Once you have built up your practice and see yourself as a fairly good player with an average handicap. You might be ready to take your golf game to the next level. Be sure to keep your practice one of the main factors in your game, visit the driving range and play on courses. If you are having any problems that need to be figured out, attempt it or get help from a pro that can assess you or give you the needed tips.
Once you at the level you feel your game has improved a massive amount, you would have noticed a sudden drop in your handicap, which will still drop, but at a slower pace from this point on. This is not a bad thing, it’s just means you need to work just a bit harder and get your game to improve even more. Just like Rome, a pro isn’t created in a day.
As we all know different courses present different requirements for a good score. I’m sure those of you who follow golf have seen a terrible start on a hole turn out not to be all that bad at the end. To achieve this you need to practice difficult situations. Play on different courses, create difficult situations for yourself and try different things to still get the best score out of it. Practice doesn’t does just include knowing how to hit the ball straight and far, but also knowing what to do in a tough situation.
As your skills develop it will become very important to start getting your strokes perfect. This doesn’t mean you get a hole in one or close to it every time, but plan your strokes. Look at the fairway before tee off and work out the best way to get onto the green. Be realistic about the stroke and work accordingly. Your strokes will be very important and the game becomes a lot more than just getting the ball off the tee. If your stokes aren’t up to standard, your planning will fall through and you will need to make new plans the entire time.
However, no golfer has the ability to place the ball exactly where they want it, lucky shots happen, but golf wouldn’t be the incredible game it is, if all the pros got perfect strokes all day long. The combination between getting the ball in the direction you want and having the ability to recover from a bad stroke will take you very far in the overall score for the day.
Don’t get cocky, at this point in your career you may have won a few tours or have become the best among your friends, but always remember a good game is completed by staying consistent. If you know how to place the ball and get it where you need it, great! Keep it there, don’t try challenge the distance of another player on tour by trying to get it further, play the game as you know best even if it means you need to pretend you on the course alone.
To sum up, going from average to pro is very much the same as going from a beginner to amateur to average. Practice needs to become your best friend, keep a level head and focus only on your own game. Be sure to enjoy your practice and helping out an amateur friend with a few tips of your own, might just make you realize certain things about your own game.