Golf is a sport that requires a variety of skills in order to succeed. Just being able to hit the ball long off the tee, or just being able to putt well, will not be enough without a well-rounded set of other skills to get your ball around the course. Only when you have rounded out your game with a variety of abilities will you be able to lower your handicap and play your best golf.
Following are five important skills that every good golfer should work on including in their game.
Controlling the speed of your putts is vital to avoiding three putting and optimizing performance on the greens. While the line is obviously important to a good putt, speed control is just as important and you won’t be a good putter unless you learn to control the distance that you roll the ball.
There is nothing wrong with hitting a high ball flight as your standard shot, but every golfer should be able to hit one low when necessary. A low ball flight helps immensely in the wind, as well as when you want to control an iron shot and take a little distance off the shot.
Even the best ball striking golfers are going to miss some greens throughout a round. Being able to chip the ball consistently close to the hole can help you to save pars and keep your round on track. When you struggle to chip, most of your missed greens will turn into bogeys and it will be hard to put together a good round of golf.
There is no substitute for patience on the golf course. An 18 hole round of golf takes several hours to complete, and there are bound to be some frustrating moments along the way. If you lack the patience to deal with the ups and downs of a normal round and allow yourself to lose focus in the process, your performance is sure to suffer.
Among the most-valuable weapons you can take with you on the golf course is a ball flight that you can count on shot after shot to produce reliable results. Whether it is a fade or draw, you can gain great confidence from knowing that your go-to shot should be there for you anytime you need it.