Golf Pro Secrets to Save Five Shots per Round

by Golf Pros

Golf Pro Secrets

Five shots doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can be a huge difference when you start shaving them off round after round. Imagine that you play in a three round club championship at your local course – that would be 15 strokes over the tournament! That could easily push you into another flight, and would greatly increase your chances of winning. So the question is – how do you save five strokes per round? The good news is that you can do it with the swing you already have. The three golf pro secrets below will help you to find ways to save five shots each time you hit the links.

Secrets for Saving Five Shots per Round

Never Short Sided

If there is one ‘secret’ among pro golfers that amateurs never seem to understand it is the importance of avoiding the short side of the green. The short side is defined as the side of the green where the hole is located on that day. If you miss the green on the short side, you will have very little room to work with and will likely struggle to get up and down.
To stop making this mistake, you need to understand which greens you can be aggressive with and which you should play safer. If you hit a fade as a right handed golfer, you only want to be aggressive when the pin is on the right. That way, you can aim at the middle of the green and your fade will take you closer to the hole. If you try that on a left flag and the ball doesn’t fade, you will be short sided and a bogey (or worse) is the likely result.

Put Out the Fires

Many average golfers accrue most of their over-par shots on just a few holes. They may make a lot of pars, but there will also be double bogeys and worse littered around the card. To shave strokes, learn how to get out of trouble faster. If you are in the trees off the tee, find a safe route back to the fairway and limit the damage. Sometimes, the best hole during a round isn’t a birdie, but rather a bogey save that could have been much worse.

Master the Par Fives

If you look closely at the stats from a pro tournament, the winner usually stayed around even par on the 3’s and 4’s, while destroying the par 5’s. You might not have the length to reach a lot of par fives in two shots, but you should think like a pro in trying to exploit the par fives. Two good shots should leave an easy wedge and a birdie chance. If you can score on the fives, it will take pressure off the rest of your round.

Good golf is surprisingly simple. By avoiding big mistakes and taking advantage of the easy holes, your scores can drop quickly. Put these three secrets into action and you can expect to start collecting instead of paying up at the end of your round.