To all my recreational golfers out there in Golfville, USA, let me help you with a New Year's resolution that is guaranteed NO-BRAINER to severely change the last box of your scorecard each and every time!! You need to do two very simple common sense things each time you find time to play: 1.) You must always a minimum of 45 minutes to warm-up before every round you play next season. I would much rather see you warn up and play nine then not warm up and play 18. 2.) Each time you warm up, start from the hole and work backward: Stretch for 10 minutes, then three 3-inch putts, three 10-foot putts, three 20-foot putts, 10 greenside chips, 10 greenside pitches, 10 sand shots, then go to range and hit 30 balls (10 wedges, five irons, five hybrids, five drivers then five wedges. You will become much more prepared and confident walking to the first tee!
Tom Patri, Friar's Head Golf Club, Riverhead, N.Y.
See Tom's tips on how to play the bump-and-roll shot here.