14 blogs to improve your golf swing

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Whether you play for fun or competition, these are the golf blogs to bookmark
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Have you caught the golf bug? If you want to improve your game, find out the latest golf news, or get the best gear reviews, where should you look online? We’ve scoured the internet for some of the best US and Canadian golf blogs for you to follow – everything from winter golf getaways to learning why you shank your shots and reviews of the latest equipment. Enjoy!

4 Deep Golf

PGA West golf course

Ever dreamt of playing on the PGA West course?
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Who bogeyed the first three holes at ZOZO but went on to beat 40-1 odds to win his first tournament since knee surgery? Of course we’re talking about Tiger Woods and his comeback victory in Japan last October – an historic win which saw one of golf’s true greats match Sam Snead’s all-time win record. Listen to 4 Deep Golf’s ever knowledgeable and articulate Joel Harrington as he recaps on ESPN 99.1 FM.

A golf journalist who’s never afraid to share an opinion or a prediction, Joel is a scratch golfer who can “spout off every Masters winner since 1934!” For all your golf trivia as-well-as Joel’s latest interviews, check out 4 Deep Golf – “nothing but the back of the cup all day long”.

Geoff Shackelford

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Geoff’s blog is a masterclass in classic golf course design
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“Naturalness, variety, and strategy” are the keys that unlock excellence in golf course design, writes Geoff Shackelford, a man with a passion for the classic golf courses of the 1920s. Having taught golf course restoration at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Geoff also consults for a number of vintage courses.

If you’d like to know more about course design, from a man ‘The Golfer’ calls one of “modern golf’s ten most influential writers”, check out The Art of Golf Design, the book Geoff co-wrote with artist, Michael Miller. It’s a masterclass in appreciating the ingenuity and creativity of golf architecture. And speaking of course design, do take a look at Geoff’s blog post on USGA Golf Museum’s exhibition, “The Art of the Golf Course,” it looks like a fascinating exhibition.

How to Break 80

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The place to go for great tips for those who aim to “break 80”
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Want to improve your golfing confidence? Forget about the outcome, just focus on the shot, writes Jack of How to Break 80. In a recent interview with Dr. Bob Rotella PhD (a professor of sports psychology), Jack discusses the huge impact that confidence can have on your golf. To learn some game-changing tips from a professional who ranks amongst the top applied sports psychologists in the world, check out Jack’s full blog post – Build Your Golf Confidence With These Seven Tips.

How to Break 80 is a great resource for beginner, improver, and advanced golfers. It’s an excellent source of advice for everyone who’d like to get even more enjoyment from their golf game. Can’t seem to figure out how to “hit ‘em straight”? Jack has the answers you’re looking for.

Golf is Mental

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Golf might be mental but this view will soon restore your sanity
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2019 saw golf-lover and Golf is Mental blogger Josh cut his handicap from 4.8 to 3.8. “This improvement is intriguing,” he writes, “mainly because I didn’t end up practising much at all.” So is playing well about putting in hard hours of training, or simply mastering the basics and letting your enjoyment of the game show up on your scorecard? We love Josh’s gentle reminder about when less is more – golf is supposed to be fun after all!

New father of twin boys, Josh takes the approach that “a happy golfer is more likely to shoot low scores than one who counts on low scores to be happy.” Wise advice from a man who plays some truly spectacular courses up in British Columbia – and who just happens to be a highly inspiring golf writer.

The Golf Travel Guru

The Royal Isabela Golf Club in Puerto Rico.

The Royal Isabela Golf Club in Puerto Rico.
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My nominee for the ‘most amazing comeback for a tourist destination after a hurricaneis Puerto Rico,” says The Golf Travel Guru, Ed Schmidt Jr. It’s just a little over two years since category five Hurricane Maria slammed into the islands, but Puerto Ricans are nothing if not indefatigable and for anyone wondering if Puerto Rico has recovered its handicap, Ed says it’s better than ever.

With over 30 years of travel writing under his belt, The Golf Travel Guru is a trusted source for anyone considering a golfing holiday. For those of us who prefer the hospitality on offer at the 19th hole, check out Ed’s guide to his top five bogey-proof whiskies.

Hooked on Golf Blog

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The thrilling last hole at TPC Danzante Bay
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Looking for some ideas for a golf buddy trip? Winter is a serious restriction for golfers living in cooler climes, so why not take a golf vacation in Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa at the Islands of Loreto, Mexico, says Tony of Hooked on Golf Blog: “The golf course is tremendous, and the design and scenery added up to such a thrilling golf experience.”

HOG is “a fun source for golf news, golf info, golf course and golf equipment reviews, rants and more – with a more personal touch,” Tony writes. You’ll find plenty of gear reviews and apparel reviews, plus lots of engaging personal golf insights – follow Tony’s journey back to the tee as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Here’s hoping you’re soon back in the swing of things, Tony!

The Grateful Golfer

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You’re never too old to learn new golfing tricks
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Good Luck is really a wasted statement in sports,” says Jim, The Grateful Golfer. Why, he says, go to the trouble of wishing your opponent good fortune when a run of luck in their favor might mean you losing the game?

Having survived non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma twice, The Grateful Golfer says his love of the game was instrumental in helping him to overcome his illness, and so he began his blog as a way to “talk about the positive aspects of golf, interact with like-minded golfing fanatics, and to have a constructive exchange about all things golf.” So what might you say if you don’t say good luck? Jim opts for a very honest, “play well, let’s have some fun,” which never fails to put a positive spin on the game.

The Armchair Golf Blog

Writer Neil Sagebiel with golf legend Jack Nicklaus

Writer Neil Sagebiel with golf legend Jack Nicklaus
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For one week in June 1955, [Jack] Fleck played sublime golf on a brutal, rough-infested layout at the Olympic Club in San Francisco,” writes The Armchair Golf Blog’s Neil Sagebiel. Author of The Longest Shot: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open, Neil went on to form a friendship with the man who pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sporting history.

Find out more about Jack Fleck, as well as getting the lowdown on all the latest from the PGA tour courtesy of Neil and his pioneering golf blog. In need of some golf-inspired entertainment? Check out Neil’s great video compilation of the most ridiculous lies of the decade (2010-2019).

Bunkers Paradise

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One for PGA lovers
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How would you like to wow your golf buddies with your encyclopaedic knowledge of the PGA Tour? If committing stats to memory is your thing, or you’re just curious to see who did what where and when, head over to Bunkers Paradise where you’ll find “all the past winners of every PGA Tournament played throughout the year”.

As well as bringing you the latest and greatest from the world of golf, Bunkers Paradise offers a wealth of top industry golf equipment reviews from TaylorMade, Nike Golf, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Wilson and much more.

OneBeardedGolfer.com

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One bearded golfer experiencing a “road to Damascus” moment in Scotland
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After a brief period of “unprecedented personal success” followed by a subsequent “complete unravelling,” One Bearded Golfer David Hill wonders if his golf is finally in the process of turning a corner or whether he’s merely “capable of flashes of competence among extended periods of disappointment”.

A wry and witty writer, David knows the pitfalls of over-optimism but still, his golf struggles make for highly entertaining reading. Check out One Bearded Golfer’s recent golf adventure to Scotland where he underwent a “psychological shift that permeated the breadth of my life, not just my golf game”. Want to know what happened? You’d better read his post.

Golf Dash

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Up your golf game with Golf Dash’s free ebook
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Who would NOT read an instruction book by the greatest golfer ever?” say the guys at Golf Dash, one of the longest-lived and most successful golf sites on the internet. Written during the early 1970s, “Golf My Way” by Jack Nicklaus is one of the first modern golf instruction manuals and still has much to offer. Find out what other great reads the guys recommend in their top seven golf manuals.

The brainchild of John Diekmann and Doug Farrick, Golf Dash offers everything from advice on how to play well in foul weather to how to stay hydrated on the fairway. There’s also a podcast to check out and, if you’re in the market for some great tips to take your game to the next level, don’t forget to download the free ebook “21 Ways to Produce a More Powerful, Effortless Golf Swing”.

Golf

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Golf is the go-to site for advice, reviews & news
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Do you know how to correctly identify — and dispose of — a loose impediment? Ask the guys at Golf.com. It never hurts to have a refresher on the dos and don’ts of removing loose hindrances. Most important – never allow your ball to move while removing impediments such as pine needles, or you must replace the ball and take a one shot penalty.

A site full of helpful golfing advice, gear reviews, and news from across the game. Find out what Jack Nicklaus said when reporters asked him how it felt to be 80. Find out how Cameron Tringale uses a data-driven approach for his massive clubhead speed increase. There’s a wealth of all things golf here – make sure you check it out.

Golf Stinks

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Want to improve your putting? Try practising with different sized balls
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You need big balls to make more putts say the guys at Golf Stinks. “Big Balls are oversized golf balls to use as a training aid for 2-6 foot putts…The concept is simple, warm up and practise with Big Balls 10-20 times around that distance. Then when you go back to your ProV1, it will feel like you are putting a marble into a bucket, building confidence at that [critical] distance.”

Wise advice from a group of guys who began this blog because they suck at golf! Realising that many golfers also stink, they decided to create a resource for distinctly average golfers. There’s no false modesty here – these guys suck at golf, but they also have fun and provide a heap of content that will help you do the same. Looking for one tip to make your golf more fun? Greg has the answer you’re looking for.

Hitting the Green

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Golf swing gone amiss? Learn how to solve this common problem
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Wondering why you shank your irons? It’s a common problem caused by striking the ball with the hosel or shank of the club, resulting in a wayward shot that flies off sometimes at right angles to the target. The cause? Maybe your hands are further away from your body at impact than they are at address, say the guys at Hitting the Green. Find out what else causes this embarrassing mishit and how to fix it by checking out the rest of the post.

The brainchild of the aptly named Rob Green, Hitting the Green will help you acquire the basics of the game, buy the right set of clubs, and recommend the best equipment. A great resource for beginner and improver golfers, from how to address a golf ball with a driver to how to achieve a tension free golf swing, this site has all you need to help you improve your game.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our roundup of the best golf blogs and websites out there. If we’ve missed out one of your favorites, drop us a line and let us know.

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