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Who needs a course management primer?
Anyone who thinks they should score better than they do.
Did you ever wonder how the tour professionals turn in a good, or even a
great score and then show up at the media center saying they didn't have
their 'A' game? They explain how they weren't hitting the ball very
well, but they still got a lot out of their round. They go on to say
that it is really playing tough out there and describe the various parts
of their game that they believe to be failing them.
That description doesn't offer much insight to the average golfer. When
correctly translated, what the tour professional is trying to
communicate is this; he didn't execute his shots very well (swing
mechanics), but he managed his attitude and shot selection extremely
well. Therefore, he didn't waste any shots trying things that he simply
wasn't ready or able to do.
As average golfers, we don't take what the tour professional said
seriously enough to realize that this approach could do our own games a
significant amount of good. We all have swing mechanics problems. What
the tour professionals are trying to tell us is that beyond swing
mechanics solutions, better scoring can be found in shot selection and
Furthermore, we cannot separate shot selection from attitude. Without
the right attitude, we setup unrealistic expectations for the situation
and then make incorrect shot selections. Incorrect shot selections
deteriorate our attitude further and the vicious cycle of poor play
Now we understand that managing our attitude is a very important keyto
playing our best golf (or anything else for that matter). It is very
important to have fun when you're playing. Fun is the main ingredient to
good play and solid shot execution. When you are having fun it is not as
difficult to maintain a good attitude. When you are having fun you are
more absorbed by the moment and it is easier to correctly visualize the
shots you can make for any given situation.
This primer will give you some ideas of how to fully prepare for those
moments in shot selection. It will help you get the maximum benefits
from your game and fun on the course and minimize the wasted shot count.
We will look at the four shot making areas that make a difference in
your score, and how to identify and approach them.