Golf Betting Strategy: How to Find Value

SHARE

Golf Betting Strategy: How to Find Value

Golf betting is a tricky business, and top odds are available for shrewd punters who think they can pick a tournament winner. Less well-recognised, however, is the value in picking a winner in-play; likewise the importance of 'head-to-head' markets, which enable fans of the fairway to notch up regular wins while they wait for that big payout.

Pre-Match Betting

In pre-match betting, the best value is to be found in outsiders, newcomers and dark horses. Since Tiger Woods' dominance has waned, tournaments have rarely been won by the favourite, and so regular golf backers require big wins to offset regular losses on 'tournament winner' bets: and an odds-on favourite won't deliver that. The primary factors to consider when seeking a likely underdog are:

  • Form: a player's performance in recent tournaments
  • Experience: proven ability to win, or hunger to prove they can
  • The Course: how a player's game suits the length and layout
  • Weather Conditions: wind, rain or baking heat all affect play; remember, tee off times are a factor here too
  • Playing Partners: a partner can inspire (or hold back) a performance

In-Play Betting: Shortening Odds

Those who prefer to hold out for the best odds are advised to bet with caution - good play can shorten odds in a heartbeat. For example, in the fourth round of the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Matt Kuchar's birdie on the seventh saw him tumble from 33/1 to 10/1 on Bet365 Sports. The worst thing to do is follow the pack and jump in at the lower odds, because Kuchar jumped back to 50/1 after a subsequent bogie, and gradually fell away as players with later tee times caught up. The key with golf in-play betting is to judge a performance over several holes, and try and get in before the leaderboard (and the prices) change. These rapid fluctuations in the 'tournament winner' market also show us the importance of finding low-risk alternatives.

'Round Leader' Market

If the weather is likely to be favourable for a particular pairing, consider a bet on the round leader. Take the third round of the 2013 Open Championship, when Lee Westwood sat in a strong position for most of the day, beginning to end. Even with favourable conditions for the on-form Englishman, most bookies still gave out odds of around 10/1 (shortening to 2/1) for Westwood to hold his lead. His tournament winner odds were not much higher, despite a changeable weather forecast, so the round leader bet represented a sensible chance to minimise risk while cashing in on his play.

'Hole Winner' Market

Alternatively, risk-averse punters may wish to consider the hole winner markets. Seek out mismatches, or players who size up differently - perhaps a big hitter like Dustin Johnson paired against a player with less range on a Par five; or an accurate player on a par three. In tight match-ups, a tie becomes even more common, and regular bets on these can yield consistent, small income to wager ratios on the less predictable 'tournament and round winner' markets. Betting sites like Bet365 Sports also offer 'player matchup' markets over several holes, so predictions can be stretched further for slightly longer odds.

Play these fluctuation and hedging strategies wisely and golf betting suddenly looks a lot less difficult and a lot more lucrative. To see how far you've come with golf betting, check out the available golf betting markets at Bet365 Sports

Recommended Betting Sites

Betting Strategy Articles


Why You Should Bet the Spread for Six Nations 2017 Round 5
Why You Should Bet the Spread for Six Nations 2017 Round 5

The fifth and final round of the RBS Six Nations 2017 kicks off this weekend - Saturday, 18 March - with England leading the pack. For them, it's abou ... Read More

Expert Betting Tips for NCAA March Madness 2017
Expert Betting Tips for NCAA March Madness 2017

There is no real equivalent in the UK so it's hard for us to understand the sheer excitement and anticipation that builds ahead of the NCAA Men’s Bask ... Read More

Can Leicester City Upset the Bookies Again?
Can Leicester City Upset the Bookies Again?

The line-up for the 2016/17 Champions League quarter-finals will be completed this week as the final set of the round of 16 second legs take place. So ... Read More

Biggest and Best Free Bets of the Cheltenham Festival 2017
Biggest and Best Free Bets of the Cheltenham Festival 2017

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most watched events in the world, especially in the UK and Ireland. With so much attention turned to the event, ... Read More

Ultimate Guide to the Best Bets of Cheltenham Festival 2017
Ultimate Guide to the Best Bets of Cheltenham Festival 2017

The Cheltenham Festival is once again upon us, bringing together the best British and Irish horses and jockeys just in time to celebrate St. Paddy’s D ... Read More

Bookmakers Predicting Upsets in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals?
Bookmakers Predicting Upsets in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals?

The FA Cup quarter-final stage is always an exciting time. The traditional mixture of established teams and determined underdogs makes for some sporti ... Read More

Betting Navigation

Newsletter

Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting Strategy

Betting Guides

Country Guide