5 Tips To Break 100
Breaking 100 may seem a distant dream no matter how close you get to the landmark barrier. Before we give you the 5 tips on how to help you do this, its important to look at my opening statement and how this is a big problem! Landmark! Barrier! Plus many more words are described on how they make shooting a score less than 100 infinitely harder. So your mind set is crucial when it comes to improving your scores.
1. DON’T ADD UP YOUR SCORE UNTIL THE END
How many of you add up your scores as you are playing? How many know exactly what your score is at any point of the game? How many of you have ever been in the situation with 3 holes left you know exactly what score you need to break 100? Hopefully you understand now that this is a bad idea. Imagine that you where lucky enough to have a caddy and he said to you all you need on the last hole is a bogey to break 100! What would you tell him? This just puts undue pressure on you.
By focusing on the performance or outcome you will not be able to focus on 1 shot at a time. So next time you play tell your playing partners not to tell you your score until you have finished and make sure you only put the hole totals down and work out your score at the end. 95??
2. ALLOW FOR YOUR BEND
Changing your technique on the golf course is extremely difficult and a lot of times not necessary. Of course if you have a big slice you would want to get rid of it but if you have a big fade and the occasional slice then maybe you should just simply allow for it. Its ok to fade the ball, always remember, “Fades are fine! Slices are sinister”
As long as you are not slicing every shot well out of control then a fade/big fade will be repeatable and will allow you to hit more fairways than trying to change your technique whilst playing. Leave the technique changes to the practice area.
3. STICK YOUR FINISH
Striking your irons well is a massive part of creating consistency on the golf course. Just think 1 cm out on your strike can cause you to miss the green putting your short game under pressure.
By sticking your finish and focusing on a well balanced finish position you will increase your chances of striking the ball well and then create a lot more consistency with your accuracy and your distance control.
4. MASTER THE LOW RUNNING CHIP
When playing chip shots around the green we recommend playing the ball as low to the ground as possible. Putting from off the green is absolutely fine and often the best option. A bad putt will end up closer than a bad chip.
The problem with playing a chip with a lofted club is that if you get the contact wrong the result can be a long way from the flag. If you hit the ground before the ball with a sand wedge then the club will slow down very quickly and leave the ball well short, if you thin the shot the trajectory will be a lot lower and hence too powerful. Think if you where to thin a 7 iron! Well if you thin it the ball will go low and run a lot, if you hit a good 7 iron then it will go low and run a lot, so with a 7 iron not only is it harder to hit a fat shot but if you do thin it the shot will behave very similar to a good shot.
The trick is to land the ball just on the green as near to you as possible. By landing it on the green you will get a consistent bounce. Next time on the course pick a landing spot just on the green and go for a lower lofted club.
5. PENDULUM PUTTING FOR LESS 3 PUTTS
Before you read on ask yourself this question! How many 3 putts do you have a round? Your answer may surprise you. If it’s over 36 just imagine if you did have 36 putts! That could in its self be good enough to break 100.
If we can get you hitting your first putt closer to the hole you will have less 3 putts. The biggest problem we see is that golfers control the distance they hit putts by the effort level of the stroke, often the length of back swing is the same for all putts, its just the effort level of the through swing. By letting the length of your backstroke control the power level you will start to be able to achieve a pendulum stroke. The best way to check this is to video your putting stork from the front view.
By working at a more pendulum style stroke you will start to rely on your natural instinct to judge distances on your putts.
We have been using these simple tips to help golfers break the 100 mark for the last 20 years so if you think these would benefit you then start working at them.
As always leave us any questions and we’ll get back to you. #TakeCharge