Originally Posted by Gipper
Sorry if there is already a thread for this. This thread is a place where all of us high handicappers can post updates and questions on their journey to break 100. I think the better golfers could also give good advise and support.
I will start off first. The two things I am really trying to work on now to lower my score is reduce lost balls (three in my last round of 9 holes) and reduce my 3 putts(5 on my last round of 9 holes.). That is 16 strokes over 18 holes. A huge opportunity for improvement.
Anyone else out there striving to breaking bad this year?
Congratulations on deciding to get your game together. I came back to the game a year and a half ago and have worked pretty hard trying to improve. Here are a couple of thoughts, more may come up later.
chasm said it, I'll repeat it: get lessons! He also said he was taking lessons as if he were a complete beginner, but it isn't only complete beginners that need lessons! All of the tour pros have "swing coaches" that they visit often. Nothing wrong with taking lessons, I have taken a bunch in the least year and a half and will continue to off and on so long as I play I expect. But lessons alone in all likelihood won't get the job done, you have to follow them up with practice. Three hours practice for each hour lesson may be enough, but each time the pro has you change something in your swing it will probably feel like the wheels have come off for a little while. It always does for me. You need to expect this, a significant change takes a while to settle in and become part of the swing you don't have to think about.
You are right to start working on losing less balls! Those are score killers and confidence breakers. You didn't say how you are going about losing the balls, but as a guy that plays a course with water on pretty much every hole I'm going to take a guess that it is mostly with the driver and perhaps other long clubs that go astray. I'll expand on not losing balls to a general: stay out of trouble! And when you get in trouble anyway, make sure that you get OUT of trouble. Don't try to make up for a bad shot with some sort of remarkable "hero shot" that has a low probability of succeeding. You are better off 200 yards down the middle of the fairway than 275 and off in the trees, or the lake.... There's time to work on fancy shots when you are working to break 80.
Forget about making par! You're trying to break 100. Nine bogies and nine double-bogies will get you a 99 on a par 72 course.
Finally, and I hate this one but am finding it to be so true: to putt better, practice putting more.