Most avid golfers after completing a round of golf will go and sit in the 19th hole with their buddies and reminisce their great golf shots of the day. After a few drinks your golf shots become more spectacular and eventually you are pro material. This is all in the camaraderie and fun you have with your fellow golfers, but by nights end a lot of people believe their golf round was a mass of great golf shots and are content with the way they played that day.
If you want to improve and have that competitive edge over your fellow golfers, think about your round in a more positive and useful light. Do not deceive yourself and learn from your mistakes. Ask yourself these few questions in analyzing your round so that you will understand what part of your game needs to be worked on. After a while you will have more than enough realistic shots to talk about with your golfing buddies.
Questions to ask yourself after each round
What score do you normally shoot and how did your round compare with that score? Remember that every round will vary with all of your strokes being distributed throughout the different parts of your game.
How many drives were in the fairway or within play with a reasonable shot to the green? if your answer is more than half but less than 80% your driving needs some work, but if your answer is less than half your driving needs a lot of work.
If you missed a fairway did it cost you a stroke to get your ball back in play? How many times?
How many greens did you hit in regulation? if your answer is more than half but less than 80% your iron play needs some work, but if your answer is less than half your iron play needs a lot of work.
If you missed the green were you able to get up and down? If not why? How many strokes did it cost you throughout your round.
Did you have any green side bunker shots? Were you able to get up and down? If not why? How many strokes did it cost you throughout your round?
How many three putts did you have?
How many two putts should have been one putted?
Were their any other miscellaneous additional strokes in your round? What happened and how many strokes did it cost you?
If you ask yourself these questions after every round and answer them honestly you will be able to determine where you lost strokes during your round and why. This will help to make you more aware of what part of your game needs work and with practice you will eventually become a better player. Working on the following parts of your game, in order, will help you develop into a better golfer. The columns are headed by the score you normally shoot.
Sometimes golf can be a such a simple game and at other times, utterly chaotic. When things go astray, "experts" can give you multiple solutions to a simple problem, or just one solution that may not work for your swing. How do you know and trust the right answer for you? Our database was developed using the most common faults of various golfers, pinpointing the problem area, then offering several solutions to try. This will help you understand what can go wrong and how to discover and resolve the problems in your game, one step at a time.
A very basic concept of course management is how one plans to play a golf course. Some people do think of some sort of game plan, but most others just go out and try to put the ball in play. If you want to try to improve your game, some sort of course management should be used. Course management is actually a continued change or adaptation within your round. We will show you a brief example of the thoughts of course management used, just within one hole.
The most important thing in course management is, you have to know your game. What type of shot is your normal shot, fade, draw, straight, etc.? Can you work the ball comfortably? How far do you hit each club? You must be confident in your capabilities and yet know your limitations.
Our example hole will be a straight 400 yard par 4, sand trap on the left side of the fairway, woods along both sides. Sand traps at the green are, left front, right side and left back. The pin is tucked in the back left corner. Try to visualize this hole from the tee.
To initially lay out the hole, you want to put your tee shot on the right side of the fairway because the pin is tucked in the back left side of the green. This will give you a better angle into the green with no trouble in front of you. Depending on the tightness of the hole and your distance, can you hit driver, or should you hit a 3 wood or long iron off the tee? Remember, aiming for the right side of the fairway. Not that this would happen, but say you didn’t put your tee shot where you wanted to. This is where course management is a constant adaptation. Based on your lie and position into the hole, new decisions have to be made. Wherever your tee shot lies, can you put your second shot in the spot you wanted to before you played the hole, without too much difficulty or trouble. If it is too risky or a difficult shot. Is it worth it? If not, then where is the next best possible location to put your second shot in order to set up your third shot. After each stroke of the ball, this thought process should be used. This is just a brief description of course management, but it gives you the idea behind what one should think about before and while playing a hole. Remember, be confident in your capabilities, but know your limitations.
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