Golf Magazine OnlineAmong golf’s many unique aspects are the seemingly endless variables and conditions it presents, from round to round, hole to hole and even shot to shot. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you find yourself staring at a situation you’ve never faced before.

A ball buried under a bunker lip.

A shot from a bed of pine straw.

An approach to a green with a “false front.”

At any given time, a golfer might need to adjust to changing weather conditions, like wind, or different playing surfaces, such as wet sand or long grass. On one hole, you find your ball on a hardpan lie. On the next, you’ve got to play over trees. Later, you’re staring at a downhill stance. Then up comes a strong crosswind to throw everything out of whack.

Our Golf Magazine, Playing Advice section is your resource for online tips on handling golf’s ever-shifting demands.

The Golf Magazine online type tips listed to your left, offered in both text and video formats, will prepare you for what to expect on the golf course. (Short answer: anything and everything.) We’ll explain what might happen in a given spot (e.g., from wet grass, iron shots spin less and roll farther) and why (because water gets between the grooves and the ball). And we’ll tell you, in plain English, exactly how to deal with the situation – step by step.

The Golf Magazine Playing Advice section includes tips on tackling various lies and surfaces, from fairway to rough, bunkers to the green. We examine the choice between hitting draws or fades, and explore your options when playing from the trees (it happens to the best golfers).

Reading the wind, deciding when to lay up and when to go for broke, hitting from a water hazard, shaping your strategy to match certain course design features – just a few among dozens of golf topics covered in-depth here at

Our online Golf Magazine library of golf tips and lessons is constantly expanding, so if you can’t find the advice you’re looking for, drop us a line via the Suggest A Tip function. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something crazy is bound to happen.

1.3 Easy Ways to Hit a High Golf Shot
2.3 Easy Ways to Hit a Low Golf Shot
3.A Simple Golf Drill to “Heel” Chipping Ailments
4.Adjust Technique to Handle Varying Sand Conditions, Golf Tip
5.Adjust Yardage, Trust Golf Swing to Deal With Elevation Changes
6.Alternatives to Chipping, Golf Tip
7.Attack Soft Lies and Pine Straw Like Fairway Bunkers, Golf Tip
8.Avoid “Blow-Up” Holes with Better Golf Course Management
9.“Random Practice” – Take the Golf Course to the Range
10.Benefits Of A Marvelous Short Game, Golf Tip
11.Benefits of a Nine-Hole Golf Round
12.Best Ways To Get Over A Golf Bunker
13.Best Ways To Practice Golf Chipping
14.Between Clubs: Best 3 Ways to Handle This Tricky Position
15.Between Golf Clubs on the Approach? Here’s What to Do
16.Bounce the Ball Through a Bunker When Choices are Limited, Golf Tip
17.Bunker Golf Shots Made Easier
18.Burn Calories On Golf Course, Walking Or Riding
19.Cause And Cure Of Deep Toe Or Heel Golf Divots, Golf Tip
20.Causes & Cures: The Shank – Golf Tip
21.Causes and Cures Golf Tip: Missing Short Putts (aka “the Yips”)
22.Causes and Cures: Arms-Only Golf Swing
23.Causes and Cures: Blocked Golf Shots to the Right, Part I
24.Causes and Cures: Blocked Golf Shots to the Right, Part II
25.Causes and Cures: Chicken Wing Golf Slice – Tuck the Shirt Sleeve, G
26.Causes and Cures: Golf Chipping “Yips”
27.Causes and Cures: Golf Fat Shots
28.Causes and Cures: Leaving Bunker Shots in the Sand, Golf Swing Tip
29.Causes and Cures: Thin Golf Shots
30.Causes and Cures: Topped Golf Shots and Ground Balls
31.Check Green’s Break Before Lining Up Bunker Shots, Golf Tip
32.Chip Coins for Crisper Contact, Golf Tip
33.Chipping Golf Tip: Hands Lead Clubhead
34.Clean Grooves, Dry Clubface Before Each Golf Shot
35.Club Selection Varies Based On Conditions, Golf Swing Tip
36.Cold Weather Play , Golf Tip
37.Consider Variables When Playing from Greenside Rough, Golf Tip
38.Control Iron Shots with Short Finish, Golf Swing Tip
39.Control Pitching Distance with Underhand Toss, Golf Tip
40.Control the Clubhead with Hinge Golf Drill
41.Correct Chipping Golf Club Choice
42.Correct Your Inconsistent Golf Shots
43.Course Management Insight
44.Curve Your Shots to Hit Straight Fairways – Golf Tip
45.Divots Pointing Left of the Target Line Means? Golf Tip
46.Do You Need Different Swings for Driver and Irons? Golf Tip
47.Don’t Fall for the “Sucker Pin”, Golf Tip
48.Don’t Let Late-Round Fatigue Ruin Your Golf Score
49.Don’t Steer the Golf Ball when Fairway is Tight
50.Dress for Success: Golf Sunglasses Offer Many Benefits
51.Dress for Success: How to Choose Golf Outerwear
52.Dress for Success: How to Choose Golf Shirts
53.Dress for Success: How to Choose Golf Shoes
54.Dress for Success: How to Choose Golf Shorts and Pants
55.Dress for Success: Make Sure Your Golf Shoes Fit
56.Dress for Success: Proper Golf Clothing Can Make a Difference
57.Eat Right to Maximize Golf Performance
58.Engine of the Golf Club Shaft or Head?
59.Escape the Buried Lie in a Bunker, Golf Swing Tip
60.Escaping Trouble: When to Drop Your Golf Ball, When to Play It
61.Explosion Shot a Good Weapon Outside the Bunker, Golf Swing Tip
62.Fade or Draw? Depends on the Hole – Golf Tip
63.Fix Your Up-and-Down Golf Game with Proper Fundamentals
64.Flag In or Out on Short Greenside Shots? Golf Tip
65.Flatten Swing to Hit Spinning Sand Shots, Golf Tip
66.Fluffy Golf Ball Lie Basics: Short Game
67.Focus on Target, Not Ball, to Enhance Feel – Golf Tip
68.Free Online Golf Lessons, Golf Info Guide
69.Getting the Shaft: Torque Should Match Golf Swing Speed
70.Golf – How Do I Improve My Strike With Irons?
71.Golf – How Do I Keep My Head Down?
72.Golf – How To Aim Straight Off The Tee
73.Golf – Ultimate Distance Control From 100 Yards And In
74.Golf – Why Do Pros Draw The Golf Ball?
75.Golf Accessories: Best Apps for Your Smartphone
76.Golf Ball Covers: Surlyn vs. Urethane
77.Golf Ball on Cart Path: Playing It Could Be Best Option
78.Golf Bunker Shots
79.Golf Causes and Cures: Pull Hooks
80.Golf Course Management Skills
81.Golf Fix: Proper Deep Breathing for a Tension-Free Swing
82.Golf Lie, Basic Fluffy Full Shots
83.Golf Lingo: Moving Off the Ball
84.Golf Lingo: Ready Golf
85.Golf Lingo: Smash Factor
86.Golf Practice Game Videos Top 5
87.Golf Rotation, How to Rotate Your Body Without Sliding
88.Golf Slice, Part I Causes and Cures
89.Golf Slice, Part II Causes and Cures
90.Golf Spine Angle, Why It Determines Your Swing Plane
91.Golf Tip: Adjust Your Game When Playing Older Courses
92.Golf Tip: Improve Flexibility For Perfect Posture
93.Golf Tip: Make the Most of Your Good Days
94.Golf Tip: The Right Way to Keep Your Left Arm Straight
95.Golf Tip: What is a “Cape” Hole, and How Do You Play It?
96.Golf Tip: What is a “False Front” on a Green, and How Do You Play
97.Golf Tip: What is a “Postage Stamp” Green, and How Do You Play It?
98.Golf Tip: What is a “Pot Bunker” – and How Do You Play It?
99.Golf Tip: What is a “Redan” Hole, and How Do You Play It?
100.Golf Tip: What is a Center-Line Bunker, and How Do You Play It?
101.Golf Tip: What is a Split Fairway, and How Do You Play It?
102.Golf Tip: What is an Elevated Green, and How Do You Play It?
103.Golf Tips for Better Long Iron Play
104.Good Morning: Adjust for Moisture in Early Golf Rounds
105.Hand Placement Affects Ball Flight, Golf Tip
106.Handle the Heat with Pre-Round Preparation – Golf Tip
107.Help To Get The Golf Ball Closer When Chipping
108.Hit it Higher on Downwind Shots, Golf Swing Tip
109.How And Why You Should Swing Around Your Spine, Golf Swing Tip
110.How and Why You Should Use Golf Clubs with Aim and Alignment Marks
111.How and Why: Bump-and-Run Golf Shot
112.How And Why: Make The Golf Ball Spin Backwards, Golf Tip
113.How Do I Create Back Spin On A Golf Ball?
114.How Not To Strike Turf Before The Golf Ball, Golf Tip
115.How To Adjust Distance For Downhill Shots In Golf, Golf Tip
116.How to Best Manage Par 3 Golf Holes, Golf Tip
117.How to Break Out of a Golf Slump
118.How to Correct Inconsistent Golf Chips
119.How to Correct Inconsistent Golf Putting
120.How to Determine Your Natural Shot Shape, Golf Tip
121.How To Finish A Round Strong
122.How To Fix The Problem Of Your Divots Being Too Deep, Golf Tip
123.How to Fix: Bad 3-wood Shots Off the Fairway – Constant Spine Angle,
124.How To Get More Club Head Speed? Grip The Club Lightly, Golf Tip
125.How to Handle Different Lies in a Bunker, Golf Tip
126.How to Handle Tight Lies Around the Green, Golf Tip
127.How to Hit a 40- to 50-Yard Golf Shot
128.How to Hit A Golf Ball Over Trees
129.How to Hit a Greenside Bunker Shot From Wet Sand, Golf Tip
130.How to Hit a High Wedge Shot, Golf Tip
131.How to Hit a Lob Wedge from a Tight Lie, Golf Tip
132.How to Hit a Low Wedge Shot, Golf Tip
133.How to Hit a Muddy Golf Ball
134.How to Hit From a Fairway Bunker, Golf Tip
135.How to Hit More Greens in Regulation, Golf Tip
136.How to Hit Wedges into Firm Greens, Golf Swing Tip
137.How to Hit Wedges into Soft Greens, Golf Swing Tip
138.How To Improve Golf Shot Accuracy, Golf Tip
139.How to Improve Your Golf Game, Four Keys to Follow
140.How to Lower Your Golf Handicap by Improving Your Fitness
141.How to Make Golf More Enjoyable
142.How to Make Golf Practice Fun: Chipping, Pitching and Bunker Play
143.How to Make Golf Practice Fun: On the Green, Golf Tip
144.How to Make Golf Practice Fun: On the Range
145.How To Make More Golf Birdies By Working On Distance Control
146.How to Measure Green Speed, Golf Tip
147.How to Play a Fade Into the Wind – Golf Tip
148.How to Play a Golf Hole that’s Got Your Number
149.How To Practice Golf, Top 5 Priority List
150.How to Practice Wedge Shot Distance Control, Golf Swing Tip
151.How to Read the Wind, Golf Tip
152.How to Read Your Lie in the Rough, Golf Tip
153.How to Recover When Your Golf Ball is in the Trees
154.How to Score Inside Golf’s “Red Zone”
155.How to Stop Coming Over the Top – Golf Tip
156.How To Stop The Left Hand Over Rotating Through Impact,Golf Tip
157.How To Track Your Golf Scores And Progress
158.How to Turn the Tide on a Bad Round, Golf Tip
159.How to: Get High-Percentage Golf Shots
160.How to: Work the Golf Ball
161.Impact Bag: Great Tool for Creating Clubhead Lag, Golf Swing Tip
162.Improve Sand Shots with a Shallower Swing, Golf Tip
163.Improve Your Golf Pitching Problems
164.In Too Deep: Use Lofted Club to Escape Thick Stuff, Golf Tip
165.Increase Swing Speed for More Spin on Sand Shots, Golf Tip
166.Inside Approach, Deliver the Golf Club from Inside Target Line Why �
167.Keep Your Footing on Loose Ground, Golf Tip
168.Keys to Handling the Flyer Lie, Golf Tip
169.Knock It Close with the Three-Quarter Wedge, Golf Swing Tip
170.Know When to Lay Up, When to Go For It, Golf Tip
171.Learn from Your Ball Flight – Trajectory, Golf Tip
172.Learn the Bump-and-Run to Master Firm Conditions, Golf Tip
173.Learn Your Home Golf Course, Part I
174.Learn Your Home Golf Course, Part II
175.Learning Golf: Lessons From A Pro vs. Self-Taught Approach
176.Let Go with Right Hand for Smoother Short Game, Golf Tip
177.Look Past the Pin on Short-Side Pitch Shots, Golf Tip
178.Lower Back Care For Golf
179.Make “Poor” Contact to Control Quick Pitches, Putts
180.Make the Most of Golf Practice on Mats
181.Make The Most Out Of Your Golf Practice
182.Mirror, Mirror: Reflection Can Guide You to Better Putting
183.Mirror, Mirror: Reflection Can Guide You to Correct Fundamentals (Part
184.Mirror, Mirror: Reflection Can Guide You to Correct Fundamentals (Part
185.Monitoring Changes in Your Game After Improved Fitness
186.Overlapping vs. Interlocking: What’s the Best Golf Grip?
187.Pitch, Don’t Chip, When Playing Aerified Greens, Golf Swing Tip
188.Planning Your Shots Out of Divots
189.Play Chips Like Miniature Iron Shots, Golf Tip
190.Play Short Courses to Sharpen Iron Golf Game, Strategy
191.Play the Run-Up Approach from Rough Close to Green, Golf Tip
192.Play to Your Strengths When Laying Up, Golf Tip
193.Playing from a Steep Bunker Face, Golf Tip
194.Playing Golf In the Wind
195.Practice Makes Things Possible
196.Pros and Cons of Every Golf Grip Style
197.Pull Slice, Causes and Cures
198.Punch Shot Can be a Golfer’s Best Friend, Golf Tip
199.Push Slice, Causes and Cures
200.Right Palm Up for Better Golf Bunker Shots
201.Several Golf Options You Can Take to the Bank
202.Short Golf Game Tip: Be Aggressive When Greens are Soft, Slow
203.Short Par 4 Strategy: Lay Up, or Let It Rip? Golf Tip
204.Short Shots in the Wind: Adapt to Conditions, Golf Tip
205.Should I Hit The Ground When Hitting Golf Irons?
206.Simple Golf Drill to Fix Your Slice Shot
207.Spine Should Tilt at Address, But Not Too Much, Golf Swing Tip
208.Stability Key in Fairway Bunkers, Golf Swing Tip
209.Start To Get Closer With Your Golf Wedges
210.Steepen Your Swing to Escape Deep Rough, Golf Swing Tip
211.Stop Blocking Golf Shots to the Right
212.Stop Coming Up Short and Right on Approach Golf Shots
213.Stop Decelerating on Long Chip Shots – Golf Tip
214.Stop Fatting Golf Chip Shots Right Now
215.Stop Hitting Golf Wedge Shots Behind The Ball
216.Stop the Golf Putting Yips
217.Stop Thinning Golf Chip Shots Now
218.Stop Wasting Shots from Inside 100 Yards, Golf Tip
219.Straight Golf Shots Require Fully Extended Arms at Impact
220.Strike Down to Escape Hardpan and Divots, Golf Tip
221.Study Your Clubs for Signs of Swing Issues, Golf Tip
222.Target Determines Alignment, Trajectory and Shot Shape, Golf Tip
223.The Balanced Approach to Better Golf
224.The Best Slice Correction Tip in Golf
225.The Best Tips to Stop Topping/Thinning the Ball, Golf Swing Tip
226.The Cause of Vibration After Impacting the Golf Ball
227.The Complete Round: Master the Middle Holes, Golf Tip
228.Three Approaches to Par 5 Layups, Golf Tip
229.Three Golf Tricks Shots to Escape Trouble
230.Three More Golf Tricks Shots to Escape Trouble
231.Tight Lies, Basics for Irons, Hybrids, Fairway Woods
232.Tilt Shaft Toward the Target for Pure Iron Shots, Golf Tip
233.Tips for Handling a Heavy Crosswind, Part I Golf Tip
234.Tips for Handling a Heavy Crosswind, Part II Golf Tip
235.Tips to Avoid the Dreaded “Chili-Dip” Golf Tip
236.Tips to Improve Your Short-Game Touch, Golf Tip
237.Tips to Master Long Greenside Bunker Golf Shots
238.Top 10 Tips for Faster Play on the Golf Course
239.Top 3 Ways to Cure Your Golf Slice
240.Top 3 Ways to Fix Your Hook, Golf Swing Tip
241.Top 3 Ways to Focus on the Golf Course
242.Top 3 Ways to Lower Your Golf Scores without Making Swing Changes
243.Top 3 Ways to Practice Golf During Winter
244.Top 3 Ways to Prevent “Blow-Up” Holes – Golf Tip
245.Top 3 Ways to Stop Topping the Golf Ball
246.Top 5 Ways to Deal with Slow Golf Course Play
247.Track Your Stats to Lower Your Scores, Golf Tip
248.Trust Your Natural Shot in a Crosswind, Golf Swing Tip
249.Two Options on Uphill Chip Shots, Golf Swing Tips
250.Two Ways to Play a Fast, Downhill Chip, Golf Tip
251.Understand Course Design to Play Strategic Golf
252.Understanding Wrist Hinge in the Golf Swing
253.Use Angles for Better Golf Course Management, Golf Tip
254.Use Club’s Bounce for Crisp Pitch Shots, Golf Tip
255.Use Gap Wedge to Hit Long Chips with Topspin – Golf Tip
256.Use Golf Ball Logo to Set Up Fade or Draw, Golf Swing Tip
257.Use Less Lofted Club to Play Run-Up Chip, Golf Tip
258.Use Putting Stroke For Consistent Chipping
259.Use Putting Stroke to Chip with a Hybrid
260.Use Sand Wedge to Pitch from Thick Rough, Golf Tip
261.Use This Golf Drill to Find Your Natural Tempo
262.Using the “Chip-and-Run” for Consistent Shots, Golf Swing
263.What Golf Clubs Are Easiest To Hit, Golf Tip For Irons, Hybrids And Wo
264.What Is A Golf Rescue Club? Golf Tip
265.What Is Sidespin On the Golf Ball?
266.What You Can Learn from Furyk’s 59
267.When and How to Chip From a Bunker, Golf Tip
268.When and How to Play from a Water Hazard, Golf Tip
269.When Distance Becomes a Problem Top 3
270.When It’s Breezy Swing Easy, Golf Swing Tip
271.When to Chip, When to Pitch From Near the Green, Golf Tip
272.When to Take Your Medicine in a Bunker, Golf Tip
273.Why You Shouldn’t Try to Hit the Golf Ball Straight