a difference. The last thing you need on the green is a grip that does not feel comfortable. Not just that, but it is also important that it brings you consistency putt after putt.

You can try classic grips, unconventional grips like the claw, or even the lead hand lower grip. Play around with it and find the one that suits you the most. On top of that make sure you are using a putter that matches your stroke in order to feel complete comfort while putting.

Strengthen Your Putting for a Lower Score

If you were ever wondering ways you can lower your score besides hitting the ball further, putting is one of them. Think about it for one moment. When you putt with an average of 2 strokes per hole, you end up with 36 putts in a round. If you lower that to around 1.7 putts per hole, you are now at 30 or 31 putts for the round. That is 5 to 6 strokes less on your card.

Who would not like to shave off a few strokes of their scorecard? It may take some time and persistence but it is achievable. The chances are it won’t happen every single round even when you do improve. But when it starts happening more often than not, it will be a good feeling. It is definitely worth working on your putting in order to lower your score.

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Most Common Golf Swing Mistakes – How to Avoid Them

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The golf swing can be described as one of the most complex continuous motions in sport. In other words, it is pretty hard. There is no universal formula to follow that will make you swing perfectly. Just ask the professional golfers on the PGA and LPGA Tours. However, the most common golf swing mistakes are avoidable.

On average, recreational golfers do not have much time to practice nor access to world-class coaches and training equipment.

For that reason, there are some swing adjustments you can do yourself to make it better. It may take some time, but improvement will happen.

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If you go into details, there are many things you can work on when it comes to your swing. Among all those things there are some caused by common mistakes that are avoidable. Once you know what they are, you can see if they are happening to you. When you identify one or more, you can start working on fixing it and improving your swing.

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Trail Side Slide

This move happens often, especially when you just start playing. It is basically when you slide toward your trail side during the backswing. Your body follows the club weight as you move it and causes the rest of the body to follow it. As the consequence, you have to compensate on the downswing to get back into a balanced position.

That sequel of events contributes to a lot of mis-hits in the form of thin or thick shots. In order to change that you can try some exercises that will keep your lower body steady. For one of them, position yourself in the initial swing setup, just without the club. Now, without the club, put your hands across your upper body and rotate without sliding.

There are different variations of this and similar exercises you can find. The key is that you get the feeling of separating your upper and lower body during the backswing without sliding. Once you get that feeling without a club, start introducing it slowly into your swing. Go slowly in the beginning and as you become more comfortable start increasing the swing speed.

Outside to In Club Path

One of the two causes for slices is very common, particularly among new golfers. Besides the ball going in the rough or out of bounds it also contributes to less distance. It is hard to detect unless someone sees you swinging or you film your swing and check it yourself. There are a few possible reasons the club moves from outside in.

The first reason can be if your backswing ends too much inside and to compensate your downswing moves your club too much outside. This can be solved when on the takeaway you move your club and arms in sync without your club moving behind you. As the outcome, your downswing will move the club from inside out or on a more neutral path.

The second most common reason is when your arms detach from your body during the swing. That causes your club to travel too far from your body ending up in an outside-to-in path. The fix here is to keep your arms close to your body, especially in the upper arm area. Try to tuck in a piece of your shirt under your lead armpit and keep it there through the swing.

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No Forward Shaft Lean

This is the cause of less power in the swing and lack of distance. If you look at any professional golfer’s swing, you will notice the forward shaft lean at impact. It is one of the things all of them have in common. That way they are de-lofting their club and adding distance to their shot.

There are a couple of main reasons preventing forward shaft lean. Those reasons are early club release and no weight shift. The early club release usually happens when the weight is shifted too much to the trail side at impact. Another thing that can cause it is the early extension. That happens when the golfer stands up before the impact.

When the weight is not transferred properly or when is not transferred at all, there is no shaft lean at impact. That way the ball goes shorter distances and too much in the air, especially with shorter short irons and wedges. Ideally, the club handle is inside the lead thigh area at impact which creates enough shaft lean for solid contact.

Too Long Backswing

Yes, this can actually happen. You can have a too-long backswing. It does not mean you should not swing long, it only means it should have some limitations. What I mean by that is that the backswing structure should be solid. More precisely, as soon as your lead arm bends too much in the backswing it is not going to produce the best results.

A lot of times recreational golfers overcompensate for the limited flexibility by overly bending the lead arm in the backswing. That is a big cause of less power and inconsistency in the swing. You should not try to have a longer swing that way, but instead, have a solid swing within your limitations.

When you finish the backswing with the lead arm straight or just slightly bent in the elbow, it will give you the best results. Even if that means your swing is shorter, it will produce the best outcome. Your swing will have more power and it will be more consistent.

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Open Clubface at Impact

Unless you are trying to hit a specific shot, an open clubface at impact will lead to unwanted results. Those results will usually be uncontrolled slices missing the fairway. There are a couple of possible reasons the clubface is open at impact. The reasons are related to the grip and to the wrists’ position during the swing.

When it comes to the grip, a weaker grip will lead to the opening of the clubface. If your hands at setup are turned more toward your lead side, you have a weaker grip. There are golfers who have weaker grips and that works for them. If you are in the category where that does not work, it is time for an adjustment. Try turning your hands toward your trail side until you find a grip that works better.

Even if you have a neutral grip, your wrists’ position through impact can open the clubface. That happens when your lead wrist is cupped and your trail wrist is bent. Ideally, your lead wrist is straight or slightly bent at impact in order for the clubface to be squared. Again, the best way to find the sweet spot is to try until you find the best position for yourself.

Lifetime Learning Process

Golf is hard, that is reality. That is also something that is never going to change no matter how hard we try. However, we can make it more enjoyable if we keep working on our game. You might not have a lot of time to practice, but always try to make the best of it. When you do practice do it with a purpose.

Make a plan and stick to it. Do not jump from drill to drill, do one until you master it then move on. Have a positive attitude and set realistic objectives. Even professional golfers try to improve each segment of the game their entire careers. It is a lifetime learning process for both them and us. That is also never going to change.

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Tips for Playing Golf in the Winter – How to Be Ready

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In case you have never experienced golfing in the wintertime, it is something completely different. If you fall into the category of golfers who do golf year around, you know what I am talking about. Tips for playing golf in the winter will help you to be ready to golf in more challenging conditions.

To be clear, I am not referring to golfing in areas of the world with mild to non-existing winter conditions. I am talking about cold and wet weather.

It is when you have to make changes in your game approach to have a decent round. To put it in simple words, it is another game.

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Image by C. Shii on Unsplash

However, there are ways to adapt your game to changed conditions. It goes from dressing up appropriately, choosing the right clubs, ensuring your equipment is clean, and potentially changing the golf ball you play. If you want to keep golfing after the nice days are over check below what can help you with that.

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2020 Vice Drive Golf Ball Review

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I have been doing golf balls reviews for almost two years now. This one will be the first one that involves a direct-to-consumer product. Vice golf has been around for some time and has established itself as a quality golf brand. In the 2020 Vice Drive golf ball review, I will let you know how the most affordable ball from the Vice lineup did on the course.

As per the official Vice Golf website, this two-piece golf ball is designed for beginners and occasional golfers. It is constructed with the DuPont Surlyn and the new 312 large dimple pattern.

The soft Energy Speed Core and lower compression contribute to more distance. One of the characteristics also states that its cover is extremely tough and cut-resistant.

Vice Drive box
Vice Drive Box

All that I read made me excited to go out and give it a try. To be fair, it does not say anywhere the ball will make you a better golfer or that it will go the longest distance. I find it very nice when the information about balls is on the realistic side like in this case. Like all my reviews, this one is also based on the ball’s performance on a par 3 course.

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Who Is This Ball For?

When it comes to the targeted audience, I have to agree with the manufacturer. Due to its low compression and emphasis on distance, this ball will suit beginners and occasional golfers. One of the main reasons is new golfers usually swing the clubs slower, and this is where the low compression component comes into play.

The other two points that add to this are the price and durability. No matter if you are a new golfer or an occasional golfer, you will be losing balls (you will even with more experience, just less frequently). It is easier to cope with a loss of a less expensive ball than a premium one. If they are durable as well, it adds to the overall value for money.

However, there is one more category that can benefit from these balls. That category is senior golfers due to their slower swing speed. Vice might be not familiar to you, and that is understandable. Sometimes we have to give a chance to less known products, they may surprise us. Check below to see how the ball actually did through different segments of play.

PROS

  • Beginner Friendly
  • Distance
  • Durability
  • Price

CONS

  • Not Suitable for Faster Swing Speeds
  • Only White Color Available

Vice Drive Golf Ball

Review by golfballsworld.com

Distance Control
Chipping and Pitching
Putting
Durability
Appearance
Price

On the Green

It felt really nice with this ball. I will not exaggerate when I say it was one of the nicest feelings I have experienced since I’ve been reviewing golf balls. That being said, it did take me a bit to get used to how the ball reacts on the green. Because of that, I left it short of the hole a few times.

Nonetheless, once I got used to it all was fine. It became easier to control the pace on both long and short putts. After the adjustment, the putts were finishing mostly in the 3-4 foot proximity to the hole. Some longer ones even went in which was great. Overall, putting was a very positive experience.

Around the Green

When it comes to chip and pitch shots this ball did a decent job. Bump and run chip shots are the ones I go to the most when in proximity to the green. Here the ball performed with mixed results. Most of the chips were all right with a passing grade for distance control. The feel off the club face was very soft on each shot.

One thing that this ball is lacking is a bit more greenside spin. This was noticeable with bump and run chip shots, and even more with higher trajectory chip shots. Less greenside spin does not give the ball enough stopping power so you have to rely more on your feel. Nevertheless, it is still very manageable to play this ball around the green.

Approach Shots

Approach shots are very important, especially on a par 3 course since every shot is an approach one. This is the category where the ball performed the best. First of all, the feel off the clubface vas very soft. It just felt so good to hit it every single time. Secondly, the distance control was all right, with no particular adjustments needed.

Once the ball would land on the green it would stop rolling fairly quickly. The main reason for that was the high flight trajectory. That is good because it compensates for less spin. When you add a good overall distance the ball was reaching, you get a very solid performance.

Appearance and Price

This golf ball looks simply nice. There is absolutely nothing looking bad when you check it out. The Vice logo is written in their signature cursive which looks modern. When it comes to the alignment arrow, it is simple and straightforward. A black line that resembles a line drawn with a sharpie and the ball’s name in white letters on it.

Regarding the price, it is hardly beatable. For a ball of this quality to be that affordable is very rare. Vice explains the price as a perk of the direct-to-consumer approach the company has. They just cut out all the middlemen and give the consumers quality balls for less money. The only shame is the ball is available only in white color. Maybe Vice can consider adding a couple of color options in the future.

Durability

I would definitely not classify this ball as extremely durable like Vice describes its construction. That being said, I would still place it among the more durable balls in its class. After a full round, there were some visible marks on it, and maybe a scuff or two. There was nothing too concerning that would affect the performance whatsoever.

Final Verdict

In conclusion, I was very satisfied with the overall experience this ball offered. There is nothing to point out about it that would suggest a bad product. It is worth noting this is the only two-piece golf ball Vice offers. Perhaps that explains why they have created such a solid recreational ball.

As I have mentioned above it is a great option for beginners, occasional golfers, and senior golfers. There are a lot of things to like about it, but the price is possibly its strongest selling point. In case you are looking for something affordable and reliable, you may not have to look any further. This ball could be it.

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Proper Hip Rotation in the Golf Swing – Do It Right

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If you listen to golf coaches and professionals, there is a good chance they will eventually mention the importance of hips in the golf swing. Proper hip rotation in the golf swing can improve the execution quite a bit. It affects a lot of swing elements including the backswing, downswing, follow-through, and impact. That contributes to more power and consistency in the swing.

Starting to rotate the hips the right way will not only give stability to your swing, but you will also start seeing more distance with your shots.

It is not just rotating them, there are also the elements of sliding and extending. All that blends in a motion that will make you swing like a pro golfer.

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Certain mechanics of hip motion have to be done in a specific way in order for everything to work out. It will take you some time and practice to get used to it. Does anything related to golf not take time and practice? You already know the answer to that question. Now let’s see what needs to be done regarding the hips rotation in the golf swing.

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Best 2022 Golf Balls for Beginners – Find Your Match

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There are so many golf balls on the market, that is a fact. It is also a fact that when you start golfing you do not necessarily know what you are looking for. That is the case with most golf equipment and especially balls. If you are lucky, you have someone who can help you with the choice. For the rest, you can check the best 2022 golf balls for beginners list.

Now, the ball will not magically make you a better golfer. That being said, it can help you gain a bit more distance. I will single out distance alone because when you just start playing that is what you need the most.

Your skills will improve with time and you will also start looking at other segments of the game. You will want more or less spin, a softer or harder feel, and so on. For now, we’ll mainly look into distance, price, and quality.

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All the balls on the list below fall into the two-piece recreational balls category. In general, there are only a few things different between them. The main one is the compression rating which separates them the most. Without any further introduction let’s see which golf balls made it onto the list.

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Bridgestone e6

This ball falls among the balls with the lowest compression on this list. It also falls among the lower-priced ones among the bunch. It gives a soft feel both on and off the green.

The intended customers for this ball are golfers with slower to moderate swing speeds. For that reason, it is a solid choice for beginners.

Bridgestone e6
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All in all this ball is a decent overall performer. Its strong suits are distance, appearance, and price. While there are many positives, there are also a couple of negatives. One is distance control due to the lack of spin which gives it less stopping power. The other one is durability which is just average. It is available in white and optic yellow.

Callaway Supersoft Max

Now, there is something very unique regarding this golf ball. It is its size. As the name itself says it is an oversized ball. It is a large version of the Callaway Supersoft golf ball.

If you are wondering if this golf ball is legal, it is 100% legal. Its size is the maximum allowed by the golf governing bodies. The size is also the ball’s strongest selling point.

Callaway Supersoft Max
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It is a ball with a very low compression which along with the size makes it extremely beginner friendly. Besides that, it goes a long distance and the price makes it affordable. When it comes to durability, it is just ok with some room for improvement. In case you are making your first golfing steps, this easy-to-hit golf ball might be a good option for you. The ball is sold in white and yellow colors.

Srixon Q-Star 6

The fact this ball has been around for six generations so far says something. It has a medium compression rating which makes it suitable for golfers with medium swing speeds.

When it comes to performance this ball is solid across the board. One of the first things beginners want is distance and this ball does provide that.

Srixon Q-Star 6
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There is a slight concern with this ball, it seemed not as durable as it should be. On top of that, it falls among the more expensive balls on this list. In conclusion, if you want a good-performing ball and you are not on a budget this could be a ball for you. It comes in pure white and tour yellow colors.

TaylorMade Distance+

As you can guess from the name itself this ball is all about distance. It is not only in the name, this ball delivers when it comes to distance. Everything else comes secondary.

That being said, it will not provide you with any special capabilities. Honestly, when you just start golfing distance is all you need. Everything else will come with time and practice.

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Like some other balls on this list, its durability could be improved. When it comes to price, this ball is among the cheapest ones here. That is exactly what you need assuming you will be losing balls here and there. Its compression rating puts it into the medium category which should suit players with medium swing speed. TaylorMade offers this ball in white and yellow colors.

Titleist TruFeel

Titleist specifies this is the softest golf ball they offer on the market. That translates into a very soft feel and optimum performance for golfers with slower swing speeds.

Since a lot of new golfers in the very beginning have slower swing speeds, this ball comes as a solid option. Its low compression rating helps it go long distances at those speeds.

Titleist TruFeel
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This ball is not the most durable in the Titleist lineup. Nonetheless, it is still very good compared to a lot of other balls in this category. Price-wise, you will not find anything cheaper coming from Titleist. Its affordability gives you the opportunity to play with a ball from the industry leader. Besides the usual white and yellow, this ball is also made in matte red color.

Find Your Ball and Have Fun

You are just starting your golf journey. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that golf can be both frustrating and fun. This is especially going to be the case until you spend some time playing and practicing. Honestly, it is always going to be like that no matter how much experience you have or how skilled you are.

Finally, finding a good ball fit makes the journey a bit more enjoyable. For that reason make sure you get one that will fit your game. With time as your game evolves, you can change to a more suitable one. No matter what ball you end up with, always remember to have fun while golfing.

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Simple Tips to Improve Your Golf Game – They Work

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Most of us golfers are really passionate about the game. How not to be, right? It is something to look forward to every week. Just the thought of hitting that perfect shot brings the chills. No matter how fun golf is, it is far from being simple. Luckily, there are some simple tips to improve your golf game. And they do work.

However, there is a catch. Of course, there is always a catch. It is that you actually have to follow the tips to improve your game. Some of them will require you to develop a habit, while others are related to a slight equipment change.

Either way, these tips will contribute to an increase in your happiness on the golf course. You might already be happy just by going out on the course, which is great. But why not increase that to make your rounds even more fun?

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It is usually the details that will make a big difference in your round. Sometimes it is just a sequel of bad decisions you make while playing. Other times it has to do with the pre-shot routine or equipment maintenance. Whichever the reasons are, check these tips that can help you navigate your rounds in a better way.

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