Shooting good scores overall is more a matter of avoiding a high score on a hole than of getting a low one.
These three things put a lid on it:
1. Get the ball in the fairway off the tee. If you don’t hit a driver well, leave it at home.
2. Get the ball on the green with your first short game shot. Down in two is great, down in three is O.K., down in four is a big no-no.
3. Sink putts from under four feet. That takes lots of practice, but it’s worth it.