Most golfers want to shot the best score of their lives every time they hit the links. I am no different. I strive to shoot par are lower each time I play, but alas I rarely accomplish this feat. It is not because I do not have the skill or desire, it usually happens because I fail to keep the ball in play. This is my Achilles Heel and I know it!
I cannot count the number of times that I step up to the first tee and either pull or push my ball off the fairway. Immediately, this wayward shot starts my game off poorly and I feel that I must do something early to compensate for my error. Of course, this is the wrong approach, yet it happens once in a while.
As an amateur, keeping the ball in play off the first tee is important. So much so, I asked how you fared:
I fall into the 41%, but should be in the 14% if I want to lower my handicap index. As a matter of fact, my expectations is to hit the fairway or green around 80% or more to score well. I realize that this is a very high expectation, but I feel to score in the low 70s or high 60s consistently, I need to hit more fairways. This need dovetails into the my point for today.\
The key to lower golf scores is to keep the ball in play on the short grass. Yup, it is not anymore complicated than that. I realize that everyone makes a poor shot, however it is those shots where we have control and miss that cause the issues.
Generally, when I make a very poor shot it is because I am trying to squeeze a few extra yards out of my next shot. Instead of settling for 175 yards from the green, I am trying for 168 yards. As I attempt to gain a bit more real estate, my risk for the shot increases and hence the chances of making the shot lower. It is something we have discussed during our course management talks, but I continue to make that silly mistake. I do catch myself most of the time, but every once in awhile my ego takes over and that usually spells disaster.
Keeping the ball in play off the tee and in the general area is key to lower golf scores. It affords great shot options because as Ben Hogan says:
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
4 thoughts on “The Key To Lower Golf Scores!”
The pro’s practice far more hours than they play. As amatuers who have to work for a living, we don’t have that luxury. That makes our mental game even more important. It also means it is probably better for us to spend as much time as possible practicing shorter, rather than full swings simply because with practice, those shorter swings are less likely to go awry and we should be able to make better contact more often.
Off the tee I find that mindset even more important. Even when I know a little extra would be helpful I try to put the thought in my head that smooth and easy goes farther and straighter than trying to kill it far more often than not.
You points are very relevant. Not always trying to hit the ball a mile is important to keeping it in play more often. I agree with your statement “smooth and easy” works more often than not.
Exactly. My longest drives have always come as bit of a surprise because I wasn’t “trying” to kill it. In my experience, the less I try to kill it, the better the chance I have at holding the lag longer and getting more speed out of the swing and the better my chances at hitting the sweet spot too. A slower take away followed by a smooth transition delivers the best results for me.
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Sounds about right!