Originally Posted by Gridiron
Use Google Earth to plan your round. The measuring tool on Google Earth combined with the satellite imagery allow you to pre-plan what clubs you want to hit to give you preferred yardages into greens. You can also find your aiming points ahead of time. For me, this takes a lot of thinking out of the equation as on every tee I know what I want to play and why. I might have to make small adjustments based on the wind direction/speed for that day but it was so much easier to walk up to the tee and look in my yardage book to see my notes "3 wood at 2nd bunker on the left" know that it was the right club/yardage and just proceed to confidently hit the shot. A lot less thinking of "how far is that bunker? will I reach it? how far will that leave me to go....3 wood...driver...."
Of course the other part is once you make the plan, stick to it.
Originally Posted by jgreen85
When you say "look at my yardage book", what does your yardage book look like. I took your advice and mapped out my next tournament (this Sunday). I was just going to write the info down on a notecard and stick it in my pocket. Do you have something more than just a list?
Originally Posted by Fourputt
Also a plan has to be dynamic. You can't make a plan written in stone because golf doesn't work that way. Even the pros don't hit every shot as planned, and the rest of us certainly don't. You have to be ready to modify it on the fly. That is why I prefer my Garmin GPS. I can get that same info, just as fast, and revise the plan even faster when my tee shot doesn't go anywhere near in the direction of that bunker. And unlike your book, it's just as effective on a course I've never seen before.
I did this as well. I agree that the Garmin or Skycaddie GPS would probably be the best option, but I don't have one and I don't really want to spend the money on one right now. So I'm going old school. I played a practice round the other day for my Sunday tournament and got one of their colorful yardage books and put some notes on there. It's a course with a lot of target golf, so I just marked which club to use for tee shots depending on which tee box I'll be playing from on those particular holes. I also marked a couple of spots to avoid, a couple of lay-up distances, stuff like that.
I was also thinking of throwing a few swing reminders on there. I am taking lessons and have been working on a lot of different things for the past few months. When things go awry sometimes its because of something stupid that I forgot to keep focusing on, like "keep your heels planted," or "left shoulder under chin, or "tilt your head," or whatever. This way if I hit a couple of bad shots, I mean, when I hit a couple of bad shots, maybe I'll be able to turn it around quicker.
I, too, will have my aimpoint chart handy as well.