10 tactics that will help you play well on a new path for the first time

The GOLF Top 100 Kellie Stenzel helps you navigate a new course for the first time – a challenging task for many golfers.

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Playing a new golf course for the first time can be fun, and the courses we always seem to enjoy are the ones we play on best.

While your preparation and technique are always important, there are also some tactics you can follow to make sure you have an unforgettable day.

1. Scan the scorecard in advance

Beginning your tour with a quick glance at the scorecard will give you insight into the length and design of the course. The length of the course can give you an idea of ​​the clubs you may have to get to in the green and this warm-up can guide you. If you see a lot of 4 length values, you may want to reach for more liquid woods in the warm-up period. Knowing the approximate 3-fold length can help guide which clubs to hit an extra few times when in range.

2. Learn about the challenges of the course

Good courses often have a reputation that precedes themselves, whether it’s fast greens, rough bunkers, dense rough terrain, water hazards or tight fairways – to name a few. If you know this in advance, you can direct your practice and perhaps even hire your teacher to prepare for these challenges in advance.

3. Adjust the club setting as needed

Depending on the challenges of the course, you can modify the rackets that you carry in your bag. If the greens are small and guarded with many deep bunkers, this could be a path where adding a lob wedge would be a good choice. Windy courses may prefer the lower batons in the middle of your bag, such as swapping a 3-hybrid instead of a 7-wood. When I teach my students, I often tailor the clubs in their portfolios to fit the needs of the course they play most often. You must too.

4. When in doubt, don’t be delusional

In a new course, it can be difficult to decide where to best shoot your tee shots, and to know where the green is. A good general rule of thumb is to only aim for the center of the fairway or green whenever in doubt. Don’t get fancy trying to flirt with dangerous lines. And while I realize this might be a little easier said than done, it can be a good guide as you move your way down the hole to see its final green location.

5. Embrace GPS

I wish these GPS apps were around when I was playing professional golf. While we often had time for training rounds, sometimes we didn’t. On many occasions, a danger I did not know existed and it was often difficult to determine exactly how far I should lie. As Golflogix Brand Ambassador (a subsidiary of GOLF.com), I suggest the app to all my students. I especially like the ability to use the GLX app with my Apple Watch, because it gives me yards to the front, center, and back of the green as I move around the track. Find an app like this that can work for you, and can be especially useful when planning your route through the course.

6. Play away from the dangers

Avoiding penalties in your first-time tournaments should be priority #1. Even if you feel a bit conservative, getting away from the boundaries and water hazards should be high on your list of goals. A good general rule of thumb is to launch on the side of the tee box, which allows you to shoot out of danger. Choose a more conservative strategy the first time you play a tournament; You can always get more aggressive as you become familiar.

7. Practice your posture first

Pre-course preparation should always include plenty of poses before going to the course. Feeling the speed of the greens not only helps you control the distance in long strokes, but also helps you turn those delicate things Short poses within eight feet.

8. Accept that the ghost is fine

Very few really great rounds have a lot of “others” in the scorecard, which means the score is more than stealth. Having this in the back of your head while playing this ghost just fine can serve you well. Bringing the ball back into play, or over the greater part of the green, rather than attempting a hero shot, can help you avoid compound fouls. When I’m playing a really tough track, I often make that my goal.

9. Listen to the enclosure (or host)

Local knowledge can be invaluable when playing a new course for the first time. Listening to your host, or caddy if you’re lucky enough to own one, can save you costly mistakes. With that being said, I think you should try to make many decisions on your own, but when you are unsure, seek help.

10. Be patient and consistent with your plan

Each round you play at any time will give you options for when to be consistent and when to gamble more with the upside of the bonus. Depending on how you play that day and the difficulty of the course, you may find it best to reduce the stakes the first time you play. Know your game plan and stick to it when you play. Try to manage the tournament to display the best shots and strengths of your game.

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