Over the last few years golf technology has also grown by leaps and bounds. Too many pros depend totally on video analysis, side by side swing comparisons to a tour player, etc. Improved club designs, larger and more accurate drivers, hybrids, and hybrid irons have seemingly made the game easier to play. Unfortunately, the average score for the average golfer is still around the 100. In spite of all the new technology that number hasn’t improved for decades. The major reason for this is that hitting the ball farther is not going to result in lower scores all by itself.
All it takes to shoot 90 consistently is to bogey every hole. This means adding one stroke to the par of every hole and making that your personal par. Play every par four as a par five, every par three as a par four, and every par five as a par six.
The key factors in scoring better are course management and shot selection. Not hitting the ball farther or even better. If you can shoot close to 100 you can accomplish this without changing your swing at all. Your real goal should be maximizing the golf swing and abilities that you have now and learning to enjoy the game more. Forget about changing your swing to fit image of what a swing should look like or chasing some non-existent swing secret promised by someone selling their DVD set, their method or their book. After 35 plus years of learning and teaching this game I can tell you that there are no secrets.
If you are an average golfer that has trouble breaking 100 I want you to try something just once. The next time you go to the course to play a round I want you to park your ego and your driver somewhere else and play with your brain. If you are playing with someone else explain to them what you are doing, but practicing by yourself the first time is preferable.
You only have to answer one question about how you played – “What did you shoot?” There are no style points awarded for anything. Always remember one overriding fact. Golf is a game of where, not how far.