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Focus your practise

Steve Stricker topped the USGA putting leader board with an average of 1.726 putts per hole, just over 31 putts per round. His scoring average was 69.5. Almost half his shots were on the green, and if the 14 drives are added 45 of his 70 shots are with driver of putter. The USPGA website records his driving accuaracy at 66.8% and Greens in regulation at 66.7% (as at 4/12/2009). That means that for about 6 holes each round he was pitching, chipping, or playing from sand bunkers.

A little time analysing our own rounds will pay dividends and point us to the areas that need practice. For the average golfer at least 45 shots will be with driver or putter. Add the par 5’s and there are probably four long irons or fairway woods to be played. Rest of the shots will be played to or around the greens.

So… if you want to shoot lower scores consistently practice putting, chipping and pitching, and then your driving.  All those hours spent hitting full shots with your long or mid-irons on the range may be fun, but practising your short game and putting will really improve your game.