IVGID tip: Take strokes off your golf round
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.
We’ve all done it. Whether it’s a flop shot over the tree from 20 yards, trying to hit a Bubba Watson hook out of the woods or hitting driver off the tee on a 285 yard par 4 because “I can put this on the green if I hit it right,” those of us who play golf have all hit a shot and, after marking a double or triple bogey on our card, thought “why did I do that?”
The answer is obvious, and it is because when those shots work we’ll talk about them for the rest of the day. Or week. Or maybe the rest of our lives, depending on the shot. However, it’s the 90 percent of the time that those shots don’t work that keep us continually putting higher scores on our cards.
For the majority of the golfing world, here’s an easy way to knock a couple strokes off of every round. As part of your pre-shot routine, take the time to analyze your situation. Ask yourself what the most likely outcome will be of the shot you are planning to hit.
Have you practiced the shot you are about to try? Does a different, easier option exist, even if it might mean taking an extra stoke now to save yourself three strokes later?
This isn’t to say that we should always play the safe shot, it is simply to say that we should take the time to consider the alternatives and make the best choice available to us based on our specific strengths and weaknesses on the course.
Golf is a very challenging sport to begin with, we don’t need to make it harder on ourselves. Play smart, play simple and play the shots you’ve practiced and you will start to see your score get lower.
The Championship and Mountain Courses are open through mid-October, so there’s still plenty of time to come on out and put this strategy into practice on the course.
Or, if you really want to try to be Phil or Bubba, we highly recommend you try. On the chipping green or the driving range.
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