What is the ambitious golfer to do ? Buy all the books ? Invest in a DVD library ? Subscribe to every monthly rag ? Hire the best coach you can find ? Buy all new equipment ? Quit your job so you have enough time to practice ? It's enough to make anyone's head spin...
I broke 80 almost 15 years ago for the first time. It was a bit of a fluke, but I have fought mightily to get back to that level of play. After trying all sorts of things, I have made a lot of progress in the past year, and now regularly score around 80, and have broken that "magic barrier" 5 times this year. More importantly, I have gotten much more consistent and am a much better competitive golfer. Here are the things that have worked for me:
(1) Find a coach who fits your style (are you a "feel" player or a "technical" player ? (See related post on that) - and spend some time having them identify the critical flaws in your game. Don't worry - we all have 'em.
(2) Commit yourself to practicing (I suggest once per week) - and target 60-90 minutes for practice sessions.
(3) Divide your practice sessions into "thirds". Practice putting 1/3 of the time, Practice chipping and pitching (shots less than 100 yards) 1/3 of the time, and practice full swings 1/3 of the time.
I find that the following order works best for me:
- Practice 1/4 and 1/2 swings with your wedges (this is 1/2 of your short game practice)
- Practice Putting
- Practice 1/2 and 3/4 swings with your wedges (this is the 2nd half of your short game practice)
- Practice full swing shots