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Improve your golf handicap - that's how it works!

There are basically two “construction sites” that golfers have to work on in order to improve their golf handicap:

  • the technology and
  • the tactic.


1. Improve your golf handicap

1.1 Technique: golf swing, putting, etc.

Clearly: Golfers improve their handicap primarily by practicing, practicing, and practicing. We certainly all agree - the topic is also too complex and too individual for a general text contribution. However, I have a little hint on the subject:

What I observe again and again - both with myself and with other golfers - is that Neglecting the basics. Once you have started to fine-tune z. For example, if you work the golf swing with the medium irons, you quickly forget that there is no getting around the basics.

Do not leave the swing plane or check it again and again! Check the golf grip, as well as the correct stance on the ball! What about the position of the feet?

When nothing works on the course or the driving range, it often helps if I concentrate or reduce myself to the essentials. It took me an eternity to realize this ... My lap results hardly slide into the basement, even on bad days!

If you don't have any major problems with the golf swing, you will only improve your handicap significantly with an enormous amount of practice - this should be a problem for weekend golfers.

However, there is often room for improvement in terms of game tactics. Anyone who has just played straight away will have the best chances of achieving significantly better results here!

1.2 Golf tactics

With game tactics it is meant that the golfer does not always try to achieve the greatest possible distance (see also golf club golf clubs), but rather thinks about whether a shorter swing can be more profitable. This can be the case, for example, if:

  • the remaining distance can also be covered with two strokes of the “favorite club” instead of one long stroke (with possibly an “unloved” club) and an approach stroke,
  • it is too risky to choose the club with the largest possible width, because z. B. an obstacle blocks the direct path to the flag.

It is important to find a safe landing zone. This is often not the one that can be achieved with the greatest possible distance. If you get into dangerous proximity to bunkers or water hazards, a shorter, safer shot is often the better choice. In order to be able to decide on the right club, however, it is necessary to know your own shot distances (see also When do I take which golf club?).

1.2.1 An example of a clever tactical approach

On a fairway, the fairway becomes extremely narrow after around 200 meters: a bunker is placed on the left, and the end is imminent on the right. In this situation, a player who cannot overcome this difficult point with one stroke with the driver should choose a club with which the ball is clearly visible in front this danger zone lands. With the next hit, the danger zone can then be passed over without any problems.

Basically: On the green, the golfer should not need more than two strokes: an approach putt and a “one-hole putt”.

  • At a Par 3 hole the tee should land directly on the green (1st stroke = tee, 2nd stroke = approach putt, 3rd stroke = “one-hole putt”).
  • At a Par 4 hole there should be no more than one shot from the fairway after teeing off (1st shot = tee, 2nd shot = shot from fairway, 3rd shot = approach putt, 4th shot = “one-hole putt”).
  • At a Par 5 hole you have two shots available on the fairway to hit the green-in-regulation and play a par.
Note: If a round of 36 strokes over par is enough for you to improve your handicap, there is no need to try and play par on every hole! It is enough if you stay on average 2 strokes above par: 2 strokes above par at each hole is a total of 36 strokes above par after 18 holes! This corresponds to a handicap of -36 (HCP -36).

1.3 Golf equipment

If the handles are not completely worn out and the shafts are not bent or otherwise unusable, the last thing you should take care of is the equipment if you want to improve your golf handicap. If in doubt, you should briefly connect with the teaching pro of your own golf club and take a look at the equipment together. A lot is often already done by changing the handles.

In my personal experience, there are still two clubs that you should take a closer look at if you want to improve your handicap:

  • the driver and
  • the putter.

Like many golfers, I have a tendency to slice - the golf ball is about to start, but drifts to the right during the flight. You should get a grip on this by changing your technique (e.g. changing your swing technique or changing your golf grip), but this is not always sufficient, at least not for me. It got a lot better after I got one Driver where you can change the center of gravity of the club head with weights! In my case it was worth it to shift the center of gravity further forward (i.e. in the direction of the ball flight).

The putter is often ignored by many golfers, including me for a long time. I played with the cheapest model I could find for a very long time. Until I had a really good putter in my hand. The difference is huge! Anyone who, like me, has always been on the go with a cheap club, will significantly improve their results with a good putter.

Bryson DeChambeau (US professional golfer) said after he finally found his ideal putt technique: "Putting with this method feels like cheating!" This is how it felt to me when I put the old putter against a new one had exchanged.

2. Improve your golf handicap without a tournament

There are two ways to improve the handicap: By playing official tournaments (see handicap tournaments) and by playing private rounds, see g. EDS rounds (EDS = Extra Day Score).

In a private round, the golfer plays a round alone on the local golf course and is accompanied by a person who does the counting. This person must have a handicap of at least 36. Private rounds must be registered in the clubhouse before the start of the round. The result is submitted to the clubhouse after the round - the handicap is improved or worsened according to the result.

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