The Advantages of Golfing by Yourself

Golf can be played in a vari­ety of ways. You can com­pete indi­vid­u­al­ly or as a team. Even when com­pet­ing indi­vid­u­al­ly, you are usu­al­ly play­ing in a group. When not com­pet­ing, play­ing golf with your reg­u­lar golf com­pan­ions is a very enjoy­able activ­i­ty. Golf is a very social sport.

While golf is obvi­ous­ly enjoy­able with oth­ers, I would also encour­age you to not avoid golf­ing alone. Many cours­es will not allow sin­gles dur­ing busy times and will pair you up with oth­ers to make a four­some. This is under­stand­able. A bunch of sin­gle play­ers on a busy golf course is not an effi­cient way to bring in income. How­ev­er, even at my local home course which is very busy dur­ing the sum­mer, I can get out on the course by myself dur­ing twi­light and ear­ly morn­ing times. I can usu­al­ly go out solo any­time of the day dur­ing non-peak months.

There are many advan­tages to golf­ing by your­self.

  • There’s no pres­sure — Most of us expe­ri­ence some kind of added pres­sure and ten­sion when play­ing in a group. Play­ing with some­one new for the first time adds to this ten­sion. Hit a few bad shots and soon you have a snow­ball effect. This pres­sure if non-exis­tent when play­ing alone. Shrug off a bad shot and move on.
  • It’s eas­i­er to play for­ward or back tees — By play­ing off of a dif­fer­ent col­or tee, you will have dif­fer­ent approach shots than you are accus­tomed to from play­ing off your reg­u­lar tee. This gives you valu­able prac­tice with clubs you might nor­mal­ly not use. You are free from any ques­tions to play any tee you want when you are out alone.
  • You can set your own pace — Play­ing alone, you will not feel rushed by oth­er play­ers in your group or by oth­er groups behind you. If by chance a sin­gle or group of two catch­es up to you, sim­ply let them play through. You will most like­ly be forced to slow down your game so you will not be on a group in front of you for the whole round. Use this time to think through every shot and prac­tice your pre-shot rou­tine.
  • Play two balls — Hit­ting two balls if the pace of play allows is a good way to avoid con­tin­u­al­ly being on a group in front of you. You can mix things up by play­ing a worst ball scram­ble by your­self. Hit two balls from every spot and play the worst shot. This is a great way to prac­tice tough shots.
  • You can talk to your­self — I don’t mean neg­a­tive talk. There’s no place for that. I’m talk­ing about giv­ing your­self pos­i­tive moti­va­tion dur­ing the round. Ver­bal­ly con­grat­u­late your­self after good shots. The pos­i­tive affir­ma­tion is great for your golf game.


Take advan­tage of times you can get out on the course by your­self. The soli­tude, abil­i­ty to set your own pace, and being able to play your own game pro­vide a great atmos­phere to improve your game.


  1. Nice post Scott,

    I think the last point you made is so very true.

    The peace and qui­et from walk­ing a round of golf on your own is price­less. I love the soli­tude and just being out in the fresh air make it’s very spe­cial.

    Play­ing on your own also gives you the rare chance to try out a few dif­fer­ent shots you nor­mal­ly wouldn’t try dur­ing a com­pe­ti­tion round. It’s a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to exper­i­ment and see what else you are capa­ble of.


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