GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

Golf Betting Games

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Game #1: Position A

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If you hit a 250-yard drive on every par 4, what would you shoot? You might be surprised to find out that mistakes inside 100 yards are what’s holding you back. In this simple ball-in-hand challenge game, you’ll give yourself a perfect start and see what you can do.

Game #2: Swear Jar
2 Game #2: Swear Jar
  • Golf’s version of pay the pot
  • Find out your betting comfort zone
  • How to keep cool down the stretch

Golf Betting Games

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Game #2: Swear Jar

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We’ve all played the game of putting money in a jar for cursing. In this creative adaptation, golfers have to pay the pot for making costly mistakes. You’ll quickly learn that avoiding wasted shots—not hitting fairways and greens—is the key to posting your best scores.

Game #3: 3-Club Challenge
3 Game #3: 3-Club Challenge
  • Learn to simplify your decisions
  • How to avoid round-wrecking situations
  • Lessons you’ll use in every round

Golf Betting Games

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Game #3: 3-Club Challenge

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With 14 clubs and the endless number of shots you can hit with them, golf can get mighty complicated. This game teaches you to simplify your approach with fewer clubs—and make fewer silly mistakes. What you learn will stay with you when you go back to your full bag.

Game #4: How Far to Even Par
4 Game #4: How Far to Even Par
  • From what distance could you shoot par?
  • Putting your short game to the test
  • The confidence that comes from going low

Golf Betting Games

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Game #4: How Far to Even Par

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With this game, you’ll find out how close you need to be to the green to shoot par. Is it 20 yards out? Or 100 yards? Is it the forward tees? Knowing your “par distance” will lead to an appreciation for the short game and will help you create a plan for tracking progress.

Game #5: Prove It!
5 Game #5: Prove It!
  • The strategy of reading an opponent
  • Learning to play “passive shots”
  • Test your tolerance for pressure

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Game #5: Prove It!

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There’s nothing better than hitting a pure shot when it matters, except maybe making your opponent go again after he hits a beauty. This game gives you five chances to demand a do-over. You’ll see which situations make golfers quake—and how good you are under pressure.

Game #6: Buy In
6 Game #6: Buy In
  • Playing Texas Hold ’em for golfers
  • The importance of staying in play
  • Establishing a defensive mind-set

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Game #6: Buy In

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Like the card game Texas Hold ’em, this game lets you buy back in after you get knocked out. Not only will it test your appetite for gambling, you’ll also find ways to keep your ball in play. Bet enough to make it matter, and see who has the guts to go home with the pot.

Game #7: Worst-Ball Golf
7 Game #7: Worst-Ball Golf
  • The flip side of golf’s ubiquitous game
  • Develop the ultimate skill: perseverance
  • How to train hard, play easy

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Game #7: Worst-Ball Golf

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Golfers are used to dropping a second ball and playing whichever shot they like better, but what would happen if you had to play your worst shots? In this challenge game, you’ll discover how good it feels to get a second chance on every shot—but the trick is, you always have to play the one you don’t want.

Game #8: Heat
8 Game #8: Heat
  • Managing your on-course stress level
  • The ups and downs of partner golf
  • Learning to rebound from bad shots

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Game #8: Heat

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Partner golf is fun, until it’s not. Here, you’ll learn to take a friendly match and turn up the heat until, ultimately, a team’s score becomes whatever the worse-playing partner can manage. It’s a classic “hang in there” game that tests even the happiest golf partnerships.

Game #9: Mulligans
9 Game #9: Mulligans
  • Emotional versus logical decisions
  • The brilliance of good enough
  • Understanding what ruins rounds

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Game #9: Mulligans

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If you had a bunch of mulligans at your disposal, would your scores drop? What if your partner picked them? In this game, you’ll be fascinated to see what drives you to want a do-over—and why your partner knows best. Good golf is about scoring, not trying to hit perfect shots.

Golf Betting Games

Lesson
1 / 9
Game #1: Position A
2 / 9
Game #2: Swear Jar
3 / 9
Game #3: 3-Club Challenge
4 / 9
Game #4: How Far to Even Par
5 / 9
Game #5: Prove It!
6 / 9
Game #6: Buy In
7 / 9
Game #7: Worst-Ball Golf
8 / 9
Game #8: Heat
9 / 9
Game #9: Mulligans
Golf Betting Games INDEX
Game #1: Position A
1/9
Game #1: Position A
  • How important is a great tee shot?
  • Learn which errors cost you the most
  • Tips for playing more efficiently
  • How important is a great tee shot?
  • Learn which errors cost you the most
  • Tips for playing more efficiently
Game #2: Swear Jar
2/9
Game #2: Swear Jar
  • Golf’s version of pay the pot
  • Find out your betting comfort zone
  • How to keep cool down the stretch
  • Golf’s version of pay the pot
  • Find out your betting comfort zone
  • How to keep cool down the stretch
Game #3: 3-Club Challenge
3/9
Game #3: 3-Club Challenge
  • Learn to simplify your decisions
  • How to avoid round-wrecking situations
  • Lessons you’ll use in every round
  • Learn to simplify your decisions
  • How to avoid round-wrecking situations
  • Lessons you’ll use in every round
Game #4: How Far to Even Par
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Game #4: How Far to Even Par
  • From what distance could you shoot par?
  • Putting your short game to the test
  • The confidence that comes from going low
  • From what distance could you shoot par?
  • Putting your short game to the test
  • The confidence that comes from going low
Game #5: Prove It!
5/9
Game #5: Prove It!
  • The strategy of reading an opponent
  • Learning to play “passive shots”
  • Test your tolerance for pressure
  • The strategy of reading an opponent
  • Learning to play “passive shots”
  • Test your tolerance for pressure
Game #6: Buy In
6/9
Game #6: Buy In
  • Playing Texas Hold ’em for golfers
  • The importance of staying in play
  • Establishing a defensive mind-set
  • Playing Texas Hold ’em for golfers
  • The importance of staying in play
  • Establishing a defensive mind-set
Game #7: Worst-Ball Golf
7/9
Game #7: Worst-Ball Golf
  • The flip side of golf’s ubiquitous game
  • Develop the ultimate skill: perseverance
  • How to train hard, play easy
  • The flip side of golf’s ubiquitous game
  • Develop the ultimate skill: perseverance
  • How to train hard, play easy
Game #8: Heat
8/9
Game #8: Heat
  • Managing your on-course stress level
  • The ups and downs of partner golf
  • Learning to rebound from bad shots
  • Managing your on-course stress level
  • The ups and downs of partner golf
  • Learning to rebound from bad shots
Game #9: Mulligans
9/9
Game #9: Mulligans
  • Emotional versus logical decisions
  • The brilliance of good enough
  • Understanding what ruins rounds
  • Emotional versus logical decisions
  • The brilliance of good enough
  • Understanding what ruins rounds