Since I am pretty much done for the year for posting to handicap, I thought I would look at how I am improving. The first thing is that I was 11% less accurate off the tee compared to last season. I am not worried about this at all. I literally was working on swing changes all season and it often resulted in not knowing what flight I was going to get with the driver on any given day. I started the season with pushes and ended with my miss being pulls. Most of the time the driver was fairly reliable and with 20-30 extra yards this year compared to last year I will take a little less accuracy. I am hoping to get into the mid sixties next season though. That would be nice.
GIR I was hoping to get above 50% this year, but again with the constant changes all the time I am happy with the improvement. My ball striking is noticeably better this year. And I am making more birdies when in the fairway that make up for some of the misses off the tee.
My up and downs around the green have improved slightly as well. I essentially put no time into working on the short game other than when I was playing and just a slight technique adjustment after watching some videos from Erik, and Mike. I need to put a little more time into it next year.
Putting has gotten worse and although it is not much worse statistically, I am closer to the hole more often on approaches and pitch shots so I actually see it as much worse than the stats show. It is a good thing I am getting some help with this soon. I need to figure out if I can learn to putt.
I am fairly happy with how my average score has progressed and with the index improvement even if I am a bit of a vanity capper. I play the same course every morning in soft conditions and fairways that are very easy to hit out of. I was hoping to get to a low three this year but again with so many changes it has been tough to always stay consistent and my goals are a bit ambitious.
Just as a reminder I had set out in in 2011 as about a 12-15 to start to become scratch in 5 years. I have two years left. At this rate I will not make it in that time, but you never know. I am doing everything I can. I will get there eventually but I am not sure about the time line.
GSUD=Green Side Up and Downs(within' 20 yards of the green).