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How to Become the Best Golf Player You Can

Sep 4, 2008
Being a good golfer results from a lot more than your final score. It's about your skill, knowledge of the game, athletic ability, understanding of golf etiquette, and sportsmanship on the green.

There are three key areas of study that will take you from a mediocre golf player to a great one. They are athletic ability, skill and etiquette. Keep reading to learn the fundamentals of these golf elements along with a few tips on how to improve.

Athletic Ability

Admittedly, golf is a low-impact sport - some don't even regard golf as a sport - but it still requires a healthy amount of walking, the strength needed to hit the ball a lengthy distance and your ability to stay focused during a round.

Though a surprise to many, the better shape you're in, the better your golf game will be. Golf may seem like a simple game, but it requires more exertion than is apparent on the surface. Spending several hours on the course during the heat of the day to play 18 holes takes its toll.

Brisk walks or work around the house are great ways to maintain and improve your cardiovascular health. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, you'll see your golf game improve noticeably.

Another two facets of health and fitness that are critical to a game like golf are mental sharpness and vision. For example, if your game has been inexplicably becoming progressively worse, try having your eyes checked. And while on the course preparing for a shot, practice focussing on each shot rather than letting your mind wander.


Like most sports, the key to skill development in golf is practice. By setting and adhering to a regular practice schedule, you're setting yourself up for success.

If you don't have the funds or time to indulge in multiple rounds of golf every week, opt instead for a trip to the driving range or an afternoon spent practicing shots with your putter.

Perhaps you can't afford individual training with a golf pro. However, you may be able to split the cost with training in group sessions. At a minimum, you can certainly purchase a recording of golf tips to learn from those who train others.

Balance your practice with ongoing education about the game. Remember, golf is as much about strategy as it is about ability, so read the occasional golf magazine, watch an instructional video, take a lesson or even just stop by the pro shop occasionally to check out new technologies.


One of the most important, yet most often overlooked, facets of golf is golf course etiquette. How you behave on the green reflects on your understanding of the game as well as you as a person.

Golf can be a solitary sport, but it's often played competitively and because it's a gentlemen's sport, good sportsmanship is key. A great golf player is quiet when others are lining up a shot, allows faster players to play through and always has respect for his fellow players.

Golf can also at times seem to be a game that torments and teases when your shots don't go as intended. These are the instances when keeping your cool is much better than expressing frustration through foul language or - worse - slamming or throwing golf equipment.
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