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Learn to use the basic rules of golf to make the most out of your troubles. For instance, you hook a ball into the woods and it is unplayable. You are only 50 yards from the green but blocked out by the woods. The rule states you can bring the ball out and place it along the line of flight (even all the way back to your tee shot). So go back along the line until you have the best distance and approach angle to the green. This golfing technique could save you a stroke or 2. Get every advantage you can.