At Hamilton Trails Golf Club, we know that golfers are continuously trying to improve their score. Rarely is there a golfer who is completely satisfied with his or her game. There are always adjustments and improvements that can be made. We are committed to helping our golfers improve their game and are proud that our South Jersey golf course offers a variety of options to choose from so our golfers can take their game to the next level.
Come visit us today and try these out:
Driving Range–A great way to keep on top of your game is to practice at our 20 station driving range. Driving ranges allow you greater flexibility to practice. If you want, you can practice the same shot, with the same club, 100 times until you have it down. Additionally, when you practice on a driving range, you can work on your game at your own pace, without the pressure of keeping score, competing against others, or worrying about holding others up. Just keep in mind, it is best to take your time and look at each swing as if it is the winning shot on the course. Don’t try to just get through as many balls as possible, repeating the same mistakes and creating a bad habit. Work on making sure your feet are properly placed, you have a good grip on the club, and that you are in proper form:
- Upper body leaning slightly forward
- Stand in an athletic position with some knee flex
- Body weight is toward the balls of your feet.
- Minimal tension in your knees, arms, or shoulders
- Head, shoulders, left hip and feet are parallel left of the target
Practicing at the Hamilton Trails driving range also allows you to really learn your clubs and the distance they can send the ball. Sure, you probably already have a general idea of how far a certain club will strike the ball, but wouldn’t it be nice to be more certain? By using the same club repetitively, you get a more accurate sense of how far it will consistently hit a ball. This will allow you to be more knowledgeable about what club to use next time you are out playing a round on our South Jersey golf course.
Practice Putting Green—If you are passionate about improving your golf game, then you need to work on your putting skills. You can do this on our large practice putting green at Hamilton Trails. As you probably know, par is defined as the number of strokes an expert golfer takes to complete a hole. Each hole has its own par value, which includes two putts, plus the number of strokes it should take for an expert to reach the putting green. So, on a par-3 hole, an expert golfer is expected to take three strokes total: one long stroke to reach the green, and then two putts. On a par-4, an expected four strokes total–two to reach the green and two putts, and so on. Always two putts within the par calculation.
Now consider this: Most 18 hole golf courses have pars that range from 69 to 74. So let’s say you golf at a course with par-72, which is very common. If each of the 18 holes has 2 putts for par, that is 36 putts total out of the 72 shots. That is 50%. 50% of the game is putting! Therefore, you cannot underestimate the importance of improving your putting game. Head to the putting green for some practice at our South Jersey golf course today and watch your score improve the next time you hit the course!
Golf Pro—At Hamilton Trails Golf Course, we partner with Cheri Cottelli, formerly Cheri Rice, to provide golf lessons to those looking to take their skills to the next level. Cheri is a Class ‘A’ LPGA Professional and has been teaching golf in South Jersey for over 20 years. She has worked with many Top 100 Golf Instructors, including Mike Bender, Cheryl Anderson, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott. Cheri has won golf tournaments at the amateur, college and professional level.
When partnering with a golf pro, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Be clear on what your goals are from the lesson—Are you looking to improve your swing? Do you want to hit bunker shots better? Do you need to hit the ball more accurately or further down the fairway? Are you new to the sport and need a general overview of the game? Has your ball been going too far to the left all the time?
- Let the pro know about any injuries or physical limitations you have. You don’t want to be in severe pain after the lesson or feel disappointed that you are unable to reach a goal if you are physically incapable of doing so.
- Take the feedback learned in yours lesson and practice. Don’t show up to your next lesson without having practiced what you learned in the previous meeting.
- Be open to new ideas. Sure, it is possible that you have been golfing the same way for years with a decent amount of success. However, after working with you, the pro might recommend that you switch up an aspect of your game that you are initially uncomfortable with, such as changing your grip or stance. Go with it and try it out for a little bit. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but give it some time to see how you improve.
- Have fun! Golf is a recreational sport. Don’t get stressed or angry if things aren’t going as well for you during your lesson as you would like. Enjoy the learning process at our South Jersey golf course and listen to what the pro is saying. You will be much more receptive to the feedback and advice you receive if you are in a positive state of mind. Just enjoy!
If you want to improve your golf game and become the golfer you have dreamed of, a good place to start is to takes lessons with a golf pro that can provide you with expert instruction. You can then apply the instruction you receive by practicing at the driving range, on the putting green or golf course. By taking lessons that are applied in practice, you have a great shot of improving your score and enjoying the game even more than you do now. Our South Jersey golf course provides you with ability to do all of these things, and we hope to see you here at Hamilton Trails soon!