Your game includes the full swing, short game, putting, trouble shots, course strategy and your mental approach. These are not in any particular order, but you will be doing all of them in any given game. This season, try to determine what your strengths are and where is the weakness. If you are a decent ball striker, but you cannot chip the ball within 3 feet of the hole, that is where your focus should be. If you struggle with 50 yard shots, don’t say “well I will not hit the approach shot to that distance, instead I will give myself a full swing from 100 yards”. Work on your short game and your putting average will improve.
Most golfers practice what they are good at, avoiding the weaker areas, hoping they will not encounter the weak areas on the golf course. If you don’t know how to improve your weaker areas, come and see me. Let’s have more fun this golf season and love your game!
Mike LaBauve working with Cheyenne Woods at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, AZ.
I recently had the pleasure of spending time with my golf coach, Mike LaBauve at his golf facility at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mike was working with Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Wood’s niece. Cheyenne won the Ladies Australian Open last year and is off to qualifying school for the LPGA Tour. Cheyenne strikes the ball beautifully, but wanted to improve her wedge and putting game. Note these Tour statistics: 30% of tour players are good ball strikers with average short games. 65% are good short game players with average ball striking. 5% are fortunate enough to be good at both!
Look at your own game now, are you average or less than average with your short game?
The average score in amateur golf is 100, 40 strokes are in putting, 25 strokes are in the short game and 5% are due to penalties (ball in water, playing the wrong ball, etc.).
If you want a better full swing, work on your ball striking.
If you want a better golf game, become better than average in your short game and putting.