Sports betting is a hobby many people indulge in, those who follow sports passionately and those who are willing to do something a tad riskier to make a living. While there are fewer professional punters than amateurs who love betting or the sport in question, they still exist and some of them bet on golf.
For a newcomer, betting on golf can be a challenge, particularly if they are new to golf and betting in general.
Following are a couple of tips on how to bet on golf like professionals do.
The Tournaments to Bet On
You could bet on local golf matches if you can find bookmakers who will feature them, but it is easy to bet on the major championships. The major championships are four tournaments which are held as the most prestigious in golf.
They are, in no particular order, The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, The Masters, the USPGA Championship and the US Open. Three of these are held in the US, one in the UK.
Apart from these, the LPGA tournaments should be considered, as well as the ladies’ counterpart tournaments of the majors.
The Olympic Games, when on, are also a great opportunity for those wanting to bet on any sport, let alone golf.
The World Golf Championship is also a popular event for golf lover punters.
The Type of Bets to Make
When betting, it is all in the hands of luck and skill, but also in your hands. You need to place a bet and you need to bet on something.
The type of bet often determines the odds, as well as the player or team in question.
In golf, there are a couple of interesting bets, which are specific to golf.
The bet to win bet means that a certain player can win a certain tournament. This is a popular bet but one where the odds might not be in your favor.
The each way bet is interesting, because it is two bets in one. The first part of the bet is that a certain player will finish in a certain position. The second part of the bet is that the selected player will finish top 3, 4, or 8, for example, getting less money the larger the number.
The round leader bet means betting on a player to lead after 18, 36 or 54 holes, typically. More winners means that your money gets divided.
The 18-hole matchup or tournament matchup bet is interesting because it pits two players against one another. The player with the lower score in the end wins the bet and is hopefully, the selected player.
Brains Before Heart
Using your logic to make a bet is always recommended, in golf and every other sports and sports betting and gambling in general. Betting on someone who has amazing odds is not in your favor, because they were deemed not to be as skilled as their competition at the time.
While a certain player or team can beat the odds and surprise everyone, it does not happen often and sadly enough, people often place bets which are almost surely to end up with them losing money.
Study the tournaments, players and bets and make a rational bet. It is a general tip, one which should be applied to golf.