Golf Shot Management - Breaking 80 in Golf (Part 1)

Breaking 80 in golf is one of the biggest challenges a golfer faces. Whether a novice or a seasoned hacker, breaking that magic number seems like an arduous goal. Shooting under 80 on a regular basis is a rare gift that few golfers will ever achieve but once you go sub-80, it will give you a lot of pleasure – let alone all the bragging rights!! You won’t qualify for the PGA Tour, but your golf game will hit a peak and become far more enjoyable than it is now.

The problem that most weekend golfers face is that they play the game so intermittently that there room for improvement becomes elusive. Nearly everyone ventures out on the first tee with par as an objective, then reality and often, futility sets in. Practice time is usually coupled with practicing the wrong techniques. You already have only a few hours to play golf and you might be wasting that too. But there some tips which can help you break 80 consistently.

One basic tweaking you can do to improve your game is golf shot management. You have to be precise and accurate when calculating the number of shots you would need to complete in a round. You don’t want to be hitting long shots too soon (or too late, for that matter). The temptation to go for the big swing is always there, but you have to know when to pull out the 3-wood or 5-wood to be able to make the most of it. Proper golf shot management can help you knock off a few shots of your score and get you closer to that magic number. Think about it like this: on a par 5, 450 meter hole you hit a 180 meter drive. That leaves you 270 meters from the green. Is the 3 wood that can disappoint you sometimes really necessary? Why then not take two 7 iron shots, a club which rarely fails you and be certain to be close enough for one or two putts. And there you have par 5 and with a little help from the golf gods, even a birdie is possible.


Even a birdie is possible

How to break 80 in golf is a conundrum for anyone who ever steps on to a golf course. Television sports analysts make their living discussing the subject and everyone is an expert. It all seems like a treasure hunt where everyone is looking to find a clue to get to it.

Stay tuned!

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Aaron March 11, 2011

I remember the first time I broke 80, and it still feels great! Here’s how I looked at the “milestone” numbers. When I was scoring in the mid-high 90’s, I started to look at bogey as my “par” . If I shot “par” for the course, I’d shoot 90, and throw in a few actual par’s here and there and I break 90. When I started doing this consistantly, I start looking at the par 5’s and shorter par 4’s as holes where I can score, and just try to make par or bogey on the long par 4’s and par 3’s. This thinking keeps me in play much more, and I’ve broken 80 quite a few times in the past 3 years. Hopefully I’ll be able to improve enough to do it on a consistant basis this year. Now we just need the ground to dry up a little bit in Columbus, OH so I can get out there and work on it!


Tommy Priest March 14, 2011

Hi Aaron,

Great comment and we appreciate it. Congratulations on doing so well with your game. Has Columbus dried out yet? Tommy


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Patrick December 30, 2013

I’ve been trying to break 80 for a while now, I got close but blew out on the last couple of holes. I think you need a good course strategy and not take any unnecessary risks or shots that you won’t normally make all the time. If you plan out the shots you gonna make choose the right clubs then breaking 80 its totally possible. I’ve also found having good swing mechanics and fundamentals can help. I’m currently using the How to Break 80 guide to achieve this and its giving me good results . check it out here

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