Golf Guides & Game Tips

At The Golfer’s Gear, we are committed to helping you play better golf by addressing all aspects of the game. Golf has such a steep learning curve and it’s easy to get frustrated and possibly lose interest in the beginning of your journey. But once you get the “golf bug” this amazing sport will likely be around for the rest of your life.

Our goal is to help you speed up that learning curve by helping you create strong fundamentals, use the right equipment, avoid common practice mistakes, and improve your short game. Paired with great course management and mental golf skills, you can become a complete player from tee to green.

Click on one of the above categories to start learning about different golf tips and tricks for fast improvement. Just remember, golf swing changes don’t happen overnight but if you stick with it, you can reach almost any golf goal. Whether you want to break 100, 90, or 80, we’re here to help. 

Set Up & Fundamentals

So much of the golf swing happens before you ever take the club away to begin your backswing. In the setup and fundamentals section we’ll help you learn more about the golf stance, alignment, and grip. 

Because if these parts of your game are incorrect at address position, it’s going to be nearly impossible to hit the golf ball consistently. This is why the best golfers in the world are always working on their setup at the driving range.

As sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella said, “A golfer has to train his swing on the practice tee, then trust it on the course.” Learn to trust your golf swing by dialing in your fundamentals in practice to avoid bad habits down the road. 

Golf Shank

What Causes The Shanks? (& How To Fix Them)

What Causes The Shanks? (& How To Fix Them) Contents A golf shank is one of the three worst shots that can happen in our amazing but challenging sport. I think the other two that nearly rival the hosel rocket is a topped shot (especially on the first tee shot)

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golf grip

Improve Your Golf Grip in 7 Steps

Improve Your Golf Grip in 7 Steps Contents If you want to swing a club correctly, then you’ll need to grip it correctly. A good grip will amend your slice, give you better consistency and help you to improve your game. So, with this in mind, how can you improve

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Golf Swing

The golf swing is one of the most unnatural motions in all sports. Even professional athletes from other sports struggle when picking up the game of golf (but they typically fall in love with the challenge, just ask Michael Jordan). 

In our “Golf Swing” section learn the fundamentals of building a consistent and repeatable swing. From understanding the proper wrist angles, swing sequence, how to increase swing speed for more distance, and finally fix that dreaded slice. 

Also, it’s important to know that every golfer is different and there is no “one size fits all swing.” The best coaches always work with a players natural ability and swing instead of trying to get them to fit into a specific mold.

The more you can “swing your swing” the better you will play when it matters most. Learn from our golf swing tips and try to fix one issue at a time in your swing to avoid overwhelm and make progress on the driving range. 

Golfer Lining Up Tee Shot

Top of the Backswing: What You Need to Know

Top of the Backswing: What You Need to Know Contents There are so many moving parts of the golf swing it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not know what to focus on. But to play your best it’s vital that you learn how to self diagnose and know your swing

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Golf Swing Tempo

Golf Swing Tempo: How to Swing Like the Pros

Golf Swing Tempo: How to Swing Like the Pros Contents Not all golf advice is created equal. Believe it or not, some classic pieces of golf advice might actually be hurting your golf game. One of those golf lessons that I still hear a lot on the driving range is

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Hinged Wrists In Golf Swing

Understanding Wrist Action In The Golf Swing

Understanding Wrist Action In The Golf Swing Contents Your wrists control the clubface and play a major role in the golf swing.  If you want to improve your accuracy and overall ball striking, it might be time to start looking at your wrist action. While a lot of golfers think

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Golf Swing

10 Golf Swing Tips to Become a Consistent Golfer

10 Golf Swing Tips to Become a Consistent Golfer Contents Becoming an elite player in golf isn’t easy.  According to the USGA, the average golfer has a 14.2 handicap, which means they can barely break 90. So if you want to start breaking 80 or even 70, just know it

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Golf Swing

How to Increase Swing Speed: Our Top 5 Tips

How to Increase Swing Speed: Our Top 5 Tips Contents Speed is changing the way golf is played.  Bryson DeChambeau has been the tip of the spear in the quest for endless speed and distance. In less than a year, he went from 175 to 190mph ball speed and won

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Inside Out Golf Swing

How To Build an Inside Out Golf Swing

How To Build an Inside Out Golf Swing Contents Most golfers struggle with a slice and would kill for the ability to hit a draw.  Let me ask, what if you could… Straighten out your slice Add more distance to each club in the bag   Improve your contact and hit

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Ball Striking

While everyone has their own unique swing, great ball strikers have one thing in common – a great impact position. At the end of the day, there are a lot of ways to swing the club back and unwind on the downswing… but the moment of truth is the impact position.  

In the ball striking section, learn how to become a more consistent golfer by addressing big issues like topping shots or hitting shanks. Once you overcome some of the most common problems in golf, then dive into learning more about hitting more fairways, mastering long irons, and putting backspin on the golf ball. 

Just remember, solid ball striking comes from a great foundation of grip, stance, ball position, and alignment. Master the fundamentals and everything else in golf gets a lot easier. 

Tiger Woods Stinger Shot

How To Hit a Stinger Like Tiger Woods

How To Hit a Stinger Like Tiger Woods Contents Few things in life are as rewarding as a well struck golf shot.  It’s the reason we work so hard at the driving range, buy new clubs, read endless golf content, and watch the sport on TV. Always looking for a

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Hybrid Golf Club

How To Hit a Hybrid Club Consistently Every Time

How to Hit a Hybrid Club Consistently Every Time Contents Hybrids are a gift from the Golf Gods. I’m convinced these mythical beings got tired of seeing golfers struggle with hard to hit long irons and gave an engineer the idea for a smaller fairway wood.  Thus… the hybrid was

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Golf course tee box

How to Hit Longer Drives: Top Tips for more Distance

How to Hit Longer Drives: Top Tips for more Distance Contents If you’re like most golfers, chances are you want to “hit bombs” in the words of Phil Mickelson. There isn’t much more satisfying than launching a drive deep past your friends and into the abyss. Hitting it long means

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Golf Shank

What Causes The Shanks? (& How To Fix Them)

What Causes The Shanks? (& How To Fix Them) Contents A golf shank is one of the three worst shots that can happen in our amazing but challenging sport. I think the other two that nearly rival the hosel rocket is a topped shot (especially on the first tee shot)

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Pitching & Chipping

Most golfers love to spend time on the driving range tinkering with their swing but that’s only half the battle. You can have a great long game but if your chipping and pitching are lacking, you’ll never reach your scoring potential.

The truth is, even if you have the ball striking of Tiger Woods or Ben Hogan, you will miss greens in regulation. Even the best golfers in the world only hit about 60% of greens each round, which is why it’s vital to develop a strong short game.

In the pitching and chipping section you will learn how to become an artist with your wedges. You will learn how to create different wedge distances, master basic shots like the bump and run, and specialty shots like the flop. Plus, learn how to overcome your fear of the sand so you can escape bunkers like a professional golfer. 

Golf Wedge Distances

Golf Wedge Distances [46, 52, 56 & 60 Degrees Averages]

Golf Wedge Distances [46, 52, 56 & 60 Degrees Averages] Contents Watching golf on TV is fun and entertaining but it can hurt your game by creating unrealistic expectations.  Here’s what I mean…  As you sit on your couch admiring their perfect swings, it’s easy to think they always hit

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How to Put Backspin on a Golf Ball

How to Put Backspin on a Golf Ball With Confidence

How to Put Backspin on a Golf Ball With Confidence Contents Backspin is like a unicorn in the golf world. Everyone wants to have it, but very few golfers can find it. Because let’s get real, backspin is awesome and usually a sign of a good player.  Whenever you’re watching

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Putting

Putting is nothing like the golf swing. 

As the great Ben Hogan once said, “There is no similarity between golf and putting; they are two different games, one is played in the air, and the other is on the ground.” 

Putting frustrated Ben Hogan as he is one of the best ball strikers of all time but struggled on the greens. In our putting section, you will learn how to become a consistent putter and master the shots that matter most. Because even with a great swing and solid short game, low scores aren’t guaranteed.

Most golfers use their putter for more than 30-40% of all shots during the round. And for so many players, it’s their kryptonite on the course even though it’s a short distance to the hole.

In our putting section, learn different grip styles (like the claw), how to avoid 3-putts from long range, the art of green reading, and how to make short putts like a pro. Mastering your flat stick will help you shoot lower scores fast and give you tons of confidence on the course. 

Golfer Reading a Putt

Claw Putting Grip: The Secret to Better Putting?

Claw Putting Grip: The Secret to Better Putting? Contents Putting is one of the most important parts of golf.  As I’m sure you know, there’s nothing worse than having an ice-cold putter. It’s so frustrating to hit good drives, hit greens, and struggle to two-putt. Not only can a cold

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Golfer Putting

15 Putting Tips to Transform Your Short Game

15 Putting Tips to Transform Your Short Game Contents Putting is everything in golf.  A hot putter can mask a bad ball striking day and make a good one even better.  A cold putter can do the opposite, making for a tough day on the links.  But how many putts

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Lag Putting

Lag Putting: The Secret to Becoming a Clutch Putter

Lag Putting: The Secret to Becoming a Clutch Putter Contents If you’re like most golfers you probably fear 40 or 50 foot putts and think, “Don’t three-putt it.” For a lot of golfers, hitting long putts is about as scary as hitting out of the sand. But as you will

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Golfer Reading The Green

How To read Greens In Golf & (Sink More Putts)

How To read Greens In Golf and (Sink More Putts) Contents Putting is nothing like the full swing in golf.  As ball striking legend Ben Hogan said, “There is no similarity between golf and putting; they are two different games, one is played in the air and the other on

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Practice

Most golfers practice the wrong way. 

As Harvey Penick said, ““Every day I see golfers out there banging away at bucket after bucket. If I ask them what they’re doing, they say, ‘What does it look like I’m doing, Harvey? I’m practicing!’ Well, they’re getting exercise all right. But few of them are really practicing.” 

While showing up to golf practice is half the battle, it’s essential to practice the right way and avoid common mistakes. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time, energy, and money. Not to mention, golf is the only sport where you can spend hours practicing and actually get worse.

In this section, you will learn the drills and tips to actually help you make progress on the practice tee. Learn about the best alignment drills, golf practice fundamentals, and more tips for beginner players to make the most of each moment. Plus, learn how to practice at home or indoors during the off season too. 

Course Management

Course management is one of the most important parts of golf. Even if all parts of your game are dialed on the course, if you don’t make the right decisions, you’ll never reach your true potential. 

As Jack Nicklaus said, “Golf is 90% mental and 10% physical.” Sure, grooving a consistent swing is needed to help you break 100, 90, or 80 but it’s not everything. You need to learn how to navigate the course so you can salvage a score when your swing disappears mid-round. 

In this section, learn how to avoid blow up holes, how to play the percentages, and what it takes to score well, even on a “bad” day. You will also learn more about the best tee box strategies, how to play golf in the wind, and more mental game tips to help you score more consistently.

Golf Course

How to Break 100 in Golf: 7 Strategies

How to Break 100 in Golf: 7 Strategies Contents Are you ready to break 100 in golf and finally start shooting in the 90s (or better)? If so, this is the article for you.  Breaking 100 is a big deal for most golfers as it signals that your game is

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Golf Tips to Break 80

How to Break 80: 9 Tips For Lower Scores

How to Break 80: 9 Tips For Lower Scores Contents Shooting a 79 is so much better than an 80. While it’s only one stroke, it means a big difference to the majority of players.  If you’re like most golfers, chances are you want to learn how to break 80

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Equipment

Golf is a wildly hard game and playing the wrong equipment only makes it more difficult. As golf continues to soar in popularity, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the equipment choices. But the wrong choice can negatively affect your game and be a costly mistake.

In this section, we’ll break down the most important pieces of golf equipment you need. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced player, we have plenty of articles to help you buy golf gear with confidence.

Learn the best golf balls for your swing speed, the right club heads for your game, and how shafts play a huge role in your swing. Plus, we’ll cover best practices on maintaining your equipment, deciding on different types of clubs (ex. Hybrids vs. long irons), and understanding your club length and lie angle. 

We’ll make it easy for you to upgrade your golf equipment and play clubs that make golf a little easier. 

Golfer Putting

How To Measure Putter Length & Why It’s Important

How To Measure Putter Length & Why It’s Important Contents Putting is one of the most important parts of golf – change your putting, change your score. Golfers should spend a lot of time picking out the right putter since it plays such a big role in every round.  Ironically,

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Golf Clubs

How to Measure Golf Club Length

How to Measure Golf Club Length Contents Length plays a big role in golf, I’m not just talking about total distance off the tee either. I’m referring to the golf club length for each of your 14 clubs in the bag.  Playing clubs that are the right length for your

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5 wood vs hybrid

5 Wood vs. Hybrid: Settling the Debate

5 Wood vs. Hybrid: Settling the Debate Contents If you’re like most golfers, I’m sure you’ve wondered… “Is it better to have a 5 wood or hybrid?” It’s a good question because both clubs can help from that pesky 180-230 yard range depending on your swing speed. This is a

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General

No matter how long you play this game, you can never master this addicting but oftentimes frustrating sport. Golf is like life in the sense that you always have to learn and grow to get to the next level. 

In our general tips section you’ll learn about all things golf; from the average score, average distance per club, and different types of golf games to make the sport even more enjoyable. Plus, we’ll cover common golf terms and rules to make sure you understand the game and have a great experience with friends and strangers alike. 

Golf Scorecard

What Is The Average Golf Score? (& How To Improve It)

What Is The Average Golf Score? (& How To Improve It) Contents Golf is all about numbers. We spend so much time calculating our average distances, carry numbers on the course, approach shot distances, and of course, score. Most golfers are always looking to improve their score by any means

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Golf Card

Stableford Scoring : Everything You Need To Know

Stableford Scoring: Everything You Need To Know Contents Golf is such a fun sport as we get to play different courses in different conditions anytime we tee it up. But the scoring aspect of golf rarely changes… simply count your total shots for each hole and add them up after

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scramble golf

Golf Scramble: Rules, Set Up & How To Play

Golf Scramble: Rules, Set Up & How To Play Contents One of the great things about golf is the variety of formats that you can play. If you just watched the 2021 Ryder Cup, you know it is fun to watch the best players in the world use different formats. 

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golf course

How Long Does 18 Holes of Golf Take?

How Long Does 18 Holes of Golf Take? Contents Golf is one of the best sports ever as you can play it at any age. But there’s one big problem with the game of golf – it takes a lot of time.  In some cases, it feels like half your

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