Practice and exhibit creativity to lower your scores


Brendon Todd claimed victory Sunday in the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons by getting creative and finding several ways to get himself out of trouble.

His two-shot victory seemed comfortable, but Todd had to go outside the box on a few shots to get in position to win.

In my opinion, the most impressive shot he played was when he turned a 4-iron backwards and hit a 65-foot chip shot left-handed to 8 feet to save par.

Most players would never dream of attempting that kind of shot, let alone in a PGA Tour event. But creativity on the course will not only improve your score, it will make the game more fun and exciting.

Here are a few things to consider when trying to get creative on the course::

Consider risk vs. reward. When Todd flipped his 4-iron around, he knew at worst that he could advance the ball far enough to have a clean next shot. I like to think of the worst-case scenario when attempting a high-risk shot and make sure I’ll be comfortable with that result. That frees up any anxiety the shot could create and gives me the best chance to succeed.

Practice creativity on the range. The best place to discover the different shots you can hit is on the driving range. I’m a big proponent of having always attempted any given shot in practice before trying it in a round of golf. A great way to practice your creativity on the range is to choose a target 100-125 yards away and practice hitting every club in your bag to that target. Then practice intentionally curving the ball and controlling your trajectory to hit high and low shots. Do this with every club in the bag and you’ll find that there a few clubs in there that are easier to control, which means they can be your go-to clubs on the course.

Practice on the course. Without delaying pace of play, it’s always a good idea when you’re on the course in a non-competitive round to practice your creativity. Challenge your friends to a contest of who can pull off the wildest, most creative shot on the course. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and go have fun!

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