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IVGID Tip: How to lower your golf score

Robyn Crabill, PGA Head Golf Professional of The Mountain Course, readies for an approach shot.

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Tip of the week" is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

Making little tweaks can help you lower your golf score and there's no better time than now to start. Focus on the basics for quick results that will help you improve your score and have fun all season.

Here's a common scenario and a little tip that can make a big difference in your golf game.

You're only a few yards off the green, shouldn't be a problem getting it close. You grab your wedge and head toward the green, confidence flying high.

You approach the ball, take your stance, and take a shot … oops! Your ball goes screaming across the green and into the bunker.

Now why did this happen? It's the same old story since the dawning ages of golf. You looked up too early! This happens to the best of us and it's a simple fix.

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Keep your head down and your eyes on the ball through impact. When you're putting or chipping it's natural to get excited and look up to see if you holed out or sunk that four footer.

The problem is that when you look up early the entire body tends to rise up with the head, causing those skulled, thin, skinny or topped shots.

Doing this while putting tends to send the ball to the right of the hole. Keeping those eyes on the ball for just one extra second can give better results.

Get more tips like this by attending a clinic, taking a group lesson, or booking a private lesson with a PGA teaching professional.

The Mountain Course is also offering a Get Golf Ready program designed to teach you everything you'll need to play golf in just a few lessons.

The Incline Championship and Mountain Golf Courses open May 9. Visit GolfIncline.com or call 866-925-GOLF for information about these programs, upcoming events, and tee-time reservations.

This tip was provided by Robyn Crabill, PGA head golf professional of the Mountain Course.