How Do I Improve a Golf Score?

By Robert Preston
Most experienced golfers agree that working on your short game is the best way to improve your scores.
Most experienced golfers agree that working on your short game is the best way to improve your scores.

Focusing on the little things can enable you to shoot more consistently and lower your score. By aspiring to meet a certain goal, such as becoming a bogey golfer or breaking 80, you may lose focus on simply improving your score. By playing smart, you can improve your score and allow the milestones to come on their own.

Visit a driving range between rounds to work on making adjustments to your swing. Hit a lot of balls in succession to practice using better form.

Take lessons from a golf pro, who can help you identify flaws in your game and develop a strategy to improve them.

Develop a consistent tempo, which will build muscle memory. Play with this tempo throughout your rounds, whether you are taking a full or abbreviated swing.

Avoid becoming overwhelmed by remembering that each shot is its own challenge, and that even if it follows several bad shots, you still can hit the next shot well. Don't sink yourself by overthinking when a round does not begin well.

Set a realistic goal and play to achieve it. If you are hoping to play bogey golf, you may play more relaxed knowing you have an extra stroke per hole.

Stay relaxed when addressing the ball and allow your swing to be smooth. Stretch your back and legs frequently throughout your round if you start to tighten up since tight muscles can lead to errant shots.

Play smart and avoid unnecessary risks. Instead of shooting over the water, take the safe route.

Aim for the fat of the green when it's surrounded by trouble to avoid ending up in a bunker or water hazard.

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