Hole # 2: Club length rule
When dropping the ball in a “relief” situation, a golfer typically takes a drop after hitting a ball in an area from which he cannot play another shot, such as a golf cart track. The relief of getting the ball into a playable area that is no closer to the hole is usually a club-length or two. In this case, a club length is defined as the longest club in the bag. Usually it’s the driver.
Hole # 3: The no-touch rule
No, this is not a penalty for hitting an NFL receiver past 5 yards; it’s about bunkers. You can now move obstacles near the ball, but you still cannot “ground” the club by making contact with the sand during your practice swing. Strict, right? Speaking of sand, it’s always good to rake the traps and remove your footprint out of consideration for the next player who walks in there. Part 2 of this rule: If you accidentally touch your ball on the putting green, there is now no penalty. It existed until two years ago.
Hole # 4: The Value of Practice
Players will develop muscle memory by playing fairly often. It’s a good idea to visit a driving range at least once or twice a week. Pros recommend starting with the higher irons, like a pitching wedge or 9 iron, and working your way up to the driver. This gives players an idea of how far to hit each shot, valuable information when making a tough decision about club selection.
Hole # 5: Aim for the middle of the green
This is an excellent strategy for high handicap players. The idea is to get on the dance floor and the center will make sure you’re not too far from the pin. Advanced players will try to reach a smaller goal depending on pin placement and wind speed.