Golf Tips

  • In at the Shallow End! Rule 14-6

    I can’t think of a golf course I’ve played in Bangkok that doesn’t have some kind of water hazard running through it…. In fact there is generally some kind of hazard on every hole! Playing at Panya Indra one scorching hot Sunday afternoon in November our group reached the 537 yard Par 5 third hole on the C Course. It was going to take two cannons ... Read more
  • Bring Your Hybrids

    Bring Your HybridsWhen I first came to Thailand 11 years ago I carried just two woods and a full set of irons including a 3 & 4 iron. Now I find it is easier to carry a five wood and two hybrids because the modern woods go the grass much easier, and here in Thailand the grass is much thicker to resist the high temperatures. My tip ... Read more
  • Gloves & Golf Balls

    Gloves & Golf BallsGolf balls are quite heavy to carry in your golf bag, and with the weight restriction of the airlines, it’s a good option to buy your balls when you arrive. Leather gloves do not last very long in this heat and if you sweat a lot, a good tip is to bring two or three all weather gloves with you, as its likely you will ... Read more
  • Weight Allowance on Aircraft

    Weight Allowance on AircraftUnless you are travelling with Emirates Airlines who do not charge for golf equipment, the weight allowance can be a problem especially with some of the low cost carriers such as Air Asia. Leave your golf balls at home as they are quite heavy, and they are very cheap and easy to buy here. I bought 30 grade A golf balls at Loch Palm last week ... Read more
  • Rent Clubs or Bring Your Own?

    Rent Clubs or Bring Your Own?Often, we get asked the question if one should bring their own clubs or rent clubs at the golf courses here in Thailand. Despite the fact that you actually can rent clubs at most golf courses in Thailand for about 1,000 Thai Baht for a standard set and up to 1,500 Thai Baht for a quality make such as Ping or Callaway we recommend that you ... Read more
  • When is the Best Time to Tee-off at a Thailand Golf Course?

    Best Time to Tee-off at a Thailand Golf CourseI am often asked by my customers when the best time to tee-off is when you play golf in Asia. Many people choose to tee-off in the morning which is their personal choice and it would be my recommendation too particularly in the low season which is generally from July to October. If you are going to get rain at this time of year its ... Read more
  • Swing Tip: Alignment

    Swing Tip: AlignmentAlignment is how you line up to your target. It’s important in achieving your goals, because a great swing and poor alignment does not make a happy golfer. In putting, it’s particularly important, and the better you get, the more crucial it becomes. There are a lot of ways you can properly align yourself to your target. When you look at the target and away from ... Read more
  • What Is Posture And How Important Is It?

    What Is Posture And How Important Is It?Posture is how you set up to the ball, very important and one of the main fundamentals of golf. Everything is built on this foundation and if you have a problem here, it’ll show up later in your swing, possibly disguised as something else.Stance: Feet should be shoulder width, both feet slightly flared, toes pointing out about five to ten degrees. Knee flex: Minimal knee flex. ... Read more
  • How to Get Out of a Bunker

    How to Get Out of a BunkerMost golfers have a great fear of being in bunker, leaving the ball in the bunker, fear of blasting it over the green, fear of looking foolish, etc. It’s not so difficult with a good techniqueThe clubface must be open at address Opening the face effectively exposes the all-important bounce of your sand wedge, which allows it to easily slide under the golf ball. You must ... Read more
  • Putting: The Short Game

    Putting: The Short GameAn average of 43 percent of the strokes you make in a game of golf will be putts. The next highest is your woods, at 25 percent, followed by 13 percent chipping, 10 percent irons, and 5 percent hazard shots. Putting is incredibly important. Most people want to hit the ball farther and straighter. That’s important, but effective putting makes the difference between an average golfer ... Read more
  • Custom Fitted Clubs and Their Importance

    Custom Fitted ClubsWith dozens of grips, hundreds of heads and thousands of shafts making for literally millions of club combinations, more of us are turning to custom fitters to make sense of the equipment minefield. It is a fact that 90 per cent of golfers are playing either the wrong clubs and shafts, or inappropriate specifications for their game.  Out of every ten golfers, nine will probably need ... Read more
  • Back to the Basics

    Plenty of times I have been asked what can I do to make the ball go further and straighter, well if I had the magic potion, I would be selling it on the PGA tour by the litre. Hitting the golf ball straighter and further comes down to 5 basic laws1. SPEED The velocity with which the clubhead is traveling. Speed influences the distance the ball ... Read more
  • Get the Best Results from your Hybrid

    Get the Best Results from your HybridThis months tip is how to get the best results from your hybrid. The caddies in Thailand will call this club “Mei Khatoey” meaning half wood half iron, or “ladyboy” as they so passionately call it. Hybrid clubs are incredibly useful from the close cut fairways and long grass that the courses in Thailand have, as long as you know how to swing one. You’d be ... Read more
  • Putting on Thailand Golf Courses

    Putting on Thailand Golf CoursesAs if putting wasn’t hard enough already, you pack your clubs to come play in Thailand and you come up against a different style of grass that you haven’t played before. If you’re from the tropics then you are familiar putting with, against and across the grain. The grain generally follows either the direction in which water drains off the green, or it grows towards the setting ... Read more
  • Best Cambodia Golf Destinations

    Best Cambodia Golf DestinationsSix years ago there were no international standard golf courses in Cambodia.  Today there are three 18 hole championship venues, all in Siem Reap.  Siem Reap is best known as the home of UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat and several other ancient Khmer temples. and that continues to be the main draw for foreign visitors, however now there is reason for golfers to stick ... Read more
  • Best Vietnam Golf Destinations

    Best Vietnam Golf DestinationsDa Nang / Hoi An (China Beach) A beautiful and unspoiled beach, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, and 2 great golf courses designed by Colin Montgomerie (Montgomerie Links) and Greg Norman (Danang Golf Club) (maybe the 2 best in the entire country).  Getting there involves connecting via a domestic flight from either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi (several flights daily), though once ... Read more
  • Bunker Play

    Bunker PlayIt is perceived by most amateur golfers that sand shot or bunker shot is often one of the most intimidating shots to execute, and can often leave a golfer discouraged. As I have mentioned before, I believe that this game is 60% mental and 40% physical; therefore what we see and believe we will do with a golf club is most of the time what does ... Read more
  • How To Achieve the Proper Alignment in Golf

    How To Achieve the Proper Alignment in GolfSo you have arrived in Thailand and had your first game of golf here and it looks like to you forgot to pack your game!  It seems like anything you try just seems to make things worse. One area of the game that is so simple yet so confusing and overlooked for the average golfer, is the alignment and is generally the root of all evils ... Read more