January. The driving range is noticeably more crowded. The atmosphere is optimistic. Students approach me with all kinds of aspirations. But for the majority, the theme is always the same.
“I want to be more consistent.”
And it drives me crazy.
For perspective, I’m going to use the scores of the first four winners on the PGA Tour in this year.
I know it’s a small sampling size. But I’ve done this on other players from other seasons. You get pretty much the same results.
The average difference between their best rounds and their worst rounds is almost 13 strokes. Their averages are about 6 strokes higher than their best rounds.
So what does this mean for the amateur golfer?
If you’re a 10-handicapper who shoots an occasional 80 on a par 72 course, a bad game might be a 93. That doesn’t mean you’re inconsistent. It’s called NORMAL.
Part of the problem for most people is their understanding of the word HANDICAP. It’s a measure of your scoring potential… not your average.
If you’re a 5-handicapper who averages 82 and ocassionally shoots an 87, you are not inconsistent. It’s called NORMAL!
Instead of trying to be consistent, work on improving your scoring potential. There’s a difference.
Besides, if the best players in the world (winners at that) can’t be consistent, what makes you think you can?