How To Break 80: Here’s Our Ultimate Step-By-Step Process

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How To Break 80

How To Break 80 – Your Mental Game: A+

How to Break 80 – Your Follow Through

How To Break 80 – What's Next?

Course Selection Matters

There are a few key differences between daily fee courses and private courses, and they can make a big difference in how you perform.

The first is cost. If you’re unsure that you’re ready (or wealthy enough) to play your regular game on the PGA Tour, a daily fee course may be the way to go. Some of your greens fees can be applied to practice rounds to continue honing your skills. Practice rounds aren’t always cheap, but there’s no better way to prepare for the regular season than by practicing on the course.

A second notable difference is location. Daily fee courses are usually more convenient to get to. And they tend to be less crowded and often include practice facilities, such as putting greens and chipping areas.

The course itself can also make a difference. A number of top-tier courses were designed to create a fast, undulating links-style design. This variety of holes is a fun challenge to work through when you’re improving. There are generally few trees and obstacles to maneuver around.

In contrast, par-71, daily fee courses take a totally different design approach. These greens are generally bigger, softer, and more receptive. Usually they’re designed around trees and other environmental features and tend to feature more hazards that require precision in your shot placement.

Par Matters

The Par-4 may seem like the easiest hole, but it makes up for that by being the riskiest hole as well. This is the layout of the hole:

The Par-3s are like the strokesavers, except with slightly less strokes than strokesaver holes.

The Par-5s are the average length of hole. There is still a wide variety on these holes to place you anywhere on the course. There are a few, though, that totally slay the round and are very risky to go for.

The Par-6 is another strokesaver hole. It is very long, but not as long as a Par-5. That makes for a challenge on having to go the entire distance to Par.

The strokesaver holes are the Par-3 and the Par-5. The Par-3 strokesaver is pretty hard to miss, and you might go for it if your tee shot lands a little out of the fairway. The Par-5 strokesaver is a risky shot because it is on a downslope, and will sink if you miss.

Not All Courses Are Created Equal

It all comes down to the course.

If you’re playing a new course, don’t be afraid to walk it. Count up the yardage on each hole and try to break it down by sections. Are there any trouble areas where you should lay up? Are there any obstacles in the fairway that you can hit to set up a better second shot? Don’t be afraid to miss shots to set up better ones. If you miss a shot to the right, start thinking about how you will play it on the next shot.

If you’re not using a rangefinder, try to hit the different clubs into the fairway and then determine the yardage. This will give you a rough idea of how much yardage you have on the shot.

Roughly half the shots played from the tee during normal round of golf comes with a par of 3. Having the ability to hit a driver, a three wood or even a five wood during a round can save you a lot of strokes on a tough golf course.

Beginner golfers tend to be very regimented with their clubs and they tend to over-hit the tee shot because they will usually take the driver and try to cut the ball off the tee instead of taking a three wood and a driver and using that to give it a good cut on the ball from the tee.

Don’t Forget About The Yardage

If you’re like me, you are very bad at keeping your score and writing down yardage. I’m the guy that’s shouting my yardage to my partner during a round, which inevitably leads me to get my yardage way off. This is a huge problem.

I analyzed my games and realized that I was losing strokes not because I wasn’t playing to the correct yardage, but instead, I was misreading my distances!

After watching a few instructional videos, I realized that it was very important to look at the target line, then look down at the club to make sure I was hitting the correct yardage. Not only that, but you need to glance back at your target line after each hole to reset your yardage and focus on your game.