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…..to 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!