Originally Posted by gr8golf
I am very interested in golfers who score in the 70s. How did they get to that point?
If you score in the 70s, can you please share your story? I would greatly appreciate any post at all explaining your path to breaking and consistently scoring in the 70s, but if you want some ideas, this is what I'm particularly interested in:
1) How long did it take to break 70? If it took you 2 years, was that 2 years from the first time you picked up a golf club, or did you just play around for the first year and then take the second year seriously?
I've had three golfing 'careers':
- Started playing in 2/89 with very little experience (some scrambles previously). I broke 80 on a par 71 track in 11/89. It was an easy municipal course, but it was still a 78. Don't remember the course rating. I quit playing completely until I joined a club in '99. I think it was June/July.
- First round after joining the new club in '99, I didn't break 100. Broke 80 for the first time there on 5/10/2000 (78, 71.9/122). I still remember some key shots from that round.
I just looked for (and found) some notebooks I kept from all those years ago. Funny to look back at them.
I quit playing in 2006 after an injury. I didn't play a round again until mid-spring of this year. Since then, I've either played or hit balls at least 5 days/week.Took me about 4-5 weeks to break 80 this time around.
2) What methods did you follow? Did you pick and choose from different instructors, books, DVDs, or even just watching tips on the golf channel? Did you follow a single set method/book/DVD/instructor and follow it like it was your bible?
Both the first and second go around, I read some golf mags and took maybe a handful of lessons before breaking 80. I played a lot and practiced a good bit in '99-'00, though. No lessons - or any plans for lessons - this time around.
3) What does it take to score in the 70s consistently (in your opinion of course)? A consistent swing? A good mental game? 70% mechanics 30% mental? Please share.
- Gotta make solid contact with the ball and avoid chunky monkeys and thin rockets around the green. You don't have to hit it pure every time, but you really can't afford to give away shots by hitting 150 yard approaches 30 yards or hitting it 50 yards when you need the ball to go 50 feet. There's a little more room for that when trying to break 90.
- Three putt avoidance is important. They add up fast.
- Staying out of trouble and avoiding penalty shots is a key for me. I'm not Seve, so constantly bending it around trees and having to hit miracle shots will eventually take its toll on my score. I'll go ahead and take bogey if going for it might lead to double (or worse). I try to play the percentages.
- By the same token, making double (or worse) doesn't ruin a round. I don't let it get in my head that it does
- I'm not that long off the tee (no 300 yard drives here), so finding the short grass and letting my short game carry the load is how I play.
- IMO, once a golfer is making good contact with the ball, course management becomes very important. I play with whatever I brought to the course that day, and I don't fight my swing during a round.
- I let go of previous shots, good or bad. I can't change the past or control the future - I can only play the shot I have right now.
- Once a golfer is scaring 80, I think it becomes more mental than mechanics at that point, at least on the course. Don't know what percentage of each. A consistent swing is important, of course. I just try to get the ball in the hole and save the 'thinking about my swing' for the range.
- Maybe it's cliche, but it isn't about how good I hit it that will determine my score. It will almost always be how well I control my misses.
- Similar to a previous point, I have to make sure I don't become results oriented. If/when I do, I invariably screw up.
- More cliches, but indifference will cost me shots. I have to commit to my swing in order to score. I'd rather hit the wrong club well than the right club poorly.
- I've got to keep my head in the game. I don't need to bear down and concentrate for 3-4 hours, but when it's my turn to hit, I have to focus 100% on my shot. Weird, random thoughts will make my dumb ass forget something. I try to keep the hot beverage cart babe away from me when I'm up ;)
That's all just me....YMMV.