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