Originally Posted by flintcreek6412
I haven't seen the course in person but it looks relatively short and is about average difficulty with low course/slope ratings. In looking at your card I'd focus on course management.
Originally Posted by 460CompMark
usually the difference in 80s to 70s is the short game. low handicappers can scramble for the par. even the low handicappers are going to hit some errant tee shots, but it's how you get out of trouble that takes you from 80s to 70s. i have missed almost every GIR in a round and still shot close to par. but a high GIR is what makes a person go from 70s to 60s.
I would strongly disagree that focusing on anything other than ballstriking is what the OP needs. Course management and short game work can help any golfer, but that doesn't appear to be what is holding him back. And I also disagree that GIR makes a person go from 70s to 60s, the implication being that it doesn't help you go from 70s to 80s.
Look, the OP, and anybody else for that matter (including myself), can be a poor ball striking, mid-handicapper and sink several big putts over the course of a round and break 80. Breaking 80 one time, one round isn't the hammer that breaks down the floodgates to constantly breaking 80.
I'm gonna be blunt, and it's not to be a dick but to hopefully be constructive: this looks like an easy course even though the OP says it's tight. It may be tougher than the course slope (and I've seen courses that don't seem accurately rated), but the slope tells me it's not tough. If somebody breaks 80 on this course, that's great. Now what? Stop golfing?
The tone I get from the OP is that he wants to get better, not simply post one good score and then brag about it for the rest of his life. If he wants to get better, he has to improve his ball striking. 'Cause if you can't break 80 on this course, going to a longer, par 72 course with a 125+ slope is really going to be an eye-opener.
Saevel and bjwestner have it right, IMO. Breaking 80 is great, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Figure out how to hit more quality golf shots. Even if you don't hit the fairway, is it good enough to be playable and reach the green? Even if you don't hit a GIR, is it around the green and in a safe spot and missed to the correct side, or is it a duff/shank/slice/hook that completely misses your target area by 30-50 yards?
Again, don't mean to be a dick and rain on your parade. You were close, and you are apparently improving, so congrats on getting closer. But the answer to what you are looking for isn't just "focus harder", "manage the [easy] course better", nor "work on your short game."