Our official handicap index is something that many golfers use as their benchmark for success. It helps establish a baseline from which players can focus their game to lower their overall golf scores. With the new world handicap system, lowering your handicap index will be even more of a struggle….I think. I am actually still trying to wrap my head around the new system, so more to follow on that. Regardless, I find it a struggle to lower my index most years and I am sure you are too!
Under my old handicap index, I was playing between a 4 and 6 at any time. This means that from the whites (middle tees) at Osprey Links Golf Course I needed to shoot a 73 or 74 in 50% of my games. If I got on a hot streak for three or four games, my index would drop and stay there for weeks. As an example, in two different instances I had a set of three games of 73, 73, 74 and 73,73,71. Because of this, my handicap index is sitting at 4.6.
However, the challenge I had moving forward was trying to lower my index even more. It is always a struggle and I have not cracked the nut to continuing to lower my scores.
I think I know the secret of sustaining a great handicap index and that is working on my short game. Lets face it, within a 100 yards of the green is were we rack up most of our strokes. So, it stands to reason that this is the area I need to focus. And believe me I do, but I just can’t get to the ‘tipping point’ where I can drop my index below 2.5 and sustain this low benchmark.
I am not sure, short of taking a lesson or two, on how to proceed. I have all the drills I can imagine, use a varied to clubs, have confidence to play well, and the desire to continue to improve. On a side note, I have had teaching professionals look at my chipping and putting and they basically tell me to keep practicing. They do not see any obvious flaws in my technique. However, if I worked with a teaching professional over a few lessons that might change.
Everyone struggles at one point to lower their handicap index; this obviously equates to lower golf scores. The key to my success is in my short game. Do you know where you need to focus to lower your index?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!