Have you ever thought about what part of your game could help you break 100 in golf?
What if I told you it’s a lot easier than you might think?
More importantly, what if I told you it doesn’t involve hitting three hundred yard drives?
Leo wrote in and asked a very similar question:
I’ve been playing golf for a few years now and I have still not broken 100. Do you have any tips or information from your experience that could help me achieve my goal?
There are many different aspects of the game that you can work on to help you break 100, but the main thing I feel you should be focusing on the most is improving your speed - or distance control - putting.
Do this to help you break 100 in golf…..
The part of your game I’d like you to stay focused on is the speed (or distance control) of your putts.
I play with a lot of amateurs in pro ams who throw away numerous strokes on the green.
What you don’t want to be doing is leaving putts five to six feet short of the hole, or hammering them five or six feet past the hole.
The first thing I would like you to focus on is keeping a nice smooth stroke.
When I play with amateurs golfers, especially on greens that might be a little slower, they will take the putter back too short a distance and really try and race the putter head back to the ball in order to get the ball to the hole.
And, in most cases, their putts will typically come up short or go well past the hole.
They will make reference to the PGA tour pros on TV making short backstrokes, but you must remember the greens they putt on are extremely fast compared to most courses.
When putting, don’t be afraid to make a stroke that is a little longer with smooth acceleration through the ball.
So, what I want you to focus on is a little longer backstroke than you might be used to.
This will allow a much smoother acceleration through the ball.
Try these two drills….
The first drill I want you to try is hitting a few putts from twenty to thirty feet away to the fringe by the edge of the green. There are a couple ways you can do this:
One, you can look at the fringe while putting and try to imagine how far you are going to take the putter back and how hard you are going to release it to get it to the fringe.
Or two, you can do the exact same drill by getting over the ball and closing your eyes while you putt to the fringe.
After you’ve hit the putt and before you open your eyes, try to gauge how far the ball will be from the fringe, whether that be short or long.
This is a great way to build up feel for speed and receive instant feedback.
The second drill is to putt with only one hand.
By putting with only one hand it will free up your grip and makes it easier to release the putter.
This in turn will help you generate a good feel on the green.
Check out this video on how to break 100 in golf:
I hope this has helped you understand that learning to how to break 100 in golf is not as hard as some might think.
Do the two drills I mentioned above - starting out with maybe two or three balls - but eventually, I would like to see you take your practice to the course.
Remember: we are trying to simulate what we are doing in practice on the golf course.