By Paul Myers
On the Tour, tracking rounds in the 60’s is one of the statistical measures of how well a player is doing throughout the season. So far in 2015, Robert Streb leads the Tour with 23 total rounds in the 60’s in just 9 events. Obviously, that is great golf. However, that statistic doesn’t apply that well to the average player. For most golfers, their percentage of rounds in the 60’s is stuck at 0% – and it might stay that way forever. Nonetheless, the idea behind this stat is still something we can use to track our own games.
What are You Shooting For?
Think about what you consider a good day on the golf course. Does that mean breaking 90? 80? 100? Whatever it is, use that number as your own personal measuring stick. Then, as the rounds add up, calculate how frequently you are able to shoot a score that is lower than your benchmark. Tracking this stat can serve as motivation to try and bring your best stuff to the course each round, and also to try and improve your consistency.
Every golfer would love to be more consistent, as it means less frustrating days on the course where your score balloons way beyond your average. The tips below are meant to help you develop your consistency on the course or to track your percentage of rounds below a certain milestone:
- Pick the safe option. In golf, the conservative play is almost always going to be the better option. Sure, you can try to carry that water hazard and get all the way to the green, but you can also lay-up and hit a good wedge in close to the hole. If you would
- like to shoot more rounds below your target score, you will pick the safe play more often than not.
- Get on a practice schedule. Unless you are a professional golfer, you probably have plenty of other real-life responsibilities beyond practicing your game. However, you can still get onto a practice routine to make sure your swing stays sharp and your game doesn’t get too rusty. Try to get the driving range on a periodic basis – once a week, for example – and do your best to not go too long between rounds.
- Putting, putting, putting. A good putter rarely goes into a slump. While your swing might come and go from time to time, making yourself a good putter is a skill that will rarely let your down. If you want to become a more reliable and consistent performer on the golf course, look no further than improving your stroke with the flat stick.
Golf is known as one of the most difficult games in the world for a reason. Playing well for just one round is hard enough – playing well on a regular basis is a serious challenge. However, with the right kind of practice and smart decision making during your rounds, you can start to shoot scores below your target number so frequently that you might need to pick a new goal.