Bogey-Free May Not Be Realistic For The Average Golfer – But Double Bogey-Free Can Be
Looking back at Francesco Molinari’s remarkable performance at the 147th Open at Carnoustie, Molinari was on fire. Many people overlooked his hot streak due to Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy inching closer to the top of the leaderboard. What many missed was Molinari’s incredibly impressive 13 straight pars followed by a couple of birdies on the back nine finishing the last round at The Open bogey-free. Not only did Molinari finish the last round bogey-free, but he played the final 37 holes, bogey-free. An incredible feat for any golfer!
Now, we know it’s not realistic for the average golfer to achieve a bogey-free round, but what about double bogey-free? It’s a solid goal to have at the beginning of every round and certainly can make you flash a smile when looking at your final scorecard.
Achieve a double bogey-free round with some of our quick tips to help you get out of trouble, even if it means swallowing your pride a little bit. Trust us, your scorecard will thank you in the end!
Let’s say you’ve hit it straight into the trees. Your ball is perfectly nestled behind the tree trunk and as you look forward you spot an opportunity to get out of this mess. What you may want to do is hit the ball as hard as possible in between the tiny 4-inch break between the branches, straight towards where you can see glimpses of the pin flag. What you should do, having your double bogey-free goal in mind, is take the safe shot, sideways, back into the fairway. We know this is not the superhero approach, the one-in-a-million shot of a lifetime that could make you the coolest golfer on the course, but it’s the safe option that will better your chance of achieving your double bogey-free goal. When you’re in trouble, the best approach is to get out of trouble as quickly as possible – play smart. You certainly don’t want to make things worse!
Don’t try to be the hero of your foursome – pick shots that are easily obtainable and commit to them. Don’t try to crush the ball 50 yards past your average; shoot for clean, straight drives that will better your chances of making it on the fairway. When you find yourself stuck in a rut, take the safe shot back to an open playing field.
When playing par-5’s, don’t just hit the longest club in your bag if you can’t reach the green in two. Hit a club that will get you to a yardage you enjoy hitting from. Sometimes you end up too close to the green and chunk or duff your third shot because you are trying to manufacture a shot from a distance you are not comfortable with. If you’re really good with your pitching wedge from 110-120 yards, lay-up to this distance and have your wedge for the next shot.
If you practice between rounds, practice with a purpose and work on your short game as well as your full swing. The short game is key to saving strokes – most amateurs are not going to hit every green in regulation so being able to get up and down is key. Molinari only hit 40% of fairways and 67% of greens in his final round at The Open so he relied on his course management and short game skills to make many of his pars.
In the end, you may find yourself mastering your goal of scoring a double bogey-free round following these quick tips. At that point, why not shoot for the goal of a bogey-free round? Who knows, you could end up being the next Francesco Molinari!