• Austin Pray

Golf: Learn What I Remind Myself Every time I Shoot Par

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

DRIVE: Lengthen my swing, "Try to pop it up" (but don't), and play safe when hole is tricky.

- If you don't know I have competed in the long drive, so this is my favorite part of golf. However, on the course having too much length can make the course more tricky. I sometimes have to humble up and hit an iron off a drivable par 4, this helps lower my score tremendously. Also, when tilting my back shoulder down helps me turn better, thus getting better distance while of course lengthening my backswing.

TEE SHOTS: Aim and Tempo.

- I became way better on par 3's when I started to walk behind my ball and aim it at a target 15 feet in front of my on the same line to the hole. This helped me not having to reset every time. I started trusting my swing and learned to club up and work on a more controlled swing.

APPROACH SHOTS: Work on divots in front of the ball and keeping my head down.

- When I started hitting the ball first beside the ground, I noticed more spin and way more consistency. Just focusing on where my divot was after I swung opposed to where my ball went helped keep my head down as well.

WEDGE SHOTS: Confidence and loft.

- Around the green is what makes my score lower, everything else is pretty solid. The wedge is so hard for me because there is zero room for error. I have a really hard time slowing down my swing that much, adjusting my loft, and having confidence 100% of the time. Remembering to always know the difference between lofting my club to flop or chip to run the ball is huge. Also, practicing my tempo before my swing and doing the same while actually swinging is huge. Never second guessing it.

PUTTING: Standing over the ball and Read

- Since I'm not tour, I'm always looking to two put if I get on "green in regulation", meaning if I'm putting for birdie. I'm always okay with tap in par (and so is everyone else), but I have noticed if I always try to sink in my 20 yard puts, I end up misreading it and blowing it past the hole or leaving it way short. I also noticed I have way more fluid consistency when I stand over my putt and put zero muscle into it.

ON THE RANGE: Practice hole scenarios before your round to get adjusted.

- I usually show up 5 minutes before tee-time, but when I give myself time (I usually shoot a lot better) and also I play Par 5 hole scenarios. I hit driver, 5 iron, P Wedge, 60 degree flop and chip. This helps me become confident and I don't stop until I do feel it. Once again, I have a life outside of golf so sometimes I have to not warm up, but I always try to take this serious.

Hope this helps, as it helps me.


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