No one goes to the golf course to have a bad time. But golf can be difficult. We do not intend for it to be stressful, but sometimes it is. A few double and triple bogeys add up quickly and can be disastrous for your round of golf. The question often becomes, what can I do? Lessons and golf “gadgets” can be expensive. Getting to the course to get range time can be difficult in our busy schedules.
Here are some tips to help you avoid double and triple bogeys and lower your score:
The low hanging fruit and quickest path to saving strokes…
Be strategic with your shot selection: Have a plan. Consider your options and choose the shot that will give you the best chance to land the ball in the fairway or on the green. Sometimes it is best to “take your medicine” when you get into trouble. Hit a safe punch shot out into the fairway, gather yourself, and get ready to hit your next shot.
Know your limits: Don't try to hit shots that are beyond your skill level. Instead, focus on playing within your abilities and making consistent, smart decisions. Save attempting new shots for the driving range.
Manage your emotions: It's easy to get frustrated when you're not playing well, but this can lead to bad decisions and more bogeys. Stay calm and focused, and avoid making impulsive decisions.
Adding polish and taking the next step…
Practice consistently: Consistent practice helps improve your swing and accuracy, which are essential to the game of golf. Spend some time at the driving range and putting green before your round. A short range session will help you loosen up. Another good habit to build is to roll a few putts on the practice green before a round to get a feel for what the speed of the greens will be like out on the course.
Work on your short game: Many bogeys happen when players miss short putts or hit poor chip shots. Practicing your short game will help to improve your accuracy and confidence. Find 2-3 drills on your weaknesses and practice them daily. Many of these drills do not require you to go to a driving range, they can be done in your home or back yard
Focus on your mental game: Golf is as much a mental game as it is physical. Stay focused, and avoid letting distractions or negative thoughts take over. Focus on the next shot, you cannot change the previous shot. Do not let one mistake cost you more strokes.
You can improve your golf game and avoid double and triple bogeys. Remember, golf is a challenging sport, and even the best players make mistakes. Stay positive, keep practicing, and have fun!