Almost all newcomers in the game want to first complete the round of golf. The first time they complete 18 holes turns into a celebration. Once they begin to play the course regularly, they begin to have an ambition to break a three digit score (100) for a round.
Here is the guide on breaking the 100!
• If you have started badly and played 25 over on the front nine, worry not. Just concentrate on your game and do not think about your score.
• Never count your score on the 17th hole and tell yourself you need a double bogey to break 100. You may choke!
• If you have had a bad start, remember there are more holes to play, so never give up.
• Try and play with a better golfer than yourself. You will obviously have a nervous start, but things will get familiar with them.
• Early on in your round, always hit about two clubs bigger than you would normally. This way your embarrassing fat shots will still make the green.
• Always purchase balls with maximum distance and minimum spin. You need all the help you can get!
• Try and cut out the four putts, if you can average two putts on every green, you are well on the track to break the magical number (100).
• Try and stay out of trouble. The worst thing that can happen to any golfer is get caught in a bunker, which you just cannot get out of, or continuously hitting the ball into the water. Try to avoid the ‘blow out holes’ by concentrating on hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway every time.
• If your average shot is a slice, aim left. If you hook aim right, it will look like you were trying to hook or cut on purpose, which can boost your confidence.
• Do not get into the situation when you are holding up few groups behind. Walk quickly to your ball, and then take time with your shot. This will help you relax. The last thing you want is to get yelled at when you are about to break 100!
• Finally, play by the rules. Keep trying and with hard work and determination you will surely break 100 one day.
(The author is a golf instructor and golf director at Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa, Kathmandu.
He can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org)