If today's front nine is any indication, I'm closer to handicap 36 than 10 at the moment. 15 over par!
A 9 and an 8, sprinkled with missing most greens, losing 3 balls, bad short game and putting. Sounds worse than it looked out there.
Hit some good shots, but I'm left puzzled at times. I'm standing at the tee, 180 yards to the flag, hitting 6 iron. Shot feels, sounds and looks fine, but drops down at 160 yards. I find a new ball, do the same swing, feels, sounds and looks the same, but the ball lands pin high.
I know my clubs are not very forgiving, but I always get surprised when I'm 10-30 yards short. Could of course be a combination of things. A little more flip, perhaps a bit fat, off center etc. I thought I'd be able to feel the difference, but apparently not.
Ball flight is a bit here and there as well. Most shots are somewhere around straight or a pull-draw, but suddenly I push-slice one. Irons are usually manageable, but driver and especially 3-wood is really a lottery. I hit two shots off the tee with the 3-wood. One was pull-hooked into the deep marsh. The other push-faded into some trees and bushes. The third went straight down the middle.
That's the most annoying part. I can hit a perfect shot, then chunk, shank, slice or hook the next. Too much going on in the swing, making it unpredictable. I kept the forward pressed punch shot though, and it worked great. Don't know how long my backswing was, but I don't think it was as long as usual. When I hit the ball good, the distance was there. After 18 holes, I've pretty much covered all the nine shots you can hit.
With the flipping and other stuff going on, I have precious little control over the clubface. One of the things that help is using pressure point 1. Takes away some of the flipping and rotating I guess. With my current swing path, it's a bit erratic since the path is sometimes in-out and sometimes out-in, but when I get the path consistently in-out again, it'll be easier to fix the clubface.
Also, I'm getting new clubs soon, something a bit more forgiving. If I can't tell the difference with my current clubs, I don't really need the feedback either.