Since last October I’ve been out-of-pocket and not updating this site. Part of the reason for inactivity was the completion of my most recent book, DON’T PLAY GOLF LIKE TIGER WOODS, which is now available on Amazon. Please do NOT mis-interpret the title! Starting with the first sentence and all through the book, I endorse Tiger as the best golfer ever. What the book title means is that, if you can’t hit the ball as Tiger Woods does, and few can, even including the PGA touring pros, you’d be wiser to adopt a strategy more compatible with your ability on the golf course.

Almost every golfer I’ve ever met, thinks that the basic strategy on the golf course is “go for the pin”. That is wrong. Golf is a thinking man’s game, ask any all-time great golfer. Here are a few quotes:

Ben Hogan: “Golf is 20% talent and 80% management”

Bobby Jones: “Tournament golf is played on a 6 inch course, the space between the golfer’s ears.”

Billy Casper, winner of 51 PGA tournaments, when asked how he won so many: “I knew the strategy for winning.”

Ben Hogan, discussing amateur Jack Nicklaus after playing a round with him in the 1960 US Open: “He plays a game with which I am unfamiliar, and when he learns how to play US Opens, he’s going to win several.”

Jack Nicklaus: “Everyone can hit a ball. The secret is knowing how to win. I won as many tournaments hitting the ball badly as I did hitting it well.”

These are among the greatest golfers of all time. For us weekend golfers, we must realize that there are two routes to improving our scores…the most obvious is to learn to hit the ball better. But secondly, even if you can’t improve your swing, you can cut 20 strokes off your scores by learning smart golf strategy.

Watching how the pros play on TV is not going to improve your game unless you understand that they are hitting the ball great, and their strategy is for great ball strikers. If you are not a great ball striker, you need a different strategy. With their ability, they can attack the golf course on every shot with an offensive strategy. But an offensive strategy will hurt your score if you can’t hit the ball long and straight at will, as they do. We of lesser ability should use a defensive strategy, one that will keep us from adding unnecessary strokes to our scores. They play for birdies and eagles. Par, for them, is a marginally acceptable score. We are trying to break 100 or 90, or 80, depending on our ability. There is a big difference between playing to score in the 60s and playing to break 90. Recognize that difference, and use that knowledge to reduce your scores.

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