Indeed, if there is a single tip for golf betting it is to concentrate on following the players in form. Recent good form is the key to backing any player. This might most obviously be a good finishing position in recent tournaments or a low average number of shots, but other indicators can be more profitable. A good performance in one of the game’s often under-used statistics, such as hitting the greens in regulation most consistently (in other words hitting the green from the tee on a par three, in two shots on a par four and in three or less on a par five) or converting most birdie putting chances over a tournament can point to a player ready to make a big impact at a big price.
Golf tipster Keith Elliott, whose golf betting annual is a must for serious golf betters whether it is fixed-odds or spreads, highlights the point. ‘One of my favourite ploys is to back a player who topped the statistics for hitting the greens in the regulation number of shots in his last tournament, even if his finishing position was down the field. It means they are hitting greens and giving themselves the chance to make birdies.
The comparison is to a good football team. They make lots of chances and it is just a case of when they take them. At this level in golf it is a case of waiting for the putting to come together—and when it does players seem like they cannot miss.’