Tips on How to Score at Golf

By Brian Hill
There are many ways to lower your scores, however experts agree that short game practice is at the top of the list.
There are many ways to lower your scores, however experts agree that short game practice is at the top of the list.

Golf is a difficult game for most people to learn because the golf swing involves coordinated movements with many muscles. The hands, arms, shoulders and legs have to work together. The best approach to scoring well at golf is a combined effort to improve your physical capabilities, your swing technique and your mental game--and become more dedicated to practicing.

Increase club head speed by getting in better shape. Build flexibility with yoga-style stretching exercises to help you develop a fuller shoulder turn, wider swing arc and an overall more powerful golf swing. Improve your arm strength and muscle tone by lifting light hand weights.

Improve your accuracy with short irons by keeping your swing under control. Golf instructor Hank Johnson advises in the book “Breaking 100, 90, 80” that golfers should try playing three-quarter-length shots with their short irons to improve both consistency and accuracy. Try swinging back so your hands are no higher than shoulder level.

Save strokes by cutting down on mental errors and playing more strategically. Play each hole with a game plan. Don’t just tee off and hope. Analyze the hazards on the hole in relation to your weaknesses and adjust your club selection. If you have trouble hitting long shots out of bunkers, and you see the landing area you would reach with your driver has two deep bunkers lurking, hit a 3-wood or long iron instead. Stay short of the trouble and you will save at least one shot.

Practice your short game more so you don’t waste strokes around the greens. Discipline yourself to spend at least as much time at the practice green working on your short game--chipping, pitching, bunker shots--as you do hitting the long shots with your woods and irons on the practice range.

Read the greens before you putt. Begin studying the slope of the green as you walk up to it. Go behind the hole and look back to your ball to get another angle on how the putt will break, in addition to standing behind the ball and looking toward the hole.

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