Creating a 'Par-3' scorecard will help you analyse which part of your game is affecting your scores the most.

We always hear how the majority of our game is played within 100 metres from the green, but how many golfers actually know by how much it is affecting their overall scores?

To play ‘bogey’ golf, i.e., 1-over per hole (which will see you shooting around 90) the following should occur on most holes:

Par 3s:
Tee shot finishes safely within 100 metres from the green
Chip or pitch finishes on the green
Two putts for a bogey 4

Par 4s:
Tee shot in play
Second shot finishes safely within 100 metres from the green
Chip or pitch finishes on the green
Two putts for a bogey 5

Par 5s:
Tee shot in play
Second shot finishes safely
Third shot finishes safely within 100 metres from the green
Chip or pitch finishes on the green
Two putts for a bogey 6

To help you break 90, playing the ‘100m Par-3 Game’ during your round may help you realise how much your short game is affecting your scores.  Simply keep a separate scorecard and record a ‘Par-3 score’ from the first shot you play from inside 100 metres until your ball is holed out on each hole.  Recording your putts each hole will also assist in tracking your short game statistics.

Ideally, you should be playing the ball onto the green whenever you are inside 100 metres and then two putting at worst for a par of 3.  This should be your first goal in your quest of breaking 90.

The Par-3 Game will take the pressure off your game while you are playing.  It will help you understand that you don’t need to hit the miracle shot or get it close every time to score well — simply keeping the ball in play, getting it onto the green and two putting will improve your scores.  Any bad shots–which sometimes happen–should be negated by the times you can hit the green from outside 100 metres or 1-putting, which saves a shot.

How to analyse your ‘100m Par-3 Game’ scorecard:

Add up your score and amount of putts you’ve had.

  • If you have had any more than 36 putts then putting is your first lesson.
  • If you’ve had less than 36 putts, but shot more than 54 then chipping & pitching is your first lesson.
  • If you’ve had less than 36 putts and less than 54 total then you need to analyse your irons & woods play.

Having a plan to improve your game is crucial to lowering your scores.  Being able to analyse your game so you can come up with a plan is a vital step that will help your build your practice plan.

 

VIDEO LESSON

After analysing your golf through the “Par-3 Game”, you will need to start working on those areas that are affecting your score the most.  For a series of video clips which will assist with different areas of the game inside 100m, visit www.willowgolf.com.au.

 

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