SCORINGThe difference between those who "SuckatGolf" and the pro's is the pro's ability to score even when not playing their best. (that and the whole talent thing.) Take Tiger's final round in the 2010 Master's for example. Tiger certainly didn't look very Tiger-esque. He wasn't putting well and wasn't peppering the flag like you'd normally see him do when wearing his Sunday red in a major. Even so he still managed to shoot a very respectable round, give himself a chance to win, and ultimately finish second. Better players find a way to score even when they're "off". You can increase your chancea for lower scores by following the advice below.
How To Score Better?
One way is to step up to the first tee with ONE swing thought for the day. Not 5 or 10! If you've been working on something at the range and think you've found "the secret" to straightening out that banana ball of yours, great!, but if it's back with a vengeance through the first few holes you need to go right to plan B! Plan B is your "Scoring Plan".
Your "scoring plan" is to do whatever it takes to get the ball in the hole, period. If that means aiming down the left side of the fairway to allow for a slice then do it. If it means teeing off with your 3 wood because you can't get the driving working then do that. Once you step foot on that first tee you need to switch from "practice mode" to "scoring mode". Get the ball in the hole, that should be your main "swing thought. Practice your technique at the range, when you're on the course do whatever it takes to shoot the lowest number you possibly can. As "they say", it's not how, it's how many.
The easiest thing in the world is to aim. Aiming doesn't take any special practice, swing training, or hours beating balls. Simply aim somewhere that you'll be safe if you hit it straight and limit the damage if you don't. I wouldn't bother writing a whole article on this if almost everyone who slices doesn't do this! You know this guy, you've begged him in that 4 man scramble tournament to "aim a little left this time". Nope, aiming right down the middle and off looking for his ball again in the trees on the right!
When you walk onto that course you are no longer practicing. Do what you need to do to get the ball down the course and into the hole. Worry about form and technique back at the range. You're scores will lower and your confidence will rise. And wait till you see what a little confidence will do for you game!