Strokes Gained Series: Your Ultimate Tee-To-Green Guide

Shoot lower scores with these simple tips, sponsored by Titleist

Strokes Gained Series
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No matter what level you’re at, we can all fall into bad habits, forget the basics, and get stuck playing the same problem shots over and over again. Fear not, for in this series of videos, Nick Drane, PGA Professional at the Titleist Performance Centre, Woburn, highlights some of the game’s most common faults – and demonstrates how to fix them. 

So, whether you’re struggling with a slice, pushing your irons, or finding it difficult to escape greenside bunkers, Nick has every aspect of your game covered with some simple advice and must try tips and drills. 

This is your Strokes Gained Series, sponsored by Titleist, to help you shoot lower scores. 

Strokes Gained Series: Driving

Are you fed up trying to play with a slice? That left-to-right shot shape can be pretty destructive, but often it can be a quick fix. As Nick explains in this video, sometimes it’s good to start with the basics.

Here are four tips to stop slicing the driver.

Fairway Woods

Being able to stripe your fairways off the deck is a huge weapon to have in your armoury. Reaching par 5s in two and making long par 4s easier will certainly improve your scoring.

However, for many golfers, the fairway woods just never get used. All it takes is a little more understanding around the correct technique and you'll develop the confidence to go for it.

In the video above, Nick shows us how to hit a 3-wood off the ground.

Iron Play

There are few more frustrating shots in golf than a pushed iron. True, pull shots are usually more destructive, but the shot that starts right and stays there can really test your patience.

Here’s how to stop pushing iron shots.

Wedge Play

Your wedges are your scoring clubs, and it’s from 130 yards and in where the professionals excel. Amateurs lack any real consistency, which is often because they just don’t have a method.

In this video, Nick talks about golf wedge distances and demonstrates how to change your technique to give you more scoring opportunities. This is how you make more birdies.

Bunker Play

Watch Nick splash the ball out of the sand and you’ll realise that the greenside bunker shot is not to be feared. Get the basics right, and you’ll soon find yourself knocking it close.

No more leaving the ball in the bunker, or sending one straight through the green. In the video above are Nick’s bunker shot tips.

Putting

Many amateurs lose shots on the green because their putting stroke makes it difficult to start the ball on line. In fact, it’s often a case of having a short backswing and long, jerky follow through – which also makes it nigh on impossible to get the distance right.

Here, Nick demonstrates the correct backswing length vs follow through, and offers two fantastic tips to help you improve your putting stats.

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X