Golf Tips And Lessons

How to Maintain Consistent Golf Scores

You have been playing golf for years, practicing diligently, and have finally gotten your scores down to where you believe they should be for your individual skill level.

You tell yourself that you are more than agreeable to improving, but you also do not want to fall back into those higher scores of the past. Are there any tips on how to maintain consistent scores? Yes!

1. Assessment: Let's face it, there are some reasons why you got to where you got. The reasons may not always be obvious, but they are there. You just have to find them.

Basic physics states that action leads to reaction. Perhaps you began a golf fitness program six months ago and you are now more flexible and able to coil and uncoil more efficiently. Maybe you began practicing at home or at the range more often. Or perhaps you are simply spending more hours playing than you did before.

Whatever it is that you did just prior to your scores coming down needs to be identified and continued.

2. Score Card Reviews: I honestly hate to see golfers toss their score cards into the trash as they finish their golfing day. Score cards can be one of your most valuable assets if you use them properly, especially if you play the same course regularly.

If you play ten rounds of golf on the same course and keep those cards, you will have a good base for learning something about yourself and your golf game. Lay those babies out on a table and review them.

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See if there are any patterns to your birdies and bogey's. Find the holes you consistently do well on and think about "why" you do well on those holes. Then do the same with the holes you do not do well on. Don't count the occasional mis-hit; that happens to everyone. Instead, try to discover if there are any specific shots that you consistently flub or fear. These are the ones you need to work on.

3. Stay Frosty: When combat soldiers need to stay alert and attentive they are told to "stay frosty". You need to do the same. It is very common for golfers to reach a certain level of play and then begin to fall off, scoring-wise.

There are any number of reasons for this including apathy. It has been my experience that there is nothing about golf that does not require constant honing of skills. As soon as you begin to take your game for granted, your scores will start to climb again.

Make it a point to stay alert to poorly played shots that you once played well. Don't just shrug them off. This could be the first sign that you are heading downward. Be on the lookout for that.

4. Kick the Dragon: Every player has at least a few shots they hate or fear. Now that your game has leveled off and your scores are pretty good, face your fear shots and defeat them. Work on these shots at the range or at the practice green. Don't let one or two shots kick you in the pants. You kick them in the pants!

Besides improving your golf overall skill level, working on your weak shots while you have an arsenal of strong shots, allows you to approach these practice sessions with confidence.

Maintaining consistent scores will become much easier if you take a few simple steps. Assess your game, keep and use your score cards, continue to hone that which does work, and work on that which does not. And, above all else, stay frosty.

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