There are so many ways that golfers can to correct without going to the shooting range, gym or taking lesson. Better understanding and decision-making it is the low-hanging fruit of improvement performance and scoring. As a result, I came up with my fifth part, strategic cheat sheet not so long ago. Here you go….
Five Yard Pact
Five yards is fifteen feet. If you hit a full swing shot this far from the hole, you’ve done well. My pact is simple. If you have a front pin, try hitting with a 5 meter shot. If you have a back pin, try hitting your 5 yard approach, same goes for left and right pin. A pact is disabled only if it exists center pin and there are no “serious” hazards around the green. However, if the pin is centered and there is water to risk something on the left edge of the green, the pact begins and you must plan 5 yards to the right of the center pin. Makes sense?
You may wonder why you need Five Yard Pact? Here are some of the best players in the world trying to keep their golf ball between the left bunkers and the water on the 17th hole in 2021 PGA Championship. Any questions?
Stick to the One Shot shape
Yes, we all like to think we can work with the ball both ways, but all the data shows that we are “less good” at our unusual pattern than at our regular shape. Play one shape on each tee and on each approach, unless you have an obstacle in your direct path. Moral of the story – dance with whoever you brought and work to improve or improve your typical pattern on range.
Get out of trouble in one swipe
You’re handicapped for a reason. You can do a bogeyman and still have a good day, but those BIG numbers can really ruin your experience and score. Don’t be a hero and put the ball back in play and keep going. You’ll be fine, I promise. Better golf is much more damage limitation than being amazing.
Know your CARRY distances
It is amazing how many golfers I meet who do not know how far they have hit a golf ball with a certain club. They think so, but most often they compare the TOTAL distance with the CARRY distance. Oh, the number may also be a bit inflated. RUN is a huge statistic in lowering your resultsso choose the right club and get started hitting more greens.
Putt when you can
Once again, there’s no need to be cute or try to be fancy. Just because Rory can do it doesn’t mean you have to do it. you really can limit the damage so easy, just placing when you get the chance. And please, practice some putts off the green occasionally. This will make it much easier to dispel any doubts.
Why we ordinary, everyday golfers need better strategy? The above photo from Lou Stagner On Arcco Golf should illustrate everything we need to know. This is a graph of actual shots comparing 15 handicappers to PGA Tour players from 155 yards in the fairway. The wider our dispersion is the more conservative we must be in choosing and staying with an the right target.
Thanks for reading and I hope you come up with something that can help you shoot lower scores.