I was never a good golfer, two or three rounds a year, big slice, occassional good hole, couldn't get off the tee, 18-25 over every round. I quit for five years and started playing regularly (once a week with one practice a week) about 4 months ago. I started around 95-100 and am now 80-85 with a best round of 77 which is six over on my course. I still struggle off the tee, but have improved chipping and approach shots. I average 30 putts per round, 7 fairways and 4 greens. When I play blue tees I am shooting an 82-85 and white tees are 78-81. Recently, I have developed a nice draw on my irons and added a ton of length. I think it is because I am striking the ball better and have improved my weight shift. I still spin out on drives, but it is getting better.
The shot shape is new and is difficult to play because I have always played a left to right ball flight and still fear it. I also over cook the draw and turn it in to a slight pull hook that screws with accuracy quite a bit. My distances are also off. I was hitting a 7 iron about 140 and am now hitting it 165-170. My PW used to be 100 and is now 120-130. I want to move my handicap from 12 down to the 5-7 range, but am struggling to know what the key is. I am sticking with the ball flight, but struggling to mentally trust it and play it properly. It is hard to aim right of the green and trust it to fall on. Can I lessen or control the draw with a weaker left hand, do I need to play a shorter backswing? Has anyone else had a similar transition and successfully used it to improve their scores?
In the bag:
Ping G10, older, driver
3w is G325, don't know the brand
Callaway forged X irons
Hogan Edge 3 hybrid
60/10 old ping wedge
(borrowed clubs, no other wedges, I just change my swing and loft on the 60 degree to chip with or am creative with other irons)