Ditch the score for a couple of rounds

by Jordan on August 22, 2011


Ditch the score for a couple of rounds

Keeping score in golf is overrated! Instead, keep track of something other than the number of strokes for the round is a great way to implement and track changes in your game.  Read on if you are trying to implement changes in your game but having problems doing so on the golf course.

Last night I received an email from Paul Staley over at why we golf. His post a couple of days ago brought up an interesting point and reminded me about something I haven’t talked about, keeping track of things other than the number of shots! If that sounds confusing please read on as this will make sense in a couple of minutes.

In that post Paul went onto to say how difficult it was to turn off the switch. By turning off the switch I think he means to become what I call conscious and aware before and during a golf shot. In essence, having a focused clear mind!

I have touched on this topic briefly in this post but I didn’t explain how to track your progress. I often forget important things, like where I left my keys or licence last so please forgive me!

There are two ways to track your progressThe first being that you need to realize you won’t be able to achieve clear consciousness before every shot. It’s like implementing anything into your golf game or personal life, results won’t happen right away. You have to be patient.

So in Paul’s post I responded saying that if he were to turn off or flip the switch before 3-6 shots a round, he’d be doing great. The mere fact that you can do this for one shot a round is a positive step in the right direction so pat yourself on the back if you were able to do this at least once!

The second way of tracking your progress comes from an inspiring email I received last night on Paul’s progress. In it he mentioned that he started keeping track of how many times he was able to flip the switch. He completely forgot about his strokes and focused solely on his playing purpose (I will be getting into this over the next few posts) which was to become conscious and focused during his chip shots.

I thought this was great in the fact that he set out his playing purpose for the round (keeping track of become fully conscious before and during a shot) and followed how many times he did so by keeping score. Too many times golfers fall into the robotic mode of playing for score round after round. This doesn’t allow them to try and test new things on the course.

Instead of keeping score in golf, he totally forgot about it and focused only on his playing purpose.  Doing so would be the only way he was going to get over his “palsey-state” during little easy chips that he was previously flubbing on the course. For his report check out his post from last night, inspiring stuff as he was able to turn things around very quickly.

The lesson here is that you need to set out a playing purpose for a round and to keep track of that then to forget about keeping talley of your strokes. I apologise for not having a post on playing purpose but it’ll give me something to do tomorrow so check back then for that post!

Having a playing purpose and keeping score of it is the only way to test things out on the course.  You can only do so much on the driving range and need to take things to the course if you want to improve on the grounds you actually play on.

If you have any confusion please post a comment or send me an email jordan@peerlessgolf.ca and I would love to clear things for you!

Until tomorrow, remember that keeping score in golf is overrated so focus on tallying your playing purpose!


Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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