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Tips on golfing

Pitching the ball further onto the green can help you on soft greens

Don’t get caught short around the greens

Make your swing longer in length on wet greens

Putting you to the test

In wet sand, have the clubface square on to the target

Change of approach

Choose coursewear carefully

Don’t get caught cold

A hybrid club could be a better option for you

Try with a hybrid club

Place the ball centrally in your stance

Cheating the wind

Set the ball forward in the stance

Go high to help you escape

Trying to get sand on the green is a good bunker tip

Have a blast in the sand

Direction, distance control and green reading are key to good putting

Hit it out of the middle

Making the right choice

Making the right choice

Get your left side higher for extra distance on tee shots

The big hits guaranteed

Weigh up the odds

Weigh up the odds

Look at your options on your green approaches

Play to your strengths

Gripping down the shaft of a longer club will help you with those shots where you are in between yardages

Don’t get caught out in between

Try the knuckle test to see if your grip is too weak or too strong

How to get to grips...

Staying on target

Staying on target

Weight forward, face up to keep the height

Weight forward, face up to keep the height

Gripping the club upside down is a drill to help promote clubhead speed

Listening for the swoosh

Setting up for green success

Setting up for green success

Play the pitch shot like a mini golf swing

It’s all in the swing

Avoid swaying with your legs in the backswing (above left), instead practicing getting a full shoulder turn (above right)

Turn up the power

Practice hitting putts to within a foot of your previous effort

Get the perfect pace

Eyes on the ball for better putting results

Eyes on the ball for better putting results

Bend forwards from your hips so that you lower your body’s centre of gravity

Lean over for more solid contact on shots

Position the ball opposite the inside of your left heel

Gain an extra 10 yards

Practice with different clubs to see what works best for chip shots around the greens

At times, loft is not always your friend

Set the face to the sky for soft landing shots

Match swings for straighter shots

Match swings for straighter shots

Holding your finish until the ball has landed can help you hit the ball better and maintain your balance

Strike a pose for great golf shots

Drawing a straight line on your ball can help you line up

Line up to hole more

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Get a good start

The top players, such as world number one Tiger Woods, all have a pre-shot routine

Keep playing it again

The correct plane will give you lift-off

The correct plane will give you lift-off

Encourage your legs to stay stable and your hips to turn rather than tilt

It’s all in the hips

Swinging towards your target and not aligning the ball too far back in your stance can help cure the hook

Facing your fears

When putting, the swing length should be the same either side of the ball

Control the rhythm, control the distance

A shallow angle of hit causes you to hit up on the ball

Finding the right cure to end your topping woes

Set up with the club face pointing right and your body aiming left

Banish bunker blues

Quality not quantity is what’s needed

Quality not quantity is what’s needed

Getting the right tee height can help with long, straight driving

Tee it high, see it fly

A line on your ball will help with your alignment

Line up and eyes down will help on the greens

Go against your instincts to help stop the top

Go against your instincts to help stop the top

Steps help you stay on target

Steps help you stay on target

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Nice, flowing motion can leave you pitch perfect

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Pendulum action will give you control around the greens

Alignment and rhythm keys to green success

Alignment and rhythm keys to green success

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Getting in good shape is the key

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Striking a pose will put you in a perfect position

Simon Shanks

GOLF TIPS: For starters, try getting to grips with this

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