What does Par 68 Golf mean?

While directing Nike Golf Camps I had one of my counselors playing from the “junior tees” with the young students. I told him that he had to play every tee shot to 100 yards and then had to score from there. When he was done with the round he had shot a 68. Why?…because he was able to set up every approach shot to hit his perfect full wedge into the green.

By looking at the PGA Tour players, who are the most skilled golfers in the world, we can get some insight as to how and where they score.

PGA Tour 2017 Scoring Averages
Par 3’s 3.09 Only 9 out of 214 players averaged under par
Par 4’s 4.05 Only 14 out of 190 players averaged under par
Par 5’s 4.67 All 190 players averaged under par

Why is the Tour Average way under par on the Par 5’s but over par on the par 3’s and par 4’s?

It isn’t because they go for it in 2 on every par 5.  Rather it is because they can set up nearly every par 5 to have a scoring club (wedge) in their hands with their approach shots AND because they are very skilled with their wedges…just like my counselor!  Nearly every par 3 hole and most of the par 4 holes don’t set you up with a perfect approach shot with your favorite club.  So they become much more challenging to score on.

As time passed I kept developing the idea that if scratch golfers could just learn to make 14 pars (all the par 4 and par 3 holes) and set themselves up for the perfect approach shot on the par 5’s then they could, in essence, change par to 68.

However, it’s not easy. A golfer MUST develop certain skills and game management philosophies in order to set up each hole to either score on or at least make no worse than par…no matter what.

What are those skills and philosophies

  • Developing unparalleled short games skills in order to “save par” from anywhere.
  • Managing Risk vs. Reward from tee to green for each shot.
  • Learning how to look at a hole for the first time and dissect how to maneuver around the obstacles.
  • Self-discipline to execute your game plan to keep from having those dreaded “blow-up” holes.
  • When you do get into trouble, learn to get out of it with minimal damage – take 1 lump, not 2.
  • Learn how to use YOUR skills to score without having to go through major swing changes.

Par 68 Golf is not just for scratch golfers either. Anyone can benefit from the philosophies and skills training taught in my Par 68 scoring series. For instance, if you typically shoot 90 on a round then bogey is your “par”.  Others will need to adjust your “par” to match your skill level. However, the philosophies you will learn by following the Par 68 program will help you start shooting scores you have been dreaming of.