Been a few months since the last update. No equipment changes as I've settled on the upgrades I made in August. Have had a couple of lessons to try and really hone in on the consistency issues I've been experiencing with ball-striking. The flipping action has improved, although not eliminated, resulting in much better contact when done right, although there were still too many 'skinny' shots in there for my liking - especially with the mid/short irons in to greens.
Two things highlighted were ball position (way too forward) and clubface (too open).
Have developed a mini checklist at set-up to ensure I'm setting myself up for success. When done right, lovely divot, solid contact and a nice penetrating trajectory. When done wrong - ouch !!
Played my first clubbies over the past 2 weekends. 4 rounds of Stroke play off the back plates !!!
Shot 81, 88, 84, 86 to finish about 25th in the GROSS standings and about 10th in Nett.
Course played REALLY tough. Day 1 was really windy and everyone struggled. Happy to be in 11th spot in the gross rankings and 2nd in the Nett
Day 2 was a disaster, where the mind pulverized the body. In perfect conditions, was travelling great at 3 over until the par 3 11th. Hit 7-iron into a slight breeze with the pin 146m away. Ball drifted a tiny bit left and plugged in the face of the bunker, under the lip and about an inch underground. Had to take an unplayable by dropping into the footprints we left in the bunker after we spent a minute looking for it.
Duffed it for 3, 2nd bunker shot onto the green and 2 putts for a 6 !!!
Fuming - I played the next 7 holes in 10 over to finish with an 88. I don't recall ever having to battle inner demons like that before. Every bad shot just made the temperature rise even more, and I simply could not get out of the rut I had found myself in.
Had a week to get over it before rounds 3 & 4, but by then, I'd given up hope and was playing for daily prizes (of which I won NOTHING).
Was a great experience though, with the course set up really tough. 75 DSR over the 4 days. Can't wait for next years to come around !!!
Looking back, it's great that I've been able to track progress with the trusty Arccos app on my game. If you're a bit of a stats nerd like me, then I cannot recommend this app enough !!!
Really validates what you should probably already know about your game - but number don't lie !!
The updated info is for the last 27 rounds (since last update)
Arccos gives me a 'Smart Range' of 246 - 271 meters with a 48.2% fairway accuracy.
Now 250 - 270 with 55.1% accuracy
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.
Now 50% GIR
5% left, 7.2% long, 8.9% right, 28.9% short
Still lots of work to do here.
Putting is still a MAJOR issue. 15.8% 1-putt, 65.5% 2-putts, 18.6% 3+ putts.
Averaging 35.7 putts per round
2.0 putts per hole and 2,2 putts per GIR.
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.
GA now at 6.0. Dipped into the 5's (5.9) before my last round, but with my 2nd best round about to drop out, this may go up again. Still have about 10 comp rounds before the end of the year to hit my target of 5 by 31 Dec. My calcs tell me 4 rounds of 36 points will do it (easier said than done).
Happy golfing !!!!!