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.
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,
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
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,
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