Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

Shooting A Personal Best Golf Score

By admin Jun13,2024

Well, how did that happen!? Yesterday, I shot my personal best of three under par 71 at the Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort. I was completely surprised as I was able to shoot five birdies, 2 bogeys and 11 pars. All of this with two poor strokes that led to over par one each hole. No one was more surprised than me and after I was able to calm down, I decided to dissect my round to see where things went right. After much thought, I am not surprised at the results.

I have discussed how I was struggling this year, especially my short game. For some reason, I was hitting the ground behind the ball or thinning each chip or pitch. I was at a loss, but I fixed that yesterday by hitting 13 of 18 greens in regulation. By far my best stat in this area this year. Many of the putts were from 15 to 20 feet, but hey, I was putting for birdie more often than not.

I hit the ball in play off the tee on every hole. I was in the short rough a couple of times, but the ball position did not affect my next shot. I would say I was lucky during those particular times, but sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

My approach shots were much better. I was hitting a bit more club than usual which allow me to stay in control during all facets of my swing. I was able to finish my on line because I was not trying to hit the ball too hard. My tempo and swing balance was the best I had in years. I have talked about clubbing up more and yesterday’s results prove that this strategy works best for my game.

When I missed the green, it was 5 times, I was able to get the ball up and down 4 times. My chipping around the green was very good as I hit the ball within 4 feet 4 times that lead to pars or bogeys. The one bogey I made from poor chipping resulted in an 8 foot putt which I missed. The other other bogey was a result of poor shots (thin) and was part of the missed greens in regulation stat.

The one deciding factor on why I shot my personal best score……putting! Yup, the flat stick was on fire. Of the five birdies, I sank four of them from 15 to 20 feet away. In addition, I sank many 3 to 4 foot putts for par. I cannot remember when I rolled the ball this well on the greens. And let us not forget that I chipped in for birdie on the second hole. That helped keep my overall putts down to 22!

My take away from all my success yesterday was that my short game ruled the day. As I have stated in the past, when practicing spend more time chipping and putting. This is were most strokes are lost and gained. Yesterday’s round definitely proofed that hypothesis.

As I move forward in the season, my goal is to duplicate my personal best on the scorecard. I will continue to focus a majority of my practice time on my short game with the goal of shaving one more stroke off my final score. It makes sense after my 71 yesterday!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


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