ROKFORM G-ROK Wireless Speaker attached to golf bag

Play Better Golf: The Most Common Golf Mistakes

Make big strides in your game by correcting these common golf mistakes. Whether you’re a beginner or returning golfer, making these few tweaks around technique and equipment can lead to significant improvements out on the course and help you to play better golf.

Perfecting your swing doesn’t have to take a lifetime but there will always be tweaks that can improve your game, even after decades of playing. For beginner golfers or experienced players getting back in the groove, there are a few shortcuts to playing better golf. This article explains the most common mistakes in golf and the simple steps anyone can take to fix these errors on the course.


ROKFORM makes high-performance accessories and phone cases designed specifically for use on the golf course. The signature Eagle 3 smartphone case is built with golf in mind, featuring a slim, lightweight profile that’s still just as protective as ROKFORM’s Rugged Cases. The golf-specific case’s strong integrated magnet also lets players view their phone hands-free while driving the cart.

What are The Most Common Golf Mistakes?

There are many common golf mistakes! In a previous golf-oriented post, the ROKFORM blog discussed how best to aim your shot. That article explained how aiming at the center of the green will work out better for most amateur players. As golf enthusiasts and players, the ROKFORM team sticks to that strategy— well, most of the time at least— and hope you give it a try, too. 

Brent Grant pro golfer with ROKFORM G-ROK hanging off golf bag

But what about other common mistakes that the average golfer often makes? Yeah, we know, there are a lot of them to consider. Lucky for you, we’ve done our homework and, with the help of top golf instructors, we’ve whittled down what we think are the four biggest mistakes you need to avoid to start shooting lower scores right now.  

Mistake 1: Missing the Green With Wedges

No matter how killer your iron game is, or how many years of experience you have, at some point, you’re going to miss the green or hit an errant approach shot. And it might even happen with your wedges, but we’re here to tell you this: missing your wedges is a big-time sin and something you ought to avoid at all costs. 


The reason many players miss is pretty straightforward—they either don’t choose the right clubs or don’t hit the right type of shot. Remember that most wedge shots are done at less than full power, so it’s important that you get a handle on how far your full-powered pitch, lob, and chip shots fly in comparison. 


So, be more mindful of not only which wedge you choose, but also the type of shot you’re actually wanting to hit. Scratch golfers and PGA Tour players know this, and recognize that it's a great way to make big differences on the scorecard— just ask professional golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

ROKFORM Eagle 3 phone case for golf

Filming your swing is a great method to get personal feedback and analyze your technique. The ROKFORM Eagle 3 iPhone 14 Pro Max case is the first and only phone case built just for golf. Its strong magnetic ring lets players stick it to their cart and film their swing from the perfect angle. Enjoy this extra functionality while protecting your iPhone from accidental drops and scratches.


Learn more about all the advantages of the Eagle 3 Magnetic Golf phone cases for iPhone below:

Mistake 2: Penalty Strokes

This one is obvious, but it’s a common oversight by many players. Golfers often fail to recognize just how detrimental penalty strokes can be, influencing the risk-reward calculations that players have to make at each hole. Water hazards and out-of-bounds stakes are hard to get past, especially if you’re an average player who doesn’t make a lot of birdies. Taking unnecessarily risky golf shots can land you in deep water (literally!) and potentially add several extra strokes to your game.


Better players adhere to this kind of analytical thinking that helps them play the long game and come out with a lower score. This strategic play is why hitting a bad shot or penalty strokes (of any kind) are few and far between among good golfers.


That’s not to say you won’t ever encounter a penalty (we all do), but it’s definitely a mistake you should do everything in your power to avoid. A big part of this is mental toughness: play within your golf game and limit risk to help increase the likelihood of landing the golf ball in the right place. Penalty strokes aren't the only thing you should avoid, but it's definitely one of the best things amateur golfers should focus on to lower the tally on the scorecard.

When the hazards don’t go your way, you can lighten the mood by playing your favorite tunes with the ROKFORM G-ROK Wireless Speaker. Not your average Bluetooth portable speaker, the G-ROK features strong magnets that lets users firmly stick it to their golf cart for music on the go. The built-in carabiner gives even more mounting options and the speaker is waterproof, delivering 24 hours of battery life!

Mistake 3: Three-Putt Prevention

The next of the worst golf sins is three-putting. Not only are 3-jacks among the most frustrating mistakes, but they’re also one of the easiest to avoid. To find a better way to limit your number of three-putts, you should try to get better at lag putting and avoid second putts longer than three feet. 


If you need some motivation, consider this. Keegan Bradley is, at the moment of writing this, the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to avoiding three putts. He’s played 218 consecutive holes without ever three-putting. And furthermore, not only is he good at avoiding three-putts, he went 740 for 740 inside 3-feet last year. That’s no misses at all inside three feet— mind-blowing!


More recent news in the golf world includes ROKFORM’s release of Eagle 3 magnetic phone cases for the Samsung Galaxy S23! Samsung users can also enjoy the benefits of such a slim and lightweight case that firmly attaches to any magnetic surface. Whether it’s on your golf cart or a ROKFORM phone car mount, this case’s extra capability is a true game changer.

Mistake 4: Not Getting a Good Grip

Another one of the most common errors happens when players let their grip technique slide. It’s a back-to-basics topic, but when our attention turns to achieving a good swing movement, it can be easy to fall back onto old habits of an inefficient, weak grip or too strong grip. 


A good golf grip is really where the rubber meets the road as it’s the only contact point between your body and the club. To hit the sweet spot, make sure to grab enough club and have a firm grip without tensing your upper body too much. The best way to improve consistency is by establishing a pre-shot routine where you settle both your grip and lower body, getting ready for a smooth swing. Take a few practice swings and you’re all set up to hit a good shot!

Practice Makes Perfect

This brief article can’t cover all the mechanics of golf and there are many different ways to increase your skill level. Like any other sport, focused practice and working on specific skills will pay big dividends over time. Popular equipment to help correct common golf swing mistakes include alignment sticks to get your body and swing into the correct position.

Collin Yost with golf bag and ROKFORM G-ROK Wireless Speaker

In addition to your weekend play, try to reserve times for practice sessions, golf lessons, or extra visits to the driving range. Consider which area of your game needs the most attention and concentrate on making a bit of progress each time you’re on the course. Witnessing your skills grow feels as good as sinking a hole-in-one! (Well, perhaps almost as good).

What is the Best Equipment and Routine for Playing Golf?

Having the right equipment and following a pre-shot routine are surefire ways to introduce consistency into your playing. Unlike weather or golf courses, these elements stay the same no matter where you are, so you can focus more on making a good shot rather than worrying about the feeling of, say, a new club. That said, there will be times you’ll want to change things up with your swing or equipment, so go ahead and experiment. But when an important round comes your way, make sure you’ve got the right muscle memory and are properly acquainted with your gear.

ROKFORM Eagle 3 Phone Case for Golf

State-of-the-art clubs and new training tools have made the game of golf more tech-savvy than ever. And whether you’re using your phone to assist your game or simply have to field business calls, odds are that you have your device with you on the course. The Eagle 3 is ROKFORM’s first-ever golf-oriented phone case designed specifically for golfers.

ROKFORM Eagle 3 magnetic phone case on golf course green

The Eagle 3 iPhone case is equipped with magnets that are extremely strong, making it easy to snap on any metal surface such as golf cart canopy bars. With the Eagle 3 phone cases, you can say goodbye to putting your phone in the cart’s drink holder or the cubby. These two areas are loose and not secure fit for your device and can lead to your phone rattling against the cart, which can be more damaging than you may think.

ROKFORM Eagle 3 phone case for golf details

The lightweight iPhone 14 Pro Max case comes with sleek styling, comfort, and superior phone protection. Attach your phone to any metal surface or phone case accessories for hands-free access to your favorite golf yardage apps or video-record your swing on the course. Its extra-strength MAGMAX™ magnetic ring is also MagSafe® compatible for seamless wireless charging.

“If you play golf and you don’t have the Eagle 3 iPhone case, get one!”

—Brent Grant / PGA Tour Professional

Remember the top common golf mistakes tips we covered in this article and improve your golf game fast!

Chart of helpful golf tips and common golf mistakes

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do with my phone while golfing?

Pant pockets or storage cubbies on golf carts aren’t ideal places for phones on the golf course. Bulky phones can obstruct your lower body movement and cup holders rattle phones around while driving. Instead, use the ROKFORM Eagle 3 magnetic phone case that lets you firmly stick your device to the cart. 

What’s the best phone case for golf?

The ROKFORM Eagle 3 is the only smartphone case designed specifically for golf. From the clubhouse to the green, the case’s strong magnets attach securely to golf carts and prevent accidental drops along the cart path. The Eagle 3 is currently available for the iPhone 14iPhone 13, and the Galaxy S23. And just in case you're wondering if magnets are safe for your smarphone - YES, they are, and we've been using them in our phone cases since 2011.

What are the best golf apps to improve my game?

There are many excellent smartphone apps out there that can give you a better understanding of the course and enhance your own playing. In a previous post, we selected the top 8 best GPS golf apps that improve your golfing experience. The Eagle 3 golf phone case sticks onto any magnetic surface for easy viewing of your favorite yardage apps from the golf cart.

Golf cart with ROKFORM G-ROK Wireless Speaker and Eagle 3 phone case

ROKFORM: The Golfers’ Go-To Choice for Accessories

ROKFORM makes golf-specific phone cases, phone case accessories, and portable golf speakers that are the favorites of pro golfers and weekend amateurs alike. Upgrade your golf day setup and say goodbye to your device rattling around your cart’s cup holder or awkwardly sticking out of your pocket.


Have questions about our products or which golf accessories are right for you? We are available for online chat or in-person at our Irvine, California showroom. Call us toll-free at 855-765-3676, email us at info@rokform.com, or visit us at www.rokform.com

Frequently Asked Questions About ROKFORM

Are your cases wireless charging compatible?

Yes. For best wireless charging results, we reccomend the following: For Apple® MagSafe® Wireless Charger USB-C 65W Wall Charger from Anker, you can find it on Amazon by searching ASIN: B08F28BH7C. For a wireless charging Pad: TOZO W1 10W wireless charger, you can find this on Amazon by searching ASIN: B07FM8R7J1 and the Apple® 20W USB-C charging adapter. For in vehicle charging: We cannot guarantee that wireless charging with a Crystal or Rugged case will work with all Qi® chargers and in all vehicles due to the nearly infinite combinations, including vehicle type, charging area, power output, etc. For Crystal case customers: Please be sure to remove the round inner microfiber ring on the inside of the case. We no longer include this with current production but if you have it, please remove it for best performance. Removing the round liner will not affect protection. Questions: If you have any questions, please call our customer service team at 855-765-3676 or e-mail at info@rokform.com

Will the magnet in your phone cases hurt my phone?

NO. Manufacturers have been using magnets in phones and tablets for years. Our specially designed rare earth magnets are proven safe for all smartphones and tablets. In a product overview from MacWorld, they said: "magnet based accessories are safe to use on iPads and pose no threat of scrambling interior electronics.” Our magnets will not harm your credit cards either. Magnets will only affect spinning hard drives found in old laptop and desktop computers. The magnet also may affect a hotel key but then again what doesn't? Bottom line, our magnets are safe but don’t set your phone on your old computer or your hotel key ;-)

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We have a 60-day return policy. To start a return please email us at info@rokform.com. To view our complete return policy, please click here. Our goal at Rokform® is 100% customer satisfaction. Please call us at 1-855-ROKFORM (1-855-765-3676) with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be happy to assist you. Customer Service Hours: - Monday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm PST - Friday, 8am - 3pm PST - Saturday and Sunday: Closed - Toll Free: 1-855–ROKFORM (855) 765-3676

What is your warranty policy?

We have a limited 2-year warranty on most of our products. If you have purchased a product with electronics those products have a 1-year warranty. To submit a warranty ticket please email us at info@rokform.com. To view our full Warranty Policy visit this link: https://www.rokform.com/pages/warranty

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