How to Break 100 in Golf

Mike Regan January 01 2022

Do you wish to break 100 always and no matter how long you've been playing golf? Most golfers who need over 100 strokes in stroke play do not go to the pro. However, everyone under 100 who seriously grapples with it will play. 

So if you need 100+ punches and you don't go to the trusted pro, this is the article for you. If you have been playing this somewhat crazy game for a long time, then just try it again and do it differently, because you won't get "BREAK100" out of your head.

What golf shots do I need to break the 100?

We need exactly these golf shots that avoid golf penalties, we need to avoid water hazards and we need to avoid general obstacles on the golf course such as bunkers, tall grass, trees, forest, etc.

Also, prevent the beginning of the driver. In most cases, the driver is to blame for punitive strikes such as the ball or water.

Don't play drivers - use a golf club that is familiar and straight and that goes 150 yards or more.

No matter what kind of club you trust and which flies from the tee onto the fairway. Hybrid, 6 irons or 7 irons, I know you have a club in your pocket that you are about to hit!

You absolutely want to stay in the "game". You don't want to make your second golf swing from the lady's tee or because it is out of bounds we have to hit another ball. Our goal is to break 100 golf shots and not imitate golf professionals like Bubba Watson.

Play solid 6, 7, 8, 9, PW, and SW - we don't need golf clubs to hit far. We only need it to hit straight ahead and to the distance that we roughly determined beforehand when we tee off. 

This plan doesn't focus on increased distance, rather it focuses on breaking the course down into smaller golf shots to keep the golf ball in play and get to 99 faster by simply swinging the smaller irons / swinging more slowly and hitting better. 

Not hitting the golf ball with the basic idea “Now I have to hit wide and hard”, but a relaxed, light golf shot that just flies. And therefore it is particularly important to learn to estimate your lengths with the irons and always assume the slightly worse strokes and thus the range. 

Also learn the range when you hit a slice. If you always have a slice to the right, always aim slightly to the left at the beginning of the round of golf. Because you have to get rid of a slice on the driving range and not on the golf course. 

In a pinch, you take extra iron, the wind is also particularly important here. If you have a lot of headwinds, maybe two irons longer.

Bump and run chip golf shot

The basic bump and run golf shot is a chip golf shot in which the golf ball is supposed to come up briefly at the beginning of the green and let the rest roll to the hole. I like to use a pitching club (P-iron) or, depending on the position, an 8 or 7 iron. But practice such strokes beforehand so that you can learn to estimate the roll length.

Short pitch golf shot

If you miss the green, you need a good one-chip short game. These are difficult and become more difficult when you put too much pressure on yourself to hit the golf ball and then maybe have to play over a bunker. Your only focus should be to get the golf ball only on the green. No matter where it ends up at the beginning. Also, avoid obstacles here and maybe try not to attack the flag directly.

Two putts from anywhere

If you hit a green, a two-putt should be feasible anywhere under 10 yards. We want to avoid three putt's and shouldn't come from 10 meters anymore and if you generally get away with the three putt's, your score will improve immensely. Since many golfers leave most of the points when playing a short game or putting. Therefore, always learn these two golf strokes very long and well.

Avoid the classic mistakes that are often made when breaking 100

  • Too long putter
  • Not enough loft on the driver
  • Driver in impact too little in the upward movement (5° up would be great)
  • The belief that you don't need a pro
  • Avoiding good players on the round
  • Unfit / too heavy clubs
  • All kinds of slice factors
  • Body angles dissolve when swinging back
  • Disorientation when aiming
  • Self-doubt
  • Excuses instead of solutions

And remember what Carlo Ancelotti, ex-trainer FC Bayern, aptly said: "In every sport, you lose - even with talent and superiority - with your hands in your pockets." 

Mike Regan

Mike is a weekend golfer and a devoted fan of the game who turned his passion into the writing experience. Any day he keeps it under 80 is a cool day. When he's not writing about golf his is playing.