The Golf ThermoStat

The job of a thermostat is to regulate a desired temperature.  In our house we keep the thermostat set on 73 in the summer and 70 in the winter months.  Most people probably do the same within a degree or two.  We all have a temperature we are comfortable with.  When playing golf we all have a score we are comfortable with as well.  How many times have you gone out and shot much higher than normal on the front nine and then played much better on the back nine to shoot a score very close to your average round.  The same happens in the opposite fashion where you play incredible on the front nine and then go shoot a higher than normal second nine to average out very close to your 18 Hole average.

We all have a golf thermostat built into our golf games.  We are comfortable with a score and we tend to work our way back to our comfort zone score whether it be up or down.  When we set our thermostat in the house at 73 and the temperature rises above the setting the air conditioner will kick on to bring the temperature back down.  So what is your golf thermostat set on?  We all have our number!  My number is usually set on 76 and the majority of the time when I play I will score within a few shots of my comfortable setting.   PGA Touring Professionals have a much lower number, but they still have their golf thermostat.  How many guys have you seen on television shoot an incredible front nine and the announcers start talking about 59.  Usually, the player shoots a much higher score on the back nine and averages out within a few shots of his normal good round.

If we all have a golf thermostat and we can set it to whatever temperature we decide, why donít we all set it lower!  One of my students won an event, but got off to his usual bad start.  He digs himself a hole and then works his way out.  His golf thermostat is set between 68 and 72 and this is the number he usually scores.  He asked me how to fix this and I told him to lower his thermostat and change your comfort level.

Whether you shoot in the 90ís or the 60ís you can change your thermostat.  Think about what your real golf thermostat setting is on.  Be honest with your number and then decide to lower the temperature by five degrees.  Change your thermostat and your scores will start dropping like a cold front in January!


Chris Rowe

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