Well back into golf after 3 years off with a Leave of Absence. My last competitive round was June 2014, finished on a handicap of 17, after getting down to 12 a year prior.
Over the last 12 month period prior to the LOA, it blew out, understandably while we were dealing with the wife's health problems - a clear mind is a must for this game!
So, ended the LOA in late February this year and booked in for a lesson program with the local Pro.....wow, it's amazing how much damage you can do to your golf game, whilst perusing all the youtube videos on everything from set up, to how to add distance to the "right" way to swing
After one lesson, actually the first 10 mins, I relaised how far I'd gotten away from the basic of my set up, after a couple of adjustments to grip, posture and set up.....I felt like a busted crab standing over the ball, it felt so uncomfortable.......I was used to feeling comfortable in the few times I'd venture to the range or course.......and of course playing terrible, terrible golf because of it!
So played a couple of comps in March, but whilst getting back to the "right habits" not the comfortable habits, I was terribly inconsistent, too many thoughts going through my head, so last couple of weeks I've been focusing more on practice and only an occasional 9 holes to take the things I've been working on for a test drive.
It's actually getting easier to not think about what I have to do now, that I've been practicing a consistent pre-shot routine and setting up correctly, so form that side of this process, I feel like I'm making progress. There are still signs of my bad shots.......... the pull or duck hook with the driver - mainly from fatigue, it amazing how physical 18 holes can be when your early-40's and not done a hell of a lot for 3 years!!!
Anyway, down the range today for a bucket and a half of balls and hit maybe a dozen or so bad shots, half of those absolutely terrible - thin or hooks - which tells me I'm swaying and not swinging the club by moving my torso mainly....
Playing tomorrow in a Stableford at the local and looking forward to it after today's session.
My Aim - Initially is to play better than bogey golf, then moving toward low-teens by mid-late winter, then hopefully getting back into A-Grade (12 hcp and less) by Spring
- Set Up (correct grip, hand position and good posture)
- Swinging the club with the big muscles (By turning the body, limiting the wrist movement) and as a result stay centered and cover the ball i.e. no swayingmovements
- Consistent and deliberate takeaway and not rushing the through swing to a balanced finish
- Distance Control, knowing my distances
- PreShot Routine/Method(PSR) - Nick O'Hearn's Tour Mentality book is a ripper
This may seem a lot to work on, but really the can be practiced in the structure of your PSR, step in take your grip, place club in, step into posture, check alignment and set up - all deliberately, check, next think "deliberate and full" as swing thought , by swinging back slowly and deliberately and then turning with body and then through to a "full" balanced finish....so it's a process as opposed to discrete stages/segments, they can be put into place all at once.
The Distance control and knowing my distances is on the back of the Skytrak launch monitor session in the back yard and down the range and interestingly, luck I've been doing this consistently, as I've added an extra club in length on all my irons, now that I'm getting a more consistent strike on the ball - whereas before the lessons I had on set up and posture, I was hitting weak fades.....so now have my CARRY distances and TOTAL distances written down on the back of my Scorecard holder
Not only do I have the distances of each club on the scorecard holder, I also have the course "game plan", where I've got the clubs I'll be looking at using on each hole, to give me the best chance to beat the HCP. i.e. instead of Drive on the 1st, take 3W to get into position, means slightly longer 2nd shot, bu I shouldn't be behind a tree or on the 18th fairway !!
Also I have the following written below the distance and game plan : PSR (D&E) PT M&A, which stands for:
PSR - Pre-shot Routine = (D)ecide what shot is required (club, swing, aie etc) then (E)xecute by taking correct set up and posture and then taking a deliberate and full swing at a (P)recisie (T)arget...........then if hit a good shot (M)ove on and do it again, or...........hit a poor shot an (A)ccept it - they happen - and go and do it again...This is on the back of reading Nick O'Hearns Tour Mentality book...
I guess a lot of those that read this will raise an eyebrow about all that stuff I'm working on and they are probably the lucky ones that just go and play Golf, for me I hope there are a couple others that might be in the same boat that read this and take something out of it. Golf is an individual sport and there are so many ways to play, this is just me figuring it all out again !!
Anyway, looking forward to tomorrow..... 36pts is the aim
Edited by Stix1771, 14 April 2017 - 09:00 PM.