If you’ve recently started playing golf as a hobby and want to improve your game, you’ve probably wondered what you can do to beat your score of 100 over 18 holes.
A lot can happen in a round of golf and many players wonder what they can do to manage their game and score less than 100. If you are wondering how to go over 100 in golf, we have prepared 9 simple steps you can follow to achieve this objective.
Here are 9 steps:
1- Be strategic
Breaking 100 points in golf starts with the start of the round with a plan. The best way to make a plan is to remember that beating 100 means nine bogeys and 9 double bogeys. On paper, you don’t have to have one birdie or par for all 18 holes.
If you can approach each hole with a constant ball contact and stay on track strategy in the fairway, you will reach the green with enough strokes to make putts that will keep you in the bogey to double bogey range.
Being strategic also means not complicating your shots. Course management must be a priority, which means knowing what to expect on each hole. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the greens before your round. Warming up on a practice green will give you an idea of the speed of the greens so you can make better putts during the round.
2 – Know and trust your equipment
The clubs you have in your bag will help you break 100 points in golf. Familiarize yourself with your clubs and plan to limit the clubs you use to those you know you can hit well.
For most golfers, this means keeping the driver in the bag for the entire round. While the rider can provide distance to make the second hit more manageable, the risk of a cut or hook increases and makes the rest of the hole more challenging than it should be.
Don’t let anyone tell you that hitting a tee box iron will make you look like a bad golfer. The road to successfully breaking 100 strokes leads to a hit that will get you to the green in as few strokes as possible.
3- Choose the right T-shirt box
Players usually choose blue shirts because they want to show others that they can hit long distances and are more skilled. There is no need to try to impress others in the course. Your target is already defined and hitting tees that are closer should not be taken lightly.
Hitting from shorter tee boxes is perfectly fine in pursuit of the goal of going over 100 points. If white tees are more comfortable for the distance you hit the ball, go ahead and set that spot up for the round.
4- Use delayed putts to your advantage
The lag putt is a great tactic to use on the green. Minimizing three putts on the green will make it much easier for you to manage your game.
A lag putt is defined as a long shot that you don’t expect to sink on the first shot, but will be close enough to put the second shot into the hole. If you are making a delayed shot, aim for the hole, but make sure you focus on speed so that the shot can travel the required distance.
Two hits on the green will be an essential part of breaking 100, and lag put practice will get you there.
5- Avoid hazards
On the golf course, you will definitely encounter dangers. Avoiding hazards will help you get to the green without adding extra strokes.
This tip doesn’t have to be complicated: if you see a sand trap or water obstruction, aim for the opposite part of the hole. Even if your close-up shots to the green require a little more distance by avoiding hazards, you’ll have a better chance of getting to the green safely.
6- Forget par
We’ve already discussed that to break 100 in your round, you don’t need to shoot par. Thinking about par during the round will lead you to think of risky strikes that will get you into trouble.
For example, if you’re having trouble with trees in your path, consider trying to hit a tie around the trees to get to or close to the green. It’s a risky shot that could jeopardize your game plan. Try to hit a low-risk shot back into the fairway and prepare to hit the green with your next shot.
7- Meaningful practice
All your successes on the golf course and exceeding 100 points start before the round starts. If you can take the time for meaningful practice between rounds, you’ll have better technique to succeed in every swing.
Make sure your practice covers all aspects of the game. Find exercises and techniques to help you develop swings that keep you in constant contact with the ball. Develop repeatable habits on the green that will help you adopt the correct line and putting speed. Everything you do in your practice will show in the course.
8- The right mindset
During your journey to over 100, your mind will go through a variety of emotions. It is important to focus on the goal. Mistakes will happen during the round and the best thing you can do is forget about it quickly. Don’t focus on a bad shot that misses the fairway.
Regardless of where your ball is on the course, go back to the basics and focus on what you do best with the bat in your hand. Breaking 100 is all about keeping things simple and not overcomplicating your shots.
9 – Make it count in green
We’ve talked about using lag putts on the green, but there are more things you can do to make your shots count on the green. If your ball is on the edge or just short of the green, you may be tempted to take out the wedge and play the ball. An alternative tactic you can use is the “Texas wedge”, also known as using the putter off the green.
Set the ball on the green by placing the ball instead of chipping. You will find that eliminating some of the complications associated with contact with the wedge will help you achieve the correct distance on the putt, not on the wedge. Remember that reaching 100 points is achieved by eliminating complicated strokes on each hole.
Playing 18 holes of golf with a target of less than 100 can seem like a daunting task. Mistakes golfers make during a round can easily escalate into more mistakes and lose sight of the 100 score. With this guide, we hope players will simplify and expand their game plan to achieve their goal of getting a score under 100.
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