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Lower Your Score!
by Christie Quinn - LPGA Teaching Professional
Six Steps to lower scores
According to Golf Data, 85% of golfers want to lower their handicap, however most golfers are not willing to put in the necessary practice to achieve your desired results.
Below are six keys to lower your scores.
1. Try to make a positive pre-shot routine a habit before EVERY shot: Focus on your target, the shape of shot you want to hit, the feeling of that shot and being correctly aligned and you will execute better. If you can concentrate on this routine, it will also help to distract you from any negative mental interference.
2. Stay in the present: We have no control over the past, like the 3 putt on the previous green or the tee shot hit out of bounds. What we do have control over is our attitude and our approach for EVERY shot we are about to hit. If we are thinking about the past or future it dilutes your positive intention for the shot at hand. This is KEY to becoming the best we can be.
3. Practice with visualization and feel on the driving range: when you are on the driving range, don’t waste time hitting balls relentlessly at the same target and working on complex technical drills. Try to use as much visualization, creativity and experimentation as you can. This is much more effective use of your valuable practice time.
4. Never work on technique on the golf course: if you start to lose confidence during your round, eliminate the tendency to work on a technical solution, which is what most golfers do. This only acts to further distance yourself from what is going to get you hitting the ball better: visualization and feel.
5. Make putting more about visualization and feel: putting is an almost pure mental game. How we practice and approach each putt has a huge impact on our results. Work on a better green reading approach, seeing and feeling the line and being correctly aligned to the apex of the putt. See the putt, feel it and hit the ball out the center of the putter. It’s that simple.
Christie Quinn is the Director of Instruction for the Discover Your Swing Golf Academy in Long Beach, California - firstname.lastname@example.org