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how to lower score for high school golf?

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Hello everyone. I am currently a freshmen in highschool and i want to join the golf team. I am currently shooting low nineties (consistantly) usually with a 44 or 43 on either the front or back nine. I know i will have a spot for sure if i can get to mid eighties by frebruary. Any tips for shaving a few stories, or if you played high school golf?

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Just go in confident. Usually people get nervous and shoot 90's when they normally shoot mid-eighties. A 20 handicap can beat a 15 handicap if the 15 has more confidence in their game.
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Hello everyone. I am currently a freshmen in highschool and i want to join the golf team. I am currently shooting low nineties (consistantly) usually with a 44 or 43 on either the front or back nine. I know i will have a spot for sure if i can get to mid eighties by frebruary. Any tips for shaving a few stories, or if you played high school golf?

 

Get a video camera

Video your swing down the line, and face on. Post it on the "My Swing" thread. Get some advice to improve. 

 

My best guess though, if your a 44 - 43. I would say you still have issues with contact, but have gotten good at a bad swing. Go to the "Swing Thoughts" thread, and check out the 5 key videos. Work on some drills for Keys 1, 2, and 3. This will stabilize your swing more, and at least get you a consistent ball flight. You'll probably end up with a slight pull fade, which is OK. 

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If you're shooting in the high 90's and want quick improvement, I know what should be able to get you to at least the high-mid 80's:

- Short game

 

This is at least the path I took to go from a 90's shooter to solid mid-80's. Only after I had developed a good feel for chipping and putting did I really move onto irons and hitting more greens. If you go from getting up and down twice a round to five times, which isn't too unreasonable, that's 3 strokes right there. Cut out 2 three putts that you would have when you do hit the green and you've shaved at least 5 strokes off your score at that point. From there if you just improve your course management a bit (if you ever end up inside a pine tree, please do what I didn't and take an unplayable lie) and you can drop a good six or seven strokes from penalties and short game/putting alone. The best part about this is that it's easy to practice with a jacket on in the winter months since it doesn't require a full swing. Course management techniques don't even require you to really be on a course. Just go through possible outcomes in your head and decide what the best course of action with the least consequences would be. Think about stuff you would normally come across in an average round.

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When I was in high school, the thing that brought me from low 40's on 9 holes to upper 30's was hitting more GIR's. On every hole, just completely forget about where the pin is located and try to hit the center (or biggest) part of the green. If you can maximize the amount of times you get two putts to make par, you will be surprised by how many strokes it saves you... Then, as your iron play and putting improve, you will begin to sprinkle a birdie or two into your rounds and work your way down to scoring in the 70's.

post #7 of 12

Get to know your golf course.

Visualize and use course management as you play.

Play to your strengths and work on the weakness in your game.

Keep your cool, avoid frustrations.

 

And the main objective  "HAVE FUN !!!!"

 

Club Rat

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Originally Posted by michaeldays View Post
 

Hello everyone. I am currently a freshmen in highschool and i want to join the golf team. I am currently shooting low nineties (consistantly) usually with a 44 or 43 on either the front or back nine. I know i will have a spot for sure if i can get to mid eighties by frebruary. Any tips for shaving a few stories, or if you played high school golf?

 

 

 65/20/15 Practice Ratios: Where to Devote Your Practice Time 

post #9 of 12

Game plan for the course your playing and be confident it will affect how people play when they are in your group.  Also don't forget to only hit the clubs you can control on a regular basis.

post #10 of 12

It's even tough for someone shooting in the mid-80's, just remember that and TMAC's advice. Except, I think he meant a 20HC can beat a 15 HC under the right conditions.

 

Just make those conditions.

See the thread: http://thesandtrap.com/t/71363/you-are-playing-with-friends-and-want-to-get-into-their-head-a-little-for-some-fun-what-good-hearted-stuff-do-you-do

 

And you can skip the "good-hearted" part, just don't let the coach catch you :whistle: 

post #11 of 12

Play each shot and not each hole, my son is in the middle of tryouts right now, 1st was last week he carded a 51 on the front 9. I have seen him card mid 30's for the past 4 months. This has got to be one of the worst round he has had for months. I know he was not playing each shot and it got the best of him so now he has one more try at it.

Play the course you will be trying out as much as you can and use course management, lay out each hole and take your time and don't let one bad shot or bad hole define your round.

 

As everyone is saying have fun, good luck!

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You might use an old Quality Control technique called Pareto Analysis.

 

In PA, you take a look at an activity, and find which parts create the most waste and error. You look for patterns of activity which cause you the most problems.

 

To do this, analyze recent scorecards to see where you have problem areas. Let's say you three putt often on the front nine, and tend to double-bogie par 5 holes. You would look at what causes these problems, and work to correct them.

 

The cause of these problems can be both swing flaws, and tactics flaws. Some examples:

 

Swing flaws:

  • You tend to leave lag putts short because you decelerate at impact and don't get a good roll.
  • You rarely get the ball out of the bunker on the first try. Review your basics, and take a lesson if you can't solve it on your won.
  • You frequently chunk 4, 5, and 6-iron shots. Take a lesson to find out why.

 

Tactics flaws:

  • You press for extra yardage on Par 5 drives (so you can get on in two) and often put the ball deep into the trees.
  • You always bogey Hole X, a 310-yard par 4, because you often spin your Lob Wedge shot back off the false-front green. In the future, use a chip-and-run shot to beat the false front.

 

Combination flaws:

  • In Tuesday's round, you couldn't hit you FWs. On the long par 4, you try for green in two and hook 3W OB. You could have saved a stroke or two by laying up with a 5i, and trying for an up-and-down par.
  • Overconfidence: You start off par - birdie - par, and get overconfident. On the No. 4 tee box, you rush your pre-shot routine, and dump your drive 20 yards into the deep rough. Ten minutes later, a double bogie wipes out your 1-under start.

 

You get the idea. Now, go forth and break 80!

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