You can break 100!
By mjaber on 1/10/13
The 2013 Guest Columnist of the Year race just got interesting. Less than 24 hours after his first guest column was posted, Mike Jaber submitted his second guest column for our reading pleasure. Enjoy!
I believe that anyone can break 100, on a par 72 course, following all of the Rules of Golf, as long as they follow a few simple steps.
This was written by Mike Jaber, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
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Well done. Apparently you couldn't find anything else to assemble.
Every point is on the mark and can be further applied to "Breaking 90" and "Breaking 80" as one's skills improve.
@bkuehn1952- If I ever break 90 consistently, I'll be sure to figure out what I did and write about it.
I dig what you are selling mjaber. You realize though that the idea of hitting a 9i four times to reach the green is way far out for most people. There is a long par 4 at one of my locals that is so long and narrow that I sometimes play it as a three-shotter. Still I have a hard time clubbing down--I'll usually reach for a 5w even though I can still get into trouble with it. Next time I lay up here I'll try a super-safe play like 5i.
I think it's a very good point though, that for certain people in certain situations, chipping your way to the green just might be the best hope of a decent score on a given hole. I hope the message gets through though, because I only ever seem to see people playing golf in a rote cookie-cutter fashion. They don't think independently and that's too bad. To me strategy is one of the funnest aspects of this whole thing.
All are lessons I could apply.I usually try to reach greens in regulation,even if it means trying a shot that is too hard.
The best advise I ever got was a guy that told me to never hit a fairway wood from the fairway unless I could reach the green with it on a good shot.That piece of advise has saved me many penalty strokes.Now I use a hybrid if I just need to hit it as far as possible from the fairway.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Beef makes a good point; I've read about pros who face a U.S. Open hole that the USGA converted from a par-5 into a par-4; their attitude was to play it like it actually *is* - a par-5 to be reached in three, and then just try to get up-and-down.
And that's the way I intend to attack all par-5s. Following two broken ribs in 2004, there's no way in the world I will ever again have the length or clubhead speed to reach a par-5 in two.
Matt F says:
I taking this to the course this year and seeing if I can improve my scores at all. Thanks for breaking it down!
Mjaber - nice article reminding of the importance of course management, even for breaking 100. 2 pieces of advice for breaking 90: 1) Think of bogey as par, par as birdie, birdie as eagle, double as bogey. I think it allows you to keep your strategy and head level and emotions clear as you work your way around the course; 2) My perspective from a game improvement point of view is that 100% of the improvement from mid-90's to 80's is through the short game.
@GBogey- Thanks. I've got into the 80's a couple times, but not since my play & practice time was cut back due to life getting in the way.
joe jones says:
Wonderful. Because I lack distance I hit driver on all par fours and fives. If I don't hit the drive well I play both to get on the green in one stroke less than regulation and try to one butt. I try to eliminate double bogey,s wherever possible.
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