The short game really is all about scoring. It’s simple math. On a typical par-72 layout, a scratch golfer will usually take 36 shots to get from the tees to greens, and another 36 shots or putts when they reach the greens. Now, it’s seldom for even the best players in the world to hit 100 percent of the greens in regulation (GIR), so it’s not always as easy as saying “I’ll hit 36 shots and 36 putts today.” Believe me I wish it was. Anyway, where I am going with this is that the short game – putting, chipping and bunker play – accounts for more than 50 percent of a player’s strokes during any given round. That being said, the quickest way to “score low” or improve your scoring is to get better at your short game. For the most part, all golfers at the professional level seem to play relatively even from tee to green. However, what separates them is their abilities to get the ball in the hole from 50 yards and in. In a nutshell, that was the basis for my new book. I wanted this book to be a catchall for any and all useful tips or techniques that cater to helping golfers of all skill levels “score low.”
When I started writing this book, The Art of Scoring, I realized very quickly how easy it is for my students to get so hung up on the mechanics of the swing, feet/hand positions, alignment and all the other really important things that make a difference in success or failure on the golf course, that they forget about how it all comes together.
The Art of Scoring is intended to show golfers how to understand the way their short game handicap and overall skill level should dictate course-management. By breaking down pitching, chipping, bunker play and putting into three categories, I tried to simplify the game by creating techniques for saving shots by simply thinking smarter.
I am extremely proud of the work that my co-author, Golf Digest’s Matthew Rudy and I have done on the book. It was a lot of hard work but I truly believe that the end result was worth the effort. I hope that my sincere passion for teaching others shines through in The Art of Scoring and provides a platform for taking the nightmares out of your game.