This simple strategy lowers your scores (I am serious)

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All you have to do to get the attention of most golfers is "drop your handicap immediately by succeeding __." The golf industry has generated billions of dollars for itself by throwing these promises around. Sometimes the products and methods are genuine. Other times they are gimmicks. But I can tell you with certainty that dropping your handicap won't happen without changing your habits, having a bit of discipline and doing some work.

I have enough ways for all of you to lower your scores; many of them hide in full view. The problem is that most golfers (including myself sometimes) do not have the discipline to stick to the plan.

I recently sent this tweet, and it embodies a simple strategy that I know can help almost every golfer out there:

If the majority of recreational golfers were aiming for the center of each green and playing the back yard, I would bet a large sum of money that the handicaps would decrease.

– Jon Sherman (@ practicalgolf) May 11, 2019

Perception versus reality

In this article I showed that we do not have as much control over the golf ball as we think we could. With our irons, in particular, two common problems occur with golfers:

When they think they hit a certain club on average 150 yards, it is more 135-140 yards due to false blows on the face.
Golfers choose goals that are far too aggressive and it places them in positions that are difficult to restore. Much of this has to do with a misunderstanding of their distribution patterns.

It is not someone's fault because most players have not learned how to approach the course with an optimal strategy. I'm going to propose an experiment that I think will drop many of your handicaps. It will be incredibly easy to understand, but much harder to implement.

Back and center

Although I cannot recognize any golfer reading this site, what I am going to say, I believe the vast majority of you will help.

I want you to aim for the center of every green and play for the backyard of every green .

There it is, a foolproof strategy to lower scores. And I give it away for free !!!

I will explain my way of thinking and divide it into both parts.

"The center of the green never moves"

Many great players have used a variation on that quote. It goes without saying that the center of a green is never a bad target. This is course management 101.

I firmly believe that chasing pins will lead to more bogeys and double bogeys than this will result in birdies and pars for most golfers.

I have used this visually before, but I will return it to illustrate my point.

Every shot that you hit has a spread pattern from left to right, regardless of the shape of your shot. Sometimes you miss your target to the left, sometimes to the right. If you only have one chance, it's hard to predict which way you're going to miss (despite having self-confidence in one direction). So when you adjust your target on one side of the green, you now increase your chances of missing the green on that side.

I can guarantee to all of you that the path to lower scores becomes more green in regulation with your approach photos & # 39; s. Just standing on the well surface gives you a better chance to make par (and occasionally a bird) than to miss it.

If you choose to aim in the center of each green, you give your scattering pattern a better chance of keeping the ball on the well surface. In other words, in the long run you stack the odds in your favor.

The back of the green

Almost all golfers miss the majority of their front greens. I confirmed this with GAME GOLF

and will soon also present some data from another company that keeps track of recordings.

There are probably many explanations why, but I believe the main culprit is three reasons:

Golfers do not have accurate information about how far they hit each club in their bag on average
Most players don't hit it as well as they think they do. For example, if a golfer knows when he hits his 7-iron perfectly, he goes 155 yards. They will pick that club every time that yardage comes up
They do not have accurate distance information for their goals

Anyway, let me explain why choosing the backyard can be a winning strategy for most of you.

In general, most of the photos that you take are not flushed. Heck, even pro golfers don't hit every hit perfectly on the sweet spot. You want to give yourself enough of a pillow so that you can still beat green, even with a less than perfect stroke.

Yes, there are some cases where you can miss the green for a long time if you use the back number. However, I will bet that the majority of your recordings will not make it, or beyond. Again, we try to play the odds instead of a 1 in 10 scenario.

Why you want to leave this strategy

This all sounds simple, but it is not. It is one thing to go to the course with a strategy, it is another matter to persevere with it during your round.

The most difficult thing about golf is to continue to implement a plan despite seeing results you're not happy with. If you apply this strategy, you will not hit every green. You will still take many erroneous photos that are short, left, right and even long missing. That's just golf.

However, if you persist, and let's say it has added 2 or 3 extra greens per line, it could easily make your handicap fall by multiple strokes.

You will be tempted to chase pins if things are not going well, but you will just throw gas on the fire. You cannot force birdies; they happen by giving yourself enough opportunities to make them through smart selection of targets (and of course striking good balls).

So if you are on board for the center / back strategy, you have to fully commit to it.

How shall I know the correct jardages?

Thank you for asking!

I believe that the easiest way to get your terrain on the green is with GPS technology. It is not 100% accurate, but it is very close. Moreover, it has become cheaper.

For most golfers with a limited budget, I would recommend the GolfBuddy Voice 2

. It is usually priced around $ 100 or lower, and fairly easy to use.

If you are looking for a GPS watch, there are many things to choose from

. I am a big fan of the Garmin watches and the S20 is a solid budget solution. If you are looking for more premium features, the newly released S40 is a good choice, and I still think the Approach S60 is the best golf GPS watch (I use it personally).

As basic as it gets

I know this is not exciting information for many of you reading this. People want to know how to destroy their discs and hit the ball as close as possible to the pin. As always, I want to remind you that you can't have it both ways in golf. If you are someone who plays to reduce their handicap, I can almost guarantee that if you did not have an optimal goal strategy before, with this basis you will eventually lower your scores.

If you want to play aggressively because it's more fun for you, that's OK too. But I warned you!

I would love to hear from those who choose to try this and share your results. You can post comments or contact me directly.

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