This bit copied from the player profile thread:
I didn't play golf when I was young, I played cricket all my life, swimming, baseball, basketball etc.
I'd had a few hits here and there but about 5 years ago decided to have a go at getting half decent at it. Spent about a year seeing a coach once a month, sometimes twice, but we only ever worked on the full swing and he kept completely changing things and we didn't get very far. Got frustrated and quit.
A couple of mates have started playing over the past 6 months and I got back into it. Joined Marrickville which is a basic course but right near my home and has a short practice hole. Have been playing 9 holes once a week before work and a full game about once a month, sometimes twice.
I really want to improve but it's not really happening (I'm just watching Youtube vids and guessing my way around) so have booked in with Glenn Whittle this week. I'm hoping to find a coach that will help me with what type of practice and how much I should be doing, along with his or her tutelage, to improve.
Had my lesson today with Glenn on Trackman. I found it very insightful as we spoke quite a bit about the combination of the direction of the swing and the club face.
The two biggest things to come out of the lesson were:
1 - Lie of my clubs (not being fitted) were a fair way out, so I'm going to have them adjusted.
2 - If I intentionally try to hit a draw or a fade I can be reasonably consistent. If I try to hit it straight, I can do so, but I often get a draw or a fade. Problem is, that it's not a small one. He had me do a drill where I'd try to hit a small draw or fade but I couldn't do it, it was either straight or a bigger slice/fade.
So his suggestion, till I can spend much more time practicing, was to use the fade and set up for it. He said my swing looks ok (for my level of ability I'm sure) and that he wouldn't want to make wholesale changes. I should spend time practicing at the range and learn how to control the club face.
I hit quite a lot of shots straight during the session, but those I didn't were very wayward. When I started to purposely hit a fade I was much more consistent, it felt more natural.
He did say that, with a reasonable short game, I should be hitting around the 13-14 mark, not the 23-24 I'm at now. So while I'm learning how to feel and control the club face, I should dive into the short game.
I definitely need some putting tuition or direction that's for sure, and a lot of practice with that and the wedges.
Sunday is a quick 18 with the lads so time to put it to the test. Watch for the double cross.