Tournament and recreational golfers stand to benefit from doing their homework in regard to playing a new golf course. Golf is a wonderfully entertaining sport, but it can also be quite stressful for more competitive players. The key to experiencing a stress-free round is to be thoroughly prepared for all that the course has to offer. Most courses are rife with hazards such as sand traps and rough. In order to be ready, you must have the right types of clubs that can help you to get the job done the right way. For example, a standard sand wedge might not be enough if the sand traps are notoriously deep.
Hole length is another key issue. Players who have the ability to drive the ball long distances might need to adjust their games for holes that feature severe dog legs and hazards. However, some par-fours for example, will allow a skilled golfer to attempt to drive the green from the tee. In order to know which holes are best suited for this scenario, it is critical to understand the exact yardage for each of the holes being played.
Water hazards are a part of most golf courses. They are easy to navigate if they are not located around the green. Water which is located near the green must be treated with respect. Consider the disappointment of achieving a terrific fairway drive, only to see it go to waste because you attempted to reach the green in two, as opposed to making a smart approach shot. Green speed affects putts as well. While reading the ways in which a green breaks is important, the speed of the break will determine how hard you should strike the ball when putting.
Weather patterns are a major determining factor during a round of golf. The sun might be shining without a cloud in the sky, but this does not mean that wind will not play a factor once a drive is launched. Adaptation and golf course study are two key factors to guaranteeing a challenging, yet fun day of golf.