Five Strategies For Lower Scores

Change your game without changing your swing

Five Strategies For Lower ScoresThere’s little doubt that proper swing fundamentals and short-game techniques are important parts of a consistent golf game. Good golf, however, isn’t purely about perfect mechanics; it’s also largely about strategy. Fortunately, there are several key strategies anyone can easily utilize to produce lower scores. Better yet, using your smarts is a lot easier than trying to create a fundamentally perfect backswing or impact position. In this regard, the title of this story holds true—you can score better without changing your swing.

Below are five nontechnical techniques you can employ to achieve more consistent results the next time you step on the course. They encompass the areas of shot and target selection, tension-free mechanics, tempo and rhythm, mental toughness and score-saving (rather than pride-saving) decision making. If you can master these strategic musts, you’ll be well on your way to a decent round even if your swing isn’t in tip-top shape. And when it is, watch out!

1. Hit To The Fat Part Of The Green

Far too many golfers aim for the pin without considering its location on the green. Better golfers understand the importance of playing to their ability and, therefore, think twice before firing at a pin that’s tucked near the edge of the green. This may not leave them with a better chance for birdie, but certainly lessens the chance for bogey or worse.

To make better decisions concerning when and when not to go for the flag, divide your clubs into three categories: 1) play it safe, 2) proceed with caution and 3) go for it. The clubs in the play it safe category are your fairway woods and long irons. For most golfers, these are the clubs that present the greatest challenge when it comes to consistently controlling distance and direction. Therefore, when you have a shot to the green that puts a fairway wood or long iron in your hands, always play it safe by aiming at the middle of the green. Proceed with caution with the clubs that are toward the middle of the set (5-iron through 8-iron). These clubs require a judgment call on your part based on how you’re swinging on a given day. If you’re swinging well and feeling confident, you can be more aggressive if you have a mid-iron in your hands. If you’re a little off, take a more conservative approach and aim for the fat part of the green. Most golfers are the most accurate with their short irons, which are the go for it clubs. If you have a wedge distance to the flag, be unafraid in taking a more aggressive line to your target.

8 thoughts on “Five Strategies For Lower Scores

  1. Tip 5 I constantly remind myself by saying, “No sexy golf” —- in other words, do what is logical, not what seems sexy and daring. 350 yard par 4: 6 iron (170) 6 iron (170) — now you’re on the fringe safely in two. Chip or putt close for par and you never touched a wood. No Sexy Golf…. Safe and easy wins the low round

  2. Yeah great article, it reminds me that I have to take my medicine and play some sensible golf. I’ve been guilty of taking risky shots and ending up with double or triple bogeys as a result. If you want to break 80 then you need to be more accurate with how you manage your shots, e.g par 5 500 meters tee shot 200m then hit two 4 iron then pitching wedge. Something like that!

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  3. Another tip is not to play for the gallery, i.e., it is you and your game. Must try to play your own game and not to get a clap or comment like “wow good ball” “wow what a long shot” from the rest of the flight members playing with you.
    Every time you hit the ball thinking about such comments you tend to loose your rhythm or stiffen your body or loose your thoughts of everything you did in your pre-shot routine.

  4. That’s true that I don’t want to get so focused on my swing, that I am not really into the game. Next time I play a round, I’ll have to keep that in mind and work on my swing later. It would probably be a good idea to pay more attention to my tempo and rhythm as well. I want to get as good as possible while having fun.

  5. Awesome tips, thanks for sharing. I am a golf junkie. I started playing seriously around the age of 20 and have not been able to get enough since. I am always looking for ways to shave a few strokes off my game. I also love how technology has become such an integral part of the game. I love using new gadgets to my advantage, and have been writing about the latest golf watches at – I enjoy writing about golf so I figured hey why not! Well thanks again for sharing these great tips! All the best!

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