I'm a 40 year old male that picked up the game of golf at 37.
I decided I wanted to learn the game all by myself, doing a lot of research on the internet (instructional videos, studying golf mechanics, etc.)
However, after a few months at the driving range, hitting about 1.000 balls (25 boxes) spread over 8 months, personal circumstances made it impossible to even touch a golf club for the next 17 months.
I picked up again in may 2012.
Still trying to learn by myself, I had a lot of up and downs, especially because of my job (tour guide, living in Thailand) which often blocks my training sessions for several months.
In may 2012, I was hitting the 7-iron great: 175 to 200+ yards!
It was the only club I was really practicing (apart from the putter), and these results were attained with a rented graphite 7-iron.
Unfortunately, immediately after these great results, my job blocked my training sessions for 3 straight months!
Not realizing how I actually reached these great results, I lost everything in these 3 months and had to start all over again.
In the following 8 months, my training sessions were regularly interrupted for 4-8 weeks.
Slowly however, I started to rediscover the basics of my long lost swing,this time more aware of what it was exactly that I needed to do to get a decent shot.
I tried playing the local 9-hole course many times, but for some reason, the results were nothing less than disastrous.
While on the driving range, my iron shots and pitching were reasonably good,once I entered the course, I couldn't hit a single ball decently: shanking, topping, hitting every single tree or branch that was even remotely in my neighbourhood,.....
I did manage however to bring my scores a little bit down, from my very first 89 (9-hole!) to the more recent 50-55 (with the help of some cheating).
I was only by the end of 2012 that I bought my first driver and started to practice it, together with 7-iron, 9-iron, putter and Sand/Pitching wedge.
I had all the irons (second hand set), but wasn't ready yet for the others.
In 2013, I discovered that my irons were approximately 45 years old, and therefore completely different from modern days irons.
All irons appeared to be not only 1 inch shorter than their modern days equivalent, but had also more loft (1-2 clubs difference!).
This explained off course the enormous difference in distance I experienced after using the rented, graphite 7-iron.
May 2013: finally I have a 2 month period of free time and I decided to go for it 100%, practicing every day I possibly could, for as long as I humanly could!
I also started having some lessons with a Thai professional who speaks decent English.
Combined with a recent break-through, this allowed me to improve my formerly lowest score of 50, to 47.
Here are some of my current statistics on the local 9-hole course and driving range:
Total amount of practice (driving range) since I started in 2010: about 100 hours
- puts per round: 18-20
- avg fairways per round: 7 out of 9
- usual Driving distance: 200-240 yards slow swing
- 7-iron 155-170 yards slow swing
- SW 70-90 yards slow swing
Main current problems:
- distance control in the approach shots (up to 100 yards) and chipping/bunker shots (just started learning it with my trainer)
- bad foot-ball position with the driver, often resulting in pulling, pushing or slicing. However, I feel I'm close to finding the answer to
I feel confident that I will very soon be able to break 45 on the local 9-hole course and hope to reach par by the end of this year.
I'd like to hear the evolutionary stories of other golfers and their statistics.
Good golfing to all of you!