Winter Practice, 2005

This is a post from my first web site, before WordPress. I had to program it entirely by myself in html. Those were the days.

This advice is still good.
In January and February, shun the regulation course and find an executive layout. Make sure you go out as a single, because you are going to be hitting a lot of mulligans. What you are going to do is par every hole before you move on to the next one.

Here’s why. When you play a game of golf by the rules, if you hit a bad shot, or the wrong shot, you never get a chance to practice it until you get it right, or hit a different shot that might be better. You have to move on to your next shot without getting to correct what you did wrong.

First off, this method is for 100 yards and in. You don’t get do-overs for tee shots and approach shots. Fix those mistakes those on the range.

After you have gotten the ball within 100 yards of the hole, take a mulligan if (a) your pitch doesn’t land on the green and stop, or (b) your chip doesn’t end up within 3 feet of the hole, (c) your bunker shot doesn’t get out, (d) your approach putt doesn’t finish within 3 feet of the hole, or (e) your second putt doesn’t go in. If you make all those corrections, you should end up scoring a par on every hole.

What you accomplished: You will have learned how to make pars and how to save pars, and learned it under playing conditions which I should not have to explain the benefits of.

When you take you game to the big courses starting in March, you will have the skill and confidence it takes to play well around the greens and shoot the scores you deserve.

Note: Sorry I found this old post in mid-February. It’s still not too late to give it a try.

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