Well - it's been a while, so update time..
Been a few months of some pretty intensive practice, playing, lessons and equipment upgrades/changes. Coming together slowly, but a recent purchase may unravel some of that hard work and make me start again (see irons below)..
GA has come down to 7.7 from 10 when I last posted an update. Target is still to get to 5 by 31 Dec.
Driving has been great. Arccos gives me a 'Smart Range' of 246 - 271 meters with a 48.2% fairway accuracy. Upgraded my shaft from the stock KuroKage S to a HZRDUS Black 6.5 X (thank you Facebook Buy Swap Sell). Dispersion has been sensational with no loss of distance at all. I can only see the Fairways Hit number climbing if things stay as they are.
Approach game is where the issue is at. Again, trusty Arccos tells me I hit 42% of GIR's, with 9% left, 5% long, 10% right and 34% short. After a CoolClubs session when they were in town, I was told my shafts were not suited to my swing. Too light and too flexible (gaming DG S300 AMT shafts). After being quoted $1,400 to upgrade 8 shafts, I thought I'd go down the DIY route. A couple of days ago, I bought a set of 2nd hand Modus 3 120 x shafts for my irons, which was one of the 2 the fitter recommended. The other was KBS $ Taper 125, which I cannot find 2nd hand, and cost a bomb brand new.
Shafts will be fitted next week and I hope to see a much tighter dispersion, with the ballooning high short/right miss hopefully disappearing from the repertoire. Have been to several golf shops and have hit various clubs with the Modus shaft and these still feel considerably stiffer than my current gamers, as they were during the fitting, but the feel is great and the numbers don't lie.
From a swing point of view, the flip is almost gone. When the mind gets lazy on the course, I can still feel it creeping in. Still hitting the impact bag at home a couple of nights a week, which promotes the feeling of using your stomach, hips, chest to launch the ball. Had a couple more lessons since last update, and we are still generally working on the same things - use your core to hit through the ball to generate that buzzword - COMPRESSION !!!
Putting was a real concern for a while after I completely lost all confidence. After having 44 putts during Medal day, I cracked it and used up my Pro-Shop winnings to have a fitting. Was recommended the Spider Tour black (which ended up costing me <$100 out of my own pocket) , and have seen some considerable improvements ever since (touch wood). That 5 - 15 feet range is still a killer for me, and if I miss a short one early - WATCH OUT !!! Am considering having a putting lesson (something I have previously considered a waste of time), but may hold off a bit longer.
I'm as colorblind as they come, and I reckon that may impact my ability to read greens (that's my excuse anyway). Will make do for now, until I prove to myself that I just can't hit them where I think I want to...
Since my last WITB, equipment changes have been:
Out: Kuro Kage 60gram S Flex
In: HAZRDUS Black 6.5
Out: Spider Ghost SI putter
In: Spider Tour Black
Out: Mizuno MPH4 3 iron (Nippon 950GH S)
In: Titleist TMB 3 iron (KBS Tour X)
Out: Callaway Chromesoft
In: Bridgestone Tour B XS
Out: TaylorMade EF Series wedges
In: SM6 Vokey 50, 54, 58
Out: Dynamic Gold S300 AMT
In: Nippon Modus 3 120 x (to be installed next week).