Week Two: Putting
Students will be able to:
learn the difference between short and lag putts
Vary the length of your swing (your “Y”) for different distances
Use the line on your ball, the line on your club, and your feet to aim in the START. Then, maintain the clubface’s swing path throughout the swing…it should stay along the target line. At the end of your swing, HOLD YOUR FINISH
Don’t look at the ball after you hit it. You will hear the ball clunk if it goes in the hole!
100% of short putts don’t go in. Always make sure it gets to the hole
apply putting drills to improve putting skills
participate in a putting contest
learn about the teeing ground, playing the ball, and tools to succeed in golf
learn how to use a divot repair tool
Week 2 Notes:
Teeing Ground- the starting point of the golf hole
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The teeing ground is composed of several tee boxes, usually some variation of black, gold, blue, white, red, and green. Each tee box has two tee markers, and these markers, which are always colored, define where you may tee up the ball.
You may tee the ball up to two club-lengths behind the tee markers. This means you cannot tee up the ball in front of the markers, more than two club-lengths behind the markers, or outside the markers. To clarify on the last point, you can stand outside of the markers, but the ball itself must lie between the two markers. The penalty for breaking this rule is two strokes.
If a ball, when not in play, falls off a tee or is knocked off by the player while addressing it, it may be re-teed without penalty. But if the player intended to strike the ball, then a stroke was made and the stroke counts but no penalty is incurred.
Addressing the ball means you have taken your stance. Intending to hit the ball means you have already taken your stance and are now going to hit the ball. The ball is in play once you have intention to hit it.
Playing the Ball
Play the ball as it lies. This is the MOST important rule in golf and your ULTIMATE goal!
Play the course as you find it. Do not improve your lie, the area of your intended stance or swing, or your line of play by moving, bending, or breaking anything fixed or growing, except in fairly taking your stance or making your stroke.
Do not press anything down or build a stance. The penalty for improving your lie is two strokes.
When you are in a bunker or water hazard and touch the ground with your club…New rule: No penalty except when a player touches sand (1) with his or her hand or club to test the conditions of the bunker, (2) in making a practice swing, (3) with the club in the area right behind or in front of the ball or (4) in making the backswing for the stroke.
If your club strikes the ball more than once in a single stroke (double-hitting), count the stroke- no penalty incurred.
If you play a wrong ball, you incur a two stroke penalty and must then play the correct ball.
Tools to Succeed in Golf: ball, tee, ball marker, divot repair tool