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#1 Notupnotin

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 08:48 AM

Ok been on here for a couple of years since I got back into golf and have read everybodys "diarys" on their games and thought why not. My background is that I'm a sports nut and played most games at some stage. But for the most part my main game was cricket. When I was young fella I played golf at the same time but never really excelled. Was told that while I was trying to play both neither would ever get to the level that wanted. So I chose the game that I was better at and dropped golf. Anyway after 30 years of playing cricket I've retired from the cricket field and got back into golf all year round rather than just the winter like the last couple of years.

 

Having got down to 13 HC when I last played my aim now is to play to a single figure. So after I put my cards in I got 16 and by the time it settled I was again off 13. Then I decided  to get fitted and have some lessons. After changing my swing(very flat) ,posture, take away, follow through etc I've never really got close to my handicap! frustrating. Have since drifted out to 15.

 

Anyway the club (small country club western Vic) recently got a prof in to run some clinics and for some reason what hes preaching seems to agree with me to the point I recently was 2 over for 11 holes then blew up a little. But I could see the light, I could see that I have the ability to play to that single digit handicap.  

 

I've started to try and swing around the body more rather slide the hips through(cover drive! and block/slice out right)) and try to lead with my top hand on the down swing to stop the "over the top" fault in my swing which has been causing me to pull hook wildly of the tea in particular. Been using the V1 golf app to video and analyse my swing also. 


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Posted 30 October 2014 - 09:56 AM

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 10:25 AM

Hope this thread take less than 600 pages like some ;)

Cricketers usually are solid golfers, you'll do it no worries.

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 11:01 AM

Hope this thread take less than 600 pages like some ;)

Cricketers usually are solid golfers, you'll do it no worries.

They are also prone  to cover drives, heaves over cow corner and skied shots easily caught by long off.  If they are Australian they have to avoid high spinning balls and frequently break down.  Besides that cricketers do bring a better quality of sledging to the golf course.


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Posted 30 October 2014 - 11:14 AM

Hope this thread take less than 600 pages like some ;)

Cricketers usually are solid golfers, you'll do it no worries.

Not if you get hounded by ink you will easily make 600 pages. ;-)

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 12:43 PM

They are also prone  to cover drives, heaves over cow corner and skied shots easily caught by long off.  If they are Australian they have to avoid high spinning balls and frequently break down.  Besides that cricketers do bring a better quality of sledging to the golf course.

Thanks guys, already had an interesting encounter on course last year down at Portarlington. 35 degree day group of 4(3single figure HCappers and myself) walking round took 4- 4 1/2 hours, anyway we crossed paths with the group behind us on about the 15/16 fairways and its 4 old blokes in carts. One old bloke gets out of his cart waving a club around carrying on saying who do you think you are Arnold Palmer!! whats taking you so long. To which our club pres told him to go forth and multiply! many other amusing remarks were made and we moved on until we got back to the club house where it started again with the home club president having to get involed. Very funny to watch I tell you.


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 03:00 PM

is funny how old blokes in carts expect  walking players to go quicker than them ,welcome to the thread ,am an ex cricketer and hockey player have battled the slog over cow corner for a big chunk of my golfing life


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 03:23 PM

I was a bowler, so it figures why I can't get a score under 6 most holes, FML :(
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Posted 02 November 2014 - 05:02 PM

well, if you take a leaf out of the current Aussie cricket team in UAE, you'll be off single figures in no time at all

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 05:04 PM

well, if you take a leaf out of the current Aussie cricket team in UAE, you'll be off single figures in no time at all

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Or you will do a Lyon and have 3 figure scores


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 05:37 PM

Or you will do a Lyon and have 3 figure scores



Did that yesterday unfortunately
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Posted 02 November 2014 - 07:39 PM

I was a bowler, so it figures why I can't get a score under 6 most holes, FML :(

Find a bookie and start taking some spot bets.
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Posted 02 November 2014 - 07:57 PM

Notupnotin good luck with the journey.  Many a cricketer has attempted where you are going and can feel you pain - some of us still 
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Posted 03 November 2014 - 07:58 AM

Cheers Bronson it is hard to get rid of the muscle memory of a cricketer.

 

Anyway had another one of our clinics on Saturday morning(lovely conditions.... not!) . We have been working on swinging round the body but only half swings(chips and pitch shots) today we moved to full swings.

1. The first thing that was foreign to me was the ball position, had me playing the ball further back in my stance. Seemed to be just behind centre to me with irons and what seemed to be well back from inside of my front foot with my driver. Ment to be centre of the round the body swing? and help with compression of the ball?

2.At set up weight 55-45 on front foot.

3.On the backswing weight/balance moves to back heel.

4.Then just before downswing starts tilt hips forward slightly which gives you space behind you so club can drop in and start on plain and not come OTT which I have been having issues with.

5.Then swing left with hips and get club face back to square..................easy right lol.

 

After hitting a dozen or so balls my main issue was getting the club back to square at time of impact causing me to block the ball out right. and the odd fat shot. So plenty to work on there I think.

 

Then went and played comp, fair to say close to the worst conditions ive played in. 70-100 km winds and rain storms although they blew over fairly quick!

Could see a difference straight away, was hitting driver really solidly and while only hitting 4 fairways I was only just left of the cut stuff (1 pull hook on the last) all day. My iron however were another story, blocked a lot right and as in the lesson got a few fat I don't know too shallow a swing plain??

My big culprit on the day was my chipping, duffed at least 6 chips into the fringe (couch grass and small greens) and the ball just sat there rather than releasing. And two 3 putts. 87/14/73 (par 68) HC out to 15.2


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Posted 03 November 2014 - 09:52 AM

is funny how old blokes in carts expect  walking players to go quicker than them ,welcome to the thread ,am an ex cricketer and hockey player have battled the slog over cow corner for a big chunk of my golfing life

Also played Hockey as a youngster was goal keeper though so no bad habits there


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Single figures reached(9.5) on 28//8/2016
H/C 8.7 on 11/3/17

PB Round 73/9/64 (11/3/17)
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