Welcome to Shooting 90

Golf is such a quirky sport. You’d have a hard time nam­ing anoth­er sport that can be so enjoy­able, addict­ing and frus­trat­ing all at the same time. This is espe­cial­ly true for play­ers of a low skill lev­el or who are just start­ing out. There are sev­er­al rea­sons why high hand­i­cap golfers should work on improv­ing their game.

One of the biggest rea­sons to improve your game is that it makes golf more enjoy­able. Let’s face it. Nobody likes to strug­gle. Lack of con­sis­ten­cy is the main rea­son why high hand­i­cap golfers strug­gle. There’s a rea­son pro­fes­sion­als hit thou­sands of balls at the prac­tice range every week. While it is impor­tant for every­one to estab­lish reg­u­lar prac­tice time at the range, few of us can ded­i­cate the time nec­es­sary to become scratch golfers. Many high hand­i­cap golfers would be hap­py to score bogies on a con­sis­tent basis. We will dis­cuss ways here at Shoot­ing 90 to get to that point.

Play­ing bet­ter golf also opens many more oppor­tu­ni­ties with­in the game. You will be able to play just about any course with­out feel­ing embar­rassed or intim­i­dat­ed. You will also be able to play with many more play­ers with­out the intim­i­da­tion. Fun golf out­ings and char­i­ty tour­na­ments also become pos­si­bil­i­ties.

What areas of your game should you work on improv­ing? Obvi­ous­ly there’s your swing. But there’s also how you play the game. There are real­ly only a few key objec­tives in golf.

The first is hit­ting the fair­way. Your tee shot sets the tone for the entire hole. Have a dis­as­trous tee shot and your remain­ing shots will need to be near-per­fect to make a bogey. The abil­i­ty to tee up the ball is a gift of hav­ing the best lie of any shot on the hole. You need to take cap­i­tal­ize on this advan­tage with a qual­i­ty shot. This means your dri­ver may not be the pre­ferred club for some holes.

The sec­ond, and I feel most impor­tant objec­tive, is hit­ting the green. I say this because if you could hit every green in reg­u­la­tion, mean­ing get­ting the ball on the green in two strokes less than par, you could three putt every hole and still shoot bogey golf. Hit­ting more greens in reg­u­la­tion means play­ing safe shots and not nec­es­sar­i­ly going for the pin. Using a GPS or GPS app also great­ly improves your abil­i­ty to hit more greens.

The final objec­tive is suc­cess­ful­ly putting the ball in the hole. There is a famous say­ing that says “Dri­ve for show, putt for dough”. You need excep­tion­al putting skills to be a high­ly suc­cess­ful golfer. Yet I believe you can still con­sis­tent­ly play bogey golf with­out hav­ing mad putting skills. I would be the per­fect exam­ple of this. I have improved my putting but it remains the weak­est part of my game. There is a large amount of “feel” required to be an excel­lent put­ter. It is almost like an art. Even so there are many things you can work on to elim­i­nate as many three putts as pos­si­ble. The goal is to make some long putts now and then while two putting every­thing else.

Equip­ment is an area in which many high hand­i­cap golfers make mis­takes. Cus­tom fit­ted clubs and golf spikes are must haves for every golfer. The mis­takes many golfers make is to use the clubs and balls that pro­fes­sion­als use. This may be fine for dri­vers, shoes and gloves but using the irons and balls of pro­fes­sion­als may have a neg­a­tive effect on your game. Pros use forged irons that assist them in shap­ing their shots. Forged irons how­ev­er require a high lev­el of skill and con­sis­ten­cy to use. More than high hand­i­cap golfers pos­sess. Pro­fes­sion­als also use balls with a very soft cov­er that are easy to spin. These balls actu­al­ly mag­ni­fy a high hand­i­cap golfer’s bad shots. Yes, that’s cor­rect. That Titleist Pro V1 is prob­a­bly not the best ball for your game.

There are many steps that high hand­i­cap golfers can take to improve their game in the lim­it­ed time that most of us have. I hope you will join me in the jour­ney to improve our games.

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