5 Ways to Lower Scores Without Improving Your Swing

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We all want lower scores, however, it can often be difficult to find the time to work on our swing or to see an instructor. The good news is that there are still ways to shave strokes off your game.

Most amateurs throw away valuable strokes in at least one of these areas, if not all of them. Luckily, we’ve got your back, because we don’t like seeing golfers leave strokes on the golf course.

5. Confident Body Language

Look confident. Feel confident. Play confident. No matter if you’re nervous or feeling down on yourself, be conscious of your body language and practice looking confident. Stand tall, keep your head up, and smile. It’s been shown that using confident “power poses”, where your body appears tall and opened up, changes your brain chemistry and increases testosterone production. This means that even when your confidence feels rattled, you can gain some back just with your body language, which will help you bounce back strong on the golf course.

Lower Scores Golf Power Pose

Tiger and Stevie strutting power poses

4. Mental Preparation

Being mentally prepared for a round is a powerful tool. The day of a round, or the night before, picture yourself having a great warm-up and hitting your first tee shot down the fairway. Picture making that birdie putt on the last hole to win the match against your friend.

Get in a positive mindset, and come up with a strategy or a thought for the round. Your thought should be simple, such as “smooth tempo” or “focus on target”. It’ll create a sense of ease having a thought to fall back on for every shot. Reading golf books on the mental game can be of great help when it comes to this.

3. Create a Pre-Round Warm-Up Routine

Your warm-up routine doesn’t have to start at the golf course, it can start at home with stretches or light exercise to get you loose.

Once you’re at the golf course, your warm-up isn’t a time to work on mechanics, it’s a time to get your muscles warm and loose. Always stay positive during your warm-up. If it feels like you’re not hitting it well, don’t get down on yourself. Remember that the main purpose is to get your muscles loose. Things will improve as you go.

If you’re running late and have to sprint to the first tee, don’t panic. Visualize yourself hitting some shots on the way to the course. Take some practice swings before you tee off and, if you can, hit a few chip shots next to the first tee to get some feel in your hands.

2. Have Fun (all the time)

This might seem obvious, but it can be easy to forget on the tough days. We’re out there to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, be challenged, and spend time with friends. Why let a couple bad numbers on your scorecard ruin the rest of your day?

Most of us don’t play for our livelihoods, so relax, embrace the challenges, enjoy some laughs, exchange in some friendly banter, and remind yourself why you’re really out there. If you stop worrying about your score, you might be pleasantly surprised what it adds up to at the end of the round.

1.  Track Your Statistics!

Tracking your statistics with Offcourse is a fantastic way to see which area of your games costs you the most strokes. If your practice time is limited, you can utilize that information to prioritize which parts of your game to practice. As you practice something and see your statistics improve, it’ll provide a nice jolt of confidence to that area of your game.

by Josh StrukoffOffcourse contributor and owner of http://golfismentalblog.com/