Keeping it Real on the Golf Course

It is challenging to play great golf! Some times it is extremely challenging to play anything resembling your game. Golf is the type of game that empowers or crushes a players dreams of being a consistent golfer. It is an amazing journey that requires attention to come to fruition.

I have talked about being a scratch golfer for years. I have diligently worked towards my goal and have shared my thoughts along the way. I am not detracted from my quest and will continue to strife forward. With this in mind, I was thinking about something someone said (sorry I cannot remember who it was) about being able to hit specific shots. 

The mindset is that if we make the shot once, it is in our bag and we should be able to duplicate it. At the time, I quickly agreed. After thinking about this hypothesis further, I am not so sure.

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Keeping it Real!

I have made some amazing shots in over the years. Holes in one, chip ins, 300+ yard drives, reaching the green in 2 from 250 yards and so on. Additionally, I have hit some brutally horrible shots to include missing the ball completely, skying my drive and scuffing the top of my driver, shanking the ball several times in a row and probably my worse shot of all time – hitting a car in the parking lot (yes I owned up to it and fortunately it all worked out ok).

I think everyone can relate to my situation. We have all lived through euphoria and dread while playing golf. Although these emotions are critical to my game (2016 Ryder Cup is a great example of how emotion affects our golf game), it might be time to keep it real on the course.

Keeping it real means to play the shots that suit your game. The amazing one of shots are not really in our bag. I likely could not replicate the shot 5 times out of 10 so, in fact, I really do not have the shot. The same with the poor shots, they happen once in a while, but are not really part of my game.

To keep it real when playing, I need to focus on the shots I know I can execute 7 times out of 10. Play to my strengths and minimize the weaknesses in my game. Having said that, I still need to try that amazing shot now and then, but only because I put myself in a poor position. It should not be my default approach to shooting low scores.

Keeping it real on the golf course is important. It will help us minimize our mistakes and capitalize on our strengths. What do you think? Do you keep it real when playing?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “Keeping it Real on the Golf Course

  1. Jim
    I admit I prefer to take on the low percentage shot. I figure why not? I’m paying to play not getting paid to play. Lol. Maybe the reason my scores aren’t so good these days. But I really play more in line with Josh’s approach.


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  2. Jim,

    I definitely try to! However whether I decide to take on a riskier/tougher shot or not doesn’t always depend on how often I think I can pull it off, but more so on the level of consequence if I don’t. If I have 260 yards to get on a par 5 in two, I may only get it on the putting surface 1 or 2 times out of 10 if I go for it, but if the worst case scenario of a miss is being in a greenside bunker or chipping from the rough it still makes sense to me to attempt the shot every time. However if the worst case scenario of not executing the shot is water or OB, I may not be so quick to choose a shot that only has a 10-20% chance of rewarding me.


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  3. Jim your approach is sensible and smart. We are often prisoners of our best shots and attempt to needlessly take chances and replicate. I am pretty risk adverse and dont normally try 1 in 10 shots but I see a lot of that with my friends and playing partners.

    Thanks for calling attention to the trend.


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