Fantasy Golf Tips

By Alan Kirk

Fantasy sports are popular around the country for almost every spectator sport. Fantasy golf might not be as popular as fantasy football or baseball, but it can still be very competitive with knowledgeable contenders. Following a few key suggestions will help you have a score that will keep you at the top of your league's leaderboard.

Review Their Recent Past

Golfers can get hot and play well in streaks. Don't consider only how a golfer did in his last tournament before adding him to your fantasy golf team. Instead, look at his past three to five tournaments and possibly as far back as his past 10 tournaments for trends. If he is improving or performing at a consistently high level, this is a good player to pick.

Previous Play at a Course

When determining if you want to have a player on your fantasy golf team, consider how she has played previously at a certain golf course. Look at the last three to five tournaments she has played at the course. Avoid picking her if her scores have been fluctuating wildly, or there is a trend where her scores have gotten worse.

Long Shots

Avoid loading your team up with long shots for the current week. It's nice to find a long shot who does well here or there who none of your competitors knows about, but the key in fantasy golf is consistency. A couple of long shots who have horrible tournaments can ruin your chances for a week. It's better to pick a consistently average player with lower risk for a bad round.

Skill Set for the Course

Consider the type of course that is being played that week. If it's one that favors players who drive the ball long, load your team with strong drivers. If the course has challenging greens, avoid players who struggle with their short game, as a few bad putts could raise your score considerably.

Check What Vegas Thinks

Golf has become popular enough that Las Vegas issues odds on who will win the tournament each week. Pay attention to these odds. Las Vegas odds makers consider many of these same items that a fantasy golf player should, so it can help for you to find players that you should start on your team that you might have overlooked otherwise.

About The Author

Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications since 2006. He has more than 15 years' experience in catering, management and government relations. Kirk has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Maryland.

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