Why Grading Your Golf Game will Lower Your Scores

Grading Your Golf Game

All of us have had those rounds where we start great and then we make a mistake and all of a sudden the wheels come off and we can’t believe we are playing so badly. Pars become bogeys and double and triple bogeys and all of a sudden we feel like giving up this great game. Grading your golf game helps.  Some of us turn to diet, we start eating certain food in the middle of a round, maybe throw in an alcoholic beverage to relax us, some of us even go to sports performance drinks to see if that will do the job, but still, it comes down to that 6 inches between our ears.

But there is a better way, there is a simple way to have a very short memory on the golf course which will help you focus on what you can control and get you to the next hole in a much better frame of mind and prevent yourself from blowing up.

You can’t control your score on a specific hole but you can control your attitude and the way you react to what happens. I am sure you have heard that before and vented, “Easier said than done.” Arnold Palmer said, “you can only control your golf shot until the 1st bounce” and as we know it can go left, right, forward, and backward, usually anything we don’t want it to do but that we cannot change, but we can change the way we react to it.

Negativity breeds negativity. So, first and foremost we have to have as little of that as possible during a round. We can also control the anger or the emotions that happen when things don’t go our way. We should also control how happy or excited you get when things do go well, you need to quickly get back to level.

Here is how I want you to play and score your next round of golf and see if this helps you out. On your scorecard use one of the open lines to grade yourself after every hole. I found that by assessing myself a grade A-D based on my emotions, negativity, disappointment, etc., I played the next hole free of the mental anguish and more level.

A: Good attitude, accepting, level emotions, no negativity.
B: OK Attitude, non-accepting, emotional wave, slight negativity.
C: Bad attitude, non-accepting, wide emotional waves, negativity.
D: Lost control, don’t care, this game sucks, emotional rollercoaster, high negativity.

Graded Score Card

When I play a hole badly and say make a double bogey but graded myself an “A” for attitude, I would look back on the hole and say, “well, I tried everything I could and that was just the way it worked out.” I would tell myself to keep up the good attitude and that kept me positive going to the next hole. It frees the mind to go to the next hole with a fresh, level attitude, just like you feel on the first tee where there’s no swing, shot, or score history, there’s nothing to judge yourself against yet.

Conversely, when I played a hole badly and graded myself with a say a “C” for a bad attitude I would go to the next hole checking myself and saying, I can do better on this hole if I have a better attitude. It stopped me from getting into that rut of bogey, bogey, bogey, double-bogey golf. Usually, when that happens you get on the bogey train that you can’t get off.

I found in the data that you get a lot less negative trains ruining your game by grading yourself, accepting the grade and telling yourself to do better this next round.

You will find that grading yourself puts what just happened in perspective and releases that energy. It helps you understand if there is something you could do mentally to create a better result on the next hole.

Try it for a couple of rounds and please take the time to come back and let us know how it worked out for you Have fun grading your next golf round and scoring much better.

Embrace Impact.

Thankyou to Siwanoy Country Club

Embrace Impact Hat Review at Phoenix City Championships

Golf Hat Review

This week in my golf hat review I road-tested my Embrace Impact – Flex Curved Trucker – Heather Grey/Black – Tan Leather Patch – 600 Series (Branded Bills HQ) Mesh Back Adjustable Fit hat at the Phoenix City Golf Championship 2021. This three-day event, each at a different course (GCU, Aguila, and Papago) was a real test as the pin positions were tough and the greens were hard and fast. When I had a tough hole I felt motivated to get back on track and make great connections on the next hole and give myself birdie chances. That’s the power of embracing impact.

With the weather hot and sunny in the mid to high 90s, it is important to wear sunscreen and keep hydrated as each course to walk is around 6 miles a day. Headwear is important as you don’t want a hat that is suffocating and creates more heat on your head. You want a hat that is breathable and blocks the sun’s rays from overheating you.

Studies have shown that your head releases about 10% of your body heat, but it also accounts for absorbing a lot of heat during a sunny day. Wearing the right hat in the summer will keep you cooler. Yes, it’s true. Hats that keep the hot rays off your head will keep you much cooler than if you let the sun directly blast your head and face. So combine these thoughts and have a hat that blocks the heat and releases body heat, right?

The hat felt light on my head the full three days, even when the heat peaked at 100 degrees and in the early morning round in the 70s. Walking increases your energy usage and body temperature, I have to say my head did not sweat profusely like some other hats made me sweat. It kept me feeling cool and protected me from the harsh sun’s rays. I could not be happier with our choices in the production of our Embrace Impact performance hats. 

Ian on Range at GCU
Phoenix Golf