If you’ve been reading our blog entries for a while you’d know that David and I regard the process of practicing golf correctly very important. Quite frankly it’s amazing to us that there are so many amateur and professional golfers who desperately want to lower their score average and don’t really know how to go about it.
As you know, you define any golfer’s level of competency by their score average, and not by the way they hit their shots, because golf is a game of score first and foremost and that’s the name of the game. Typically the golf improvement strategy that many golfers adopt is to watch how other golfers practice and copy their methods to learn how to practice correctly, which is a recipe for disaster.
"If you want to lower your score average the first thing you need to look at is what your score average is right now."
This we have discovered is difficult for many golfers because they don’t fully appreciate the importance of this statistic. Most golfers have very little idea of what their score average is from month to month which makes it difficult to develop the appropriate skills and strategies to move you towards a lower golf score average.
"There are many statistics you can study but none more important than your score average. If you discovered that you had a score average in competition of say 77.0 strokes and you decided that you wanted to lower that average to 73.0 what would you do?"
What’s interesting to us is that golfers will practice their different routines on a regular basis without ever considering how they should work at their game to lower their score average. How do you practice so that the effort you invest in your game translates into lower golf scores?
As your golf score can be broken down into short-game skills and long-game skills you need to break these skills down into sub-sets to analyse your performances and discover your critical success factors.
If for example you have a score of 77.0 or five over on a par 72 golf course and your total putting for the round consisted of 31 putts you will quickly realise that putting by itself was worth 40.27 percent of your total score in that round, which is a big chunk of your golf score
The critical to improvement pathway in your game can only be discovered by carefully analysing your results after each round of golf you play. Whatever you score average is right now; you should know that you can lower it by focusing on developing the critical to performance golf skills that quite often are ignored in favour of the easier ones to practice.
The driving ranges are full of golfers working on the wrong golf skills. Start today and keep some statistics on your rounds of golf and then break your score down to find the keys to unlock lower golf scores. Then go to work on improving the critical skills by taking a series of lessons from a competent and experienced golf instructor, practice your golf skills thoughtfully until you can see and experience improvement in your golf scores.
It won't take you as long as you think.