fbpx
break 100 in golf

Five tips to break 100

Breaking 100 is a huge mental hurdle for golfers when actually most are easily capable. Here are PGA Pro Jack Backhouse and Hannah Holden to help

 

Breaking 100 can be a huge mental hurdle for golfers. You’ve likely had a bogey or better on every hole on your course, but putting it all together is the tricky part. Let’s take a look at 5 tips to get you around the course in less than 100.

5 Tips To Break 100: Play away from danger

This might seem like an obvious tip, but too often we see golfers hit the ball to places where it was very clear you wouldn’t want to visit. Before playing your shot, assess the target and look at where would you definitely not want to go, and where could you go and not be penalised too badly and then aim more towards the latter.

It’s better to miss your target in a good place and take 1 extra shot than to aim at the target, miss in a bad spot and then take 2 or 3 extra shots.

5 Tips To Break 100: Prioritise Strike

With every shot we hit the ball must advance down the hole towards the green. Topping it and hitting fat shots regularly is a surefire method of racking up high scores on holes.

If you’re looking to break 100 it might be worth making some changes to your address and swing that guarantee a cleaner strike more often. Moving the ball back in your stance and moving your hands and weight forwards is a good way to do this.

5 Tips To Break 100: Play your chips to the middle of the green

At this standard, we are not expected to hit the ball on the green in 2 very often. So we can expect to have a lot of short shots around the green. A big error that golfers make is not getting these on the green every time, often trying to get the ball too close and then making a mistake which means they have to chip or pitch again.

To minimize these errors one idea would be to chip with the 8 iron a lot more regularly and aim more towards the middle of the green. This gives a golfer a huge margin for error and much better results, getting the ball on the green, 2 putting and moving on stress-free.

5 Tips to Break 100: Consistently advance your fairway woods

The Average 100 shooter will often have to hit many fairway wood shots in a round. It is very common for golfers to top or hit heavy shots due to the length of the shaft or trying to help the ball up in the air. If this is you it’s a good idea to play your fairways like an iron shot rather than a wood shot.

This might not be optimal for maximum distance, but if you can consistently get the ball moving down the hole with your fairways, you will have more short shots into greens which will result in lower scores.

5 Tips To Break 100: Don’t try to play the hero shot

Hitting the ball offline is fine and a normal part of any standard player’s round of golf. What you do from a bad position is very important when it comes to lowering your scores.

Watching golf on TV has conditioned us to think playing freak shots around trees or over water is easy, but in reality, this is a great way to have more penalty shots or lost balls. 99% of the time it is best just to play out sideways and just get the ball in play, as this way we make fewer mistakes and only take 1 extra shot instead of 2 or 3.

Breaking 100 is more about making fewer mistakes than hitting better shots, so next time you go out try to play as conservatively as possible making no mental errors out on the course, you will find yourself in a position to break 100 a lot more.

Jack Backhouse

Callaway Epic Max driver review

Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

Latest Posts

Learn from the pros

Anti Slice Backswing?! Linn Grant Swing Analysis

By

Read full article about Anti Slice Backswing?! Linn Grant Swing Analysis

Long game

Completely LOST Your Golf Swing? Try These Simple Things!

By

Read full article about Completely LOST Your Golf Swing? Try These Simple Things!

Learn from the pros

Robert MacIntyre’s Secret To Shallowing The Golf Club

By

Read full article about Robert MacIntyre’s Secret To Shallowing The Golf Club

Driving tips

Why You NEVER Want To Hit The Ball Straight

By

Read full article about Why You NEVER Want To Hit The Ball Straight

Driving tips

How To Hit A Draw With Your Driver

By

Read full article about How To Hit A Draw With Your Driver

Learn from the pros

Davis Riley Golf Swing Analysis

By

Read full article about Davis Riley Golf Swing Analysis

Learn from the pros

Xander Schauffele Golf Swing Analysis

By

Read full article about Xander Schauffele Golf Swing Analysis

Driving tips

Driver Swing VS Iron Swing (Simple Differences)

By

Read full article about Driver Swing VS Iron Swing (Simple Differences)

Learn from the pros

How To Drive The Ball Like Rory McIlroy

By

Read full article about How To Drive The Ball Like Rory McIlroy