Originally Posted by Meltdwhiskey
I hope I'm not responding to a troll here. But I find it funny that you find it funny. If what you say is true, your experience is the exception and not the rule. I think you will find a lot more 15 caps that play twice a week than 2 caps who play once every 3 weeks and never practice.
And if you are shooting under par, I'm not sure you can call your putting much of a weakness - or any other part of your game for that matter. Not comparatively anyway.
As far as focus on the shot and self belief - this might be great advice, but this alone isn't getting many folks to single digits. For most, yes you do need to play a lot. Practice, learn fundamentals, quit slicing it 30 yards into the woods, etc. If it was as easy as you say and required as little effort as you report, every weekend warrior would be a single digit. But I'd bet the average golfer shoots 100 or so - which would be a 30+ handicap.
No, No troll here mate.
Ironically, I find it funny on top of you finding my comment funny; this was not my intention.
I don't believe I am "the exception". If I walked up to someone (who knew nothing of golf) and said, you get given 14 clubs, and all you need to do is put the ball in the hole, for which there is a recommended score you should achieve it sounds simple. The ball does not move, and you can take (up to a certain extent) as much time as you want to see what shot you want to hit.
Yes, I am shooting under par, and yes I cal my putting a huge weakness. My last round under par, I hit 16 of 18 GIR and had 7 one putts (5 birdies), 4 3 putts and the rest two putts which left me One under. So 16 of 18 GIR and 34 putts; that seems like a weakness to me?
My last round at a course I'd never played, shot 3 over but had 5 three putts and 35 putts for the round, again this seems like a weakness?
In regards to "weekend warriors", you'll find a lot will drop there handicaps if they look at the game as a whole and realize how simplistic and easy it should be. My father, and Uncle being great examples; both play 1-3 times per month and played off about 18-22 handicaps. When they looked at the end of the round what went wrong they saw all these shots that were being thrown away.
The following week, the stepped behind each shot and took the time to imagine what they wanted to do, they no longer tried to smash it like Tiger or Rory, instead they knew that a slice is unfortunately the way they hit the ball, so tee it up on the right, pick a spot down the left and what do you know they dropped 5 shots each.
Last weekend their handicaps are sitting around 8-10 at present, with no more practice thrown in. Instead they believe they can do things, and they execute.
Unfortunately, not many people think like this and thus keep slogging away practicing 3 times a week instead of thinking about what they need to do to get better. Sure getting that one drive away make look impressive, but signing your card after the 18th for a much improved score is the ultimate I would imagine for many.