I'm a big believer in keeping things simple on the golf course. The game is hard, and trying to do, or think of, too much just compounds an already difficult challenge.
I've picked out a couple of basic things to do on my two or three trips to the golf course each week. They're my focus. I'm not worried about score. (It's pretty pointless, really.) I just want to make more consistent swings and sharpen up on the greens. The scoring will take care of itself. And if it doesn't, I'll enjoy golf anyway.
One of the two basic things is putt speed. I used to be a good to very good putter. Now that I'm older and don't play (or practice) much, I can be an OK to good putter, or a pretty stinky putter.
So much of the game is on the greens. I realized the other day I needed to simplify to improve my putting. I play a course that has relatively fast greens with a fair amount of slope and undulations. I decided to concentrate on one thing: speed.
The lines can be hard to pick out, but I figure if I can get the speed right, my putts will end closer to the hole -- and some might actually drop. It worked well today. I didn't have a three-putt and burned the edge on three birdie putts at the 2nd, 6th and 8th holes. (I made about a 10-footer for birdie on 7.)
I was happy to shoot 39 after being four over for the first five holes. (Not that score matters.)
The Armchair Golfer