Improve your golf swing or improve you golf score
You can find informative articles on golf instruction just about everywhere – golf magazines, Web sites and, even once a week in the Vail Daily.
You can watch golf on television and get Johnny Miller’s analysis of each tour player’s swing. There are also about 25,000 PGA golf professionals around the country eager to help you with your golf swing.
Golf equipment is so much better these days that officials have to figure out rules like limiting the “Coefficient of Restitution” (COR) in driver faces. So, why aren’t YOUR scores getting lower with all this help?
As a golf professional, I have worked with many golfers who have worked hard to improve their swings and have really seen an improvement. Yet, it has not made an impact to the bottom line, the number in the total box on the scorecard.
So, here are three steps that I believe will lower your scores.
n Have written goals – In the offseason, write down your goals for the coming golf season. These should include reasonable and specific targets for improving your game.
Such as, “improve my average score to 85 or better, average 32 putts or less per round, average eight fairways hit per round,” etc. If you haven’t kept these statistics in the past, you should start doing it right away. It’s easy to keep track with symbols on your scorecard and knowing your stats will go a long way to determining your scoring strengths and weaknesses.
Also, set goals for yourself relating to your time commitment to the game, such as, “average 27 holes per week, three hours of practice per week and take at least four hours of lessons this season.” It is extremely important that you write these goals down and refer to them occasionally throughout the season.
You will be amazed at how these goals will motivate you and the affect it will have on your scores.
n Exercise – Why is Tiger the best? Lots of reasons, but have you seen this guy lately? He’s ripped!
Physical fitness is definitely a factor as to why he is in a class by himself on the PGA Tour. Even if you just have a 15-minute stretching routine each day and go for a 20-minute jog or walk three or four times a week, it will make you feel stronger on the golf course.
n Practice with a purpose – Practicing does not mean hitting 20 balls before you go to play. Plan on spending at least an hour at the practice facility and focus on the parts of your game that need improvement.
If your bunker stats are low, hit bunker shots. If your putts per round are high, work on your putting. You get the picture, but the key is really to focus on improving these aspects of your game.
This is where those instruction articles or lessons will help. Goals are great for your practice, too. For example, if your bunker play is weak, don’t leave the practice bunker until you’ve made 7 out of 10 into a 10-foot circle around the hole.
Please continue to read the articles, watch golf on TV, take lessons from a PGA professional and definitely buy one of those hot drivers, but if you want to shoot lower scores try these three steps, too.
Jeff Boyer is a PGA professional and the director of golf operations at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course. He can be reached at (970) 328-2882.