"Match your strategy to your skills" - Arnold Palmer
COURSE MANAGEMENT / STATISTICS
Much of success in golf is based around “damage limitation”.
Therefore, we have to make the most of our good shots, and minimize the effect on the overall round of our bad ones. In a word, this can be called strategy or, if you prefer a grander term, Course Management.
Course management can easy be described as playing “common sense SMART”. To “get the most out of the least”.
How would you plan to play these two holes? Course: Terre Blanche, France
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From "The Yadrage Book"How would you play theese holes?
Golf is a game based on probability calculations.
Royal Mougins GC, France
The 2nd Par 3
You need to know how far you hit with different clubs and what spread you have sideways. How height differences affect the "distance", different club choices and how the wind affect the ball flight.
A part in a successful Strategy is to know exact what distance you hit and how long the ball CARRY. This is a“test” we do on the practice area using the same balls as you use on the course. This is not science, but how can you perform if you don’t know how long you hit the ball and what the distance is to where you want to land the ball. I guess for a normal golfer, after little practice, can improve the score with 3 – 5 shots and make the golf more fun.
Picture: Royal Mougins GC, France. A really difficult hole. All Tees are protected from the wind. It feels calm. Fairly small green with water both in front and at the left. Bunker behind and a big altitude difference between the Tee and the Green. This is a typically example where you must know and master your shots.
"Golf is mainly played on a 6 inch course, the space between your ears"- Bobby Jones
AFTER ROUND EVALUATION / PRACTICE ON MY GAME!
We shall recognize our strengths and play to them. Plan to avoid the worst trouble and don’t plan to hit perfect shots. Sensible thinking and careful planning can save many shots. Depending of the student’s skill it will off course be different planning from Tee to Green. Can you curve the ball, i.e. control fade or draw or you play with a “steady” slice the way we plan and execute are different. On the picture you can see hole No 4 from Terre Blanche in France is a good example of course design requiring good Management. How would you play this hole?
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Simple and Good Statistics
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Game Statistics is the base for planned improvements
Our memories are not good at identifying trends or patterns over time. If you never record this data you will never know and you cannot correct it with practice. We need some kind of statistics of our actual game performance. There are many advanced programs for this but I think a piece of paper is good enough. To the left you see a picture of a very simple and effective example of how to use it. If you click the PDF symbol you have instructions and possibilities to copy them for personal use . You play 6 – 8 rounds and then evaluate the results. If you play with a caddie, he can keep the statistics and then it can be more advanced. If done correctly you can say: I NOW HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE