6 Strategies to Get a Lower Score in Golf
How would you like to lower your score? Here are six strategies that can help you do just that. No single
strategy is better than the others, with the exception of practicing, but taken as a whole they can become a
powerful tool in your golfing arsenal.
1. Practice: To get a lower score tomorrow, you have to practice today. Yes, we have all heard this a million
times, but let's look at this from another angle.
Anyone who wishes to lower their golf score must devote time to all
aspects of practice. This means spending as much time on your irons as you do on your driver and woods.
A good idea is to set up a practice program. This program can be up to you, but it should consist of all of your
clubs as well as any trouble areas you may have. Make your practice program comprehensive and complete.
2. 5 Rounds: Anyone can have an off-day. This tip will help you discover where your problem areas are so you can
work on them.
Play five rounds of golf, but keep detailed notes on the shots you have trouble with on each of these five
At the end of the five rounds, sit down with your notes and carefully study them. Jot down the shots you had the
most trouble with, and concentrate on mastering those shots.
3. Take a Lesson: This is such an easy tip that I am surprised at how many golfers miss it. Chances are good
that you have a registered PGA or LPGA pro somewhere near you, often working as a local pro at a club.
For a small amount of money, these professionals can monitor your swing and other fundamentals and help you
solve problems that might take months for you to resolve on your own.
4. Position Play: This tip goes hand-in-hand with tip number 5. Position play is simply landing the ball
where it benefits your strong shots.
It may be easier to explain what position play is not. Some golfers will tee up a ball and hit it as hard as
they can, hoping it stays in the fairway, but not really caring where it lands. This is NOT position play.
If you are having problems with your short irons or wedges, rather than landing the ball where you will have to
use these clubs, land it so you can play your mid-irons, if this means laying up.
The key to position play is to think about the next shot (or two) and to do what is needed to put yourself in a
place where you can perform that particular shot (or shots).
5. Percentage Shots: Newer golfers may not yet fully appreciate the fact that you do not always have to hit a
club at 100%. You can hit a driver (or any other club) at 70%-80%-90% etc.
Once you learn how to regulate the power of your swing, you can begin to play position on the course with little
fear of undershooting or overshooting your target.
Being able to regulate your power also allows you to use certain clubs for certain jobs. For example, having to
pitch using your 7 iron in high grass.
6. The Six Foot Putt: There are many golfers who use as many strokes on the green as they do getting to the
green! Sometimes, even more!
It can take years to master the long putt, but you can learn to
make those six foot putts in no time, if you just practice.
If you can master the six foot putt (or less), you can shave more strokes off your game than you might think