5 Ways to Shoot 90 This Year

Do you make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions? If so, you are not alone as many oth­ers do as well. My per­son­al feel­ing is if you want to make defin­i­tive change in your life you should do so imme­di­ate­ly. The time of the year should make no dif­fer­ence. But since New Year’s is a pop­u­lar time to talk res­o­lu­tions, here’s our list on 5 ways to shoot 90 this year.

1. Prac­tice

Many high hand­i­cap golfers have decent swings and the abil­i­ty to pro­duce good golf shots. Con­sis­ten­cy is the miss­ing ingre­di­ent for many golfers. Prac­tic­ing a fun­da­men­tal­ly sound swing is the fastest way to build the con­sis­ten­cy nec­es­sary to improve your game.  How do you think the pros get their game to a high lev­el? They hit a thou­sand balls a week. Obvi­ous­ly most ama­teur golfers have nei­ther the time nor the desire to com­mit that much effort to their golf game. The good thing is we do not have to com­mit a lot of time to improve our games. By max­i­miz­ing your prac­tice time, you can sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve your golf game with one hour of prac­tice a week. Be sure to prac­tice your chip­ping and putting. Many golfers hit balls on the range but ignore the most impor­tant area of their game — the short game.

2. Play More

Along with reg­u­lar prac­tice, you need to play often to improve your game. Expect­ing to ele­vate your game by play­ing 12 times a year is unre­al­is­tic. Make a goal this year to play every week. No mat­ter how well you sim­u­late shots in your prac­tice, there are com­po­nents of your game you can only improve on the golf course. Join a league or set a stand­ing week­ly tee time with your golf­ing com­pan­ions.

3. Get Help with your Golf Swing

Many of us at some point have had a seri­ous swing flaw that has pre­vent­ed us from hit­ting con­sis­tent shots. This may be slic­ing your dri­ves, hit­ting a fair­way wood fat, or any oth­er shot issue. To move from being a high hand­i­cap golfer to shoot­ing 90, you need to cor­rect reoc­cur­ring prob­lems with any of your shots. Ama­teurs will always have the occa­sion­al bad shots, but it is impos­si­ble to improve your game hav­ing to con­tin­u­al­ly com­pen­sate for mishits. The fastest way to cor­rect prob­lems with your swing is with the help of a teach­ing pro­fes­sion­alThere are many ways to get help, includ­ing your local club pro­fes­sion­al and clin­ics.

4. Hit More Greens in Reg­u­la­tion

One require­ment to become a low hand­i­cap golfer is to increase the num­ber of greens you hit in reg­u­la­tion. Hit­ting a high num­ber  of greens in reg­u­la­tion is the secret to scor­ing low. Hit­ting more greens is also essen­tial for a high hand­i­cap golfer to move to shoot­ing bogey golf. It takes pres­sure off of two areas of a high handicapper’s game that are usu­al­ly lak­ing — chip­ping and bunker play. Prop­er club selec­tion and a GPS can help you increase the num­ber of greens in reg­u­la­tion you are hit­ting.

5. Dras­ti­cal­ly Reduce 3 Putts

What­ev­er lev­el your golf game may be at, putting will play a huge role in tak­ing your game to the next lev­el. For high hand­i­cap golfers, this means reduc­ing the num­ber of times you three putt a green. Three putts will either ruin a good scor­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty or com­pound pre­vi­ous mis­takes on a hole and lead to a blow-up hole. Being real­is­tic, high hand­i­cap­pers will rarely go through a round with­out three putting a green. How­ev­er, reduc­ing the total num­ber of putts dur­ing a round ulti­mate­ly will lead to bet­ter scor­ing. The eas­i­est way to reduce the total num­ber of putts per round is to reduce the num­ber of three putts you have. Improv­ing your putting involves cor­rect­ly deter­min­ing the speed and read­ing the break.

Are you will­ing to com­mit the time and effort this year to move from being a high hand­i­cap golfer to shoot­ing 90? Increase your prac­tice and play­ing time and you’ll be on your way!

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