Tips To Lower Your Scores | My Golf Background


wintery wet rainy conditions what is up
you all hope y’all having a great day and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving
I did very thankful for the time I got spend with the family we’re out here at
Nashville golf today we’re gonna be playing the front nine and answering
some questions that y’all been posting in the comments want to cover why I do
certain things in my pre shot routine what my handicap is certain decisions
made on the golf course so we’re gonna try to cover several of those throughout
this nine holes we’re gonna be playing the front nine at Nashville golf from
the blue tees which is roughly seventy one hundred yards for the full 18
number-one par-4 410 yards for iron I haven’t kept a handicap in many years
the last time I did was quite a few years back the reason for that is I was
playing in professional events where you don’t need a handicap it was a plus six
the last time that I kept record now currently I would probably say I’m more
like a plus four plus five not quite playing to the same level I
was playing when I was full-time competition did shape right here 155 to
a back middle pen I’m gonna hit a little three quarter nine here and it’s starting to rain as you can
tell hit that one well should have a good
look at birdie when you get in these wintery wet rainy conditions I always
typically take more Club swing easier try to focus on making good clean
contact that’s what we did there a little long but about 20 feet left for
birdie this shot into the green here on one is
one of the most difficult approach Hut’s in golf
very tight landing area there’s ferret landed its where it ended up a little more break in that putt and I
thought tap this in for par alrighty as before here on line number 2 par 4
straightaway 405 yards you can see the pin off there in the distance to get
highlight of fly I’ve got 120 yards left to a back middle
pin I’m gonna try to flight this low I’ve got pitching wedge wanna focus on
good contact alright didn’t really flight that load
kind of got up here a bit little short right found the rough here on the second
shot on number two chipping back up the hill see if we can’t get this up and
down oh I thought we had our first pin
slammer right there Oh tap this in that’s a part here on to even par
through 2 let’s talk a bit about that chip real quick I normally don’t chip
with a 60-degree unless I have to shift right there with a sand wedge we want to
get that ball rolling like a putt as soon as possible so we did right there
also chip with a gap wedge pitching wedge and even up to a 9-iron just
depending on how much green I have to work with
number three par-5 614 yards is a castle right there off in the distance that’s
going to be our aiming point so I grew up playing baseball didn’t
really get into golf until later on into high school played some in high school
then went to Tennessee the University of Tennessee graduated from there didn’t
play golf at all pause in college picked up the game again after I graduated and
that’s really when I started taking the game seriously just missing the fairway
here right side long ways home going to be laying up kind of aiming middle right
side of the fairway little further right now with a light
foot should be all right 150 yards left 8-iron in hand back into the wind so
gonna hit this probably about 3/4 I was playing a long ways not as short
really felt like I hit down pretty good right there
I was just playing a long ways gonna need to account for that wind a bit more
it is breezy chilly raining so balls not flying a long ways today there’s where
we ended up right there straight up the hill are three even par through three
holes par par par on to number four par four four hundred and twenty five yards
our aiming point is going to be that little cart path there off in the
distance green kind of sits off back in there a little dogleg right decent Drive right there 140 yards left
to a back ripe and location walking on behind the green to give you a little
bit of vantage point for the approach shot there 1 2 also talked a little bit
about how I got started after college after I graduated wanted to give it kind
of a year to see how good I could get with the game of golf it was probably
about a 10 or 12 handicap at the beginning of that year I just pretty
much all day every day waited tables at night ended up getting to a plus 6 by
the end of that year I was focused mostly on short game and that’s where I
saw the biggest improvement at the end of that year really started thinking
about competition kind of the possibilities there this putts gonna
have a lot of break from left to right need to get the speed right tap this in for par here on for number
five par four goes back up the hill to the left dogleg laughs green sets back
in there 380 yards I didn’t come here to layup should be alright right there sure game
was definitely where I saw the most improvement during that year I would
spend four hours inside of 40 yards for every hour that I would spend on the
range working on the full swing and up those four hours I would spend roughly
two hours putting and over half of that time putting inside of sixty did shape
right here 40 yards left probably a little more aggressive there but you
don’t want to be long here still gives us an uphill looking bird let’s go tweeter hero 5 1-under through
5 on to number 6 par 3 down the hill 153 yards probably plays
roughly 12 13 yards down the hill pitching wedge in hand I didn’t misjudge the wind there just a
bit gonna have a lengthy one for birdie it’s on the front edge kind of front
right corner see if we can’t roll the rock all right here on six number seven
par-5 591 yards Green sits kind of off back in there are aiming point off the
tees kind of that corner right there should be good right there
as I continue to improve that year after college started thinking about playing
in competition started signing up for some events and those results varied
immensely I’d go out and have a good 9 I had rounds of 30 144 or I would go shoot
67 82 or and I would just have some big numbers there was no consistency there
but there were signs of playing really good golf through the years of playing
on the mini tours I ended up winning a few times and saw a little bit of
success from time to time however never really broke through to what was then
the now the corn ferry tour or the PGA Tour never quite got to that
level played with a lot of guys who are on tour now the game continued to
improve however wasn’t really able to stay out there full-time financially
that’s kind of when I got into the social media really enjoyed posting
videos and sharing the game of golf through social media content really
thankful to be able to do this now and hope y’all are enjoying following along
the dream is to get back out there competition one day to try to get on
tour good shape right here 80 yards left got
a sandwich here you might be wondering why I chose
sandwich there I could have probably gotten a lob wedge all the way there it
was a little into the wind but I wanted to take off the spin and wanted to fight
it lower control that distance a bit better hitting a lob wedge way up in the
air not controlling the spin even if it gets there it’s probably spinning back a
lot so next time you’re in one of those situations maybe take an extra Club
swing smooth flight it down control that spend you need to give that one a bit more
pace and as a par here on seven one under
through seven couple holes left I wanted to talk about my pre shot routine and
kind of why I do that pullback right before I hit the ball that helps me stay
in rhythm and it is part of my pre shot routine I don’t like to get stagnant
over the ball so I don’t like to stay still
over the ball right before I hit it I want to keep moving helps me stay in
better rhythm helps my tempo of the full swing that is a reason for that
I would highly recommend you know testing it out let me know your thoughts
on that I want to stay off let Akande react to the shot don’t want to get
stagnant over the ball number eight par-3 190 yards straight up the hill now all looks pretty good right there
we’ll see where it ended up if you don’t currently have a pre-shot routine I
would highly recommend working on one write it down on a piece of paper get
very specific and do the same thing every single time that way when you get
into you know nerves and tough situations you can rely and lean on that
pre shot routine for a little comfort there are here on eight
number nine par four three hundred and ninety yards straight down the hill hope
you’ve enjoyed this video today this course vlog of you know giving some tips
telling a little bit about my story answering some questions that have kind
of consistently been popping up if you did let me know down in the comments and
also any other questions you have drop them down below as well good shape right
there 140 yards left down the hill that is how we won to end today good tee
shot good approach see if we can trolled us and you’re probably also wondering
why I hit a sand wedge there and why it got all the way there when you’re on a
severe downslope like that your d lofting the club so that actually turned
into like a gap wedge maybe even a weak pitching wedge there so that’s why I got
that distance out of it also when you’re on a downhill or uphill
lie tilt your shoulders with the lay of the land that way you’re not fighting
against the slope it just makes for a lot cleaner contact and better results
all right there’s where it landed right there
there’s where it ended up roughly 20 feet left for birdie par here on the
last it is getting dark very quick the rain is coming in finished at 1-under so
pumped that we were able to get this round in hope you’ll enjoy coming along
drop a like down below if you did and until next time we’ll see who we see
yeah let’s go


100 Responses

  1. Thomas Mason

    December 3, 2019 8:02 am

    I liked the insight, and was always curious about the pre putt routine. Question: do you ever use a tee on a par 3?

  2. Daniel DuPless

    December 3, 2019 8:20 am

    Great video as always! Really rooting for you to make it big someday. I just recently started golfing but Zak is my favorite YouTube golfer. Great personality and outstanding character.

  3. markfx12

    December 3, 2019 8:44 am

    Appreciate the candor and the mature way you provide commentary. Sadly, too many get caught up in style over substance, not you!

  4. Brian Rizza

    December 3, 2019 8:49 am

    Good to see your back is better now. Was a +6 now only +4or5 you've been slacking😂😂😂 by the way so Andrew must be a +8 😎. Hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving.

  5. Jeromy Pacana

    December 3, 2019 8:49 am

    Awesome to learn more about your golf experiences! It would be cool if you made a video about what you do in the winter months to keep practicing when you can’t always go to the course! Love the videos man!

  6. Adam Tilbrook

    December 3, 2019 8:58 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Zac! You mentioned in this video you were practicing all day and waiting tables at night. Do you still work a regular job or are you doing YouTube full time? Are you currently now or planning on playing on any tours?

  7. deuscent

    December 3, 2019 9:14 am

    Great videos – really dig the Hawaii clips – I live on Maui and youve helped my game lately so thanks for that

    Curious to know what you think of the training aid Impact Snap? – just ordered it hoping to get my strike more consistent ..

  8. Devin Ryan

    December 3, 2019 9:26 am

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well Zac! I was wondering if you could do a what's in your bag sometime?

  9. John MangO

    December 3, 2019 9:30 am

    thats honestly super inspiring to hear that u really didn't start taking golf serious until later in life. I had a messed up back for like 4 years and this year was the 1st year i was fully healthy. I was able to get my handicap down to 9. hoping to make even more progress next year. all of your videos inspire me so much man. keep up the great work zac!

  10. Dakota Thoman

    December 3, 2019 9:47 am

    Glad you are feeling better, love the content as always. That hole 1 would be tilter for me, seems so tough to get a good start.

  11. Jay Collins

    December 3, 2019 9:58 am

    Love the vids Zac! How do you feel you measure up distance wise to the Korn Ferry players? Do you think you have the firepower to play those big courses?

  12. Justin GOLFOHIO

    December 3, 2019 10:08 am

    Without a doubt you put out some of the best content.. great camera work and thanks for grinding out through this weather.. in ohio for us we are pretty much at simulator time

  13. Thomas Urben

    December 3, 2019 10:46 am

    Crazy to see this video has zero dislikes but honestly I can’t see why someone would dislike this quality content

  14. Larry Macfarlane

    December 3, 2019 10:47 am

    Love the explanations and tips. Hearing a pro think through on-course strategy and tactics feels valuable and applicable. Thank you!

  15. Dallas Ensley

    December 3, 2019 10:52 am

    Wondering some you often go to the 4 iron off the box versus a driver on many straight par 4s. Thanks for any feedback.

  16. adam gray

    December 3, 2019 10:59 am

    Most underrated YouTube golfer for sure. Great to hear some of your back story. Ever play Montgomery Bell GC? Played there last year on vaca,nice secluded track.

  17. Sean Yesmunt

    December 3, 2019 11:01 am

    I loved the tips in this one!

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    Disclaimer: I'm the lead developer that works on and our desktop app. Honestly, I'm just a big fan and would love to watch you on a platform that doesn't take a cut of your money!

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  18. Sod

    December 3, 2019 12:06 pm

    Man, more videos like this! That was so great. Awesome tips, terrific insight and just great to watch you do what you're best at. I will always be a sub no matter what your aspirations. Glad to hear you're well and back posting. I sincerely hope you'll grind for the tour because I know we'll all help support you however we can!

  19. John Mcclurg

    December 3, 2019 12:12 pm

    Zac I’ve watched your videos now for about three months and from what I’ve seen about your game is you good from tee until you get to the green. Now you could be better on the green but I don’t think you study and concentrate on your putt, I think it’s because your concentrating on making your videos. Now don’t get me wrong I think you make great videos just try to concentrate on that putt and you’ll drop that handicap down to a two or maybe even scratch 👍👊 on the video

  20. John Mcclurg

    December 3, 2019 12:32 pm

    Now as far as the title of this video I think what helps me the most is playing more, if I don’t play for a month I don’t hit as good off the tee but when I get a few rounds in I get better that’s just me

  21. Corek BleedingHollow

    December 3, 2019 12:34 pm

    How do you lower your handicap? I know it's by getting better but how do you actually lower the handicap number? Do you have to card 5-6 rounds of better scores?

  22. Daniel Cuthbertson

    December 3, 2019 12:42 pm

    Really enjoying your content Zac. YouTube should fund a YouTubers tour – creates content people watch and maybe some coin for participants….

  23. Jacob Grellner

    December 3, 2019 12:48 pm

    My favorite vid you’ve made. One of the chillest vlogs ever! I’d much rather watch this than a video with a thousand things happening.

  24. Jermaine Morgan

    December 3, 2019 1:07 pm

    I really hope you do get on tour someday Zac! Your videos have inspired me to play golf again. Really enjoy the videos bro! Keep em coming! 👊🏻👍🏼

  25. Dean McCusker

    December 3, 2019 1:10 pm

    Another great video, Zac. Very interesting about the handicap. I hope a door opens up for you to start touring.

    Best of luck


  26. mikesul16

    December 3, 2019 1:21 pm

    I’ve been told the only club in my bag that will ever make me any money is my ball retriever. Jokes on the assholes that told me that, because I need to get the thing regripped every week.

  27. Zax Drums

    December 3, 2019 1:27 pm

    I always try to explain to my father-inlaw that the short game is more important than the full swing. But he doesn't play golf think he might of tried one time to hit a golf ball. I remember when I was younger and playing more often I practiced the 100 yard and in shot a lot and it helped my game out tremendously!! Thanks for the tips keep the awesome videos coming!!

  28. Ryan Walsh

    December 3, 2019 1:28 pm

    Wait! You went from a 12 to a +6 in ONE year after college?!?!? Gotta be the craziest thing I've ever heard.

  29. Joshua Brown

    December 3, 2019 1:45 pm

    I am here from Pete Finch's channel, glad I found it. Great videos! Plus sitting here in Minnesota where we have around a foot of snow, so glad someone is at least still playing golf.

  30. Adam Harvey

    December 3, 2019 2:40 pm

    Great video , great information from you and hopefully 1 day you will get on that tour you deserve it , hope your keeping well and looking foward to your next video

  31. Susan Hillier

    December 3, 2019 6:27 pm

    It’s a real delight just watching you play golf. You make it look so easy, best of luck for the future………

  32. Walter Waller

    December 3, 2019 7:44 pm

    Hey Zac! So can you brake down the fundamentals of your golf swing? I am curious at this stage in my game about others and what they have been and or teach others!

  33. Jolly Giant

    December 3, 2019 8:49 pm

    Go Vols! If you ever need a caddie let me know. I work for lunch.

    Did you have and coaches or just self taught?

  34. Joe Malecki

    December 3, 2019 8:54 pm

    On all of your videos that I've watched, I like how positive you are, no matter the result. That is an area that I need to get better at.

  35. Paul Robinson

    December 3, 2019 9:01 pm

    Great videoZac and great advice , so refreshing to see an ambitious young man who’s prepared to put the work in to succeed , good luck on gaining a tour card , all your subscribers believe in you 👍

  36. Jake Day

    December 3, 2019 9:24 pm

    You deserve way more subscribers than you have. You have some of the best camerawork out of most channels I’ve seen. I hope your channel blows up!

  37. Axel Gustavsson

    December 3, 2019 9:53 pm

    Hey Zac, great content as always! Found your channel a few weeks ago and gotta tell you it has improved my way of thinking and playing golf! Even tho it is off season where i come from (Sweden) your videos got me out in the november rain to play some extra rounds and spend some time in the practicing areas. It really makes a difference! Keep up the good work man!

  38. Team TaylorMade

    December 3, 2019 9:58 pm

    Glad you had a good thanksgiving brother. I like that taylormade umbrella too! If you get chances to, maybe teach us more shot shaping. I know you hit an awesome stinger. But maybe how to hit a higher shot with more spin, draws, fades, ball striking, etc. Glad to put the 500th like on this video.

  39. Jaime Gaskin

    December 3, 2019 9:58 pm

    Called a +4 before you mentioned it so as far as I’m concerned you’re right on. Can you elaborate on the pull back move in the pre shot routine? Great ball striker, ok putter from all the videos I’ve seen recently. Try a mallet style putter, ER5 or some type of fork as I think it might suit you. The body language when your putts get near the hole tells me that putting is the culprit. It happens pretty much every putt. This is where the money is, and you’re capable of figuring it out. Good luck; I enjoy watching descent golfers. Set up some matches with other good players. The chops can watch or work the camera. Lol

  40. Hunter Blake

    December 3, 2019 10:12 pm

    Great video, you should do a few small lessons like stance for different clubs, grip, how to handle different lies. Ect.

  41. SC

    December 3, 2019 10:34 pm

    Hi Zac, and thanks for sharing this video again. You have clever thoughts on the way to approach the game (very well demonstrated in your quality videos) and your career. GO GO GO for the Tour and fulfill your objectives. Could YouTube/Google sponsor you for it ? Cheers

  42. Mark Breton

    December 3, 2019 10:38 pm

    I've enjoyed hearing about your journey. I always enjoy the videos and I wish you all the best and hope to see you on tour soon!

  43. Neville Coleske

    December 3, 2019 10:51 pm

    Really good vlog, a few good tips in there! Especially the one for the up/downhill lie. Need to remember that one.

  44. Mike Smith

    December 4, 2019 12:00 am

    Love how you're out in these conditions Zac and always with a smile on your face and a great attitude. For what it is worth I reckon you have got the game to go pro with maybe just a bit more accuracy needed on the wedges – driving, chipping, putting already right there 🙂

  45. Joe Hawkins

    December 4, 2019 12:05 am

    Yep, had to change my pre-putt routine for similar reasons…got to a point with my old one where I could get stuck and be unable to start the back-stroke confidently.

  46. Connor Jones

    December 4, 2019 12:11 am

    Zac, have you ever thought about trying out the Sunshine tour in South Africa? A lot cheaper than the mini tours in the US (I think)

  47. Padraig Maclochlainn

    December 4, 2019 12:12 am

    I hear you about going pro, 35 years ago I'd the opportunity if I could have found a financial backer but unfortunately couldn't get one, left home to go abroad to get work and packed in the game for over 2 year's, you're still young and maybe someone will give you a chance and an opportunity to chase your dream, good luck Zac 👍

  48. cody hunt

    December 4, 2019 2:33 am

    Awesome video! Great knowledge! If you ever need someone else to play a round with in Nashville I’m there!!

  49. steven cowan

    December 4, 2019 2:44 am

    Good Insight to your game and life mate 👍the weather looks just as bad as here in Scotland. Winter golf is tough mate eh

  50. Kosniak a

    December 4, 2019 4:04 am

    Did you get fit to your putter or did you go to a store and find one you like? I got fit to my irons and it made a huge difference, so I'm wondering if it's the same for a putter.

  51. Alan Harbinson

    December 4, 2019 4:36 am

    Nice video, looked a nice crisp winters day 🙂 I have a question do you line your putts up by feel or with the marks on the ball? I don't see big sharpie lines on your ball in the vid

  52. Brian Swartwout

    December 4, 2019 4:39 am

    Hi Zac love the videos. I would suggest a video about what clubs you play and what you think about other club brands for game improvement and competition.

  53. Marshall Grossack

    December 4, 2019 5:27 am

    Definitely enjoyed. I do have a pre putt routine. Kind on like yours, but I tap putter up and down twice before putting. I visualize the stress flowing out of my fingertips. I believe it helps

  54. Eagle Detection

    December 4, 2019 6:31 am

    Really surprised me that you aren't a scratch golfer. Don't you have the potential to par courses?

  55. Newman

    December 4, 2019 6:37 am

    New to your channel. Fellow Nashvillian here (although I live in the outskirts of Nashville these days). In weather like you played in for this video, do you try and "pick it" more as opposed to taking a deep divot due to the sloshy ground? It looks like you are taking a normal swing to each shot. Also, #9 you didn't use a tee on the box. Why? Wouldn't you want to due to the conditions of the soft sloshy ground? Thanks!

  56. Robb Stone

    December 4, 2019 7:11 am

    I noticed that earlier in your videos, and I’ve tried the pullback routine and found it helpful. I found that I have a natural tendency to tap my club on my pre-shot routine when I’m lining my shot up. It feels weird when I don’t…kinda superstitious.


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