Bucket of ballsCon­sis­ten­cy is the main fac­tor sep­a­rat­ing ama­teur golfers from pro­fes­sion­als. I know what you’re think­ing. Pro­fes­sion­al golfers can hit some amaz­ing golf shots that I could nev­er pull off. That is absolute­ly true but their suc­cess stems more from con­sis­tent­ly good, not amaz­ing, shots in every area of their game.

Bet­ter con­sis­ten­cy in your golf swing is a big part of an improv­ing your game. From your grip to your fol­low through, a con­sis­tent swing will allow you to hit good shots with every club in your bag. Some­times you can feel incon­sis­ten­cies in your own swing. How­ev­er, it is much eas­i­er to see the prob­lems in your swing. Today’s tech­nol­o­gy makes it both easy and afford­able to record video of your swing. Most dig­i­tal still cam­eras have a video mode while stand­alone video cam­eras can be pur­chased for under $100. These devices allow you to eas­i­ly record and play­back your swing to finds areas for improve­ment. Play­ing part­ners are also an excel­lent source for find­ing incon­sis­ten­cies in your swing. Hope­ful­ly you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to reg­u­lar­ly play with golfers who are bet­ter than you. Not only will golf­ing with bet­ter golfers nat­u­ral­ly improve your game, they are in a bet­ter posi­tion to ana­lyze your swing. While video record­ing and play­ing part­ners can iden­ti­fy areas to improve, some high hand­i­cap golfers have dif­fi­cul­ty imple­ment­ing swing fix­es on their own. I rec­om­mend these golfers inquire about lessons from a golf pro­fes­sion­al in their area. Most golf cours­es have a golf pro­fes­sion­al on staff. Both sin­gle lessons or mul­ti­ple les­son pack­ages are avail­able for a rea­son­able price. It may only take only a les­son or two to enable you to imple­ment swing fix­es on your own.

Many ama­teurs do not have enough con­sis­ten­cy in their pre-shot rou­tine. This is also true for pre-putt rou­tines. The pre-shot rou­tine is where you visu­al­ize and align the shot. Get in the habit of fol­low­ing the same rou­tine before each shot. It will allow you to more con­sis­tent­ly hit your intend­ed tar­gets.

Course man­age­ment is how you work your way around the course. Know­ing what club to hit off of the tee, know­ing when to lay up or go for the green, and know­ing how to get out of trou­ble quick­ly and back into play are all impor­tant parts of your game. Choos­ing the right club for the sit­u­a­tion will improve your scor­ing. Prop­er­ly get­ting out of trou­ble will help you to min­i­mize blowup holes. I define blowup holes as holes with a score of triple bogey or worse. We can recov­er from a dou­ble bogey by pick­ing up a par on a lat­er hole. Triple bogeys or worse are much hard­er to recov­er from and will lead to a high score for the round.

Con­sis­ten­cy will be an under­ly­ing theme of many if not all of the posts here on Shoot­ing 90. More con­sis­ten­cy in our golf game is what will dri­ve us to become bogey golfers and beyond.

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