Have you ever thought that you are focusing on the wrong aspect of your golf game? I sure have over the years and to my demise. Yup, every player has on occasion travelled down the wrong path searching for the magic to lower our golf scores. I have found something that worked very well for me and has served my golfing needs for a long time. It deals less a particular stroke or technique, but a philosophy of lowering my golf scores in a consistent manner. I have mentioned it before, but I figure it is worth talking about because it will work for every player.
My philosophy is very simple; to improve my game, I start at the pin and work my way out. Sounds simple right?
If you think of all the strokes lost during your last three rounds, I bet you will find that well over half your strokes occurred within 10 yards of the green. It took many years before I figured out that I was focusing on the wrong things. I was more concerned about ball striking than lowering my golf score at least that is what I found out. About 30 years ago, when I rededicated my intent to improve my game, I was shocked to realize that I would lose anywhere from 5 to 10 strokes around through missing easy putts and chipping more that once on the same hole. And here I thought I was doing so well!
My journey began by evaluating my putting. At that time, after counting for 5 rounds, I was averaging 34 putts a round. I was very disappointed with results and thought that I was playing better than I was. This one ah-ha moment shaped my next 30 years of golf. My adventure had started.
As I pushed out from the green and worked on my chipping, approach shots, fairway shots and my driver. I had mixed reviews on my performance at the beginning as I tried to navigate my way on my new found path. Mostly I used the trial and error process until I decided to follow a proven method to improve my game. Basically, I became more of a student of the game and focused on what would work to improve my scores. It was a slow process (as golf is), but one I completely relished. I have worked diligently on my game (on and off) for the past 32 golf seasons and found myself in a favourable position.
I have lowered my putts per round to around 30 (usually lower, but I am being conservative), my up and down percentage is up, my sand saves have improved, my approach shots are good (but will be better by the end of this season), my long shots are better than average and my driver is the best club in my bag. Overall, I lowered my handicap index by 10 since I started. I could be lower, I guess, but shooting in the mid 70s most of the time is okay with me. My journey has been a fun one and it all started when I stopped focusing on the wrong part of my golf game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!