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Friday, July 11, 2014

Johnny Miller's 3 Tips to Lower Your Score RIGHT NOW!

A short one today. I found this video at by Johnny Miller on how to immediately improve your score with your existing swing. Of course, this is a strategy lesson... but that doesn't make it any less important.

His 3 tips are:

1) Take one more club. Johnny says he did this, even back when he was playing his best and was considered such an accurate iron player. Obviously you have to take this one with a grain of salt -- if there's trouble behind the green, it may be better to be short. He addresses that possibility with the next tip...

2) Don't shortside yourself. Shoot for the safe side of the green, especially if you don't like your lie or the club you have to use.

3) Manage risk by rating your shots. Johnny calls this a "green light, yellow light, red light" strategy. It's easy to understand:
  • Green light: The club is perfect, the distance is perfect, the lie is good, the position of the pin fits your normal shot. Go for it!
  • Yellow light: Things aren't quite the way you'd like them. You're between clubs, your normal shot curves away from the pin, the lie is iffy, etc. Use caution.
  • Red light: You're in trouble and the shot isn't something you'd normally try. Just get the ball back in play.
All three tips are very simple things that you can use right now to lower your score without having to spend one minute on the practice range. Johnny says you can chop 5 to 10 shots off your score just by following these 3 tips.

Sounds like a good deal to me. Try them for a few rounds and see if they don't help.

And if the video didn't embed properly, you can find the original here.