How to lower your scores without changing your swing! That statement should most certainly catch the attention of all golfers!

Let’s assume you want to play great golf or maybe just better than you did last summer. You don’t take golf lessons or practice at all. (Obviously, I suggest that you should!) You are a bit afraid of change and you have heard that when you take golf lessons, you get worse before you get better.

If any of those statements apply to you, then I suggest you follow these simple tips, and you will shoot lower scores!

How to shoot lower scores

  • Always use your driver on par fours and par fives; you need the distance.
  • Use your favorite club on par threes.
  • Use your putter on the green AND up to 5 steps off the green.
  • If there are no bunkers around the green, bump and run your shot with your 7 iron or putt.
  • Aim to the middle of the green ALL the time.
Hana Jang at the CME Group LPGA Tour Championship - Ben Harpring for
Think your way around the course like the professionals do, even when you don’t have a pro game.  Photo: Hana Jang at the 2017 CME Group LPGA Tour Championship – Ben Harpring for
  • When your ball is in the rough, use a lofted club to make sure you get the ball out.
  • Learn how to hit your favorite club a shorter distance by gripping down on the club or slowing your swing tempo.
  • When your ball is around the green, pitch with your wedge, but set up to the ball like you would if you were putting.

Does this all sound too SIMPLE; then take this into consideration:

Shoot 86

If you can hit the ball 100 yards, two-putt every green, and you play from 5000 yards; you can shoot 86 …. and

Shoot 76

If you can hit the ball 150 yards, two-putt every green, and play from 6000 yards; you can shoot 76.


Nancy Quarcelino Womens Golf instructor
Nancy Quarcelino

Nancy Quarcelino is a member of the LPGA and PGA of America. Within a career that spans over 30 years, she is regarded as one of the premier golf instructors in the country and in 2012, Nancy was inducted into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional’s Hall of Fame

LPGA Teaching and Club ProfessionalsNancy has held the position of Head Professional/General Manager at Indian Hills Country Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky and was also the Head Professional at Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, TN. She was the host professional for the LPGA Sara Lee Classic Tournament for many years while at Hermitage Golf Course. Nancy’s passion for golf turned to teaching, and in 1992 she started the Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf which just completed its 20th year as a successful business in the Nashville, TN area. The Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf is located at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, in Nashville, TN.


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