Golf: Course Management Skills Video
Right I'm on the course, I'm on the 17th hole, I'm four shots under my handicap and I'm thinking “Right, all I've got do is stick to my plan”. So my plan at the start today was I'm going to hit a 7 9 into to this path three green and I'm going to hit the green and I know this is the right club to hit, and stay in the zone and execute the shot perfectly. That’s what a good plan is like; making sure that you know what your plan is so when you are having best round, you stick to your plan, you do. The alternative; staying upon on the eight on the 16th may be I'm three under my handicap, oh, I can’t wait to get in – my mate is going to be well impressed of my new handicap I can’t wait to tell everyone that I've shot my best ever round do I have to do the speech? I hope don’t do the speech but if do suppose I've always got that suit that I can wear that fits me really well -- so I can’t wait to do that.
Oh, no don’t go and bounce and suddenly you get out of the moment, you get out of that plan that you need to stick to. So when you're playing even before the round, get an idea in your head of what you are going to do, exactly when – we’re going to play safe, when you're going to attack, when you're going to hit a three wood for safety off a certain tee because you know that’s the right shot to play, stick to that plan. And it’s really important, even if you're having a bad round, still stick to that plan. Just because you're having a bad swing day, you're not hitting the ball well, doesn’t mean your score have to be outrageous. You can stick to that plan and reduce your scores to make it acceptable, yes, you might not have your best round but at least you might want to shoot four or five over your handicap rather than 20 of over your handicap. So get a plan, stick to it and when you're walking down the 18th and you're winning, all you're thinking about is the shot in hand rather than how the trophy is going to look on your bed side table.