9 Strategy Mistakes Every Golfer Makes & How To Fix Them

We all have ideas about how we play the game, and where we lose shots… but how accurate are they? Thanks to modern shot data technology, we now know. Leaving approach shots shy of the green may be an accepted, common strategic error, but did you know the typical club golfer leaves four out of every five approaches short? Or that, on the greens, some 84% of putts over five feet also finish short of the hole?

These are just two stats thrown up by data capture system Shot Scope, which regularly crunches the numbers from more than 30 million golf shots, played over hundreds of thousands of rounds. But the folk at Shot Scope have taken this further to identify the nine most common strategic errors we all make, round after round. Poor decision-making that costs us all shots. The first step to fixing these mistakes is being aware of them, so here’s a feature I did at the fabulous Hillside GC explains how to improve your striking and course management.