2 Simple Mistakes Most Golfers are Afraid to Admit

When you come off the 18th green and head into the clubhouse to count scores with your playing partners everyone always seems to remember making a few key mistakes during the round.

Usually these mistakes involve things like making a bad swing, missing an easy putt, or letting their temper get the best of them.

However, there are two surprisingly SIMPLE fundamental golf mistakes that you rarely hear players admit to after their round.

Do either of these sound familiar?

1) Aiming at nothing.

Nobody wants to admit that the reason why one of their shots failed was because they simply forgot to pick a target. But let’s be honest. Do you take DEAD AIM on every single shot that you hit? Do you pick the smallest possible target and make sure your clubface and alignment are on target before taking the club back every single time? For most amateur golfers the answer is no, and the results can be disastrous.

2) Only practicing 20 footers.

Before they tee off most amateur golfers will head over to the putting green with a sleeve of balls and lazily whack them back and forth at the holes on the putting green. The truth is mindlessly warming up with these 20 to 25 foot putts does little to get you ready for the course. Instead focus in on putts that are 4 to 8 feet in length. This is where you’ll be vying for those important birdies and par saves, and rolling putts like these into the hole on the practice green will give you the confidence you need to do it on the course.

Sometimes it’s hard, but being honest with yourself is a big part of breaking through to the next level with your game. The good news? Eliminating a few simple mistakes like these will improve your golf fundamentals, shave strokes off your score without a single swing change.

12 Responses to 2 Simple Mistakes Most Golfers are Afraid to Admit

  1. Jack Conger December 7, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    You nailed it. Alignment is the number 1 fundamental that golfers don’t get. They All aim to the right. This causes compensations ( over the top) and bad swing planes. Alignmentnis the root and the beginning of most golfers problems. You have to fix that first, before anything else.

  2. Jack Conger December 7, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    I agree on the putting. Work hard on 4 foot putts. We all get lots of thoses. 10 in a row is a great drill. Then on 6 footers. Work on the scoring putts.

  3. Ken Greene December 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    I am a medical doctor
    When we have to memorize vast amounts of information we use memory mnemonics
    I made one for golf
    It is the word grabwrats
    Each letter stands for about five to seven important keys
    If you do not remember all these items or grab them you will see wrats!!

    Tell them to your friends because when they rehearse it over the ball they will ruin their swing!!

  4. Dave Weiss December 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    Putting Tip that Dave Stockton gave me. Put 3 balls about 10 feet from the edge of the putting surface and get them to stop within 6″ from the edge. Then put a tee from the spot you started from and putt at the tee to see if you can stop the ball about 6″ from the tee. That gives me a great feel for speed each day.

  5. Jeff Nagle December 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    Pretty darn awesome !! Love the teaching. Keeping it simple, oh and very helpful

  6. Laszlo Erdosy February 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    Yes, forget trying to make a twenty foot put. It was my dam luck that the first time I golfed I sank a twenty four foot put. I haven’t been able to do that since.

    So yes, concentrate on short puts cause those are the ones you will likely run across on the greens.

  7. Sheila Warday February 2, 2018 at 12:21 am #

    Very good & interesting comments, I will try tomorrow.

  8. Old man "TJ" February 2, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

    I agree on what has been said. But….

    Picking a target. Tree or something down the fairway while your behind the ball. Then pick a spot about 6 feet in front of your tee shot that is inline with your Target. This will keep your head down.

    Good advice on Putting.

    When you are making those short putts or long, close your eyes and visualize your putt going in the hole. Once you’ve seen the putt going in the hole in your mind, it’s a lot easier to make those “Trump’s give me’s” to make those putts.

    From a Caddie from the 60’s

    Remember, when you cheat on your score card, you are only cheating yourself.

  9. Tom March 28, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    Great teaching and thank you!!
    Friends and competitors always have trouble with alignment and keeping their head down through impact. A Solution I was taught 50 years ago and has always served me well, for every shot, is stand behind the ball and pick a spot 2-3 feet in front of the ball on your intended line. From there, with your eye on that spot, take your set up and make sure your feet are parallel to the intended imaginary line. Swing to the spot you have picked out. This helps to keep your head down through impact.
    If you’re still misaligned to the right or left it’s easy to correct using the spot and your feet.

  10. Tom March 28, 2018 at 9:40 am #


  11. Bob April 20, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    I get and support the tip about the importance of practicing the 4 to 8 footers. However, taking a few 20 to 25 footers is important to get a feel for the green speed, Better to get that right so that you have a tap-in rather than a 4 footer.

  12. Lynn April 22, 2018 at 6:04 am #

    Good advice Most weekend duffers don’t think about parallel alignment when putting. That is, aligning your feet and body NOT directly at the hole. but aligned along imaginary railroad tracks where the outside rail is pointing directly at the hole, but the inside rail is on a line parallel to or left of the target line. Your feet and body should be aligned along the inside rail. Also, a good practice tip while playing is, if you have the time, and you aren’t holding anyone up, drop your ball near the flag and see how close you can putt your ball to the edge of the green without going over the green. Putt for distance and speed will take care of itself.

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