Golf Tips (for beginners)
Before reading the following advice, please take note that I take no
responsibility over your ability to improve your golf game, nor do I take
responsibility for your betting losses on the golf course. The following advice
is merely to fulfill my responsibility as a fellow golfer to other fellow
golfers who seem to always complain that they cannot improve their golf and
that they want strokes from me when playing golf with me. Those who give
strokes to me are also encouraged to read the advice, as to justify the giving
of strokes to me. Why? Because I always forget my own advice
when I am playing with all you buayas.
The unofficial rules of
Golf is 90% mental, 10% physical.
- Why do you think that
none of the Malaysian pros have made it in the international scene?
Because they just don't have the mental strength. Once you think like a â€śjaguh kampongâ€ť, you
will always be a â€śjaguh kampongâ€ť.
Tiger Woods biggest strength is his mental strength, not his drives or his
- Knowing how to hit the
ball is not enough. Golf is a game where you must not only know how to hit
the ball but where to hit the ball. Where to hit the ball? Obviously the
end destination is the hole (that small hole on
the green and not that big hole with water), but there are many ways to
reach there (depending on the layout), and you have to figure out the best
way to get there with the least number of strokes. Once you are there, you
have to finally put the ball in the hole (that's where the putter will be
used, if you are wondering â€¦.why the hell do you have one funny looking
club?). The greens may look flat from the tee-boxes but most are not. Even
if they are, it does not mean hitting the ball straight will guarantee
that the ball will go in. So you need to know how to "read" the
green. Read???? I hear you ask. YES, READ. The contour, the speed, the
grain, etc. Why do you think you see the pros walking and squatting all
over the greens? To find a place to shit???
- So as you can see above,
you must be able to think when you play, and for goodness sake please
think fast. Don't walk on the green for ages just to figure out how to
putt. I have seen those who circle the green like vultures, squat here and
there and then miss the putt by a mile!! Hello!!!! There are other people
waiting!! You are not the only ones on the course.
- If you watch the pros
(not the local ones), you'll see how important mental strength is. That
one putt could mean a difference between winning US$2 million and
US$500,000. Just watch the concentration on their faces. Itâ€™s not due to
constipation, I can assure you. Remember Tiger Woods, above.
- Amongst us amateur,
mental strength really come to play when you are betting. Just listen to
some of the comments when you are about to tee-off or when you are about
to putt. If you don't have the mental strength to shut these comments out,
you can forget about your drive carrying that pond (even though it is only
150 metres long) and you can forget about
putting that putt in for par (even though it is only 3 feet away).
length of your drives does not matter
- At the end of the day it
is the pars and birdies that count, not how long you drive. I am a long
hitter and I am telling you this, so that must be very important.
- As I said earlier, the
important thing is getting the ball in the hole with the least number of
strokes, and there is no where in the rules that say you must use only
certain clubs for certain things. You can even use your putter to drive if
you want. Just because a club is call a driver does not mean you only use
it for driving. Didn't you see Tiger Woods chipping from the fringe of the
green with his driver??? And didn't you hear about Anwar Ibrahim and his
- I have seen many single
handicappers, whose drives are the same as my five irons, or seven wood, but at the end of the day, the number of pars are
a lot more than mine.
- Most people carry about
13 or 14 clubs in their bags (including putter). So use whatever you feel
comfortable. Even though each club is made for a specific distance, it
does not mean you have to follow it religiously. Even amongst the pros,
the length differs. Tiger Woods is not even ranked in the top twenty for
his drives, but he is number one.
- Finally, to convince you
that the length of your drives does not matter, just play with me, then
you'll understand. Of course having a long drive helps, but it does not
guarantee a par!!
does not matter
- If you thing that just
because you are built like a tank, and used to be the short corner hitter
in hockey (like me), you will be able to hit the ball straight and over
250 metres, think again. It is the technique,
- Don't be surprise that
someone half your size hitting as long as you or even further. For your
information, Ungku Razak, yes that little man,
once won the longest drive prize in a tournament. I swear!!!!!!
cost of your clubs does not matter
- Just because you have
invested RM15,000 on your Honma set does not
mean that you'll be winning a lot of money on the golf course.
- If you are no good, you
are no good, irrespective of the clubs you are using.
- Just look at the pros.
The only difference with their clubs is that they are custom made, to suit
their swings. And the clubs definitely do not cost as much as your monthly
salary. If you look at the pros, most of their irons are with steel shaft,
and can be as heavy as 125 grams, many times heavier than those Fujikura
or Aldilla shafts that many of my amateur
friends seem to swear by. I haven't seen one single pro using the 5 star
gold plated Honma shaft.
size of your bets does not matter
- Having big bets does not
mean you are a good player. You are just a gambler!! Stick to Genting, or 4 digit lottery, and stop disrupting
everybody's game. Have you noticed how slow some flights are on the
greens? These people probably think they have more rights on the golf
course just because their bets are big. Hello!!!!! The rights of golfers
are determined by the rules and etiquette.
there you go. Five of the most important rules of golf. Follow them and you'll
enjoy your game. And with some perseverance and skills, you should be able to
lower your handicap. But don't be too ambitious. Tiger Woods started when he
was 4 years old.
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