Have you ever wondered what score you shoot on a routine basis? You know, that one score that is always in the running and depending on the day you will shoot higher or lower than that benchmark. For every golfer, that score is different and usually varies in direct relationship to a players skill. As a low handicapper, it is expected that my score should be consistently lower than a mid or high handicapper. This is not euphony for sure, but I was wondering what my score (s) are that I consistently shoot.
Before going any further, this article is not a discussion on my handicap index. This particular stat is good, but a very low round will keep your index a bit lower than what you normally shoot. Therefore, I want to circle back to my original thought of what score do I consistently shoot the most. It is a challenge to narrow down my score to one, but if I must, it would be 74. Of the rounds that I tracked over the past two years, this score showed up the most. Followed by 75 and 76. These three scores account for 35% of all my scores and it makes sense since I am carrying 4.1 handicap index. What this means is that these three scores maintain my index and the odd low score significantly lowers it.
So why do I consistently shoot between 3 and 5 over par you may ask? Well, that is a great question. I chalk it up to all the practice and effort I invested in my game to reach the level I am at now. Every year, my average scores look like a ski hill. At the beginning of the year, my consistent scores are much higher, however as the season progresses, usually starting in June, my consistent score settles in to the mid 70s. This routine has is almost unfailing as each year I need to knock the rust off my game and focus on improving my scores. It really is an interesting process.
I did ask the question of other players, unfortunately the question was too vague for a poll, but I thought I would share the results anyway. The reason for sharing is to demonstrate the variety of routine scores shot by all level of players. There really is no way to predict the answer.
Interestingly, as we look at the results, the players at the upper range have a greater opportunity to shave off a few strokes by working specific aspects of their game. I am a strong supporter of working from the pin out to the tee box, but there are others who would recommend a different approach. Regardless on which direction you want to take, there are plenty of opportunities to improve. As a lower handicapper, the opportunities to improve are there as well, but the savings are smaller and are produced at slow increments.
Shooting a consistent score is not an unusual thing in golf. Many players routinely shoot the same score because they approach their rounds in the same manner. They know were they are challenged and where they can excel, the trick to lowering your routine score is to identify these challenging areas and find ways to improve. It really is up to you.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!