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We’re Moving the Blog to Our Website!


Hello all!

It’s never been easier to access information about the Ole Miss Golf Course!

As you know, we’ve been working hard to get our blog moved over to our website. We’ll be making the move next week, and all our future content will be posted at As always, we’ll have new tips and information available each Wednesday and Friday. Bookmark the page and add us to your e-reader so you never miss a post!

Not only will you be able to catch up on our blog by visiting our website, you can schedule tee times, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, read the latest golf course news, find tournament information and much more!

We hope you’ll all come to visit us at our new location, and we look forward to seeing in the pro shop soon.

Hotty toddy!

Ole Miss Golf Course Staff


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Two Golf Rules Every Player Should Remember on the Green

Golf is, at they say, a gentleman’s sport, and the golf rules are designed to ensure that you always play like one. But what the rules don’t tell you is that golf if often hardest on those meticulously managed greens. Below are some golf rules your partners, fellow players, and g

Golf rules for the green are important for many reasons.

reenskeepers will thank you for regarding closely.

Repair your spike marks on each green

There are a lot of people in the world who think that golf shoes serve no other purpose than to make more money for sporting goods manufacturers, but the truth is, golf shoes are designed for comfort and securing your footing during shots. And by utilizing today’s technology, they are more comfortable, breathable, and supportive than a regular pair of athletic shoes.

Though metal spikes are more damaging than their newer, plastic counterparts, all spikes can be damaging to the surface of the green, and the golf rules state that players may not repair old spike marks that appear in the path of their ball. Remember this little fiasco at Augusta

in 2005? Well, here’s what the USGA had to say about the golf rules concerning spikes at that time:

“The Rules of Golf are based on two fundamental principles: (1) play the ball as it lies and (2) play the course as you find it. Permitting the repair of spike marks on a player`s line of play or putt would be contrary to these fundamental principles. Rule 16-1c permits the repair of old hole plugs and ball marks but does not permit the repair of spike damage or other irregularities of surface on the putting green if they are on a player`s line of play or putt or might assist him in his subsequent play of the hole. The distinction lies in the fact that old hole plugs and ball marks are easily identifiable as such, whereas it is impossible to differentiate between spike damage and other irregularities of surface on the putting green. Permitting the repair of spike marks would also inevitably lead to a slower place of play. Please note that proper etiquette recommends that damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes be repaired on completion of the hole by all players, just as a player should fill up and smooth over all holes a

nd footprints made by him before leaving a bunker. We feel that improved education and players` consideration for others rather than a change in the Rules of Golf is the proper solution to the problem.”

Repair ball marks

One of the best feelings in the game of golf is watching your ball as it flies along the proper trajectory and plops down perfectly onto a well manicured green before rolling to within 3 feet of the pin. But you should always remember that your near perfect shot made a nasty dent on the green!

Ball marks are little dents or pock marks that appear as the result of a longer, loftier golf shot wherein the ball falls hard onto the surface of the green. Balls have even been known to dent the green so badly that the grass is ripped up. And while, according to the golf rules, players

may repair ball marks that appear in the path of their ball, the proper etiquette is to repair your own marks on the green before progressing to the next hole.

To repair your ball marks, insert your divot fixer on the outside of the mark at a 45 degree angle and push up slightly so that the mark rises just above the surface of the green. Using your putter, pat the mark back down until it is flat and even with the surface.

The More You Know: A Few Rules Pertaining to Greens Play

Rule 16-1
The line of putt must not be touched, except to remove loose impediments, lifting or replacing the ball, repairing a ball mark (old or your own) or removing movable obstructions. The player can place the club down in front of the ball when addressing, but may not press anything down.
The most common breach of this rule occurs when a player, partner or fellow competitor physically touches the point on the gre

en where they should be aiming a putt. The line of putt can be pointed to, just not physically touched.
Penalty for breach of rule: for stroke play, a two-stroke penalty; for match play, loss of hole.

Rule 8-2
A player, partner or caddy can indicate a line for putting prior to but not during the stroke. In doing so, the line of putt can not be physically touched.
This means you cannot have your buddy stand behind the hole so you can aim at his foot. Placing the flagstick on the ground behind the hole also could be construed as a rule violation. It is better to place the flagstick off the side of the green.
Penalty for breach of rule: stroke play, two-stroke penalty; match play, loss of hole.

Rule 18-2b
If a player’s ball moves after it is addressed, other than as a result of a stroke, the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke, and the ball must be replaced, unless the movement occurs after the backward movement of the club and the stroke is completed.
Usually this happens in three situations. When grounding the putter to align the putt, it is easy to accidentally bump the ball. A strong wind could move the ball. If the green is very fast and your ball is on a mound, the ball could move. As long as you are aware of the situation, you may be able to avoid a penalty. If the ball moves as you start your backswing, don’t stop! Completing the stroke cancels the penalty.
Penalty for breach of rule: stroke play, one stroke penalty (and ball must be replaced to original position); match play, loss of hole.
If a ball or ball-mark is accidentally moved in the process of lifting the ball under a rule or marking its position, the ball or marker must be replaced. There is no penalty.
This rule is self-explanatory. Many golfers are under false assumptions that there should be a penalty.



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Free Golf Lessons at The Ole Miss Golf Course!

The Ole Miss Golf Course will begin offering free golf lessons for players of all skill levels.Ready for free golf lessons from the Ole Miss Golf Course

On select Saturdays beginning October 27th, golf instructor John Graeber will be on the driving range to provide instruction to interested players. Graeber has been the instructor at The Ole Miss Golf Course for over 15 years. More information about him can be found in this interview on Tee Time at Ole Miss.

 Free golf lessons available on:

October 27th

November 3rd

November 17th

December 1st

Range balls will be provided with these free golf lessons, but clubs will not be available for use.

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Wrist Hinge Drills, Part Two

On Wednesday, we began a two part series on drills to help you develop the proper wrist hinge. Today, we continue with two last drills guaranteed to help you cock your wrist properly.

Cross-Handed Grip

To help you feel what a proper wrist hinge feels like, try switching hands, with your dominant hand on the top (right hand for right-handed folk, left hand for lefties). This unnatural grip forces your wrists to hinge and increases the angle of the shaft. Like Wednesday’s wrist drills, you’ll want to take a few practice swings and then try to mimic the moves with your normal grip.

The Early Wrist-Cock Drill

At address, cock your wrist back. Correctly cocking your wrist will pull the club head away from the ball and place the shaft parallel to the ground. Freeze at this point and then try to make a normal backswing while your wrist is still bent. Then, after a few practice swings, try to do everything in a single fluid motion.

These drills will help you master a proper wrist hinge and add some power to your swing. If you have questions, leave it in the comments section and we’ll do our best to get you an answer! See you guys next week!

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Wrist Hinge Drills, Part One

You have to hinge your wrists during your swing if you want to create power in your swing and make a clean hit on the ball. Hinging your wrists will allow your club head to lag slightly behind your arms, increasing the speed of your club head and sharpening your impact. It’s difficult to master the correct wrist hinge, so we’ll be presenting a two part post with some drills that will help you perfect it.

Pinkie-Off Drill

To get the feeling of momentum inducing the wrist hinge, grip the club normally, then slide your top hand up until your pinkie isn’t touching the club. Without your pinkie for support, the club’s weight will force a wrist hinge at the top of your backswing. Make a few practice swings that way, then try with your normal grip, again trying to mimic the feeling of the drill.

The Hinge Drill

The key to hinging your wrist properly is a complete, connected swing. If you legs, arms, and upper body move together in your backswing, your wrists will be forced to hinge at the first moment of downswing.
Practice keeping your body together by grasping a club near the middle of the shaft and placing the grip onto your stomach. Now take a few practice swings. If you swing properly, your wrist will hinge automatically when you reach the top of your backswing. Then take your normal grip and try to mimic the feeling of the drill.

We’ll have two more wrist drills on Friday to get you prepped and ready for your practice session this weekend.

Have golf questions you’d like answered? Email them to us at and we’ll do our best to answer them!

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5 Great Tips for Building Confidence in Your Golf Game

Develop a great shot routine
Feeling confident in even high pressure situations is easier if you have a solid shot routine. Your fundamentals will be right, you’ve mentally and physically rehearsed your shot, you’re composed, and you’re prepared well before you make your swing.

Don’t criticize yourself during your round
Berating yourself about your mistakes during your round will kill a positive attitude faster than anything else. Remember to learn from your mistakes at the end of your round.

Don’t react negatively to bad shots
The more frustrated you become over your previous shots, the more frustrated you become about your round in general. Not only that, it will take much longer to regain your confidence. Learn to let go of what has already happened and stay in the present. If you hit a bad shot, immediately find something else to focus on; go to your happy place, so to speak. The sooner you get over your bad shots, the better off your game is in the long run.

Get out of your comfort zone

When you overcome nerves, doubt, and fear, you’ll be a stronger, more confident golfer. When you put yourself in situations where you feel out of sorts and uncomfortable, getting through those situations increase your confidence. As in any situation, however, always rely on your routine when you can.

Accentuate the positive

When your round is over, honestly evaluate the areas that need work, but concentrate mainly on what you did well. The more you focus on what you did well, the more confident you will be become.

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Tips for Hitting From a Downhill Lie

When hitting from a downhill lie, you’ll need to make some simple adjustments.

  • The ball is going to come out lower than it usually will, and your swing arc is going to bottom out sooner according to the line of your stance.
  • Set your shoulders with the slope of the hill. This may be difficult depending on the severity of the slope, but setting the angle of your shoulders even to the ground will help you achieve a level swing.
  • Because the ball is going to come out lower, meaning that you’re going to lose some loft, you may need to use a club with a shorter length.
  • Play the ball slightly farther back in your stance. You’re going to make contact with the ground sooner due to the slope of the hill.
  • Always  take a practice swing, noting where your club head makes contact with the ground.  If the slope is severe, cut to a ¾ finish so you don’t tumble down the slope.

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