Originally Posted by LuciusWooding
And try to play on different courses because that 4 index might not travel if you always play an easy muni course but you shoot 83 on a 7100 yard championship course.
Wesley, You are right where you need to be at 14. Shooting in the mid high 70's, you know golf and have decent course management skills. Your all around game has the potential. You're probably not overly weak in any one area, yet you don't master any 1 area either. 260 is fine right now, distance will come as you grow over the next few years. Don't get caught up trying to hit it 310. Short game needs to be a strength for college golf. If your missing 8-10 greens a round, you would like to see your putting number improve below 30 consistently. (P.S. 8-12 GIRs is good for now. If you hit 12 greens, with two birdies, and get up & down 4 of 6 times, your still even).
Here's what I wished I would have known before playing college golf:
-It takes a ton a work! -BUT have fun in the process. Your right, it's just a game, but learn to enjoy the practice. Play short game drills with friends... play 18 hole short game matches with your friends getting up and down etc. Loser has to clean the rest of the teams clubs :) (that was pressure for me, I was embarrassed to wash the clubs because that meant I lost! - but it made me better lol)
-You have to get used to playing different courses- This was the biggest slap in the face for me! I was used to playing flat courses without a lot of elevation changes.
-Learn to play in wind/rain - make this a strength! -This can be your opportunity to steal a tournament - others WILL complain, use it to your advantage!
-Learn how to get the most out of practice rounds. You have to know tiers of the greens, bail outs & where you can miss. Look at approach angles and ideal yardages on holes. Pick your spots to be aggressive. Play smart and eliminate large hazards including Out of Bounds and corners that may block out your approach. Who wants to play 3 off the tee??? not me.
-Know your yardages... not just how far you hit the ball, but how far do you carry each club? -important when reading green sheets and picking which pins you are going to go at.
-Short Game is huge!!!!! If you can get up and down, you can save a round quickly and still card a decent number. You can also go really low when you have things working but you have to make a decent amount of putts 10 ft and in. If you stick an approach, you want to make the putt, it can shift momentum in your group.
-Long and Mid irons- many of your approaches will be from 150-200. You will play the tips everywhere you play (6700-7200 yds).
-You have to get some tournament rounds under your belt. Play in some jr. tournaments for the experience. Don't worry about score yet, just get experience. You will get nervous. Take note where you miss the ball in pressure situations! -This will help you avoid big numbers when the pressure is on!
-Have fun, realize that if your shooting in the 70's now, you have a gift. Enjoy it. I took it so seriously, that I stopped having fun with the game (I enjoyed the team, but not the game). I didn't make the most of my college golf experience and had to learn how to enjoy the game all over again.
-The difference between an okay college golfer and a great college golfer is razor thin. You get out what you put in. How good do you want to be? Put in the practice (especially short game!).
P.S. @nickolasjt and @caniac6 both have some great advice as well. Good Luck Wesley! Fairways and Greens my friend!