3. Work on the Short Game
“Drive for show, putt for dough” is an adage that most golfers have heard about, but many fail to understand. While it’s impressive to hit a towering drive down the middle of the fairway followed by a pinpoint iron shot into the heart of the green, missing those short putts makes all that hard work on the long game go to waste. When visiting the driving range, spend more time on the practice area with wedges around the green and practice putting green with several putting drills to ensure you are ready to take advantage of those approach shots. The short game is a part of golf that is frequently forgotten, as much attention is placed on swing fundamentals. However, a golfer can work on their chipping and putting from pretty much anywhere – at the course, the driving range, and home. Spend time in the off-season, continuing to improve your short game to really reap the benefits at the start of the new golf season.
4. Golf Course Strategy
While it can be so tempting to think about hitting that perfect shot that will lead to an easy birdie, the potential risk of finding a nearby hazard frequently outweighs the benefit of attempting these difficult shots. It’s no surprise that the difference between a good golfer and a great golfer is the understanding of when to attack and when to play safe with an effective golf course strategy. Creating the best angle to approach greens from the tee box or preventing yourself from being short-sided around the green are strategies that the best golfers in the world are thinking about on every hole. Every golfer will hit a bad shot, but being able to walk away with only one dropped shot because of effective on-course strategy is much better than facing a disastrous score that could ruin the scorecard.