101 Games for Golf
 Who This Series is Written For?

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf.—Robert Lynd
Beginner, Occasional, Skilled, or Expert Players

No matter where you fit, our games will improve your game—enjoyably, intelligently, productively, efficiently.

Junior Players

Learning golf is fun! Many of our games have been “fun-tested” with junior players. And we have taken their suggestions on how to make them even more interesting. No matter how good you are at golf, these games will make practice around the green, on the range, and even on the course more exciting.

Weekend Golfers

Weekend golfers are not always free to spend the time they want to practice. They just want to play. While regular practice is prerequisite to game improvement, this series can help you in other ways. For example, our suggestions for developing a pre-shot routine will help you become more consistent in your ball striking. And many of our simpler games can be integrated into your pre-game warm up.

Parents Who Want to Play Golf With their Children

Parents want to have fun with their kids while their children learn golf, and vice versa. Many of our games are simple competitions that can involve a parent who is helping a child to learn golf. Even if the parent is not a skilled player, playing simple games is fun and develops a lifetime bond.

People Taking Lessons

Golf teachers expect you to practice what you’ve been taught. When you complete a golf lesson, you’ll have ideas for the swing changes you need to practice. In Chapter 11, Learning How to Change Your Game, we explain the psychological principles behind real skill learning and what your teacher should discuss at the end of each lesson to help you integrate your learning into your swing. Then Chapter 12, Perfecting Your Practice, explains how to make most effective use of your practice time.

Teachers, Coaches, and Instructors
  • Junior golfers in group instruction need constant activity to keep them occupied. Give them games to play in small groups to engage them productively while you instruct others. Most games can be played as small group competitions.
  • For your students who get overly anxious under pressure these games can provide low-level competition. Use the games to help them to acclimate to a real game situation.
  • To help a serious golfers who want to improve their games see Chapter 10, Goal Setting, for ideas on tracking their progress. Also, see the diagnostic exercises in Chapter 9. These can help you determine specific shots they need to develop.
  • After each lesson consider each of our games as homework assignments to help your students acquire the specific skill set you are working on.
  • If you are unfamiliar with the psychology of skill learning and how it relates to effective teaching, see Chapter 11, Learning How to Change Your Game. Chapter 12, Perfecting Your Practice, describes practice techniques to help both teachers and students.
  • Experienced Players with Less Skilled Companions

    We frequently see a spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend take up golf to bond with their significant other who has more golfing skill. Unfortunately, it can frustrate both partners. The more experienced player may lack the inclination and patience to shepherd a novice for 18 holes, and the novice may become frustrated or bored with a game he or she may not understand. Playing these games gives couples a chance to share in the sport without the pressure of playing the course. Since the basic games focus on elementary skills, the novice can play them without becoming frustrated and giving up. And the experienced partner just keeps getting better. These games are a win-win for relationships!

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