Originally Posted by GangGreen
OK, my 2 cents...to state the obvious, the reality is that high handicappers (like myself) need to work on BOTH our course management AND our ball striking skills if we truly want to improve our game/scores. As for which one is more important, I think that largely depends on the individual and where their particular game is at that time. I will have to say, though, that its only been until recently that I realized how better course management really does factor into the equation. Simply put, it makes absolute sense to me that you have to be able to hit the ball well (consistently) if you ever want to lower your score but it wasn't until I started playing the same course more frequently that I realized how being more familiar with the course itself (ie. knowing where the trouble was) was leading me to make better decisions (ie. go with 3W vs. driver, etc.) which, surprise, surprise, also led to better scoring at that course. Flip side to the argument, doesn't necessarily matter if I know I have to avoid the trouble on the right side if I can't control that wicked slice of mine anyway...GOD I LOVE THIS GAME!!!
The problem is... how to learn better ballstriking? At least for me as a high handicapper.
In all other sports I play badminton tennis floorball weightlifting etc, the instructor actually instructs me, he tells me what to do, he tells me how to do it. Like tennis for example, it's simple enough. Teach the student. You know when you've hit a good shot, and when you've hit a bad shot.
I took frigging golf lessons last week. (50e /h) The guy didn't fix my slice. I told the instructor about my flightscope numbers, out-to-in path and open clubface. I did everything in my power to help him, teach me.
I told the instructor that I'm a raw beginner at golf, only started last autumn short season with a couple golf rounds. One lession prior to this. And I told him all the details about my swing and shots etc...
And I tried his suggestions for my swing (he only had one suggestion, hit the ball harder with the right hand like Ben Hogan talked about), but I still slice the ball.
I still slice from midirons to driver, all clubs except wedges and putter.
I was trying out different setup for my driver, alone at the range. Ball outside my left foot, and slightly closed stance, this is the only way I can hit straighter balls with my driver it seems. (but I would like to learn in-to-out path, since it seemingly gives more powerful shots than my current out-to-in path)
Do you guys suggest that I should play conservatively and teeoff with a pitching wedge? Use only pitching wedge and putter on par5?