How To Break 100

Earlier this year, I made a promise to myself that if I was golfing all summer, I would break 100. Well, that didn’t happen. But, despite only golfing about four times this whole summer, I’ve managed to get really close (101 – twice!) 

So here I am, getting ready for the biggest trip of my life, and all I can think about is how much I want to break 100 by the end of the year. In fact, I absolutely refuse to go into 2016 without a scorecard that reflects my achievement. 

Last week, I finally had a chance to make it to a new course. I played Lookout Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. This was a fun desert course with a lot of chances to show my skills. After losing valuable practice and course time over the past few months, I would have never bet on myself to shoot a 47 on the front nine. Yes! I did that. Unreal. 

It didn’t end as happy, but it was a valiant effort. My one rule for breaking 100 is to not take yourself too seriously. Going out there and beating yourself up for making a mistake will only lead to a bad round of golf. That’s what happened last weekend when I had a hiccup on hole 10. 

After playing a pretty amazing front nine, I thought mistakes were unacceptable. This “way-too-hard-on-myself” mindset put a strain on the back nine and led me to a lot of miss hits and three-putts. (SAD FACE!) 

So, breaking 100 this year with me? Then, let’s tune our minds to the correct place. Every hole is it’s own. Forget any mistakes made on previous ones and put your attention on moving forward. Breaking 100 will be cake when we go out, enjoy ourselves, and visualize our goal. 

Go out and hit those greens!  

One comment on “How To Break 100

  • @uwedge , Direct link to comment

    Unless you are a complete klutz and I doubt that you are, breaking 100 is as much a matter of managing your game AND the course as it is swing tips or mechanics mumbo jumbo. Any player shooting 105’s already has the tools for 90’s scores, you just need to employ different strategies. At your level being more aggressive won’t lower your score, but playing through only safe areas will – and it will happen immediately. For instance, before every shot identify the worst place to end up. Don’t hit it anywhere near that place.Nearly every course has a safe routing to the hole for the high handicapper playing from appropriate tees. I know it sounds simplistic, but just play along that routing.
    It will mean playing shorter clubs off the tee and laying up on many of the par 4’s, but I’n guessing it’s the longer clubs that keep create the blow-up holes for you before you even reach the green. As for a workable strategy around the greens, try this…if you are some distance from the green after two shots (and I bet this happens a lot) hit your next shot so it ends up below the hole no matter what. Even if you have to sacrifice hitting it close. Putting uphill gives you a much greater chance of two putting than staring at a down hiller.
    If all this works you just made a 5 on the hypothetical hole. 18×5= 90. Do this on the 10 par 4’s and give yourself another shot to reach the 4 par 5’s and you have 74. If you bogey the par 3’s you score 90. This leaves you 9 shots to screw up and still break 100.
    Easier said than done of course, but I think you will find that playing well within yourself will eliminate most of the blow-ups off the tee and going for easier/larger targets will give you confidence as the round progresses. I believe that confidence will pay immediate dividends for you. Good luck.

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