Originally Posted by Lihu
Well, when you put it that way. No problem.
Seriously, what kinds of things did you do to break 85? It seems like this is the crossing over point from bogey golf to sub-bogey golf. 16-18 down to 13 strokes seems like a lot of strokes. You're making 3 to 5 more pars every round rather than being satisfied with an extra shot on every hole.
Did you try playing rounds with irons only? Or something like that?
You already know this, but there is no magic elixir to break any milestone number. Obviously, practicing your swing (and putting and pitching) is a given to improve from any level to any other level, so I don't speak to that. What I assume you mean when you ask questions like this is 'What other things, besides practicing and getting better, can you do to make the jump?"
So my answer is probably exactly the same no matter what milestone you are talking about because other than practicing to get better, the only thing that can help you is playing smart and not making silly mistakes.
Usually, when I look back on a round and kick myself over something, it's a preventable double or triple. I got cute and tried to slice a ball out of the trees onto the green and instead put it in the other trees. Or I try to get a bunker shot close to a tight pin and forget to get it out of the bunker. And the chances of me even saving a shot in those situations was always slim. If I just chipped out to 100 yards and wedged it on, I could've walked away with a bogey, maybe even par. If I just made sure to get the ball out of the bunker and onto the green, again, a bogey would be easy.
And, oh yeah, stay away from penalty strokes too!!
Hey, look what I found: http://thesandtrap.com/t/73620/how-do-you-get-into-the-low-80s-from-roughly-the-high-80s-and-low-90s/0_30#post_970575