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Game of the Weekend: 100

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On the course, golfers never really hit the same shot twice in a row. But when they practice, the typical session is one in which they often hit the same club over and over again. While there can be some benefit to this for a newer golfer, hitting the same club over and over again for the intermediate or advanced golfer actually has a detrimental impact on your game.

This Game of the Weekend, called 100, is actually a 10-shot driver game, but as expected you won’t be hitting the driver 10 times in a row. Read the rules below, take a Tour of my practice website, golfscrimmages.com, in the video below and start making your practice time much more effective.

Game of the Weekend: 100

  • Gear needed: Your driver and several other clubs.
  • Time needed: 10-15 minutes.

Rules: Using the objects on the range or in the background, create a left and right border that makes up a fairway that is about 30-35 yards wide. You’ll be hitting 10 drivers, but you must hit some other club in between each of those 10 shots. For each drive that ends up in the fairway, you generate 10 points. Get all 10 drives in the fairway and you score a perfect 100. For each drive that ends up just outside of your fairway border (what would be in the rough if you were on a golf course), you subtract 5 points from your score. And for any drive that misses by more than that, you must subtract 10 points from your score.

Score recap:

  • Drive that would be in the fairway: 10 points
  • Drive that would be in the rough: -5 points
  • Drive that would be beyond the boundary of the rough: -10 points

Benefits: Here’s what this game helps you with.

  • 100 gauges the severity of misses with your driver and allocates points based on that.
  • By alternating clubs, you will create a more realistic feeling of what occurs on the golf course.

Bring the elements, situations, feelings and emotions that you find on the course to practice … or suffer the consequences next time you play!

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Trent Wearner is the No. 1-rated teacher in Colorado by Golf Digest Magazine, as well as a two-time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year (2004, 2014). Along the way, he has been recognized as a Top 20 Teacher Under Age 40 by Golf Digest, a Top 50 Kids Teacher in America by U.S. Kids Golf and a Top Teacher in the Southwestern U.S. by GOLF Magazine. Trent is also the author of the book Golf Scrimmages and creator of the website GolfScrimmages.com

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6 Comments

  1. That guy

    Sep 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    So what does it mean if your score at the end is -100?

  2. alan

    Sep 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    lets say on drive 1 you hit the fairway and get 10 points.
    on drive 2 you just miss the fairway. is your score now 15 or 5?

    • Mathematician

      Sep 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Believe it or not in subtraction you don’t add numbers so it would be 5.

  3. Brian

    Sep 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    If this Auburn game gets out of hand pretty quickly, I’ll be playing this in an hour or so…

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