Golf Betting

Successful Golf Betting

HOW YOU CAN WIN The chaps I have already mentioned were either very clever or simply struck it lucky, and the one who won the most, Graham Hill, was not even a regular golf punter. Football was his game. He claimed no expert knowledge of golf, but in order to beat the enemy on a regular basis you certainly need to know your golfing onions.

Apart from my own knowledge of the game accumulated over 40 years, my office at home is overrun with reference books, I watch dozens of hours of golf on TV every week, and when I go out for an evening to do something else, the golf is taped for late-night or early-next-morning viewing. It is vital to see how people are swinging and putting.

Some players score well but you can see they do not have confidence in one or two areas of their game and cannot replicate a good score for three more days.

To win at golf, you have to be up with the pace at least; better still, ahead of it. Just like football, you need to be in-the-know about players who are carrying injuries, players who have poor/great records on certain courses, players who go well at certain times of year, players who target certain objectives and use minor tournaments to experiment or build up to the Majors and other lucrative weeks. Hunches play a part too; sometimes you just sense that a player is coming up to a victory.

Is there a secret to backing regular golf winners? If I knew it, I'd probably keep it to myself. But there is no secret. As Gary Player once said: "The more I practise, the luckier I get." So it is with golf punting, or any sort of punting: the more you put into it, generally the more you get out of it.

The principal requirement is judgement. You have to know when a bookmaker has made a mistake. It happens a lot less rarely now than it did in the 'good old days' when golf was very small beer indeed.

To know a mistake when you see one, you have to make your own tissue for each event. That requires getting 'the runners' from the requisite website and doing your homework: current performance, course form, length of course, likely weather conditions, plus any other ingredient you think is important. Put them all together and come up with a price. That's what the odds-compilers do. To beat them, you have to know as much, maybe more. Then you have to get up very early as prices that stick out have been known to vanish as quickly as David Duval.

The successes of players such as Curtis and Drummond prove conclusively that almost any one of any given field can win a golf tournament these days. As 2001 Open champion Duval once said: "The public think there is a big gap between the world No. 1 and the world No. 24, but over the course of a season, it's only a putt here or there. There's very little to choose between all of us."