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post #19 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Toward the beginning of the 2008 season I got back into golf after 15 years away from it. Before I left the game I sported a solid 10 handicap. My goal this year was to move down the handicap board from 20 or so to at least 15...at the close of 2008 I'm shooting a 12!! So progress is really good!
post #20 of 33

2008

2008, I was on a budeget due to the economy tanking, but the game is still there, and primed. I just need to play more.
post #21 of 33

Re: 2008

I went backwards this year, back to the drawing board!.
post #22 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Break 80 and get my handicap down into single digits.

I accomplished both breaking 80 approximately 10 - 20 times while keeping my handicap around a 8 -9
post #23 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

I started playing nearly 4 years ago. Got down from 16 to 8 my first year and broke 80, down to 4 my second year and shot par, and down to 3 my third.

My 2008 goals were to get down to 2 and break 70. I just shot 68 last weekend for my first sub-70 round ever, but haven't gotten below 2.4 yet. It took 2 years to get from 16 to 4, but after 2 more years, I still haven't gotten from 4 to 2! I can chalk that up to my shaky putting.
post #24 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

I started playing golf in the summer of 2007.

My goal for this past year was to break 90.

I shot 87 on Wednesday to meet my goal.
post #25 of 33
Thread Starter 

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
Practice more. Part of this depends on when the driving/practice range at Whispering Woods is finished, because I think I practiced LESS last year than in 2006. This year I'm going to practice more (it's cheaper and takes less time, yet lets you work on more shots than you'll get playing) when possible.
FAIL

Didn't happen. Heck, I probably practiced less than I did in 2007, which was less than I did in 2008. The range at Lake View was grown awfully tall this year (because it was new) and the range at Whispering Woods didn't open. I was basically without a range.

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
Reduce handicap index to 2.0 or lower. Last year my goal was 2.9 and I got there a few times. This year I want to basically shave one more stroke off my rounds and get down to a 1.x handicap. My "fallback flaws" have largely gone away, and if I can make a few more of those longer putts and get a little more consistent, I'm right there.
SUCCESS

If only briefly, my handicap got down to 1.8 at one point.

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
Mentally commit to every shot prior to hitting it. Shots inside of 1 foot excluded, of course. I didn't even come close to meeting this goal in 2006 or 2007, but I got better. As I said then, this will be the toughest goal, bar none, to meet because it's too easy to just step up and hit a shot right after joking around with the guys and not pay much attention.
INDETERMINATE

Better than 2007, though. You can't ever "SUCCEED" at this one - you can only try to get better. So I guess that's success in its own way.

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
Work on the short game. Stop using the lack of a short game practice area as an excuse. Make the time to practice the short game on the course. Also work at home extensively with training aids like the Z-Factor.
SUCCESS

I did work on my short game more. Still no short game area, but my putting and chipping improved dramatically this year, mostly due to the Z Factor and the Utley short game book.

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
Improve my lag. I'm leaving some distance on the table. I make good contact but could improve my lag a bit to get a little more distance. 155-yard 7-irons may be "okay," but they're not where someone of my caliber should be. Any course of 7000 yards is quite long for me.
INDETERMINATE

My lag (and distance) improves greatly when I swing properly. Properly for me is a more upright swing that really helps me delay the clubhead on the downswing.

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
One round in the 60s. I don't even care if they're from a set of tees a bit further forward than I'd normally play - I want at least one round in the 60s from men's tees.
FAIL.

'Nuff said.

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
Some stats: Score (avg): 76, FWY: 60%, GIR: 55%, Total Putts: 30, PPGIR: 1.75, PPMGIR: 1.35.
INDETERMINATE

Score (avg): 76.14 (FAIL), FWY: 51.08% (FAIL), GIR: 44.76% (FAIL), Total Putts: 28.81 (SUCCESS), PPGIR: 1.86 (FAIL), PPMGIR: 1.39 (CBNC)

Not the best year for ball-striking. Not at all. Am planning to take lessons next year.
post #26 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

I only had one stated goal this year, and that was to shoot at least one round in the 70's. I hadn't done that for 8 years, due to injuries and concurrent lack of playing time. I'm pleased to say that I achieved my goal, played 7 sub 80 rounds, and at least 10-15 rounds of exactly 80. I'm happy with that result.
post #27 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Originally Posted by iacas View Post
FAIL

Didn't happen. Heck, I probably practiced less than I did in 2007, which was less than I did in 2008. The range at Lake View was grown awfully tall this year (because it was new) and the range at Whispering Woods didn't open. I was basically without a range.



SUCCESS

If only briefly, my handicap got down to 1.8 at one point.



INDETERMINATE

Better than 2007, though. You can't ever "SUCCEED" at this one - you can only try to get better. So I guess that's success in its own way.



SUCCESS

I did work on my short game more. Still no short game area, but my putting and chipping improved dramatically this year, mostly due to the Z Factor and the Utley short game book.



INDETERMINATE

My lag (and distance) improves greatly when I swing properly. Properly for me is a more upright swing that really helps me delay the clubhead on the downswing.



FAIL.

'Nuff said.



INDETERMINATE

Score (avg): 76.14 (FAIL), FWY: 51.08% (FAIL), GIR: 44.76% (FAIL), Total Putts: 28.81 (SUCCESS), PPGIR: 1.86 (FAIL), PPMGIR: 1.39 (CBNC)

Not the best year for ball-striking. Not at all. Am planning to take lessons next year.
Sounds pretty similar to my year... big fail for both of us lol.

I have found out though through research in to psychology and relating it to golf I am far to ego orientated, which through hindsight makes it obvious why I struggled so much this year.
post #28 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Originally Posted by Pinseeker81 View Post
My goals are to move the ball forward once on every swing with my irons. And to get triple digit yardages with everything with more loft than my putter.
I guess I met these.
post #29 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

A big miserable fail at most of them. I guess that, because I had to rebuilt my swing over the summer, I did not do what I should have done.

In other words, I guess that this year was a preparation year for the 2009 campaing lol
post #30 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Acheived!

I shot 79 on a par 67 course on the last day of our handicap season. That cut me to 15.9 - my goal for the year and the lowest I've ever been. My putting has improved, and my iron game is much better. Still wild as hell off the tee, so that's my project for the coming year. Make driver less of a liability.
post #31 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Originally Posted by Big_M View Post
1st and foremost... PLAY LOTS of GOLF - should be possible since moving south.
60 rounds so far... not bad, but not great 80-100 would be better.

Originally Posted by Big_M View Post
break or shoot par for 18... low so far is 77.
broke par on one side... but not for 18 yet... 4 over is closest, but was playing mostly new courses.

Originally Posted by Big_M View Post
single digits... 10.5 now, want to hit 8 by next year.
7.8 right now... up from 7.2 during late summer... good

Originally Posted by Big_M View Post
resist urge to buy any new clubs... But, get an igolf (GPS)
bought some wedges, but was in need... not to bad

Originally Posted by Big_M View Post
help my wife improve consistency and get closer to keeping score on EVERY hole. She has only played a year and a half and she's getting close to consistently having scoreable holes (4-8ish).
not so much... she's better, but eye surgery has kept her from playing much as of late.

Originally Posted by Big_M View Post
nice straight left arm and good release.

keeping right side stable and making good turn.
better, but still work to be done... easier now with camera
post #32 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

At the beginning of the year I wasn't playing and my clubs were unloved in a cupboard at one of my Mum's houses 3800 miles away! It wasn't until I was over on one of my trips during the summer and she threatened to throw them out (I found out after I'd flown home she was joking!) that I thought I'd better, finally, after 3yrs take them back to the US with me...the day after I got back I was hacking away at the driving range.
post #33 of 33

Re: Your 2008 Goals: How'd You Do?

Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
I started 2007 at 128 lbs. I'm now 141.5, and I want to raise that to 155 by Dec 30 2008. Naturally, one way to do this is to drink a lot of beer. But I really want to do this by making it good weight. Since I exercise regularly, with weights, stretching, and yoga, I think I can make this. I also eat regularly, but good food. Lots of protein.
I'm not entirely sure how, but I didn't gain weight. I'm still at 140, give or take a pound. I know I lost 3 pounds during a 2 week stretch in late March / early April, when I was writing my Masters Thesis. Going from 0 to done in 2 weeks was a nice trick, but I went through a lot of coffee and didn't do much more than write, eat, drink, and sleep.

Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
I'd like to get my handicap down to the teens by my birthday (June 28). Seeing as how I've already posted a differential in the teens (19.x), I think this is doable if I keep playing. This isn't so much a goal as a symptom of two other goals. Which brings me to:
July 1 handicap: 18.5, which I'm pretty sure was accomplished by June 28.


Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
No downtime! I have Mondays off of school next quarter and my Fridays end at 10am; at least, this is for official obligations (classes, etc). I'm going to spend some of that on research, for sure, but with all that time, I should be able to play at least twice a month, preferably weekly. I'll use a game on Monday to reward myself for the past week's worth of making progress on my research, and it'll keep me alert and focused on both my goals (academic and athletic).
Winter: did some practice
Spring: played tons. Hcp from mid-20s to teens.
Summer: played weekends + Wednesdays ; handicap from 18 to 16.
Fall: barely played, not much practice. Made great progress at school.


Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
I want to keep my focus on every hole, or at least every shot. I'm getting really annoyed after rounds when I realize that it was only 2-4 holes that destroyed my score. My "best ball" score at my home course is 70 (there are 4 holes I've birdied at some point, and only 2 where my best score is bogey). So, if I keep my focus, I should be able to play well.

Fewer blow-up holes now. Sure, there are still some double-bogeys, but the worse-than-double bogeys are endangered. Good riddance, I say!

Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
Really, my goal is to continue having fun playing golf. Keeping my focus and playing regularly will help me with this goal. The fact that I'm playing means I'm having fun. I believe my handicap will enter the teens as a symptom of this.
Yes.

Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
Oh, and I'd really like to have a round with fewer than 30 putts without artificially causing this. I realize I could deliberately miss each green and chip on and make a few saves and end up with fewer than 30 putts, but I'd like it to be natural.
I stopped tracking putts, as it was causing me to think of the number of putts as soon as I got the ball onto the green. I doubt I had a round with fewer than 30 putts, but I did have a round without a 3-putt.
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