faffingaround wrote: »
So i'm playing off 18 and consistently seem to shoot 20-24 over. I guess I'm not an 18 then?!
I have had lessons twice with different instructors. The first guy gave me the basics a few years ago and the second guy improved my striking and made me more consistent and hit the ball further.
I have a decent drive, a fade that goes about 220. Give or take 10 yards. I hit about 32-34 putts usually. I suppose I could shave off a few strokes there. Hitting the green with my second shot (or third for a par 5) is a real challenge. That might only happen 2 or 3 times in a round out of the 13/14 par 4/5 holes. Is that normal for my handicap?
As a result I'm used to bump and run chips and get up and down maybe 1 in 3 times or better. I have improved in the bunkers (usually get out) and with my course management. I play once a week or so and get to play a lot more in the summer.
A massive problem for me is hitting anything under a seven iron. My 7 and 8 are my go to clubs and I try and use them the most. The long 400 yard plus par 4's kill me. Every course seems to have about at least three of them. Even trying to play them like par 5's.
I do not have a regular shot that goes more than 160 yards. 3 woods and 4 or 5 irons off the fairway are Russian roulette. These clubs are longer and lead to chunks. Sometimes I'll shy away and lay up but that is very hard to do for 18 holes.
Not looking to moan but just wondering would people think a further lesson on long irons would be a good idea? Also the mental game... I will often start very well like maybe 3/4 over for 6 holes and then fall away. The good score becomes a burden and adds pressure even internally.
Any tips to shave off a few shots? The last three or four rounds I have played makes me think consistently shooting 90 for 18 is very achievable.
slave1 wrote: »
Why not get rid of your low irons and invest in hybrids, added bonus they are much easier out of the rough
faffingaround wrote: »
I had a hybrid before and it was nice especially out of rough but again it's not consistent for me especially off fairways. Those chunks/mi****s lead to doubles and trebles! If a ball lands in the first cut propped up like on a tee the 3 wood is generally good.
Jim Stynes wrote: »
I was off 23 this time last year and now I’m playing off 9. The first few months I started playing were horrendous and I couldn’t break 100 never mind 90. I went and got lessons and worked bloody hard on my game. The first thing that was annoying me was taking a divot. I never used to hit the ball cleanly and take a nice divot. I got a lesson on the this and he fixed my grip and swing path nearly instantly. I went to the range over and over and worked on what the pro showed me. I got down to 15 and stalled there for a while. Since then I came down slowly by working on my short game. My chipping was terrible and was costing a lot of shots each round. I then watched this videohttps://m.youtube.com/watch?index=1&list=PLwgDn1PHxlWKBMQ8ynQw-8GIVXP_ieVte&v=9E-gdx-o1sg
This made total sense to me and has made a massive improvement around the greens. The next bit I am focusing on is my putting stroke. I have a lot more progression in me if I sort my putting out. I have played sport all my life and just retired from GAA a couple of years ago so I needed something to replace that. Golf has been brilliant but it’s a very difficult sport and needs time put into it. I am a bit of a organisation freak and I schedule out my week with golf training like I did with my Gaelic football. 3/4 practice sessions a week for an hour each time and then I try to play Saturday and Sunday. I’ll try get a lesson every 4-6 weeks. I wouldn’t recommend getting too many close together. Get a lesson and then work on those things.
In short, get lessons and work bloody hard on it.
conor-w wrote: »
Stalled at 15 "for a while", must have been 2 or 3 weeks if you've come down 14 shots in a year :P Nice work!
mike12 wrote: »
What irons do you play?
There are loads of super game improvers which are a cross over between iron and utility that you could get for a 6 and 5 iron.
I honestly wouldn't bother with anything lower. If you don't like hybrids they are a good compromise
The obvious answer is gain more distance off the tee so you are hitting in your 7 iron more often.
GIR are the quickest way to lower scores.
Putts are a funny thing the more greens you hit the higher the number of putts.
faffingaround wrote: »
Taylormade rac irons but the PW is an old ping!
The hard truth on why I've lowered my handicap is I simply hit better shots more often and usually don't hit two poor shots in a row. There was no secret sauce. My course management was good, my putting was good enough, my short game was better than it needed to be,my driving/woods got more consistent as did my irons. All my improvements came from making better swings which came from drilling lessons. A better swing will go throughout the bag. Your short irons have more loft/shorter club which will lead to more forgivness in a poorer swing.
Mental thing, the practice will build up a few good memories of good swings that will help with the crumbles but they will always be there. Just last year I went level on the front 9 and just lost it on the back and shot my full handicap on the back haha. Playing with better players I found helps, they tend to be more focused and it can help get you in the same mindset. Take everyshot like it counts and only rate your commitment to the shot.