An Eclectic Competition is very revealing to players, you can be left scratching your head, wondering why you can’t score so well every time you play.

It also gives you a glimpse of your potential.

If you are new to Eclectic Competitions, let me give you a quick explanation, and then you’ll see exactly why I think you and I can learn a lot from keeping Eclectic scores.

An Eclectic is played over several rounds; it can be any number, but usually from 3 rounds out to as many as 10. The idea over the various rounds is to score the best score you can on each hole, at the end totalling up the best score made on each hole. So if on the second round you score a birdie on the 5th hole and that is the best you score on the 5th throughout the competition, then you’ll final score on the 5th will be birdie – even if you make doubles and trebles each round after the birdie – the birdie still counts as your best score on the 5th.

It’s the same on all 18 holes, so after the stipulated number of rounds, your score is a combination of all the best scores you made through the competition.

So now let me explain you can see why you can learn so much from playing eclectics, it’s a great lesson, one we can use to improve our overall game, and make a big dent in your handicap. If over 7 eclectic rounds you’ve scored all pars or better, what’s to say you can’t do the same on every round?

(If you’ve ever recorded 7 eclectic rounds then you’ll have seen this level of scoring is very likely for all players.)

It’s a glimpse at your potential, you are capable of scoring well on all the holes – the trouble for us is trying to do it in one round!

This technique allows you to build your round hole by hole, it’s a great way to improve your scoring around your home course, and let’s face it, if you play as a member of a club, you will very likely play 50 – 100 rounds a year at your home course, and most handicap adjustments are made on your home course.

Here’s what you do:

Decide every round at your home club is part of your own personal Eclectic competition.

Start recording the best scores you shoot on each hole, this is where the real benefit comes in. Each time you equal or improve on your best score make notes on how you played the hole, what it was you did to helped you score well, club choice off the tee, or angle you approached the green, you left yourself an uphill putt etcwhatever you noticed helped you score well on that hole.

On the days you didn’t play the hole well, learn from this too, note what caused you to drop shots.

Now, after a few rounds of your own personal eclectic, you’ll stand on each tee knowing three things for certain

1. You are able to score well on that hole, you’ve done it before, and you’ve your own real experience to call on.
2. You know how you did it, you’ve a made your own record of what works for you on this hole.
3. You know the pitfalls to avoid, what strategy will most likely cost you strokes.

You have a game plan for each hole, a plan you can trust because you know it works!

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Paul D’Arcy is a regular golfer who has been searching for consistency and improvement in his game. It took him 2 years, but he did it; he discovered how to get the game he wanted and he became much more consistent, and got down to scoring mid to low 70′s. He can give you practical golf lessons to improve your golf game with ease.