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Seung-Yul Noh put together four good ball-striking rounds to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by two strokes on a windy Sunday at TPC Louisiana.

Noh carded only three bogeys all week and added 22 birdies to account for his final score of 19 under to win his first PGA Tour event.

Averaging more than 300 yards off the tee and tying for fourth in greens in regulation, Noh was able to overcome the tough final-round conditions to secure the victory.

We all know the importance of putting and short game as it relates to shooting good scores, but if we’re being honest, hitting solid golf shots is what keeps us coming back to the game we love.

Here are some tips to help you increase the number of solid shots you hit when you play:

• A consistent, athletic posture that includes good balance will increase your chances to hit solid golf shots more consistently. Your swing will only be as consistent as your posture, so be sure you know what you’re doing when you prepare to hit a golf ball. All postures may not look the same, but one easy way to think about it is to prepare your body for movement. In other words, like a linebacker in football or an outfielder in baseball, you need to be in a balanced position with an athletic posture (not slouched) as you prepare to swing.

• Find the sweet spot. The bigger and faster the swing the more difficult it is to hit the ball in the center of the clubface. Practice making small swings where your only intention is to hit the ball solid. You can even put your feet together as you swing to reduce the amount your lower body moves, which can affect your ability to hit it solid. When you find the sweet spot, gradually increase the size and speed of your swing to make the ball go farther.

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