Golf is hard; we all know it.
One day you can go out and play the round of your life thinking you “made it all up” only to go back to double bogeys and three putts the next day.
While it’s hard to find the consistency that every player strives for, there are plenty of ways to improve your skills and see lower scores more often. All it takes is the right approach and some right advice.
Luckily, Top 100 Golf Teachers Jim Murphy is here to help by providing the most important shots for amateurs to master to shoot lower with more regularity.
Practice them as often as possible and you’ll soon start to see improvements with every round you play.
Master the blow
One of the most important ways to eliminate hits from your scorecard is to eliminate errors. You may not be able to improve your tee piece mid-round, but you can avoid making a bad situation worse. I’ve never seen players practice low gear strikes, but they are extremely important – because they are often used a lot during the round. If you don’t practice something, how can you really expect to be good at it?
Master a long-range shot
Tiger Woods had sting arrows to go to in a tense situation, when the pressure was really high. I’m not saying everyone needs to have a stinger, but it’s a great shot to shoot – just don’t expect to hit it as accurately as a 15-time major right away.
Whether you add a stinger to your repertoire or another safety shot as your first swing, you have to have something to rely on when you’re under arms.
Master the game on three feet
Want to know what really separates good players from great players from Tour level players? Putting.
One of the main reasons the pros are so good is that they average a whopping 99 percent earnings rate within three feet. I don’t see players practicing their three feet enough, and inevitably when you miss a handful each round those strikes add up.
You just can’t get a good score by missing those key putts.
Mastery of delays
Throwing three-pointers is like throwing away strokes, and you can’t do that and realistically believe you’ll improve your golf score. If you want to lower your score, you must reduce or eliminate the dreaded three-pointer.
Most players don’t practice long putts, but rather short and medium putts. But by practicing your strikes from 50-60 feet away, you’ll start to feel them better speed control — which will get you closer to the hole more often, reducing the number of strokes.
Master the throw from the flop
If you can hit a high, soft shot around the green, you can drive the ball closer to the hole; ultimately sparing you the strokes. So many players are afraid flop shotso they fall back to a low running shot – which often leaves them with longer, harder putts – which is a recipe for higher scores.
Next time you go to the putting green, practice your flop strokes over the bunker, short pin and beyond tight lies. With this feel, you can take that difficult (but effective) shot on your next round.
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