Miniature golfers often have competitions amongst themselves in an attempt to discover who can complete the course in the fewest strokes. Winning these friendly contests often hinges on one player having a much better idea of how to approach the course than the others. You can be this player by paying attention to certain things when it comes to playing miniature golf.
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Come to the mini golf course carrying your own putter. If you are a golfer, then you will be much more comfortable using your own putter than trying to putt with the much less sturdier putter available at most miniature golf courses. Armed with your own putter, you will feel more confident standing over those putts late in the round that can be the difference between winning and losing.
Get your tee shots as close to the hole as possible. Most miniature golf courses have a variety of holes, some being straight and some requiring the golfer to play the caroms off of the walls to get the ball near the hole. Others have obstacles. Make getting the tee shot up to the hole a priority.
Avoid being tentative when you putt. Whether a tee shot or a short putt, you need to concentrate on hitting the ball squarely with your putter and solidly. The harder you hit the ball the less it is going to break. A weakly hit ball loses momentum as it rolls to the hole and can go off course. Better to hit a ball too hard than too soft when miniature golfing, especially since balls that roll by the hole will often carom back from the walls and leave with you a very short putt.
Become an expert at every angle on your home course. A player that understands each and every hole on the mini golf course has a distinct advantage over her competitors. Study the caroms the ball takes and learn how hard to hit your shots to get the ball up near the hole. On holes that have moving obstacles, develop a sense of timing so you will know when to hit your ball to avoid it being knocked back by any moving parts.
Watch your opponent's ball when he hits it and learn from any mistakes or good shots he makes. By seeing how the ball bounces and/or observing the speed of the ball that makes it into or near the hole you can then hit your shot appropriately. If you have a choice, hit your tee shot last as often as possible to take advantage of this extra information.