“Y” Thailand Golf Tip

Y is for avoiding the Yips. Everyone gets them at one time or another when playing golf in Thailand. Whether on your first holiday round at an easy course like Lakewood Golf Club in Bangkok or one of the more challenging Pattaya golf courses, the yips can damage a golfer’s holiday confidence and ability to golf in Thailand to their potential. It’s almost as painful watching a golfer with the yips, and then it is to actually having the Yips. Just yesterday at Thai Country Club I cringed every ti...

“X” Thailand Golf tip

X is for avoiding an X on your scorecard. What’s the shot that Thailand golfers most often hit before writing and X on their scorecard? The shank! So terrifying, some golfers in Thailand don’t even like to mention the word shank. The shank is the most frustrating shot when golfing in Thailand and no golfer is immune. In fact,last month I played at Alpine Golf Club with two golfers here for the first time on a Thailand golf vacation, and both claimed to be single digit handicappers. Each one suf...

“W” Thailand Golf Tip

W is Worm Burner. I regularly play with holidaymakers just arriving for their Thailand golf vacation. As they are so excited to start their Thailand golf holiday on the right foot (no pun intended), it is saddening to see their frustration as they tee it up for the first time only to hit a worm burner, Sally Gunnell or thin topped shotWhile this shot might be acceptable when playing on dry golf courses in the USA or Europe, it is a disaster at most Thailand golf courses. Take for example, Thai...

“V” Thailand Golf Tip

V is for Vardon Grip. Harry Vardon never made to golf in Thailand, he was past his prime before Thailand golf was started, but the grip he developed is certainly used all over Thailand and is also the starting point to a consistent golf swing. Without the proper “V” grip, Thai golfers, me included, struggle keep the club face square and hit the ball solidly. Less than 5% of holiday golfers I meet can play well with an unorthodox golf club grip. An American golfer friend of mine showed me this e...

“U” Thailand Golf Tip

U is for Under Club. In terms of playing, this is what 90% of golfers in Thailand do throughout their vacation. I often hear Thai golfers bragging how they once hit their 7 iron to the green on the 160 yard par 3 16th hole at Thai Country Club or caught a great 8 iron that just made the front edge of the island green 145 yard 17th hole at Khao Kheow in Pattaya. Well of course these were their best shots, downhill and probably down wind, but they all come to think that’s their average distance.&n...

“T” Thailand Golf Tip

T is for Television. Before coming on Thailand golf vacation you can improve your game by mimicking a few things that golf professionals do by watching golf on television. Anyway what better thing is there to do at your club after a weekend round and sipping a few cold ones at the snack shack? Of course watching an entire golf tournament is time prohibitive, as is using your TIVO to view record a tournament and watch each golfers’ swing in slow motion, so try to look for and emulate the followin...

“S” Thailand Golf Tip

S is for Sixty degree wedge. More and more golfers coming on a Thailand golf vacation carry a 60 degree or lob wedge. However, I feel the sixty degree wedge in Thailand can actually add strokes to most people on a golf vacation. The tropical Thailand weather already lends itself to damp playing conditions, and the greens on the best courses such as Alpine Golf Club in Bangkok or the new Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin hold the ball amazingly well, thus negating some of the normal lob wedge a...

“R” Thailand Golf Tip

R is for using a Routine. The first thing you should do even before coming to Thailand is to develop a set a pre-shot routine for use on your trip. You can do this from the comfort of your home or on the golf courses nearby in Europe or the USA. Then when you arrive for your Thailand golf vacation, and from the first tee at Blue Canyon or even Amata Springs, you will have much more confidence, consistency and ultimately enjoyment from your golf holiday.It’s so simple to do, not requiring any...

“Q” Thailand Golf Tip

Q is for asking Questions. When planning a Thailand golf vacation always good to ask allot of questions. My posts can never answer everything about Thailand golf holidays, or those dicey questions about how to improve your golf game when in Thailand. Fortunately there are many golf websites that are good resources for getting information on Thailand golf and golf instruction. My golf travel company has information and photos from the top 60 Thailand golf courses. For even wider Thailand golf co...

“P” Thailand Golf Tip

P is for Putting well. In my opinion, putting is the most important aspect of playing golf in Thailand. If you putt well at the new golf resorts you will be playing at, then I am sure you will get maximum enjoyment from your golf holiday. Even if it is the flattish greens like those found at the Royal Golf Club or the more challenging ones that are shaped like potato chips such as the greens at the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed Green Valley Golf Club, putting well is critical to having a good...

“O” Thailand Golf Tip

O is for Off day. Learning to manage your game on an off day when golfing in Thailand is one of the most difficult things to do. Anyway, after the anticipation and excitement of planning and spending a large amount of time and money to get to Thailand, the last thing you want is to have a poor golf game ruin your trip. Yet if you can successfully learn to get the most out of your golf  when you don’t have you’re “A” game, your scores will be a lot better and your golf trip will be much mor...

“M” Thailand Golf Tip

M is for Mulligan. The Mulligan is a Thai golfer’s best friend and just like the history of the word Mulligan, the use of it is always a great debatable subject. The TGA (Thailand Golfers Association), offers three ‘stories’ on how the Mulligan began. The most widely accepted one is a Canadian golfer named David Mulligan once teed it up (in the 1920’s in Montreal, Canada), hit a bad shot, and took another one. He referred to it as a ‘correction shot’ but apparently his golfing partners thought i...

“L” Thailand Golf tip

L is for Love of golf. If you don’t love golf, golf will not love you. OK, that was a bit corny and owning a golf company, I am definitely not unbiased, but there is some truth in that. The ones who truly love golf, especially golf in Thailand, tend to get the best out of their game and golf seems to give everything back. What does loving golf mean? Without being too philosophical, loving golf is more than just enjoying it, it’s respecting the rules, the etiquette and, in Thailand, the courses...

“K” Thailand Golf Tip

K is for a Knockdown shot. Although the wind rarely howls in Thailand, some of the courses do have prevalent and somewhat strong trade winds, especially those golf courses located in a valley or near the sea. Pattana Golf in Pattaya and Mission Hills Phuket are two such courses that come to mind. You will have a big advantage if you know how to hit a knockdown shot when playing at these Thailand golf courses.  Here are the six steps I suggest when trying to hit a low shot. First, grip dow...

“J” Thailand Golf Tip

J is for Jitters. First tee jitters are common golfing in Thailand, but exactly what are they and how do you overcome first tee jitters? That feeling, on your first day of your Thailand golf vacation where you can hardly put the tee in straight, you’re mind and heart are so excited and all you do is hope to god that you make contact (any contact) with the ball and send it past the Thai ladies tees. After all, besides spending the last 3 months or more indoors, your golf round in Thailand is the...

“I” Thailand Golf Tip

I is for not being Indecisive. Most bad shots I see here on the golf courses in Thailand are the result of indecision.  For me personally, I would say up to 90% of my bad shots come from not being confident of the shot I play. How many times have you been between clubs, or not sure of the type of golf shot you have to play, only for the shot to turn out just as you imagined it – that’s right – nothing, because you weren’t sure what shot you were trying to play. Indecision can cost yo...

“H” Thailand Golf Tip

H is for Hero. Don’t be one. We all try to be a hero at some stage when golfing in Thailand by hitting a 250 yard 3 wood over water, around trees, or to one of those sucker pins cut 5 feet from the water at a course like Alpine Golf Club.  If you don’t care about your score, go ahead and hit that shot, or for that matter try your 7 iron after you hit an errant tee shot into the Thai jungle. You have a 1% chance to advance your ball through that opening in the trees the size of a keyhole. Y...

“G” Thailand Golf Tip

G is for Gamesmanship. Whether or not you are ware of it, at every level of golf in Thailand and especially with Thai golfers, there is gamesmanship going on. Here are some tips if you trying to win a $1 Nassau or your golf club championship which you should at least be aware of!. On the first tee take charge. Shake hands first, introduce yourself first, and ask them about any local rules (such as drop zones, red aunt mounds, lateral hazards, etc.), what etiquette you will observe, (perhaps you’...

“F” Thailand Golf Tip

F is for having Fun. Yes, golf in Thailand is supposed to be fun. What frame of mind are you in when having fun? Relaxed, and when you’re relaxed, swinging the club is easy. Therefore, I wonder why, when golfing in Thailand, I always see some players walking the golf course without smiling the whole day and don’t seem to be enjoying it at all. Golf professionals may look a bit stiff on television, but deep down most of them are enjoying it when they’re in contention. The fact that most of us ...

“E” Thailand Golf Tip

E is for Endless improvement. Golf in Thailand is a never ending journey of getting better. I’m sick of hearing Tiger Woods say it, but it’s true. Most golfers take one or a series of golf lessons in Thailand and expect to find some magic formula that will transform them into a lean mean golfing machine. When golfing here in Thailand, and other parts of the world, there are no secrets. Once you understand that there are no golf shortcuts, and your only realistic goal is to listen to Tiger Woods...

“D” Thailand Golf Tip

D is for dead aim. The late Harvey Penick, one of golf’s greatest teachers, in spite of never managing to play golf in Thailand, used to say “take dead-aim”. Golfers I see at Thailand golf courses moan to themselves when they hit it far left or right of their target. When I watch these golfers closely, I am often surprised at how much time they look at their club and ball and how little time, if at all, they look at where they are trying to hit their golf ball. I figure that this is because mo...

“C” Thailand Golf Tip

C is for Chipping It In. Most people golfing in Thailand can easily improve their scores by improving their chipping to facilitate getting up and down in two stokes, thus savings many pars or even making birdie. To chip well in Thailand  make sure you set up correctly. Stand with you feet and shoulders parallel to the target (or square), play the ball back in your stance to help you make solid contact, and put 60-70 percent of your weight on your left foot, leaning forward to help promote ...

“B” Thailand Golf Tip

B is for buying a diver.The driver, the big dog, the big stick, whatever you want to call it, its one of the most important clubs in Thailand. The old saying “Drive for Show, Putt for Dough” is outdated and whilst it still carries some truth, if you can’t get off the tee and into the fairway when playing golf in Thailand then you’re going to be struggling just to make bogey or risk worse for that hole. Think of your most skilled golfing friends. I bet most of them are good drivers. Unless you ...

“A” Thailand Golf Tip

A is for attitude. A good attitude is vital to shooting low scores and achieving a high level of satisfaction at all Thailand golf courses. Think of your best rounds, and I’d bet you that on those days, you were relaxed, didn’t have much to complain about, and in general had fun out on the course. How many players have you played with that seem to spend most of their time complaining about the course, the caddies, their bad play, the weather, their clubs or some combination of above?  A g...

“A to Z” Thailand Golf Tips

In most golfing countries, spring is here or just around the corner. Therefore, I thought it good timing to start a series of posts, each a unique alphabetic letter and covering interesting, sometimes serious or sometimes light hearted, Thailand golf tips. These will be my original golf tips I have collected or came up with over the years playing golf in and traveling to Thailand. They should be useful for both persons here on Thailand golf packages as well as Thailand golf residents. I would lo...

Golf Warm Up Thoughts and 2 Suggestions

We are blessed here in Thailand with a climate that allows golfing all the year round. There are very few days where it is not possible to get on to the golf course – and shorts and polo shirts are the order of the day. Only rarely is a light rain jacket or a sleeveless sweater required. But the warm sun on their backs sometimes tempts golfers here to skip their normal warm-up routine they use at home, where perhaps temperatures are a lot lower. Too often I see golfers arrive at the cours...

Best 20 Shot Golf Drill To Score Well in Thailand

Sometimes, like me, I am sure your work, family, budget, or the weather prevents you from taking a Thailand golf vacation or just playing golf as often as you like. We either play infrequently, or worse, need to take long breaks from getting out to the golf course. Scores are generally not very good with the short game suffering the most during these layoffs. This is further compounded because the short game is also relatively more important during the first round after coming back from a layoff...

Happier Family Life and Better Golf In and Out of Thailand

One of my pet dislikes is when money is spent on so-called research by scientists, only for them to come up with what was already blindingly obvious, or if in Thailand the not so obvious. You may have come across a recent example of this. Sports psychology researchers at Exeter University in the UK have pronounced that a happy home life can make you better at golf. They found that the emotional support a golfer receives off the course is directly linked to the quality of his performance on it. ...

Four Steps To Thailand Golf Par Three Club Selection

When playing golf in Thailand it pays to plan carefully for all par 3 holes.  Most Thailand golf courses have four par 3’s which the average golfer can reach.  Pars on these holes can do a lot for your score and give you a psychological lift.  Double bogeys or worse double par can easily ruin an otherwise good round, so it pays to approach these holes also with a certain caution and correct club selection is the key to success. Here are the four steps that I use to slect th...

Thailand Lazy Putter Syndrome

My last 2 tournament rounds golfing in Thailand I counted 6 missed easy short putts. This was very frustrating indeed considering my golf club does not allow tournament gimmies and the rest of my golf game was spot on. Who hasn’t experienced the same thing now and then? I have found golfing when in Thailand that it is easy to get a “lazy putter” causing more than your share of short missed putts. This putter laziness comes because either you have had a late night on the town before an ear...