I have an expectation that I will shoot at least two birdies in one round every time I tee it up. Of course, this does not always happen, but this stat is slowly improving. I can say that shooting even one birdie is great for lowering my final score and helps build confidence. But, this is no surprise and you already knew that – right?
During my game, shooting any birdie is a test of patience. If I try to press my play needlessly, I find that a bogey is more likely. Like many of you, I know when to press my advantage to score low and most of the time par is a good score.
If you watch many of the pros, they will patiently navigate their round attempting to use course management to score low. They will hit their ball in the right spot for distance on their approach shot. In the modern game, driver – short iron is becoming the norm, yet understanding and playing to your strengths is key to shooting lower scores.
Take my friends Blair and Rick. They do this most of the time and as a result shoot better scores than always playing a bash and chase game. When Blair gets off the tee, he is a solid player. When things are going well and he hits his ball to a specific spot of the tee, he scores low. Rick has developed a very dependable and focused short game this year. He is most deadly between 25 and 50 yards and as such, plays to that distance. Both are patient players (when they remember) and play to their strengths. This is a key to them shooting lower scores.
In my case, my short game from 100 to 50 yards has left me. For some reason the strongest part of my game is now my weakest. I was playing with stance and stuff early in the season and I guess this did not help at all. So, I am patiently working my short game back to its previous glory, but it takes time. Regardless, I do not hit to this distance (for now) if I can avoid it. I play to my other strengths with the goal of making at least two birdies per round.
Golf is an interesting game. Every player has to find their path and play to that strength. Me, I think shooting two birdies a round is the first step and rest is gravy.
How often and how many birdies do you expect to shoot in your round of golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!