Let’s be honest – golfers make a lot of mistakes. The average golfer struggles to break 100 on a consistent basis, so there are plenty of mistakes to go around over the course of 18 holes. However, some mistakes are more common than others. In fact, there is one common golf mistake that outranks all others and could help almost every golfer lower his or her score immediately. Rather than a mechanical problem, this mistake lies completely between the ears.
The Single Most Common Mistake in All of Golf
For every shot you play during a round of golf (that isn’t a putt), you have to decide which club to hit. You will consider the yardage, wind, weather, elevation change, and many other factors to land on the proper tool for the job. Even though this happens on each and every hole, most golfers are simply bad at picking the right club for their approach shots. The most common mistake in golf, by far, is not taking enough club for an approach shot into a green.
The Fundamental Problem
Golfers like to think they are going to hit the next shot perfectly. While it is good to be confident, even the best players in the world don’t hit that many of their shots exactly as intended. Golf is a game of mistakes, and trying to make the most of your errors. The problem is that the average golfer will select their club based on the yardage it could travel if they hit it perfectly. Most of the time, of course, they will mishit it and the ball will land well short of the target.
The Rule of One-More
To rectify this problem, simply find the club that you think you can reach the target with if you absolutely crush it, and take one more. Knowing that you have plenty of club to reach the green, you will be more likely to make a smooth swing and achieve good results. Sure, you might hit it over an occasional green when you flush it, but most of the time this method will have you controlling your distance perfectly.
When picking a club, also weigh these influences:
- Is there any trouble (like a water hazard) short or long of the green?
- Will the ball roll out after it lands, or are the greens soft and receptive?
- Are your shots going shorter or longer than normal on this particular day?
- Are you excited? Adrenaline has the power to make your shots fly farther than usual.
Don’t be just another average golfer that always comes up short. Plan most of your approach shots with one extra club and be confident that you don’t have to hit it perfect in order to reach the putting surface. With this strategy, more birdies are sure to follow.