“Fifty on one nine and forty-nine on the other”

Is it really that simple?

Many golfers look at ways that they can break down their scoring into manageable chunks. Perhaps you may look at the golf course as three holes to deal with first and then move onto the next three. Maybe it is breaking the course down into 6 holes at a time. Both methods have their place, however, ask many low handicappers how they play the course and you will often hear them say, “one shot at a time”.
Most golfers who shot high scores have the game to score lower but when they score big, I bet they score big. Golfers who regularly shoot in the 100’s will often see large numbers. Snowmen (8) big nines and the worst of all, double figures.
Big scores come when your ego takes centre stage and you listen to that little voice that says “stuff it” or to that effect.
Here is an exercise to get your emotions under control and to turn that eight into a six or that ten into a seven. This will eventually see you shot lower scores if you can turn those big numbers around.

a) Know your strengths
b) Play to them
c) See the shot
d) Feel it in your practice swing
e) Commit to it

a) Know your strengths
There is a strong part of your game. If you understand that the game is simply numbers on a card and that the game does not need a picture drawn, you will begin to realise that you can put yourself in good position on each hole by simply playing to your strengths.

b) Play to them
When you are in a tough position or you have started the hole well, remember what your strengths are. Are you comfortable moving the ball up the fairway with your 7-iron if your tee shot didn’t go as planned.

c) See the shot
Take a moment to get your breathing settled and visualise the shot you want to play. Whether it is simply getting the ball out of trouble and onto the fairway or laying up short of the green, you must see the shot in your mind.

d) Feel it in your practice swing
Stand and face the ball from behind and feel the swing you need to take to get the ball into the desired position. Feel the muscles that work and notice the length and tempo of your swing.

e) Commit to it
Most importantly, you must commit to the shot at hand. There is no gain from cussing yourself or your luck. There is nothing you can do about where your ball currently is. You must learn to accept it, move on and give the next shot your full attention. Commit to it 100%.
Breaking 100 requires that you reduce the amount of blow out or big scores on your card. Course management is key to shooting in the 90’s and lower. Remember that you must also look to improve your ball striking and there are ways that you can improve your mindset for lower score.

Happy Golfing