Games to help you find your game
Golf should be fun. When golf becomes a chore you need to mix it up and challenge your mind. Here are a few games to play on the course to expose your strengths and weaknesses, in the end you will have a better understanding of your game.
7 iron, wedge and Putter
Play a round of golf with only a 7 iron, wedge and a putter. This game has many benifits. You are able to get a smooth rhythm going because you don’t care how far it’s going. You are able to hit some creative shots as you get close to the green and the round will be very quick. Don’t be surprised if your score is very close to your normal score.
Miss the green
Miss the green on your approach shots on purpose. You will learn where you should miss to give yourself a good shot and you will find out how good your short game is. Shorter hitters should miss the green on the shot they would usually hit the green with. If you do hit the green by accident you have to hit it off the green and count the shot (ouch).
3 ball worst ball, 3 ball best ball
Play 3 balls and take the best or worst of the 3. Taking the best will give you confidence that you can hit the shots you need to play well. On the other side playing the worst ball will show you what you need to work on and how to keep your chin up when playing poorly.
Play a short course
There comes a time for golfers at every level where you feel like you can’t shoot any lower, you hit a wall. Play a round of golf on your home track from the shortest tees or even 50 yards up the fairway. You will post a lower score and your mind will couple that with your home track. You will break through the wall of that low score and you will be able to do it from the regular tees. Sports Psychologists use this drill often to help young golfers become comfortable “going low”, you have to get there to feel comfortable being there.
Score your mind
Take a round where the only thing on the score card is a score of how well you thought. A simple way would be to score your pre-shot routine. Did you go through your routine? Did you stay focused? Then give yourself a score: 1= didn’t, 2=ok but lost focus, 3=did it. You can use any scoring system and you can focus on any mental part of your game. The important thing is to focus on what will make your mental game better for a whole round and not on score.
Your mind always searches for new things and wants new activities. In golf routine is important, but looking at it a different way is what can give us the edge to make great improvement.