Originally Posted by SunDeck
I never found that focusing on a particular score helped me to improve. Rather, I used to take notes during a round to show where my weaknesses were so I could focus on them. I realized that a green in regulation is not always realistic, but reducing putts is. For instance, on a lot of par fours, I'm not on the green, but I'm usually around it. So, I worked and worked on chipping around the green, trying to turn two putts into one. Pretty soon I found myself about 5-7 strokes lower per round.
I read all the Harvy Pennick books years ago. They are fantastic books if your a golfer and pretty much every story hits close to home. There was one that has always stuck in my mind about a guy whose wife wanted to pick up golf. He gave here a 7 iron, PW, SW, and putter. Told her that if she wanted to learn how top play the game she was only to go to the putting green for the first season she played. Its not glamorous and its not exactly thrilling practice work but its where you shave the most strokes.
A couple of things that I try to concentrate on when playing is to avoid the double bogie. A bogie isn't going to kill you because a birdie erases it. A double bogie requires to birdies to erase. I also focus on keeping the tee ball in play. I am a relatively long hitter but with that comes some inaccuracy with the driver. I would much rather hit a driving iron off the tee, give up some yardage, but have an iron in my hands instead of an interesting second shot. It is easier to score with a wedge in your hands instead of an 8 iron, buts its much easier to score with an 8 iron in your hands than a punch shot from the trees.