One of the “secrets” to scoring well in golf is being able to hit various different shots on the golf course. I am not talking about completely flat lie at the driving range but the ones from real fairways, rough, and from different sidehill/downhill/uphill lies.
How do you practice these shots and how to you learn to guage the differences?
Simple, you practice them on the golf course.
Now, you are going to have to outsmart the weekend warriors because if you only play golf on the weekends and your golf course is rather busy, you are probably not gonna have a chance to hit more than one shot during your round of golf.
Here’s a couple ways to get around that:
1. If you just can’t play golf during the week when the golf course is not so busy, try getting a tee-time for the weekend for the earliest tee time. And also get a golf cart. Once you tee off, just skip a couple holes so you’ve got about 1 hour of difference between yourself and the foursome behind you. And just leave the foursome you joined so you can get some practice done, seriously.
2. Go out during the week, preferably Monday through Wednesday. Usually the old timers are there in the morning so if you tee off right at noon during lunch time, you should be have no competition.
3. There’s always “loop holes” at the golf course, just go skip some holes and find the loop hole where there’s no one playing for 2-3 holes. Find some hackers, they will surely be 2-3 holes behind.
On the golf course, play your round but whenever you miss a golf shot, try at least 2-3 times until you get it right. These on-course practice gives you valuable feedback and positive experience you can use later.
I remember this is actually a “golf tip” one of my high school rivals gave me. And it was really unbelievable because he never went to the range yet he would shoot par or under and he told me his secret was “practicing on the golf course”. (His name was Scott Wingfield btw, he played for UNLV but don’t know what happened to him.)
Anyways, if you haven’t been practicing on the golf course, start doing it and get better at scoring golf!