sdandrea1 Golf IS a scoring contest. You against the course. As someone who has only been playing for 9 months, I use my scores as a metric to see if/ how much I am improving. Par is the ultimate goal. Distance AND accuracy are what I'm wanting, I know that those two are not normally exclusive, I believe they do however intersect; I want to be there at that intersection.
DC300 So, my advice? Work out, build the muscles, especially core and legs, that drive the ball, learn to swing easy (loose) and in control. You will have the power you need, and the control that helps you score. Having an extra 10 yards of distance in your drive won’t help your score as much as not losing a ball to a stupid shot.
Other random things I have tucked away in my brain:
“Swing easy when it’s breezy” - control the flight
“Pick the distance you want your approach shot from and choose the club that will get you there, don’t just hit it as far as you can” - course management
“It’s not how, it’s how many” - score is all that really matters
I think learning to swing fast will help me swing easy, because I can always reduce power, and not try to hit the ball just to swing the club.
I want to be within 110 yards, that puts me into my wedges which are the best/ most reliable part of my game. An excellent shot with my wedges and I'm inside a 1 foot circle, a great shot and I'm within 2-3', a good shot and I'm inside 5-6', an ok shot and I'm inside 10'; a lucky shot/ bounce and I hole out 🤣...
Score is all that matters, and par is my goal.
Enjoying myself is a byproduct of being out on the course and with friends.
I can be out with friends and play like crap and call it a good day because I was out with friends and playing golf.
I can also be out with friends and play great and call it a good day because I was out with friends.
I have made the choice to just write down my score for that hole and not bother to add up anything. That way I don't make myself start thinking that I NEED to do this, or that for XX score.