After two years of almost daily play I'm now a solid Bogie golfer and I'm
looking forward to the major challenge for every golfer, breaking 80.
To score in the 70's places you in the rarified air of PGA professionals
and serious golfers.
I've been a part-tome golfer for four decades,
but the demands of work and family prevented me from dedicating myself to
mastering the world's 2nd hardest sport (Polo is the world's hardest sport,
golf is second). Regardless, breaking 80 is a giant challenge for any
golfer, a goal that requires a part time commitment for several years,
working at least 20 hours per week on your golf game.
improve rapidly in the first few years, moving down 10 strokes per year,
provided that they play at least 36 holes per week, practice and take
lessons. However, the rate of improvement flattens out as you become
proficient at the basics. Once you shoot in the low 90's, gold becomes
more challenging than ever before, as you must make pars and bogies on a
Golf scores are asymptotic to par
The last 20 strokes off of
your handicap can takes years, and the farther you go, the more challenging
As a bogie golfer, I spend about 50 hours
to take a stroke off my game, but if I play every day for the next two years
I have a shot at breaking 80.
According to my
golf coach, Brad Clayton, my talented golf coach, here is what I need to
do to break 80:
Walk the links – I own three
golf carts (we play at several courses), but they stay garaged, as I
walk 4.5 miles every day to improve my game, and my stamina.
Lose weight and exercise - You must be thin and
flexible to play scratch golf.
Practice - I put-up a home driving
using Tifton 419 Bermuda and home
putting green, so that I can take quick breaks and practice at home.
Visualize your play – Run
through your round in your mind, re-playing each hole.
You will be amazed at how well that helps.
The last 20 strokes off of your handicap can takes years, and the farther
you go, the more challenging golf becomes.