It is that time of year where I start to formulate my plan to lower my golf score in the upcoming golf season. Of course, I am focused on sharpening my short game because over the years, that has proven the best way to sustain my current low scores. But, what do I need to do to this year improve my scores and to keep this improvement moving forward. As I watch the movie ‘Seven Days In Utopia’, I am reminded of the saying that “the first step to finding a good game is to find some conviction”. In other words, be a student of the game and be open to adjusting/changing/improving the areas that need improving. Well, I think I know the where my conviction lies this year and I am excited to get started.
After analyzing my game from last year, I know what area I need/want to focus. It is nothing new, but this year I am going to up my conviction. I am going to focus on my approach shots from 150 yards. This is normally a 7/8 iron and I expect that is not going to change. What I need to do is to improve my GIR from this distance….nothing new right? However, I want to offer this paragraph I read about percentages:
“One surefire way to shave strokes off your score is to improve performance from 150 yards in the fairway. PGA Tour pros hit half of these shots within 23 feet of the hole (and hit the green 77 percent of the time), while 80-golfers knock them to around 40 feet (hitting 50 percent of greens) and 90-golfers to around 55 feet (hitting just over 30 percent of greens). These are Grand Canyon–sized differences! Reducing your proximity by five feet on these shots is a realistic goal and would lead to better outcomes in other areas of your bag. If you hit a 7-iron from 150, for instance, then improving with that club will make you better with your 6-iron and 8-iron too.”https://golf.com/instruction/analytics-expert-weekend-golfers-save-strokes/
After reading the whole article, I think the above paragraph will be the foundation for my conviction this year. I want to improve my GIR for sure, but to do it by hitting the ball closer to the hole on all approach shots. This seemingly small thing has a huge cascading affect on my short game.
There are many different areas I need to improve from ball position, swing control, alignment, club selection, and/or solid ball contact. I am not going to do a complete overhaul of my game, but I am going to focus on what I need to do to make small improvements so my ball lands just a bit closer to the pin on my approach shots.
This definitely sounds like a tall order and it is. I have set my goals high this year. I believe that with the proper conviction and intent I will be able to accomplish a stronger foundation for my game. This inturn will produce lower golf scores.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!