The mid-handicap golfer has the hardest time making a leap to the next level. While higher handicapped players can experience fast improvement through practice and instruction, a single-digit index can often feel more like a plateau. The amount of time and thought required to approach scratch through skill development is significant. Most decent players don’t have the availability to do so. The best way for someone of that caliber to find those desired gains is through course management. With careful consideration, a mid-handicapper can shoot lower scores by eliminating mistakes. Where golf skills may have their limitations, proper strategy can make up the difference. Finding a stock shot and using it to maneuver around the course is key. Positioning for par should always be top priority. As finding both fairway and green becomes more regular, so will lower scores. Taking big numbers out of play is a big deal too. Keeping the course in front of you and scoring through avoidance is a brilliant way to maximize one’s game. It takes a tactician’s mindset to achieve this. A mid-handicap player can shoot near or better than par if they are simply willing to become a best-in-class plotter. Golf is a thinking game and when a good player learns to sharpen their mindful tools they can have a real breakthrough. Greatness is relative and there is more than one way to find it.
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