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post #55 of 63

I usually shoot in the 70s but I'm fairly uncomfortable saying that since I am also fully capable of blowing up (mostly with tee shots) at any time and shooting in the 80s. I'm definitely the most up and down, inconsistent, golfer around here. If I'm on your team you never know what you are going to get. Maybe a 68 and maybe an 85.

 

I don't have a good golf swing but have always been pretty good at scoring fairly well with a crappy swing. Short game shots around the green came easily from the start and I could hit the ball with better than average distance from the tee but always battled the hooks (and still do when I'm not playing well).

 

Started out as a below average putter but decided after a couple of years to make that my strong suit and I believe I've done that with a LOT of work on it.

 

Other than improving my putting and learning to play all tee shots to the safest side of the fairway at all costs not much has changed since the first year I played but those two factors now at least keep me from having the REALLY bad rounds I had back then.

post #56 of 63
Play it safe the 1 st few holes..( fairway/ green..2 putt) . If that means 3 wood or hybrid off the tee..than do it. Once you feel comfortable and more in control..take more chances late in the front 9. Par 5's usually have a "green light" for me to be aggressive. If I'm on, I can usually be 2 under on the par 5's alone. On all par 3's , I'm always thinking middle of the green..2 putt. I follow that, and I'm always under 80. Granted I used to always play the back tees..now..I'm strictly white tees.. I don't play enough golf to justify the back tees.


This strategy worked wonders for me for 3 decades of golfing..
post #57 of 63
Oops one more. I also think numbers as well. My goal 10 plus greens in regulation/ under 28 putts/ 15 plus fairways.. Up and down 50% from missed greens

I do that always under 80.. To shoot low 70 / high 60's I just modify it..the modify would be greens I. Regulation. My new goal would be 14 or more greens and 28 putts or less

Broke 70 once this year on a pitch and putt..shot par once on a regulation course. If I remember I had 15 greens and 24 putts.


I love the stats side of it, than you can see what to focus on the remaining week of practice until I tee it up again

Short game is paramount to breaking 80
post #58 of 63

Go all out attack, playing "too safe" is the downfall of many a great golfer IMO

post #59 of 63

dear want to shoot in the 70's

 

     first thing first you need to be able to set up to the ball and have a proper grip, if you feel you have this then you need to

practice almost everyday to grove your swing because shooting in the 70 takes a repetive swing and I feel you can only accomplish this by hitting thousands of balls, first you need to start with your wedge and learn to hit it a certain distance granted the more you practice this distance may increase but you cant play golf without knowing how far you are hitting your irons, the way I learned to breaking seventy I had a shag bag and starting hitting my wedge and tried to hit them in a twenty or thirty foot circle, if you learn how to hit 50 or 60 balls at a givin time into that circle you will be breaking 80 and 70 before you know it.

post #60 of 63

Yesterday I broke 80 for the 5th time.  As of yesterday, it had been 17 months and 15 days since I first hit a golf ball. 

 

Lots of great posts from people that have figured out how to break 80 and shoot in the 70's in a way that works for them.  I have not had any lessons and instead learned as much as I could from online, books, and tv.  Everyone is different.....the most important advice that I could give to anyone is that you are going to get the most bang for your buck as far as improving your golf scores by being able to put the club on the ball first consistently.  Most would respond to this with "no sh*t sherlock", but it worked for me because I thought of things this way.....when I first started and many were telling me to get lessons I realized that whether I got lessons or not, I knew that my coordination was not good enough to be able to strike the club on the ball first and that the only way to improve my consistency was to practice and play as much as possible.

 

Someone mentioned about those people out there with awful ugly swings but they shoot great golf scores, I'm betting that the reason they score the way that they do is because they hit the ball first.  You will hear people tell you to work on this or that first but putting the club on the ball first encompasses all of that (except bunker shots and other specialty shots). 

 

Once you get to a point where you are comfortable with your consistency then you can tweak this or that or get lessons or etc......All summer I worked on ball striking with my irons to improve my GIR.  My consistency has gotten better and thus I was able to break 80 five times.  Do I still hit a fat shot every now and then?  Absolutely.  But my misses are not catostrophic and thus this has been the way that I was able to shoot in the 70's.

 

My way is not THE right way.  There are lots of right ways to shoot in the 70's.  It's about finding the way that works for you.  No pictures on the scorecard so as long as you shoot your goal legally, that's all that matters right?  Good luck!

post #61 of 63
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Originally Posted by bjwestner View Post

 

 

Once you get to a point where you are comfortable with your consistency then you can tweak this or that or get lessons or etc......All summer I worked on ball striking with my irons to improve my GIR.  My consistency has gotten better and thus I was able to break 80 five times.  Do I still hit a fat shot every now and then?  Absolutely.  But my misses are not catostrophic and thus this has been the way that I was able to shoot in the 70's.

 

 

Glad someone is paying attention ;-)   Congrats, keep it up!

post #62 of 63

I've fired off a few rounds in the 70s. I've been playing off and on for 27 yrs. When I got in the 70s it was due to me playing ~9 rounds a week on a course that I was extremely familiar with (and a fairly simple course in all honesty). For me the keys are plain and simple. I have to be very hot with my short game. If I put in the work with the putter and wedges I can be very good, even with a mediocre driver. These days I don't have the time to work on the short game as much as I require to be good and I'm playing some longer, more challenging courses. In my opinion, the key to getting into the 70s is practice but even more playing. I think a lot of golfers spend too much time on the range. That is fine if there are some mechanical things you are trying to work out but for me, I can't replicate the situations I find on the course in the practice areas.  You build your strategy and mental toughness through playing rounds, not mashing range balls.

post #63 of 63

a really good golfer taught me something this year that helped me finally break 80 a few times. "Aim for the center of the green, if it goes closer to the hole, your lucky but it will rarely miss the green and put you in trouble "  half the holes are cut in the center or close to center of the green.

 

made sense to me and it helped me.

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