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1: SEE A GOLF PROFESSIONAL

After you have had a few hits, read a few books, played a few rounds and received advice from friends the best thing you can do is pay for a lesson. For around $50 a trained professional will help you understand the basics of the game so that you begin with a sound foundation.

2: USE THE PRACTICE FAIRWAY

Playing golf is great fun, but if you chunk it down the fairway, hit it left and right, and three or four putt regularly it does nothing for your enjoyment of the game or your confidence. Find a driving range or practice area and spend an hour or two just hitting golf balls.

3: DON'T TRY TO HIT THE BALL TOO HARD

A firm but consistent swing with a good tempo will bring better results than trying to smash the ball as far as you can with each shot. Work on the basics of your technique, not your power play.

4: WORK ON YOUR SHORT GAME

A golf course with a par of 72 allows for 36 putts. On a course of around 6000 metres, half the shots to be taken less than 600 metres (most greens are 25-30 metres long and about the same width). The quickest way to reduce you score is to cut down on the number of putts you have. Now, think about it...the closer you are to the hole when you putt, the more putts will drop. So practice your putting, and your chipping. If you miss a green and can chip close, you will have less putts. Practice your chipping and putting at least as much as your long game.

5: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL

If you try to look up and see were the ball is going your game will suffer. Even the best golfers fall into the trap of coming off the ball occasionally. Whether on the tee or around the green a slight mistiming as you look for the result will cause a mishit. It might not be so bad on the fairway, but on the green even a slight raising of the head can result in one metre putt missing the hole. Watch the ball (either top of the ball or the back of the ball) until you have hit it, and then let your eyes follow it naturally. Down the fairway your playing partners should watch the ball, on the green you can see it for yourself anyway.

6: KNOW HOW FAR YOU HIT EACH CLUB:

Choose a flat practice area and hit twenty balls with each club on a calm day. Check your ball 'spread. The centre of each cluster will be the average distance you hit each club. < br /> Remember that this is NOT the distance each club will carry. Allow for the roll when you choose the club to carry that bunker at the edge of the green!

7: KNOW THE DISTANCES ON YOUR HOME COURSE.

Professionals have course charts that will identify distances from specific spots on the fairway. They play different courses each week. Make sure you know the distances to and over bunkers, to the front, centre and back of each green. A difference in pin placement may mean you need to use a different club.

More tips are coming....

Check out http://www.medicineau.net.au/columns/golf/tips/golf7.html - this site has not been updated for a while, but contains helpful on course tips to improve your score without tampering with your swing.