The Next Stage in Golf

The Next Stage in Golf

As in the previous article about getting your handicap down from 28 to 20 and how to go about it, this article is about the next stage in golf when setting goals about how you are going to get down from a 20 handicap to a 14 handicap, all you need to do is focus on your goals and getting your handicap down will be a walk in the park!

Now that you are that stage of playing consistently at a 20 handicap, with a consistent all round game playing bogey golf and making the odd double bogey, hopefully on the two hardest rated holes on the course, you should now have an idea what your strengths and weaknesses are with your game and putting in the practice time to improve your weaker parts of your game.

The Next Stage in Golf - Golf BallThis is the stage you will need to start looking at another change in clubs, not too expensive but a better set of golf clubs that are going to enhance and improve your game, a set of irons that are more forgiving with a bigger sweet spot, Ping irons are a well-known brand of clubs that have a bigger sweet spot, if you cannot afford a new set of Ping Irons then go for a used set, but in my experience Ping irons are the most forgiving so look around and get a set of irons and shafts that suit your height and swing speed. The Next Stage in Golf - Callaway XR Driver

At this stage you can also look at making an investment in a more expensive driver that is going to give you the distance that you need off of the tee and also the accuracy, my MOTTO has always been I would take ‘accuracy over distance’ anytime, it’s always better to be playing from the middle of the fairway than in the rough or in worse trouble.

The last thing you will need to change is the type of golf ball that you are using, you will no longer need a ‘distance’ golf ball but rather a golf ball that has a softer feel for your short game and putting, if you can get fitted for a golf ball that suits your club head speed even better, then you at least know that the golf ball is going to suit your swing speed and compress to get the maximum out of the golf ball.

You will know at this stage it is your short game that you will need to work on, all of the shots within 100 yards of the green, they are the shots that will trim lots of shots off of your rounds and scores, so your bunker game, short game, putting and pitching will be a part of your game that will improve with lots of practice.

Also remember at this stage of your golfing journey if you start thinking on every hole worse-case scenario get a ‘bogey’ then you know you are on the up and up, if the worse score you put on your scorecard is a bogey then the worse round you are going to have is an 18 over par, but if you sneak in a few par’s in your round then a mid-teen handicap is very much on the horizon!

As always if you have any comments or feedback on this article the next stage in golf please do not hesitate to drop me a message or email me, I will be glad to respond to all of your questions.

You may also like this article about what golf clubs to buy and what suit your golf game – CLICK HERE to read the article.

Happy Golfing as Always.


Michael Baker
Bogeys to Birdies

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