The Skills Required to Shoot Low Golf Scores

Is there one specific skill above all others to shoot low golf scores? Can this one magical shot be used to consistently empower your game to record your best score. I think that there is one shot that can help, but my experience tells me that relying on one specific shot is a recipe for disaster!

In years past, I relied on my pitching wedge to save my scores. I would use it all the time within 110 yards of the green regardless of the distance or ball location. It was my automatic go to club and it served me very well… a point.

The question is: what is that point for your golf game? When does relying on one shot become detrimental to your scores. For me it was when I broke 80 for the first time (back in 1989), but could not sustain that milestone. I realized that my short game required an overhaul, so I started re-engineer my wedges and that was the start of great things to come!

By adding a gap wedge and deciding to use my sand wedge I found the next stage of evolution for my short game. Once I became accustom to hitting these wedges consistently I broke 80 consistently.

Approximately 15 years ago, shooting in the 70s was the norm and when I added my 60 degree wedge about 7 years ago, shooting in the low 70s is now expected. My efforts of evolving the skills for a solid short game payed dividends. So, the skills required to shoot low golf scores was nestled in my short game. And likely it is hidden in yours as well.

But, where do I go from here?

I can carry only 14 clubs and I need one more! I am finding that my long game (200 to 220 yards) is starting to cause me issues. Before I make any club changes, I will need to experiment with what I have and increasing the distance of my 3 hybrid and 4 iron. Right now, my 4 iron is my greatest handicap. Although I continue to use it, I rarely get the distance I expect. Possibly a 4 hybrid might be my next focus and adventure!

As you can see, I am always trying to squeeze every ounce of skill out of my game. It is a journey of passion that I expect to continue to for years to come. After my diatribe today, I can tell you that the skills to shoot low golf scores is different for everyone, however my experience tells me that the short game was and is the place to focus.

What about your game? What skill do you wish you could expand upon to shoot lower golf scores?

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

4 thoughts on “The Skills Required to Shoot Low Golf Scores

  1. Jim, for seasoned players, I totally agree that improved short game is what would provide the most benefit. I used to have the chip yips and it is awful, but over the last two years, I’ve taken short game instruction on chipping, pitching, putting, and bunker play. Through the time period, with lessons and tons of practice, I’ve relieved myself of the yips and elevated my short game to the next level where I’d consider myself good around the greens (not great), but a huge leap. I can play shots with confidence.

    Now I need to keep focused on ball striking and using more of my body to initiate the swing and less of my hands and arms. Boy is it difficult to make that change after so many years. . .but I’ve got my project to work on 🙂



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  2. I could write a book about the changes I’d like to see in my golf game. Some of them will come with more practice, and some I might need some help from a pro with. I’d also like a couple of new clubs. A new driver and a new putter. My driver is almost 20 years old I think. The shaft on it was fitted to me before I made some swing changes and I think at the least, a different shaft would be helpful but I might as well get the advantage of the latest tech if I’m going to switch. The other club I’d like to change is my putter. I have two right now. A blade and a mallet and both leave me wanting in certain areas. I’d like one that takes the best of both. The light weight of the blade, and the better alignment of the mallet would make me happier I think. That’s the only club I’ve not done a proper fitting for so I’d like to go through that process properly once before choosing one though.

    To get to reaching my goal of playing a par game though, I think all I really need is some more practice with my pitching distance control. That seems to be the area most in need since I made the switch to putting my weight on my lead ( left ) side when hitting those shots. I’m getting more spin and the ball is stopping faster, but I can’t seem to get it through my head that I can attack more because of it so I still come up short a bit more often than I’d like.

    Other than that, of course, like everyone else, I’d love some more distance. I don’t think it’s needed to shoot par, but it sure wouldn’t hurt matters either. And hitting a draw only when I want one would be nice too. When I used to hit a draw, I couldn’t hit a fade for the life of me and hitting the ball straight was a challenge. Now I can hit straight, or fade it pretty much on demand, but the draw is still being elusive. When I want one, I get it sometimes and others I don’t. So having a bit more ball control would be really nice. That kind of control can be really handy.

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    • Kevin,

      Well, you have your game dialed in for sure. I agree on the distance and alignment control of your wedges. It is a must and something I need to practice. I bought a new driver and putter in the last two years and it has helped my game a fair bit. I use and Odyssey Works Versa 1W 350 gram putter ( I wrote about it) and I find it has what you are looking for. My driver is worth its weight in golf (Calloway Rogue). Having said all that, wedge work is required to improve my game for sure.


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