Best tips you received that made a difference to your game?

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Fair enough.....lots of things put me off as well. The biggest one is someone saying "good shot" as soon as you hit the ball.....whether it goes in the woods or the fairway....just gets up my nose. Why do they have to say anything at all?
Just had a weeks golf in Turkey and played the Faldo courses. You can’t say good shot there until you know that the ball has stopped moving and you can still see it. Three good loops of nine holes but boy are they tough.
 

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Yes - I don't remember if I was given this as a tip or worked it out myself, but I usually get the yardage for the back of the green and the middle of the green and hit a club that sits nicely between the two. Even if the flag is at the right I'll probably take the same approach. Only time I club for the front of the green is on the two or three holes at my course where the greens slope away from you - since clubbing for middle will you roll through the back and over a steep bank.
We played the Grove as part of a GM day after a morning of swing thought techniques and we were told to aim for the back of the green. Given how big those green complexes were it made such a big difference. I try to ensure I club to the middle of our much smaller greens unless there is big trouble for going long and it still makes a difference today
 

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Best tip ever given to me (and, presumably, specific to me) was in the bar after playing with a low handicapper. I was bemoaning my 'variability' - playing some darn good shots but just as many awful ones. He just said 'I noticed that you break your wrists right at the start of your swing'. So afterwards, I tried not to, and my ball striking improved dramatically. HI dropped from 21 to 13.7.
 

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I’ve always been a reasonable/good putter ever since I started playing. After a recent group putting lesson at a county senior’s coaching session I moved the ball even further forward in my putting stance. The ball is now almost opposite my left heel. What a difference. Holing many more putts from around 10 feet than I used to.
 

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I’ve always been a reasonable/good putter ever since I started playing. After a recent group putting lesson at a county senior’s coaching session I moved the ball even further forward in my putting stance. The ball is now almost opposite my left heel. What a difference. Holing many more putts from around 10 feet than I used to.
Was that a tip given generally or was it specifically for you?
 

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Was that a tip given generally or was it specifically for you?
Specifically for me. Although the ball was already forward in my stance it is now really forward. I probably hit the ball a lot more on the upstroke than I did before which gives a much better roll from the start of the putt. Olly Leett was the putting coach. There were six of us and he showed us the principles of aim point express and how it works. Interesting theory and I can see how it works, and if you learn to fully embrace the technique I think it would be good. However, personally I prefer to use my eyes as the main source for determining the amount of borrow.
 

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Practice hitting it on the toe and on the heel.

If you have a day where you're hitting it on the toe, try to swing more 'heely' and vice versa.

That's one from Adam Young. Hugely recommend following him on Instagram or going to his website.
 

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Practice hitting it on the toe and on the heel.

If you have a day where you're hitting it on the toe, try to swing more 'heely' and vice versa.

That's one from Adam Young. Hugely recommend following him on Instagram or going to his website.
Same with all his differential drills, I have improved my ball striking and shot shape control by doing the incremental fade and draw practice drills.
 

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@srixon 1 I've been using your putting tip this weekend and the results have been very positive. I generally miss my putts on the right, bit of a push, and thought I'd give it a go. I'm definitely straighter, particularly at mid range. Not everything goes in but it's a definite improvement. Thank you for posting it 👍
 
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