Par round for the front nine in this afternoon's practise session. First seven holes were pars then, bogie on the 8th and birdie to finish on the 9th hole. Once again my established practise routine to prepare for the competition season has proven it's worth. This year due to being able to begin casual golfing due to no injury issues, I am two-three weeks ahead of where I expected to be on recent seasons experience. On the 21st of January I began to step into my competition preparation routine with some caution...
Posted 21 January 2019 - 08:05 PM
"Hi Readers back to my golfing world again after a few weeks of enjoying playing with the Nike Vapor irons. First and foremost is the single matter of enjoyment, I have probably played more golf in the past three weeks than in January 2017 and 2018 combined already. No injury concerns or difficulties does make playing a lot more fun. Given the difficulty of having to hit the ball with more precision to get the best result with the nike's my scores and results are remarkably good and inspirational for the coming season. I will repeat myself it is hard work playing the Vapors and this has delivered the rewards, improving my concentration, set up, and focus in the practice rounds I am playing. Not playing any comp rounds at the minute deliberately and also with work commitments this is not easily possible a the minute."
Another factor to be noted in this post is I am not practicing on the range or greens for putting and chipping. This is a deliberate break from my competition routine in line with the enjoyment factor. With not some little psychological influence of being cautious, given the injuries of the past seasons.
As January passed began gradually incorporating the competition preparation routines into each weeks golfing experience, with no urgency being well in advance of the usual time frame. Apart from one casual round and range session on the 15th of February with the Taylor Made RSi2 set it has exclusively been with the nike Vapor Pro set of irons. These have always been a favoured practise set in the past particularly improving ball striking. As well as game ability from the concentration and need for precision with this continued practise with the nikes.
In the past this has always been an asset in my practise that when returning to the RSi2 delivered improved accuracy and performance. "RSi 2 irons are for a mid/low-handicap golfer. They have forged short irons and cavity back long irons. TaylorMade is finally focusing on something we really need, more forgiveness. The RSi line of irons is designed to reward shots hit just about anywhere on the face. You don't have to find the pin head sized sweet-spot, but now virtually the whole face of these irons will yield similar results." This time the transition was a total fail, I found the RSi's unwieldy in my hands and had accepted that I would be gaming with the nikes this season. I have three iron sets which I use in my golfing, the two mentioned and the third is a set of PowerBilt scotch blade Citations, a relatively current evolution of the original Fuzzy Zoeller (who won 10 of his 12 professional tournaments with the clubs.) set. https://www.golftrad...w-irons-precisi
Last week after the hit with the RSi's I went to the shed a few days later to grab the Power Bilt's for a hit and could not find the nine iron. That was rectified today and on the spur of the moment and to celebrate finding the missing club, decided to use them in my afternoon 6 hole amble, which after 6 pars had to be continued to 9 holes. These Irons akin to the nikes have an insert in a cavity behind the face. I also find they have slight similarities to the old Titliest ap2 irons, with a larger club face area to deliver forgiveness. Which after several weeks with the nikes was like suddenly having a turbo charged game. The ball was going straight and true, with a softer 'feel' on more shots. The benefits which previously enhanced my golfing when moving back to the RSi2 irons, were glaringly obvious with the Scotch Blade Citation's. Obviously playing a par round over nine holes is proof enough, this has been done with these irons in the past so have no doubt, it was not a fluke.
It is all to do with fitness on top of the latest practise. The Power Bilt clubs in my hands, have a heavy club head feel. Over the past three years, carrying shoulder injuries made them totally unsuited to play with. To be honest the ease with which I played today, including Driver, fairway and hybrid clubs and putter was the ideal indicator that my game is well tuned for 2019. The 17th of March and the first qualifying round for club championships is three weeks away, I have plenty of time to settle on my game plan. The iron choice is still between the nikes and the rest. Practicing with the nikes is remaining as the first choice this is a significant assistance to my golf. After all with a GA handicap of 12.7 this is going to drop in coming weeks in competition.
Edited by Talart, 20 February 2019 - 09:36 PM.