"The single digit handicap is no longer the goal, it is a reality in my golfing now and all that is required is the GA confirmation.
The motivation every season for me has always been the direct results of winning golf competitions, club events, monthly medals, championships, Masters Games events, Open events and tournaments. Last season I achieved back to back gold and silver in the masters games, back to back club handicap championships as well as monthly medal, club events and opens. Added to this was the very profitable action of backing myself in Caddie Challenge especially.
Whilst the handicap and my level of golf capability is important so is winning which is why I enjoy putting the effort in to play at the best I possibly can."
The preceding is the opening post of this 'blog, and today I have finally got the time to revisit the site and share my golfing tale as 2019 begins. Work has been interfered with my golfing obsession significantly in 2018, combined with my usual physical breakdowns which led to limited golfing. Even so the record since I returned to golfing in 2009 was built on. My three Club Handicap Championships and sole Club Championship is now up to two championships winning back to back last season. Which once again got me an entry into the Robe Classic Invitational 3 hcp or less. This was my third invite and at last achieved my goal of not coming last
The GA handicap is out to 12.4 now and I have no problems with that figure. Apart from playing my best golf in match play events, injury and limited golf practice truly took a toll on my club golf from April onward in 2018. End result handicap is out and I am only now beginning to play back a little form. Enjoying half a dozen holes as part of my morning walking and exercise routine the past week. Also using the nike Vapor Pro blades again. Do enjoy playing with them and my fitness and injury improvement has certainly been shown with these sticks in the bag.
My biggest problem is they are "loft creep" clubs. The nike vapor pro 3 iron loft 21 degree, 7i 35 degree, PW 47 compared to my taylor made RSi2 4 iron loft 20 degrees, 7i - 30.5, PW - 44 Whilst they look and play like a blade, the head actually has a five piece construction of a 1025 carbon steel chassis, RZN inserts, forged steel face, PVD backing and an aluminium medallion.The mid-sized heads are slightly deeper with a thicker top line and in the 2 to 7 irons there is a small cavity hidden in that modern muscle that is filled with a modified version of the RZN (pronounced Rezin) material that Nike use in their golf balls.
This allows 45 grams of weight to move to the edges of the club to increase the "Moment of Inertia (MOI)" and make the Vapor Pro Combo a little more forgiving. I enjoy playing with them for several reasons, From a practise view point I work harder to hit the ball with more precision using the nike irons. This has been valuable when returning to the RS1 2 set. What has became very satisfying is the physical improvement of my injuries combined with the nike I have began picking up the distance lost in the loft creep! This was discounted at first simply as a low percentage rare occurrence by fluke involving weather and a lucky ball strike. This is happening often and has renewed my golfing vigour. Now readers, since 2009 are well aware I am not a long distance ball striker, 5 iron is 145-150 metres. 8 iron - 120 metres. This is obviously not a problem in playing winning golf. The improvement from 36 handicap to 9 and now 12.4 is a lot. Consistency is a significant addition to how I play. As low handicappers will attest, improvement is minimal as you get more proficient, not many single digit golfers score 44-48 points in a round of Stableford. Coming in with 39-42 points though is always a targeted possibility in a round.
So when I experience regular and significant improvement while using the nike irons that registers with a boom. Hence playing six holes each morning of late has became the norm after the half hour beach walk.
I am just exploring this level of improvement gradually, whilst tuning up the tee shots as well. Putting and chipping are always staples in my practise. That is being bypassed as I feel the limits of the new capability with the nikes to the limit. Takes a bit more concentration to use them well and that is difficult with no practise fairway available at the minute. Even my own practise net is out of action. Main mistake is topping the ball too often. Caused by a subconscious fault, trying to hit too hard and fast.
Even so it only happens with the first couple of long iron shots. As a golfer who has improved markedly over a decade, consistency has been difficult. Every injury has thrown the capability out and needed to be re-established. Now I am injury free and truly on the cusp of another game improvement. One that has been my tipping point, accuracy. I have never been able to reach my best golf level and maintain the consistent accuracy for greens in regulation. This I realised was at last possible the moment the nike shots began to show regular improvement.
A long tale to get to the point dear readers.It has been in my mind for some time and worked on at every opportunity in practise. At last it has shown the result from an unexpected series of golfing experiences. Happy golfing in 2019 all.
Edited by Talart, 04 January 2019 - 12:19 PM.
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