5 Thailand Golf Rule Violations (Part 1 of 2)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I often extol the virtues of our delightful lady caddies in Thailand. One exception is that, sometimes, Thailand golf caddies let you get away with transgressions of the rules of golf. Normally, this is not because the Thai caddie does not know the rules – most caddies are well trained in this respect. Rather it is a case of their preference not to upset golfers by pointing out that they are in error in their interpretation of the rules. Over the next...

Consistent Chipping in Thailand

In recent golf matches I have played in Thailand I’ve noticed that a great many of my opponents use their sand or pitching wedges exclusively to play all their shots from off the edge of the green. There are times, of course, when the must play shot is a lofted little pitch calculated to drop near the pin and expire there with as little run as you can manage. But in Thailand golf there are many more times, particularly when the pin lies to the rear of the green and there is a lot of room...

Behind The Thailand Golf Ball: Anti-slicing Tip

When golfing in Thailand I find that staying behind the golf ball is one of the most difficult things for me to do. There are so many on courses distractions and my body has a tendency to move ahead of the ball when I swing. In doing so, I have developed an outside-in swing, which can be seen in the stop motion video swing analysis picture at left and causes such familiar troubles as slicing and topping. This is particularly true on the drive, which I also often try to hit with too much power. ...

Down And Through In Thailand Golf Chipping

Golfers in Thailand who maybe experiencing trouble with their chips and pitches usually create their difficulty with improper movement of the hands and the club head through the ball. The club head must contact the ball crisply while moving down and through the ball as seen in the photo insert at left. This is just the reverse of intuition which suggests that when the hands are allowed to slow down and stop, and the wrists break sharply up at impact the ball will go up and short, well it does n...

Game Improving Golf New Years Resolution From Thailand Golf Zone

We’ve reached that point on the calendar when you need to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Here is my Thailand golf resolution. Keep a history of each golf shot you hit during every round of 2007. It will be both beneficial to your golf game and fun.  And it’s easy! After each round, when possible and fresh in your mind, record the shots you hit with each club.  The way to do this is to design an easy to use chart where you can quickly list, following the ...

Thailand Golf Tee Boxes: Which One and Where is Best?

When playing golf in Thailand make sure you play from the correct set of tees for your ability to help with speed of play and your own enjoyment of the game.  Also, be sure to take advantage of the tee box area as it is perfectly legal to use the entire width. I believe many golfers would be better off playing from a shorter set of tees as I see a lot of golfers play from the tees one forward from the back tees, usually marked blue, and struggle all the way around because they can’t hit th...

Great Thailand Golf Tip and Bad Thailand Golf Joke (or Vice Versa

I guess that you will all have heard that old story of the desperate golfer who comes to Thailand and takes up a lesson with a local professional for help. The Thai golf professional asks the golf traveler to hit a few shots then says that he can see the problem: “You are standing too close to the ball – after you’ve hit it!” But there is actually a serious fault that some of us have of standing too close to the ball at address. One of the reasons for this is because some people sole the club f...

Thailand Golf Gaming

In a recent post, I mentioned a big money golf match. I know there are different views about betting whilst golfing. My own is that if you want to become a better player, gambling during your friendly golf games can help.  Those five-foot putts aren’t so easy, regardless of whether you have one hundred or  a thousand baht (two or three, or twenty to thirty US dollars) riding on the outcome.  When looking at the photo left, taken at Phuket Country Club last week, one can on...

Golf Christmas Gifts in Thailand: 3 Unique Suggestions

Christmas is fast approaching and, probably, like me if you are in Thailand, you are wondering what to buy your loved one, or ask your spouse to buy you!. Here are three unique golf gift ideas: 1. Pocketshots™ are a handy pocket-sized set of golf lessons that you can take with you when you practice or play. No bigger than a passport these clever fold-out lessons contain great pictures and instructions to help you improve every aspect of your game. There are nine editions from the Swing and Putti...

Thailand Top Shots: 5 Keys and 1 Drill To Avoid Topping the Ball

In Thailand golf and on holiday nothing is more embarrassing and frustrating than topping the ball on the golf course. This is a common fault of many golfers in Thailand on holiday as they may have not practiced nor played much during the winter months at home. If you top the ball or hit it thin, it’s because you’re hitting the ball on the upswing, most often caused by trying to either scoop or lift the ball. To eliminate topping you must remember that golf is a game of opposites. ...

Golf Professionals in Thailand: How to Find and Select One?

Yesterday, I discussed golf lesson options while on a vacation in Thailand. But how would you go about finding and selecting a suitable instructor so far away from home that will provide value to you during your Thailand visit? If you are interested in taking some lessons and instruction on your golf vacation, then read on; there are no shortage of opportunities available to you. You may wish to do a bit of research yourself, and try the internet for information on golf instructors. There are s...

Thailand Golf Lessons: Benefits of Combining Golf Instruction wi

For many people visiting Thailand on a golf vacation, a very popular inclusion in their package are golf lessons. Whether you have aspirations to be as good as Tiger Woods, or just someone who enjoys a social game with friends, instruction from an expert PGA certified coach is a sure way to improve your game, thus adding to more overall enjoyment. If you are traveling alone, or part of a larger group, there are many quality golf instructors to assist with your game in Thailand, and to help you ...

Thailand Golf Chip Shot

Last week at Green Valley Country Club I was down by one stroke playing a Stableford match against two visiting golfers with one hole to go. Then on the 18th after hitting a nice drive, I found myself short of the green due to a slightly fat long iron shot. For certain I was going to loose the round as one of my opponents was on in two, an assured of a par, or worse case bogey. Well I thought about what club to hit, and after seeing the short cut fringe and green sloping towards me from back to...

Thailand Golf Food and Drink

With great Thailand golf plans in hand, golf holiday dates firmed up, and tee times confirmed, what else do you need to be aware for your Thailand golf vacation?  The short answer is food and water! Here are some tips to help ensure that you enjoy your time golfing in Thailand. Before play, don’t skip meals. This could affect your focus and energy levels dramatically. I suggest you eat a small, balanced meal 30 to 60 minutes before tee time. An example of this may be a low-fat and l...

Thailand Square Club (and Final Coup Story)

I promised to get back to posting about golf, but before starting today I wanted to make everyone aware of  this great article summarizing the series of events that took place in Bangkok last week and authored by one of my favorite writers. By the way, if you need any more information about the situation in Thailand, you can contact me anytime at my Thailand golf vacation company or just leave a comment. Now on to to the main post of the day. Have you ever been on course and hit one that f...

Thailand Divots and More Divots; What to Do When You Are in One?

Take a look at this amazing array of divots. It is an extreme example, but even at the top Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, you can still find such conditions. There are 2 things you can do. The first one, practiced by many of my fellow Americans is to lift your ball, clean it and replace it in the fairway without penalty declaring a preferred lie. This of course is cheating and will get you thrown out of any tournament and really only penalizes yourself. The second action, and the correct ...

Thailand Back Breaker or Great Golf Tip To Ensure Consistency?

Here is a tip I came across on a French golf medical blog that had done great things to improve my game. I have taken the liberty to translate the most important aspects of the tip and I urge everyone to give this some thoughts and try it our next time you are on the range or course. Let me know how it works for you.  Playing with a straight spine and back angle is an important fundamental  and something that is literally the glue of swing theory.  Whether you are 5 yards form th...

Beach or Bunker and the Wedge

Thailand golf courses are generally laid out on flat terrain as most of the resorts and courses are located close to the sea. To compensate for the lack of elevation change, the famous course designers here have resorted to heavy use of sand traps, both in the fairways and also guarding the greens. Therefore, I thought I would cover here a topic that has helped me tremendously excel at this aspect of play in Thailand. No that is not me at the left, but if you look close you can see another ball...

The Woody Chip Shot

Here is an excellent article written by Anthony Gorman , a great instructor at Wilding Golf Thailand. I have used this tip with great success especially from catchment areas off the side of elevated greens. You can find many holes like this for example at courses such as recently upgraded Muang Kaew Golf Club in Bangkok. This is a shot that Tiger Woods used for the first time in the week of the 1996 US Open at Oakland Hills.  On the 18th hole in the third round he tried this shot for the f...

Deep in Thailand

Any guess what this post is about? Well it has nothing to do with being in the jungle or "deep south". What I want to talk about is how to recover from a lie , deep in the rough, "semi-plugged" in the fairway, and also out of a soft sand. These lies are very common when playing golf in Thailand as the courses get lots of rain being located in tropics. Playing from a deep  lie is a challenge if you let the lie intimidate you. Usually, a buried or "plugged" lie...

Thai Take Away’s

If this were a more risqué web site you might imagine from the title of this post that it has something to do with a term coined to describe a particular uniqueness of night life in Thailand. Actually, I will let other interesting authors as Stickman provide more information about this, and I will stick (no pun intended), at least for the most part, to golf and golf travel. Note to all, in case you are wondering, the guy at the left is NOT me! I found this picture at this great golf instructio...

Golf Swing Tip: Greenside Bunker Play

Here is a great tip I picked up at the How To Break 80 blog. I find this tip especially important when playing the Thailand golf courses where it is common to find many green side bunkers with tight pin placements Few things in golf are as challenging as the short greenside bunker shot. With the flag only a few feet from the bunker, it’s a difficult shot to make. If you decelerate the club head upon entering the sand, you’ll leave the ball in the bunker or mis-hit it. If you strike t...

Hitting Fairway Woods

Hitting a fairway wood intimidates many golfers, so much so that many people do not even carry nor use any. But players who hit the ball average distances must master these clubs to drive down their scores and golf handicaps. Here are 5 great keys that I have found to be effective when hitting fairway woods.Take a normal address position Position the ball slightly back Take a complete back swing Focus on clipping the grass End with a full and balanced finish

Golf Caddies of Thailand (Part 1)

  Over the next 2 days I will be writing about an amazing aspect of golfing in Thailand, namely the caddies. I often speak about this with friends and we all have the same conclusion, playing golf with a Thai caddie adds a whole new dimension to the game of golf and is a MUST experience for all golfers. What can I say? For anyone who has not played golf in Thailand before, then the famous Thai caddies will be without doubt one of the unique and wonderful experiences of your golf holiday. Ho...

Thailand Golf Driving Ranges

Here is a topic you hardly hear anything about because most people are so busy playing golf they do not think they can also get in some practice when on holiday. Well there really are some great choices and here are a few ideas. For anyone looking to spend a bit of time working on their golf game in Thailand then you will certainly not be spoiled for choice of driving ranges to visit. In Bangkok alone, there are over 80 within a 20 km radius of the city centre, but I would warn that with the in...

The Thailand Waggle

Waggling consists of moving the club back and forth before striking the ball. You see it most often on the tee, although professional players use it on other parts of the course as well. To produce the waggle, you need to lighten up on your grip and arms. It is also a good antidote for players who tend to "freeze" over the ball or who start the back swing too early.Waggling is a technique professional golfers, such as Arnold Palmer, often use to relieve tension. Palmer, for exampl...

Checking the Grip with the Clubhead

You may not realize it, but the simple step of aligning your hands with your club face will do wonders towards ensuring that each shot goes, where you intend. Some famous pro once said "I never play a shot without first glancing at my hands. What I check before address is the alignment of the grip with the face of the club. They go together." Give this tip a try and I will guarantee that it will shave 3-4 strokes off your score. Read more about this great tip in the continuation of th...

No More Chili Dips

With the ground often being soft and "mushy" here in Thailand, clean ball striking when chipping is very important. This is a tip I was sent from Richard Meyers who writes the "Think and Reach Par" weekly tips newsletter. It has helped my chipping and totally eliminated my prior tendency to "chili dip" and "skull" my short shots. I estimate that most high handicappers can shave of 2-4 shots per round off their score by following this easy to implement and ...

Golf Swing Consitency Improvement Tip

Today is a holiday here in Thailand and I thought I would post this great golf tip that I received by email. It has helped me improve my swing consistency and lower my score. I have for many years concentrated on my improving swing prior to hitting the ball and never thought that the motion of my body after I hit the ball would have such a dramatic effect on the overall result. Here is a tip about proper follow through. Let me know your thoughts and comments if you try it out. A poor follow th...