PLAY BEFORE YOU PLAY
Jason Banting, PGA Advanced Professional at Silvermere:
So many golfers trying to break 100 are trying to play the course like a scratch golfer, forcing them to hit every green in regulation, causing them to run up big numbers on holes.
Play each and every hole with a strategy.
Attack par 3 holes as par 4 holes, par 4s as par 5s, and par 5s as par 6s.
This process will give you a more stable way of playing each and every hole in your quest to break 100.
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David Aitchison, PGA Professional, Silvermere:
At least three lessons with a pro on the course to work on course management will work wonders.
A lot of players in this category make daft decisions. If you are going to drop a shot you want to make sure it is just one.
ROUND-THE-WORLD PUTTING DRILL
Place 10 balls in a circle a putter’s length from the hole.
Go around the circle trying to hole them all. If you miss, go back to the start.
You want your practice to be structured and as much like competition as possible so your are comfortable when the heat is on.
These three footers are the momentum keepers and the ones that stay in your head on the next tee when you miss them. When you can do it, increase the diameter of the circle.
DEVELOP A PRE-SHOT ROUTINE
Find out what works for you and practice the same habits to train your mental state so when you go into a shot you are in a bubble.
You need to be able to switch on and switch off so you are not bleeding too much energy.
Jason Day has been a great example of this recently.
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