How to break 90
How to break 90
By Mary Doyle
February 5, 2020
Everyone has a milestone they would like to accomplish in golf, whether it is reducing your handicap, mastering a certain shot or posting a particular score. In this instance I want to uncover three concepts a player could consider in order to help them break 90.
- Keep the big numbers off the card – Usually when higher handicappers get out of position on the course, they tend to rather than taking their medicine. In layman’s terms; don’t be afraid to take a bogey. When you get out of position (miss a fairway, hit it OB), your first thought should be ‘what’s the easiest way to get the ball back in play’. I am a big believer in self-belief and self-confidence, but if you’re behind a tree, with the ball sitting down in the rough, 200 yards away from a pin tucked behind a pot bunker, the smarter option might be to lay it up. If it’s a bogey, so be it, but don’t bring a 12 into the equation.
- Get the ball to the flag – Overestimating how far you can carry the ball isn’t doing your game any favours. You may appear a little impressive pulling out an 8-iron from 160, but all that bravado flies out the window when you end up in the water hazard short of the green. Be realistic and honest about how far (ON AVERAGE) you can actually carry the ball. If you hit an 8 iron 160 on a perfect summers day, downhill with a little wind helping, that does not mean you can carry your 8 iron 160 every time. A trackman gapping session might help you understand how far you actually hit each club.
- Reduce your three putts – You don’t need to make every putt you see to break 90. Being a good pace putter is something you can really brag about, and may alleviate a little stress on the greens. If you race your first putt 10 feet by the hole because you were ‘going for it’, you’re instantly under three-putt watch. If you focus on having good speed on your first putt, you’ll have a way better chance of making the second putt and reducing the three jabs. Don’t put yourself under pressure to make putts, and instead aim to leave each putt within two or three feet from the hole – if you hole it, that’s a bonus!
It goes without saying that every player is different and creates unique obstacles for themselves on the course. Therefore, if you find these pointers aren’t helping you get closer to reaching your milestone, check in with one of our professionals to get a more tailored opinion on how you can improve your scores.
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