You have probably seen the professional caddies using a birdie book on broadcasts of golf tournaments.
They are a valuable tool for course management and understanding the course.
Do you have a birdie book for your local golf course? If not, I want you to start one right now. You can even use your journal, if you like to.
The book should be small enough to carry with you on a round of golf.
So first of all you put a map of every hole on your local course into the book. You can draw them, if you have the time. That makes it easier to put in notes and corrections later on.
The faster method would be to print out the plans your local club provides on its website.
Then from your imagination you mark important locations on every hole.
E.g. use arrows to mark the direction of the green, mark the spots you are aiming for with your tee shots and how you plan to play each hole shot by shot.
Then on your next round you take your book with you and try to stick to your plan.
After each hole you can take notes and make corrections if necessary.
A good thing to note are your usual misses on each hole.
If you know, where the ball will go if you miss hit it you can adjust your game accordingly.
Even if you are in a hurry do not rush it. The time you put into your birdie book will help you tremendously to understand the ins and outs of your local golf course.
And once you have finished and adjusted your book you have a valuable tool for reference.
I know that a birdie book sounds like a lot of work. But you do not have to do it all at once. Just add all the information step by step and you will thank yourself later.
- Start a birdie book now.
- You can use your journal or get a new notebook for this task.
- Map out every hole of your local course or print them out.
- Mark important locations on every hole.