Early in each year, I like to find an area of my game to focus upon in order to have build the foundation for success. I have to admit, improving my GIR is rooted in last year’s goals and I want to continue to improve lowering my golf scores. Additionally, I have discussed this statistic with Brian Penn from All About Golf and we both agree that increasing our GIR percentage should be at the forefront of most golfers goals. Hence, GIR is my early season focus!
The challenge I have is changing the way I play to create opportunities to increase my greens in regulation (GIR) stat. I thought deeply about what to do and I think I have a game plan. Let me know what you think.
First, when all possible hit to a distance of either 120 yards or 50 yards. Both of these distances are my strengths (PW and SW respectively) and offer an opportunity to improve my GIR and lower my score.
Second, I will start aiming on the fat side of the green. I generally pin hunt most of the time and that has been a bit of a problem in the past. Obviously, the closer I am to the green, the more aggressive I can become. But, from 150 yards out, a more conservative approach might be required.
Lastly, try to avoid hitting my ball hard into the green. If I am in between clubs, use the longer club more often. I generally use the shorter club and swing a bit harder and have met with good success. However, hitting the ball hard has its disadvantages. The ball has a tendency to hit hard on the green and release father than I expect. And my ball will over re-act if it hits the ground at a bad angle. So, hitting the longer club might help me increase my GIR percentage.
By focusing on increasing my GIR percentage early in the season, I have the opportunity to greatly improve my overall game later in the year. Of course the higher GIR percentage has a direct and inverse ratio to my golf scores; so it only makes sense that I put the time in now working on this important area of my game.
Do you focus on a specific area of your game early in the golf season?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!