By: Evan Singleton
Boy oh boy, I cannot stress this enough. If you are a beginner, or simply trying to improve your play, you need to focus on the correct things. It seems like everyone wants to drive the ball as far as possible. And even if you say that isn’t what you care about, odds are you still desire to drive the ball further than the guy, or gal, next to you. However, I cannot tell you how important it is to spend your time working on the exact opposite.
I will just say this bluntly, screw the drive and the distance. If you are a beginner, or need to improve, you need to be focusing on your approach shots and your work on and around the greens.
I few years back I was overly concerned with my ball-striking. I figured, if I could strike the ball perfectly then I could lower my handicap tremendously. Well that was not the case. Only until I spent hours at the range, playing practice rounds, and doing research on my approach shots and putting, did I realize the key to simply lowering your score. Approach shots, chips, and putting.
Wedge shots, chipping, bunker play, and putting are all so different from perfecting your swing. They are all more or less feel shots. And that is what I encourage you to care about. Sure you might miss a green with a 7-iron, but if you can chip well, you can get up and down and save your score.
I am not just saying this, I lived it. I, still to this day, focus heavily on my P-wedge, 52, 56, and 60 degree shots at the range. It may sound silly, but it is the truth. Think about the majority of your golf shots. They are most likely 130ish yards and in (including most chips and putts - less than 50 yards). Especially putting, It is the only think you do on EVERY SINGLE hole.
The key to lowering that final score is simply improving your short clubs. It may not be the most fun activity, but you’ll be having plenty of fun when you crush your buddies on the card.
Finding the fairway is so important, yes. However, I am simply advising you as to where your focus should be.
I am not saying forget about all of that entirely. Rather, spend less time on it. Time is money… spend it well. You will see the difference. Practicing chipping and putting is the way to lower that score.
Thanks! Stay tuned for the next part.