Trying to shoot lower scores is everybody’s goal when hitting the course. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. The days it doesn’t happen there is usually one reason why…it’s called disaster holes. This is a hole that usually results in a 7 or maybe worse.

When your scorecard is filled with 3’s and 4’s, one big number looks very ugly.

Here is a couple ways to avoid that one disaster hole.

  1. Focus on second shot: That shanked tee shot isn’t the end of the world. Take a deep breath and make the next shot better. Even the pros have bad shots, it is the way they recover from that bad shot that will only result in a bogey or par.
  2. Deep Breaths: If you blow up, your hole will. Realize that you have more shots to come on this hole and you don’t need to freak out over one little shot.
  3. Par fives: Par fives are killers. Make smart decisions and try to score well. The hole is so long there is a lot of room for error. So be smart and make the right play.
  4. Don’t be a hero: A flop shot from 10 yards is probably not the greatest idea when you are a high handicapper. Go with the safe play and set yourself nicely. It is never smart to try to make shots you see on TV. Newsflash, you aren’t that good. Or you would be on TV.

Breaking the next milestone in your golf game is a great feeling. For some people it is breaking 100, for some people it is breaking 80. In every situation the best way to get there is shooting lower scores. The best way to do that is get that snowman off your scorecard.

Or worse a 9.