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John Cook continues his “whole in one” series on improving your golf with  this first tee tip.  In case you are wondering how he knows, he was

  • English Amateur Champion
  • European Tour winner
  • Level 5 and European Tour Coach
  • Past under 18 England Boys Coach
  • National Coach to Thailand.

“If you think it`s hard meeting new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”  Jack Lemon

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John Cook


A first tee tip

Put an identifying mark on your golf ball!

Even though they use a ball with a different number to their opponent you may have seen the tour professionals mark their ball with a permanent marker pen.  Some put dots above or below the number, some will put their initials, others draw a smiley face etc.   You may wonder why and there is a very good reason.

If, when reaching your ball, you were to find another ball of the same make and number lying nearby, one that had been hit by another player, not in your match, both balls would be deemed lost unless you were unable to identify your ball.  That would mean a two stroke penalty!

The same could happen if your ball ended up in the rough, near a similar ball that had been lost earlier, making it impossible to identify.


and there’s more!

You can read more of John’s excellent golf tips in our 2018 July/August 2018 and September/October issues or in the sports articles sections on our website.

Also read our ‘Take a Shot’ feature in the Summer 2022 issue of The Local Buzz Magazine.

First published in the July/August 2020 issue of The Local Buzz

Images: John Cook