menu

REYTA Finalist Just Beverley shortlisted nominee o2 community publication award 2017
Stewart Fraser.PNG

Golf - How to save shots without changing your golf swing

The average club golfer makes a lot of elementary errors every time he steps foot on the golf course. By avoiding these errors many shots can be saved and your handicap lowered without changing your swing.

1. Know your favourite distance for layups. Too many golfers reach for the driver automatically on short par 4’s and if they cannot reach the green try to get as close as they can. They would be better served trying to lay-up to a favourite distance they have to leave a fuller shot in. I know for example that I am very good from 90 yards but not as good from 20 and will have less chance of hitting it close from there.

2. You don’t always have to take the aerial route. Most golfers will be more accurate from 60 yards with a slightly less lofted club and a more controlled swing instead of a flat-out lob wedge, just because they can actually hit lob wedge 60 yards flat out does not mean this is the correct play. A lower flighted shot will be more under control in all conditions.

3. Take more club. The most common miss from golfers throughout the world is short, and golf courses are designed accordingly, most of the hazards are short of the green. Does this sound familiar? 146 yards to the front, it’s a perfect 9 iron! Because I once hit a 9 iron 145 yards downhill, downwind, with rock hard ground. Take a 7 iron.

4. Do not try to play the impossible shot. You’ve hit it into an impossible lie in the deep rough or a bunker, you have 3 or 4 whacks at it before you manage to extricate it from its place of rest. You know you could have taken a drop with the 1st attempt right? Dropped it into a much easier place, knocked it on the green then holed the putt for par. It is worth assessing all of your options.

5. Don’t go flag hunting. If you aren’t Rory McIlroy you probably aren’t good enough to aim at the flag if it’s tucked away behind a bunker. Jack Nicklaus famously used to aim for the middle of greens and take his chances with the putter. If it was good enough for the greatest player ever then it is good enough for you.

Stewart Fraser is the Golf Pro at Beverley and East Riding Golf Club. He can be contacted on 01482 869519.

Latest from Sport

Council welcomes economic impact of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Council welcomes economic impact of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire boosted the county’s economy by a massive £98 million, independent research shows today. A record 2.6 million spectators lined the route over the four days of...
CYCLING WITH WILSONS WHEELS - IMPORTANCE OF CYCLE HELMETS

CYCLING WITH WILSONS WHEELS - IMPORTANCE OF CYCLE HELMETS

Wilson Wheels are strong believer's in wearing a helmet when out cycling. It may not look cool or be comfortable for some, but it may be the one piece of equipment that saves your life. ...
BEN CURTIS AND SIR MICHAEL STOUTE UNITE IN BEVERLEY FEATURE

BEN CURTIS AND SIR MICHAEL STOUTE UNITE IN BEVERLEY FEATURE

Ben Curtis breaks new ground at Beverley on Saturday when he rides for Sir Michael Stoute for the first time in the inaugural running of the Pallet Racking Fillies' Handicap. The in-f...

Features

Todays Events

Saturday - 21st

53rd Wildlife Photographer of the year Exhibition

Beverley Art Gallery and Treasure House
10:00am

Snakes - a slither into a Secret Life

Beverley Art Gallery and Treasure House

Beverley Laughs - Family Comedy at The 'Tickled' Tiger Inn

The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley
12:00pm

Beverley Laughs - Comedy at The 'Tickled' Tiger Inn

The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley
4:00pm

Upcoming Events

Monday - 23rd

Hornsea Art Festival and Workshops

Various venues around Hornsea

White Horse Folk Club Singers and Musicians Night

Beverley Conservative Club, Wylies Road
8:30pm

Thursday - 26th

Monday - 30th

White Horse Folk Club Singers and Musicians Night

Beverley Conservative Club, Wylies Road
8:30pm

Tuesday - 31st

Kids Go Wild Bumble Bee Safari -

Beverley Parks Nature Reserve
10:00am