Penalty shots can be “round killers”. Hitting OB (out-of-bounds) is like throwing two shots out the window and hitting into a hazard can easily turn a par or a bogey into a triple or a double. If you’re consistently shooting in the mid-80’s, chances are you’re taking at least a couple of penalty shots every round and avoiding them might be what you need to get into the 70’s. You don’t need to make a lot of birdies to shoot a good score. You just need to play away from trouble and avoid big numbers. Always weigh the risk-reward and if the reward simply isn’t there, play it safe. Par is never a bad score.