1. Keep the ball on the deck around the greens

Lowering the risk is one of the quickest ways to lower your score without improving your technique. Typically, the less time the ball spends in the air or the smaller the stroke or swing you take, the less the chance for error. Reaching for your most-lofted club every time can result in getting higher scores very quickly. Next time, try and put your short game shot selection should go in the following order:

1. Putt
2. Chip
3. Pitch/Flop

Basically, you want to try and putt whenever you can and chip when you cannot putt. Think about using whichever club will allow you to keep your stroke small while also carrying the trouble. If you need to carry some danger then, of course, get your wedge out and pitch but remember that pitching requires a larger swinging motion and therefore carries the greatest risk – consider it a last resort.

Doing this will surprise both you and your playing partners by the end of the round as your mistakes will go unnoticed by your playing partners or your scorecard.

2. Know when to take your medicine

Mistakes are part of every round but we have control over how many we make – to an extent! There is an art to knowing when to go for it and when to back off and play safer. You might think that you can play the hero shot and maybe one time out of one hundred you might but we all know you’re better off simply taking your medicine instead, and playing your ball into a spot that leaves an easier next shot.

Of course, trying to hit the hero shot is fun and everyone loves to tell their mates about it in the clubhouse bar afterwards, but it’s often what leads to big numbers on the scorecard — which aren’t fun at all!

3. Have a favourite club (and use it)

We all have days when we are not quite striking it right, so what happens when you aren’t hitting the ball like you want to?

Give this a try and you will certainly limit the damage: Go back to using your favourite club as often as possible, from tee-to-green, no matter where you are or even if you think it’s not the right yardage. With a favourite club, there’s a natural connection that you can have which will enable you to play shots which may be unorthodox but will work. Practice all different kinds of shots with it in advance — from bump and runs to half-club shots. That way, you’ll be prepared for when things go south. The important thing to remember is that by leaning on your favourite club, you’ll help boost your confidence and give yourself an option when things aren’t going as planned.

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