During the past year, I've progressively gotten worse at golf. Started the year at around a 12h.c. and was improving. And then the wheels fell off. I shot up to a 15 pretty quickly. Now, at the end of the year, I am a 23 and not happy about it. I have developed some odd problems in my swing that pop up and completely kill my game. My last 5 rounds, I've struggled to break 100.
1. Putting - I am a very bad putter. I practice and practice but get no better on the course. I can hit a straight putt, but can't read breaks very well and my speed is typically horrible. I have setup to get a custom Edel putter built for me and then backed out because I didn't want to be embarrassed being such a horrible putter trying to get an expensive custom putter built to a swing that for all I know is completely wrong. There's some resources available here including Aimpoint and The Seemore Institute that I should plan on attending this off-season. I've also been fit to a Seemore, which is completely different than what I'm putting with now. Maybe having the correct specs and Aimpoint will help me in this avenue.
2. Chipping/Pitching - Again, I'm not very good here as well. While I don't thin shots over the green like a lot of people do, I'm usually not aggressive enough, leaving me long 1st putts. I definitely need to practice this area more and want to get much better at chipping with PW and 9 iron. I've been using these shots a lot lately and I'm getting better, but still nowhere near where I want to be.
3. Ball Striking - Seems to be improving and then receding in chunks. I can hit 6-PW fairly well, but the majority of my shots are low. I don't hit those nice towering 9 irons into the green anymore. My big problem is that I have developed a pretty good fade on my iron shots along with a habit of digging trenches instead of divots. I associate the two together, since every time I hit a slicing iron, it comes along with a huge divot. Not sure what's going on here, I used to hit my irons beautifully.
4. Fairway Woods/Driver - Absolutely the worst part my game right now. I have a couple problems going on. I am playing with a standard length Regular Flex Miyazaki shaft in a 10.5 degree Z-Star head. The shaft feels a bit long and whippy to me (being 5'5") in it's natural form. I tend to hit everything high on the clubface to pop ups and off the toe. I have been known to take a divot with the driver from time to time also. My fairway woods are 80% horrible as well. I have one cheapy 7 Wood that was built for me and fitted and I hit it well, but none of my others perform. I know I will have to get my new RBZ Tour 5 Wood shortened and swingweight adjusted in order to become more consistent with it as time goes on. It's simply too long for me at this point, and I'm taking divots with it as well. My driver is a nightmare. High Right, Low Left, Low Straight and the Pop Up off the crown, which is the one that ticks me off the most.
So in this situation, would you start all over again with lessons and equipment? I was thinking about replacing everything except for my irons, which are custom fit to me and doing the same with every other club and starting all the way over with a new instructor and telling him I am a blank slate and to teach me from the beginning? I currently have the Stack and Tilt Book, which is a good read but It's looking like I cannot get the necessary information from the pages and into my muscle memory. What about the 5SK DVDs? Could I start all over using that product.
I really want to be a decent golfer. I don't have aspirations of turning pro or winning the club champoinship, but I would love to be able to go out and shoot in the mid-80's on any given day. A couple years ago that was a close reality for me, but this year things have went the other way for me. It's almost not fun anymore.