How Does Your Game Rate?

Mark Oswald
Community Manager
The Highlands at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ.
Marana, AZ
oswaldpga@msn.com

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Do you know the strengths and weaknesses of your golf game? I am not talking about the flaws in your swing. You should be playing the course to the strengths of your game and practicing hard on your weaknesses.

Here are some areas to look at in evaluating your game. It will take some tracking over a few rounds to get the accurate information needed to find these areas of your game.

Driving:
• Fairways hit, how many did you hit in today’s round of golf?
• Accuracy, on missed fairways how many were left and right of the fairway?
• Length, how long was your average drive?
• Solidness of contact, how many times did you strike the ball solidly with the driver?
• Trajectory, did you like the height of the shot, too high, too low?

Fairway Woods:
• Accuracy, how many shots were missed left and right?
• Distance, did you get the distance you were looking for? If not, keep track of short and long shots.
• Trajectory, did you like the height of the shot?

Irons:               
• Accuracy, how many greens hit it regulation?
• Track misses left and right?
• Distance, was it the correct distance, short, or long?
• Trajectory, was it the right height of the shot?

Chipping:         
• How many times did you get up and down?
• What types of chip shots did you have in your round? Distance to pin, elevations, club used, and obstacles should all be noted.          

Bunker:           
• How many times did you get up and down?
• Did you have any fairway bunker shots?

Putting:
•  How many putts did you make during your round?
• Accuracy, how many putts were missed left, right, short and long?
• Long putts, rate your long putts for distance, accuracy and difficulty of making remaining putt.
• Short putts, how many did you make and miss? On missed putts were they missed left, right, short or long?      

This is a very long list of items to track. Work up some simple method for tracking theses areas on your score card or tablet kept in your golf bag. If you are really serious about improving your game, you must first get serious about learning your strengths and weaknesses. Only after some sort of shot tracking and analyzing will you be able to find which areas of your game need the most attention.             

For more information, contact Mark at moswald@orovalleycountryclub.com.