Double Bogey Avoidance – The Key to Successful Golf

Dan Gold
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Grit and Resiliency

Odds are that you have heard the saying “’golf is a game of misses”. This is true of any sport that is difficult to master. When I think of golf, I think of it as “double bogey avoidance”.

I know that sounds as if I have a negative outlook on the game, but I couldn’t be farther from that.

So why do you think I call it double bogey avoidance?

If you play golf, you know what a bogey is. If you are new to the game, a bogey is a stroke or shots over par that counts as one stroke.

So then what is double bogey? Double bogey is two strokes above par.

Now, if you think about this for a minute, you can realize that a majority of the rounds that you play will be single bogey. Why? Because most rounds are played in the ball park of 18 holes and that’s going to take you about a round to play.

The goal is to never play a double bogey. Can you see why I call it double bogey avoidance? That’s the game.

The problem is that most people play a double bogey almost every time they step on the first tee box.


If you’re not a scratch golfer, you’ve got to have a strategy to play better. In golf, you’ve got to know what you’re going to do before you do it.

With a little thought and a few practice swings, even the most skeptical of golfers can identify their strengths and weaknesses. Like everything else in life, you should do this with a little structure; this is where the word, “strategy,” comes in handy.

You need to take a close and long look at your game and prepare accordingly for your next outing. Your game improvement is a journey.

How far you progress depends on how clear your vision is and how much you want to get better.

There are plenty of fundamental elements in golf that go into the success of a golfer. Even the most common sense skills have to be perfected to ensure your play is consistent.

One of the most important is the ability to keep the ball in play.

Once you master this, you can improve your confidence, which is paramount to your game.

Short Game

Short game skills are the most crucial and most-often referenced skills in golf wisdom. You’ll hear golf pros are always talking about them; you’ll read golf book after golf book which gives you tips on them; and most golf instruction video companies make videos on them. And that’s for a very good reason:

The thing about golf is, however, if you can’t hit the ball 100% of the time, then you’ll never be a good golfer no matter how well you master it.

But when you can’t break 80 consistently, then you’ve still got some work to do. And one of the best ways to up your game is by working on tightening up your short game.

Basically, that’s the distance that a ball travels between the golf ball and the hole. And this is where the—short game―comes into play.

There are several factors that impact your short game. What club you were able to select, your swing and follow-through, and your ability to putt the ball into the hole aren’t just mostly; they are fully dependent on your short game.

Double Bogey Avoidance – Wrapping it Up

For many people, golf is a frustrating sport. It seems so simple. You hit a little ball and knock it into a hole.

But in reality, there’s a lot more to it than that. If you get frustrated by the game, you’re going to have a tough time enjoying it. So here are a few pointers that are intended to help you avoid bogeys.

First, slow down. Getting frustrated with the game will result in bad shots that you’d make even worse with the loss of a cool attitude. A more relaxed approach to the game is going to get better results. Also, you’ll be playing the game as it’s intended to be played, which is fun.

Second, seek assistance. If you’re getting frustrated, feel free to seek help. From a good friend to a sports psychologist, there are numerous sources out there that can help you build your game.