This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently.
Am I trying to make my BEST days better or my WORST days better? Does it take the same skill set and how can I change my focus between the two.
From a 10,000 foot view, practice and improvement should improve everything, but as I finish out this season, I’ve found that my high scores have been significantly lower, while my low scores haven’t move a ton. Most of my focus this year has been on not compounding mistakes, so this makes sense. I am taking less overall risk, so the delta between my scores has grown smaller.
My worst score this season is a 91 from the tips in my club qualifier, and I tried to force my game back (it didn’t work) instead of shooting an 86-87. I hit 5 balls OB and recorded some truly high numbers. My lowest score this season is a 75, and it featured 1 birdie. I wouldn’t call it boring golf, but I was mostly in decent position all day, and never far out of position. I had a putt for par on every hole.
As I look forward, I think it’s time to start working on LOWERING my scores. I’ve mostly cleaned up my bad rounds, and now I just need to figure out where to step on the gas on the course. After listening to Jon, Adam and Lou, I do think I am going to spend some time grinding 10 foot putts, and make sure I have a good look at birdie on holes where variance puts me close to the hole… and also work on 30 foot putts to make sure I am not three putting.
I’m actively working on tightening up my driver (though that should lower ALL my scores) and tracking strokes gained…
I think, overall, I’ve done a decent job this year of lowering my scoring average without throwing up any super low rounds (I’m usually in the 79-82 range, so 75 isn’t all that far off) but I wonder if I left something on the table by not grinding the “killer instinct” and making sure I had opportunities to go lower.
I’m not abandoning DECADE and chasing birdies, or anything like that… I just wonder if when I am in the GREEN LIGHT range on the course if I need to be more aggressive and get better at scoring.