MURPH's Handicap Mission
Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:56 AM
My full swing never really seems to change too much, it's usually fairly consistent regardless of how long I've had off. Today was no different, it certainly wasn't pure but it was reasonably solid. However, as to be expected, my touch was terrible around the greens. I had several three-putts and I even managed to hit one of my putts FAT!!! I managed to chunk a putt FFS!!! My chipping wasn't much better and I never really left anything stone dead.
Overall, it was good to shake off the rust but I ended up shooting a fairly average +12, 84. Nothing to worry about, things will improve though as I get back into the routine of playing at least once a week though.
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Posted 22 September 2018 - 05:10 PM
Haven't played much golf recently due to work commitments but I did take this opportunity to finally commit to getting some lessons with the local pro at the Els Club. I've thought about doing that for ages but never gone ahead with it because it's tough when you're decent at golf and (occasionally) shooting really good scores it tough to tinker with the swing. But I've always felt that I'm a good driver of the golf ball but my ball striking, particularly with my irons, was not very solid. My ball flight can be weak and, as a result, I struggle in the wind, I struggle with distance control and I don't take advantage of my good driving by giving myself very many close birdie chances.
So my aim was to improve my consistency and my ball striking and, as a result, my ball flight.
The first lesson was interesting. The pro was very happy with my set-up and my swing plane (a little from the inside). He said that I was a little too static with the lower body and my turn was a little restricted which sometimes lead to a slide (instead of a turn). He also said that all of those minor errors were from the root cause of a poor, overly strong grip that was also too much in the palms vice the fingers.
It made sense to me because I knew it wasn't perfect or neutral and he essentially showed me pictures of Rory's grip and we copied that. As anyone knows, the grip is probably one of the hardest things to change and it felt like my grip was so weak that I had no control of the club face. The first few shots were like that as well!!!
However, by the end of the lesson, I started hitting some shots that were so pure with a strong, slight draw ball-flight that it was very exciting. It's going to take a lot of practice but I'm excited by the long term prospects. I've spent the last few days with a golf club next to the couch and rehearsed my grip at every opportunity.
Posted 22 September 2018 - 05:10 PM
Haven't had that much time available for golfing lately so it was great to get a chance to play with a group of mates early yesterday morning at Arabian Ranches. It was also my first chance to hit the links since having some lessons with the pro who really changed my grip quite significantly. I certainly did not have high expectations and I knew that there would be some loose shots but I was just hopeful of seeing progress. The score was going to be almost irrelevant.
It's a good thing I wasn't too concerned with the score because I ended up shooting an ordinary 87 off the stick which included 2 x triples and 2 x doubles. I found that when it felt wrong at address - it was wrong and the results weren't great! So I need to have the confidence to step away and start again. I also had misses that went both ways which always makes it hard but again, with more time and experience I'll get a better feel for my 'standard' miss which is very important when it comes to scoring.
Although there was some very ordinary golf and swings at times, there were also some positives. In fact I played a very nice stretch of golf through the middle of the round from about 8 - 12. During which I hit some very solid shots which had great ball flight which is what I'm trying to work on so that was nice. It's still a work in progress though and I expect the next month or so to be very inconsistent golf. Playing again tomorrow actually so we'll see how that goes.
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