Golf Course Management Lowering Scores
What you need to do!
Start by committing to lowering golf scores. This is not by stopping practising or starting a major overhaul of a golf swing. We can only play with the swing we have and not the swing we would like to play golf with.
Notably, this is not an easy task. As I find that each golfer is always looking for that one magic swing tip or changing swings movements during a round expecting better performances. Well, that plan mentioned is simply rubbish and won’t work. Your question to you is, how course management will work for my game?
What do you do well?
We all have heard all this stuff before, “play to your strengths and identify your weaknesses”. But we do need to do this! Take time out, sit down and create a template that will collect the information about how you score from your next four competitive rounds. The trending information from that data will help you clearly identify your strengths.
This is a sample template that I use with golfers that I coach to collect and analyse scoring information. You can use Excel or similar to create a similar file for collecting data.
|Golf Course||Cork Golf Club|
|Hole||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||Out||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||In||Gross scores||Nett of total||% Difference|
|Score||4||5||4||4||5||4||3||4||3||36||4||5||4||3||4||4||4||4||4||36||72||4||100%||% Handicap strokes to par|
|Fairways||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||100.00%||% Fairways missed in regulation play|
|Greens||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||100.00%||% Green missed in regulation play|
|Putts||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||33||100.00%||% Putts per round – we shall use 33 as the par number of putt per 18 holes|
|Up & Down||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Mark 1 for less than 2 shots taken from off the green with 10 yards of the green, including putts taken|
Additionally, identify your strengths ranking from 1 to 5 based on that information.
Terrible ranking 1 & 2 | 3 is not bad | Rank 4 as good | Rank 5 as excellent
(you can add more categories depending on specific your analysis is)
Keep a Log Book
Also, it’s recommended keeping a golfing logbook. The logbook is simply detailing the golf shots played during a competition round. However, do take the time noting the reasons for the shots played. This information is crucial for developing an on course management plan.
Imagine this scenario; the only way to hit a green in regulation is to play a high draw over and around the trees, then over a water hazard. Also, let’s say there is a lay-up area about 100 yards from the green that is an easier shot to play. A golfer should know his/her game well enough to understand that the regulation shot is not likely to come off, but the golfer tries the shot and disaster. Each week the golfer plays the same hole, in the same way, and expects a better result. However, for all the wrong decisions made he/she still ends up with a blank or a double bogey.
Golf is fun and practice playing harder shots whilst playing a casual round. But, do avoid playing high-risk shots during a competitive round as bad shots can become a double bogey. Remember, there is always time to work on the range improving your golf skills. The time to push the limits of your skills is not when you’re on the course and trying to post a score.
What to do with the information collected?
From the data collected, you can identify what you do well and what you don’t. Such as fairways hit, greens in regulation, the number of putts and etc. If you miss a green how often do you get up and down? How many shots are lost from 3 putting and missing short putts? From the logbook entries; we are identifying the reasons behind the golf shots that were played well and not so well. Additionally, with your information at hand, arrange a meeting with the local PGA Pro to discuss how to play the problem shots and problem holes better.
B.Y.O.GC.P (Build your own golf course plan)
From the tee box; if you are comfortable hitting the ball with a cut or a draw then play that type of shot. Conversely, if your long iron shots are not in any hit with any consistency, then perhaps investigate at getting hybrid clubs to do the task. If your bunker play is terrible, then get help!
From your strengths play the shots that reflect how you well you can play and avoid the shots you can’t play well. Therefore if you really like playing a 100-yard shot and you don’t like hitting 45 or 50 yards shots to the target. Where possible, hit the ball to the 100-yard marker.
Finally, using your golfing strengths and start mapping out how you can play the golf hole starting at the green and plotting back to the tee. There is a lot of work in creating your own Golf Course Management plan to post lower scores. But this is worth it and certainly, why not start the process.
If you would like to start building your own on-course golf plan, I would suggest contact me today. Golf Course Management Lowering Scores.