Got my evolvr video back. On the bright side, Brian said my swing looks fantastic for a 20+ handicap. He thinks I should drop very quickly. Biggest thing right now is my shoulder rotation. Need to focus on rotating my left shoulder back more level instead of dipping it down...which also causes my head to go down and toward the ball (forward of my stance).
He also has me bringing my hands in more at the backswing and standing more upright, which he says will help the shoulder rotation. As well as a feel of holding my head back toward my heels. Seems to be working. Spent a few hours doing drills and videotaping my backswing from about 25% speed all the way to about 90%. Took probably 100+ backswings, 30 or so half speed shots, and probably 10 normal shots into the net. Feels very weird still, but after about an hour, everything I was hitting was solid.
Decided to go play 9 since I'm not sure when I'll be able to get out...and just took my time on every shot...probably 5-6 backswings, 2-3 practice swings, until it felt "right", and then struck the ball. On every shot.
I decided to log every shot...here's how the round went:
Hole 1: Sharp dogleg left par 4...tree in the middle of the fairway. Pulled a 5 iron off the tee into some trees on the left. Had to punch out to the fairway, leaving me 180 yards to the pin. Slightly pushed a 6 iron just off the fringe to the right. Chipped up to 1 ft, and tapped in for a Bogey. +1
Hole 2: Another dogleg left with water all along the left side. You can carry the water and go right at the green (About 250 yard carry) or play it safe and hit straight out. I always go for the green, since my miss is typically a slice. I sliced it right in the middle of the fairway, to about 110 yards. Pushed my 52 short and right. Chipped to 10 ft and missed the putt left for a Bogey. +2
Hole 3: Long par 3, about 210. Hit a weak fade with my hybrid about 5 yards short of the green. Chipped to 8 ft and missed left for a Bogey. +3
Hole 4: Shorter par 4, straight ahead...320 yards. OB right, trees left. Pulled my hybrid left, but was safely on the right side of the cart path about 112 from the pin. Fatted my 52 about 40 yards short. Misjudged the pitch shot, leaving me almost 50 ft. Putt missed right to 7 ft. Drained the 7 footer for a Bogey. +4
Hole 5: 530 yard par 5...straight forward with water left. Hit a pull fade with the driver that caught some branches, but ended up in the middle of the fairway 288 yards from the pin. Pulled a 3 wood badly behind some trees to about 120 yards. Had to aim way right of the pin with my PW and hit it between a couple of trees to about 65-70 ft. First GIR of the day. Putt came up 9 ft short and I missed it left for a Bogey. (Noticing a pattern on missing putts left) +5
Hole 6: 440 yard par 4, slight dogleg left. Sliced a drive into the trees on the right. No shot at the green, so I punched it forward with my hybrid to about 73 yards. Duffed my 60 about 30 yards short. Pitched to 8 ft and missed the putt right for a Double Bogey. +7
Hole 7: Short par 5, just under 500 yards. OB all along the right side. Pull/popped a drive left. Had to hit a 7 iron over some trees back to the hole...this left me about 180 yards. Hit a perfect 6 iron to 15 ft. 2nd GIR of the day. Just missed the putt left for a tap in Par. +7
Hole 8: 185 yard par 3 with a tall tree about 120 yards out. Pulled a 6 iron just left of the green about 4" off the fringe. Chipped to 5 ft and drained the putt for a Par. +7
Hole 9: 350 yard par 3, slight dogleg right. Trees left and right but no real trouble. Pulled my drive left behind some trees, leaving about 165 yards to the pin. Had to aim right of a tree with my 7 iron and missed right, leaving 55 yards. I'm behind trees, but I have a perfect line to the green. The options were to try and lob it over the tree, or bump and run it. I chose a bump and run. My thought was if I could land it on the cart path, it would bounce up onto the green nicely...I pitched it right on to the cart path and it bounced and rolled to about 4 ft. Nailed the putt for Par. +7
Shot a +7 43, which I was pleased with. The best part was that I lost 0 balls, and had no penalty strokes. Also, my only "blowup hole" was a double bogey. I know I'm gonna miss a few, but I struck my irons fairly well...only fat shots were 3/4 swings with my 52 and 60. No thin shots, no duffed chips.
I honestly feel like I only left about 3 shots out there.
So now I'll probably just continue to work on the shoulder rotation until I feel like I have it down pat. Hoping about 2-3 weeks, and when I'm ready, I'll film and upload and go from there.