Breaking 100, 90 or 80

By Ed Ibarguen

Breaking 100, 90 or 80

My friend Steven Glassman told me a story and it is so typical of people breaking barriers. When you start out playing golf you want to break 100, then you want to break 95, then 90, then 85 and if you are shooting around an 85 you are playing some pretty good golf. Now comes the big bagger, 80, and that is where Steve was. Steve was a very good golfer, he really wanted to break 80, that was his goal, he tried to do it every year and what would happen was he would get three or four holes away and he would start to think oh my gosh, if I just played two over par right now I am going to break 80, or if I just go in and par this last hole I am going to break 80. As soon as you start think that, when you start adding up the numbers, holy smokes you are in trouble. I have a recommendation and I want you to try this because it is going to help bring your scores way down and you are going to end up all of the sudden you are going to look and say holy smokes I met my goal. It is really simple. Take each hole as a separate game. Sort of like a chess match. Hole number one at Duke is a par-4, that is game number one. If I can happen to make a par or birdie I have won that hole. If I make a bogie it did not kill me but I did not kill me but I did not win it. If I make a double bogie, boy I am really disappointed, but I am not going to think oh my gosh I am two over par. That game is over with, I am on to another game already. I am walking right on to the second tee, it is another par-4, I have another game that I have to play. I just want to ask you, stay all the way through, eighteen holes playing one game at a time. Don't add up your score, when you get up to the end you are going to find, holy smokes, I had a great day of golf. Good luck.

Category: Psychology

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