Golf Betting Tips: Expert Head-to-Head Betting Strategy and Wagering Advice
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Golf isn't like any other sport to bet on. In most cases, a game is played between two teams, and the team with the most points, runs, goals, etc. wins. Golf is a game that features well over 120 participants in any given tournament. And while the goal of shooting the lowest total over the four rounds is constant from week to week, the circumstances surrounding the tournament are completely different.
Every week, as the PGA Tour makes its stops at various golf courses across the United States, the emphasis on a certain aspect of a golfer's game changes. One week - at a course like Bethpage Black - driving distance is a big factor, and guys like Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, who can drive the ball a mile, are key guys to look out for. And then the following week, on a course like Royal Portrush, the emphasis will change to guys who are dialed in with their irons and know how to play in windy conditions. Because the PGA Tour ventures to a different course each week, the dynamics of the tournament change on a weekly basis and as such so do the players that can truly contend.
Tournament matchups are a great way to make money without having to hope your player outlasts all 120+ other golfers in a tournament. I understand the most golf bettors are in the game for hitting outright winners as you can bet head-to-head matchups in every other sport, but the fact of the matter is that you can hit a high percentage of head-to-head winners and build your bankroll up if you do your research and trust your instincts.
Head-to-Head Golf Wagering Rules
The rules for golf head-to-head wagering are pretty simple. Most golf betting sites specify that if the golfers have a tied score at the end of the tournament, the golf wagers are considered no action. In that case, you neither win nor lose money.
If either golfer fails to tee off prior to the start of round one, the golf head-to-head player matchup bet is considered no action. If the golfers tee off in round one but one of them drops out later, the bet is still live. In that case, anyone who bet on the golfer who dropped out would lose their bets.
There are so many things that go into finding a head-to-head winner, but some of the factors I look for are course history, current form and if there is going to be any sort of weather issues over the course of the tournament.
Head-To-Head Betting Tips: Areas To Really Dig Into
As you would expect, course history is paramount when determining if you like or love a head-to-head wager. There are just some guys that absolutely love certain courses, while others struggle because it doesn't suit their game, or they are a shorter hitter on a longer course. Whatever the reason may be, course history should be the first checked box when making a head-to-head wager. Guys like Bubba Watson at TPC Highlands (where he's won three times already) make for a good play on wager against guys who haven't fared well at this course in the past. The course history really works for any course, especially those with annual tournaments held at their grounds such as The Masters. Experience playing a course is vital to a golfer looking to contend as they will know where to miss if they hit a bad shot or where to leave their ball for positioning purposes. Tiger Woods excels at Augusta because he can see each and every square foot of that course in his sleep.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Similar to baseball, when a hitter is going through a slump, you can be sure that his confidence is shot, and it'll be a while before he starts making good contact again. The same can be said for golf. When a player is in poor form, everything from hitting the fairway to dropping three-foot putts can seem impossible. Golf is a very mental sport, and confidence can be built and crushed in a matter of seconds.
It's important to understand how a golfer comes into a tournament. Are they on an emotional high after a big performance last week? Have they been finishing well on Sunday rounds? Do they need a win or a Top-10 in order to qualify for a tournament later on in the year? There are a ton of variables and questions that can be asked to help you determine what kind of mindset a golfer is coming into the tournament with.
Now, while all we can do is speculate and make an educated guess based on stats and the eye test, there are instances where golfers just pop and it makes everyone look silly. It happens and there's not much you can do about it.
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