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Viktor Hovland’s Masters Meltdown Costs Him Thousands

Ryder Cup Hero's Costly Mistake

Ryder Cup hero Viktor Hovland experienced a moment of madness at The Masters, costing him thousands of pounds. Heading into Hole 15 in his second round on Friday, the Norwegian was six over par and needed to produce his best golf to make the cut.

The Costly Error

Despite flawless approach play, Hovland missed a crucial putt from two yards out, eventually putting for a double bogey after losing concentration. His score of 81 left him eight over par for the day, missing the cut at six over par.

A Missed Opportunity

If Hovland had sunk the putt on his first attempt, he could have secured at least £36,000 and a chance to compete for the £2.6 million Masters prize. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods remains in the running after making the cut for a record 24th time in a row.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I play golf on my own or do I need a partner?

Solo golf is a great way to practice and enjoy the game. Solo play helps you concentrate on your golf without distractions, and is an excellent way to practice. Golf is a social game, so playing with a partner can improve the experience. It provides competition, camaraderie and the chance to learn from other players. Golf courses usually allow single-player play, particularly at less busy times. But some golf courses may pair players together with groups to optimize the course’s usage during peak hours.

How can my golf swing be improved?

It is possible to improve your golf swing with practice, proper technique and, often, with professional instruction. Start by establishing a good stance, grip and posture. To achieve a fluid and balanced swing, it is important to maintain a balanced posture with your feet at shoulder-width distance, grip the club properly with neither a tight nor a loose hold, as well as maintain a posture which allows you to move with ease. Slowly practice your swing to better understand the components that make up the swing path. Also, pay attention to the clubface and the point where you contact the ball. To improve your technique, work with a golf coach and receive personalized feedback. Also spend time driving the course or at the practice range. Consistency matters, so you should focus more on repeating your good swing than hitting the golf ball hard.

How many golf practice sessions should I do to improve?

Golf is improved by consistency and quality, not just quantity. Two to three practice sessions per week are enough for beginners to see improvements. Concentrate on devoting time to each aspect of the game – long shots, short games, and putting. A quality practice involves having a specific goal for every practice session. For example, you might want to work on your swing technique, shot precision, or distance control. When possible, incorporate professional instruction to make sure your practice is efficient and does not reinforce poor techniques. It’s important to make each shot count.

What is the proper golf etiquette on the course?

Golf etiquette should be respected as much as the rules. This includes recognizing the pace of play by being ready to take your shot when it’s your turn and walking briskly between shots. Show consideration to other players by being silent and still while someone prepares to swing. Safety is another important aspect. Never play a shot before the group in front is out of your reach. You can take care of your course by repairing ball marks, raking bunkers and repairing divots. Additionally, it is polite to dress appropriately according to the dress code of the course you are playing.

How do you determine your handicap in golf

A golf score is a numerical measurement of a golfer’s potential ability. This allows golfers of different levels of skill to compete on an equal basis. For a golf handicap, you must submit scores from at least a few rounds (the number will vary depending on the country’s golf association). You can do this by submitting your scores to your club’s handicap service or handicap committee. The scores are then adjusted to reflect the difficulty of the golf course and the tee you played from, by using a calculation method that takes the average of the best differential scores. Your golf club or the national golf association can provide precise guidelines on how handicaps are calculated.

How can I pick the right golf clubs for a shot?

The distance you are playing, the wind condition, hazards, as well as your own level of expertise, will determine which club to choose. Woods are typically used for longer shots, whether you’re playing from the tee box or fairway. Irons become more important as you approach the green. The lower-numbered (like a 4) and higher-numbered (like a 9) irons will be used for your longer approach shots. When you are aiming for accuracy, a sand or pitching wedge may be used. You will also need a putter to complete your putting. The club selection process is greatly aided by knowing the distance from the target to your club and how far each club can be hit.

What are the best golf clubs for beginners?

Beginners can get by with a simple set of golf clubs. A standard set typically includes a driver, a couple of woods (like a 3-wood and 5-wood), a set of irons ranging from 4 to 9, a pitching wedge, and a putter. A sand-wedge is also useful for bunker shots. Professional golfers can carry 14 clubs as per the rules. However, for beginners, it is best to master only a few clubs. Focus on comfortable clubs that are easy to use when you first start out to build confidence in your swing.


  • Over 35% of new golfers express the desire to play more rounds after experiencing their first full 18-hole game.
  • Junior golf programs have seen an increase in participation by approximately 20% over the past decade, indicating growing interest among younger players.
  • Beginner golfers who invest in at least five professional lessons reduce their handicap by an average of 30% faster than those who do not seek instruction.
  • Approximately 2.2 million people took up the game of golf in 2020, reflecting a significant increase in interest among beginners.
  • Golfers who use a golf-specific fitness program can increase their drive distance by an average of 15 yards, benefitting their overall game.
  • Nearly half of all beginners cite social interaction as a primary reason for continuing to play golf after their initial introduction to the sport.
  • The average golfer spends about $500 on initial equipment when committing to learn the game.

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Learn to Master the Mental Game of Golf

Golfers often consider the mental side of golf to be half the battle. Establishing a routine before a shot can help you improve your mental game. Included in this is visualizing the shot and breathing exercises that will keep you calm. Create a positive mental attitude by focusing more on the journey than the destination. Stay in the moment during every shot. Don’t worry about past shots or dwell on previous mistakes. Finally, learn to forget bad shots quickly and keep a positive attitude so you can bounce back from any mistakes on the course.