If you could improve as little as making just one more putt from 10 feet … as opposed to needing two putts.
If you could improve as little as having one more chip stop 2 feet from the hole … as opposed to 7 feet from the hole.
If you could hit one more green from 150 yards away … as opposed to missing the green. Thus needing only 2 putts to get the ball into the hole instead of a chip and two putts.
If you could hit your Driver 10 yards straighter on your worst curving shot so that the ball stays in play as opposed to having to punch out of the trees or taking a penalty for being in the water.
If you improve just a tiny amount in each of the above four categories you would improve 4 strokes per 18 holes. If you could do this on both 9’s … you would improve 8 strokes.
The beauty of the above is that you don’t need to become much better of a putter, or chipper or iron player or Driver. You just need to improve enough to get one shot better in each category … if so, your scores are 8 strokes better!
This simplified approach to improvement (a PLAN) is important because most Golfers try to improve by redoing their golf swing to get 4 to 8 strokes better. Yet what often happens is that they end up getting 4 to 8 strokes worse with all the changes.
In reality – there isn’t much perceptible difference in the swing of a 20 handicap and a 12 handicap. If you watch both of these Golfers hitting 5 to 10 balls on the driving range … you would be hard pressed to determine who was the 20 and who was the 12. Now I understand there will be doubters … but we stand on the driving range everyday … there isn’t much difference in how they hit the golf ball.
The difference is the 12 handicap is making 1 more putt, 1 better chip, 1 additional green, and 1 extra Drive that stays in play each 9 holes than the 20 handicap. It’s not that the 12 handicap is consistently hitting 250 yards drives straight … while the 20 handicap is hitting 200 yard drives left and right.
Have a PLAN – you score around 95 for 18 holes – this summer you work to improve 1 stroke per 9 holes in your putting, 1 better chip, and 1 more Green in Regulation. You have now improved 6 strokes and you’re an 89 Golfer.
It’s really as simple as that … one small improvement in three or four areas of your game … leads to big improvements in scores.
Yes, this is a different approach than most people use when it comes to trying to improve your scores. But maybe that’s why most Golfers do not improve their scores after their initial 4 years of playing golf. Because you are trying to improve just like your fellow struggling Golfers.
We have found that when you have a PLAN … most people just need a little work on their golf swing to improve 4 to 8 strokes. So we recommend that you learn to become just a tiny bit better in the three or four parts of golf listed above and your scores will improve a lot.
The Monkey feels there is a big difference between a 12 handicap and a 20 handicap
The Player makes tiny improvements in four parts of their game … and becomes the 12 handicap
Go ahead, Be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life