Breaking 80 in golf is not an easy task. Golfers need to improve their skills to do it. Yet, it is considered the “final frontier” for many golfers.
In this blog, we will talk about improving your game, and which parts of your technique will help you achieve it. Unfortunately, there are too many myths around the world. I want to dispel all the tales in this article.
I firmly believe that every golfer can break 80. The famous Ben Hogan also said it in his favourite book, “The Modern Fundamentals of Golf”. He mentioned that every single golfer could do it. If you set your sights on a few targets, you can easily make it happen.
The Commonest Myths about breaking 80
Myth is a part of the game. There is too much myth around golf. Every amateur wants to get better in golf. Many players think that they have to make many birdies. They must hit a bunch of fairways. They have to hit a ton of greens. But all of those are not mandatory.
You aren’t strafing pins and putting for birdies left and right. Instead, it’s primarily about avoiding major blunders and ensuring that certain aspects of your game can carry you through the round.
According to experts opinion, you must have some things to do it.
- Keeping your tee shots in play
- Avoiding three putts
- Hitting enough greens to make pars
- Having a “functional” short game
Here are some common myths that golfers said
- “I don’t hit it far enough to break 80.”
- “You cannot break 80 unless you practice all the time.”
- “You have to hit a lot of fairways and greens to break 80.”
- I can’t break 80 unless I have the newest clubs and tons of lessons.”
These all are commonly used myths that never help you to reach the goal. So, ignore all of these myths to do better in this game and break 80. Instead, you have to hit the myth out of the ground like hitting the golf ball.
Some proven ways to break the 80
Simplifying the problem
There are a few different ways to shoot in the 70s: 11 pars and seven bogeys, six birdies and 12 double bogeys, or six birdies and 12 double bogeys. However, I’ve found that being a par machine is the most outstanding attitude to have – your goal is to rack up as many pars as possible and see if you can slip in a birdie here and there.
To be sure, if you succeed in this quest, you’ll probably get a 70 instead of a 79, but striving for a bit lower score than necessary produces better outcomes than having a “do your best” mentality.
The game plan to break 80
Your goal should be to see how much regulation golf you can play with this in mind. The goal is to hit fairways and get on, or as near to, greens as possible. Then, break down each hole and work backwards using this method of working.
Every green should be within 150 yards of your starting position. That implies you’ll need to hit your tee shot 220 yards for a 370-yard hole. Your first two shots must go 350 yards, or 175 yards each, for a 500-yard par five. This is not how most 15-handicappers think while standing on a 500-yard hole, but when you break down spots backwards, this is how you break 80. Find a technique to reduce your approach shot down to 150 yards or less.
Unique problem solving to break 80
The majority of golfers have a bogey hole that they can’t stand. For most mortals, a 460-yard par four is not reachable in two. On these holes, hitting a drive followed by two 7-irons is an intelligent strategy that prevents many players from having a mid-round breakdown.
Feel free to experiment with alternative approaches to golf holes that you find difficult in the same spirit. Standing on the tee with an 8-iron while your playing mates all have drivers may make you feel foolish, but part of being a single-figure golfer is figuring out how to handle difficulties on the golf course on your own.
Taking your medicine
Every golfer has that moment in the round when their golf ball ends up half-buried beneath a tree, and their inner Tiger Woods imagines a hooked 7-iron bursting into the green’s front edge. Would you please take a big breath and glance across to the fairway in these instances? Instead, find a secure spot to return your golf ball to play and concentrate on hitting that essential recovery shot as well as you can. Unfortunately, although it may appear to be a straightforward 30-yard chip, many golfers mishandle these shots and fail to return to the fairway.
Remember, even with a double bogey, and you can shoot in the 70s, don’t turn that six into a 10. Once you’ve regained control of the course, it’s time to return to your strategy. You’re one shot behind schedule, but see if you can hit the green from 150 yards and potentially roll in the putt.
Practice to break 80
Let’s look at how to practice now that you have a game plan to break 80. Your optimal practice schedule for breaking 80 will differ based on your characteristics. However, I find the following thought helpful experiment. Make a note of your handicap in each of the three aspects of your game:
- 150 yards from the house
- 150 – 50 meters
- Within 50 yards
Consider how much of your practice time you devote to each area once you’ve written your handicap for each. The standard response to this job is as follows:
It’s not by coincidence that practice time and ability have an inverse connection. Because your present competence results from your last practice time, most golfers blame their deficiencies on a lack of practice time.
Also, no one enjoys practicing something they aren’t very good at.
If you’re unsure what constitutes successful practice, read the article below for step-by-step instruction. Then, you should re-adjust your practice regimen so that the areas that require improvement receive precedence.
What shots should You focus on in your practice to break 80?
According to your present ability as a golfer and the golf course you play, you’ll need to create different strokes. However, improving your putting skills will help you leave yourself a few 15–20 yard chips. When your iron shots are just short or long of the green, and with the approach strategy we discussed above (aim for the middle of the green), you should be able to leave yourself a few 15–20 yard chips when your iron shots are just short or long of the green.
For a taste of realistic chipping and putting practice, try playing Par 18 in the video below. This kind of practice can help you transform those bogeys into pars in no time. You may also find some excellent putting drills on the following page.
Finally, work on developing a solid approach shot off the tee. Again, I don’t care how ugly your swing is or how it feels; find a consistent technique to get the ball on or off the fairway when you’re having a bad day.
When I broke 80, my particular concern was a devastating hook with my driver. I found a method to hit an ugly punch shot with a 4-iron that landed approximately 170 yards and ran another 40 yards when I was playing off a 12 handicap. For a 36-hole tournament, I hit this shot off every tee and shot one over, three over, winning the event and being cut to single digits.
I misplaced my golf ball and made a double bogey on the 36th hole the first time, and I brought out my driver because I thought it should. The moral of the story is to discover something that works and stick with it. It’s not about looking like a “proper golfer” in golf; it’s about getting the ball in the hole.
Do You need to change your golf swing to break 80?
Terrific golf instruction focuses on assisting a player in developing a great golf swing that suits them. Although there is no such thing as the ideal golf swing, having a good golf stance increases a player’s chances of hitting the ball effectively and consistently. Your golf grip is also the most critical factor in determining your clubface angle at impact and, as a result, your accuracy.
I doubt you’ll require a swing overhaul, but if you can locate an excellent local PGA pro, they should be able to help you improve your consistency. Although you can coach yourself, I believe another set of eyes is beneficial.
When looking for a coach, seek someone who makes the game appear less complex rather than more convoluted. For example, a competent pro should explain how changing your swing can improve your performance, as well as what terrible shots you could make during practice and how to improve your swing mechanics.
How to break 80 on the golf course
As I type this, I’m smiling because I know this will resonate with many of you. What do you do when you’re three over par after nine holes, and the alarm clock starts ringing?
It will happen, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll end up with a 10-over par back nine. For more information on arousal and anxiety, see this golf psychology reference. The most important thing to remember is to continue hitting fairways and greens and counting how many pars you can make.
Consider playing excellent golf in large tournaments as a learning experience — you’ll give it your all, and today may or may not be the day you break 80. You will, however, benefit from this experience and become a better golfer the next time you play.
The Mental Game
We must not overlook the mental aspect of the game. From a physical viewpoint, many golfers have the skills to break 80, but their thoughts are holding them back. This was true in my own game for a long time, and I didn’t break through until my head caught up with my body.
Aside from having reasonable expectations, I feel the ability to have a clear head before each shot and make a sound judgment is the most critical mental attribute players should possess.
I can assure you that things will become tricky at some point throughout your round. This happens to every single golfer, regardless of their ability to score.
Those who can concentrate and avoid minor errors from becoming major ones, on the other hand, will consistently achieve lower marks.
This is critical if you want to break 100 or 90 points, but it becomes much more essential if you’re going to break 80.
Due to mental mistakes, you cannot make double bogeys (or worse). Here’s what the blunders appear to be:
Because you’re still upset over your wayward tee shot, you’re aiming for the green from the midst of the woods.
You’ve buried your ball in the rough. You are attempting to clear a water hazard in front of the green.
When the pin is hidden away on the side of the green surrounded by difficulty, aim for it.
All of them are low-probability shots, and golfers who lack the discipline to play cautiously in these situations would most likely compound their errors, resulting in double bogeys on their scorecard.
Breaking 80 with 2-3 double bogeys on the scorecard is incredibly difficult!