Breaking 100 The Grateful Golfer Way

Lowering My Golf Score Is A Never Ending Journey!

There is a process to break any score in golf. If you read the multiple sites, depending on where you start, your focus should be different. Fundamentally, I agree with this thought process, yet  I am not convinced that it is easy some claim. Lowering your golf score does take focused effort and is some cases in not a smooth journey, but it can be done. The process I followed was simple and direct. So far, I have dropped my handicap index to 2.8 (at its lowest) and still pursue my goal of being a scratch golfer. If you are interested in my process that lowered my golf scores, then keep reading.

When I first starting playing golf, I was a low 100s player. Periodically, I would dip down to the high 90s, but that was a rare thing. As my golfing journey progressed, I fixed, adjusted, and stumbled upon effective changes that helped me see steady progress to lower golf scores. At each milestone, I changed tack with positive results. But, each change was different and fit my skill level.

I was once told to work backwards from the green if I ever wanted to improve my game. This strategy is very sound, but to actually follow that direction a player requires a certain amount of skill. To lower your scores The Grateful Golfer way only two things. Desire and Persistence. Without these two traits, the rest of the my process is useless. You have to accept that the journey to low golf scores will hold many peaks and valleys. The more you pursue your goals, the lower the extremes will be until you have a steady improvement in your game.

The following are areas of their game that golfers should focus upon to improve. They are divided by score and represent an 80% solution. There is no perfect methodology because every player is different. But the focus areas are derived from my experience. Starting at the higher score to lower:

To Break 100

  1. Practice Putting
  2. Hit long clubs (driver and fairway woods) at 80% strength until you are making consistent contact.
  3. Start learning your distances of your clubs
  4. Always aim for the middle of the fairway.
  5. Always aim for the middle of the green. Forget pin hunting.

To Break 90

  1. Practice Putting
  2. Focus on middle irons and approach shots
  3. Know your distances for your clubs
  4. Introduce Course management.
  5. Always aim for the middle of the green. Forget pin hunting.

To Break 80

  1. Practice Putting
  2. Work on your wedges for all distances
  3. Start swinging all clubs at most control. This will vary between clubs
  4. Practice around the green (within 25 yards) including out of bunkers
  5. Work on course management
  6. Aim to the middle of the green side of the pin

To Break 75

  1. Practice Putting
  2. Refine your wedges for all distances
  3. Practice around the green including out of long grass and difficult lies
  4. Focus effort course management, when to press and when to play safe
  5. Aim for the pin if accessible; if not, safe area close to the pin

Each step progresses and builds on the skills developed in the one before it. Once you progress to the break 80 and below, it is important to focus your efforts on your weaknesses and maintain your strengths. Believe it or not, that is how Dustin Johnson elevated his game to be the number 1 player in the world.

There you have it. This is my process to low golf scores The Grateful Golfer way. During your journey, it is important to take a lesson or two to help with the mechanics of your golf swing. You will decide when it is necessary…..generally when you have plateaued and need a helping hand to move forward.

So, what do you think? Would this process help you lower your golf scores?

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

4 thoughts on “Breaking 100 The Grateful Golfer Way

  1. Jim, excellent blueprint for steady incremental improvement here.

    I took a slightly different course that relied upon heavy amounts of professional instruction when I was young which allowed me to go straight to the break 90 stage. But later in life, I’ve admittedly done a bit too much DIY and only recently have reconnected with professional instruction after plateauing for the longest time.

    Thanks for the great tips!


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  2. Some wise counsel in this post! And good to have a reminder that I really should practice shots around the green and putting more often – or indeed at all! Plus the art of course management – I know I fall into the trap of ‘going for it’ far too often. Good post. Cheers, Rob.

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    • Rob

      Thanks for the kind words. It is a something I need to be reminded of from time to time as well. Golf offers so many possibilities for success, this one journey worked for me, but focusing on my short game was by far the most significant improvement overall.



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