At a previous golf club where I was a member, an elderly gentleman, who still on occasion managed to score in the 70s, and had been a category one player most of his golfing life, gave me the following bits of golf advice.
For the shorter par 4 holes he said “Don’t automatically reach for your driver, use a 3 wood or a 5 wood off the tee. These clubs are easier to hit than the driver and you should still find you can still reach the green with a short iron or mid iron in most cases.”
“If you find a sand trap and you always have problems getting out of sand, come out over the lowest lip of the bunker, even if your hitting away from the putting surface. Your aim is to ensure you come out of the sand at the first attempt.”
“If you are in heavy rough the same attitude you applied in getting out of the bunker applies here too, play towards the easiest place nearest to you where you will have the easiest lie for your next shot.”
If you are in the middle of the fairway with your tee shot on a par 5 and need a fairway wood and pitch to reach the green but consistently have trouble with fairway wood shots. Your best alternative options here is to use a middle and shorter iron to reach the green. Why not try hitting 2, 7 irons to reach the green, or a 5 iron and a 8 iron.
Your should always think of the easiest option available, suited to your own golf ability when playing your way around a golf course, doing this will help to really make a big difference in reducing your handicap.
In my book Body Power Golf Swing, I will also show you how to create a new simple repeatable golf swing and new putting technique that will also add to your ability to reduce your handicap.