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Your golf handicap trend ... up or down, why?

post #1 of 21
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I had a 12 index a few months back and it is now up to 14 - just updated my profile to reflect the down slide.   I had a back sprain which I've suffered from doing a yard work.  It screwed up my swing form completely and my GIR average when from 6 to 3.   Now, I can't seem to get my swing form back although my back is completely healed.  

 

The lesson learned?   Don't do any yard work a2_wink.gif!!!

post #2 of 21

With all the range work I do... And swing changes I've made.  You'd think my cap would be trending down.  But....

 

 

I've gone from a 3.9 (low point) to a 5.9 in the last year.  The funny thing is that I can hit some of the best shots of my life... Then follow it up with something that looks like a beginner golfer.

 

This past weekend I shot an 83... With a 9 and two 7's.  At one point my card went 7, 4, 7, 4.  LOL  

 

Last month in our men's club I was on the 18th tee staring a 75 in the face, and ended the day with a 79 after hitting my tee shot OB.  I've just done some really, really stupid things.

post #3 of 21

My handicap index is up from last year and overall it is up even more from several years ago.  Couple or more reasons probably.  I moved last year farther out of town so my drive home is longer and I don't play as much now in the afternoons as I did before because of the longer drive.  A few years back, I decided I wanted to learn how to hit a fade.  Biggest mistake I ever made.  It totally screwed my swing up and over the years I have never been able to get my swing back to where it was before that decision.  Lastly, I am 19 days shy of being 67 years old.  Just can't play the way I could when I was younger. 

post #4 of 21
Handicap is going ... probably up. I still have rounds from 2011 in my most recent 20 due to barely playing in the past 24 months (work-related, mostly; that problem has been fixed). On the other hand I'm stronger than I was when I shot many of those rounds, and I hit it a bit farther, so maybe it will go down.
post #5 of 21

Dropped like a stone throughout the season, but has trended back upwards several strokes because of putting.  I've lost my putter stroke and have been 3 and 4 putting like crazy putting up 89-92's instead of 85's.  Shot 85 yesterday though so I'm happy with that.  Would've been a much better score had I made my birdie putts.

post #6 of 21

I am somewhat steady but only because of the mix of courses I play. If anything my handicap is higher than it could be because of the low ratings at a couple of the courses I play. Depending on which tees I play the differential could be higher than the actual number of strokes. Putting has been suspect over the last two updates. I've recently shot some mid 80's rounds with as many as 41 putts, 42 a side with 21/20 putts is brutal. But it's been really windy here, putting in the wind is torture.

post #7 of 21

About the same because of lack of practice time.  I have one good round followed by a bad round.

post #8 of 21

Came down pretty steadily from 14-15 to ~10.  Has basically bounced around there for a few years.  Though it feels like it's trending slowly down again.  Shifted up the way I'm thinking about my swing work and have shot a few rounds in the 70s recently.  My latest number is I believe down to an 8.8.

post #9 of 21

Coming down. Last season scoring average was 84.7. This year I am at 82.2. Since start of June I am at 80.8. Shot under 80 10 times so far this year, last year only 3 times.

post #10 of 21

Flat, but.......

 

My home course (13 of my last 20 rounds) just had their course rating and slope reviewed.  Course rating dropped by .5 and slope by 3 pts.  No idea why, but the bottom line is that for the same score, the calculated differential is now about a half stroke higher.  So my "flat" hcp index actually reflects better play on my part by about a half stroke. 

 

Why am I trending better?  Full swing ball-striking.  Still a long ways to go, but I'm very pleased with my driver right now and am hitting more greens than I have in a long time.  Goal is to get under 5 by September.....

post #11 of 21

My handicap is slowly dropping.  It would move more if I could get more consistent and putt better.  I was one over after six yesterday and finished the nine with 6-7-7.   If I could get minimize the big numbers and bring the putting to an average of 36 from 38, I would be quite happy.  

post #12 of 21
I'm trending down. I've played my whole life but I haven't ever "played". Until this year I would play anywhere from 0-5 times per year. Always had a good swing and could break 90 even if I didn't play in 2 years. For the first time I've committed myself to improving and the first place to start was my putting and second was to put my drive in play. Also I use to aim at every single flag and end up left of the hole. Now I play my draw. I began the year at about a 13 and my index is currently 9.2. There is still plenty of room for improvement. I still have 2-3 doubles per round but have pretty much eliminated the triples. My putting has improved to where I usually make 2-3 birdies per round. If i can eliminate the doubles I should be able to break 80 pretty often. FYI my GIR % is 43 and Fairways are 33
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Shindig View Post

Handicap is going ... probably up. I still have rounds from 2011 in my most recent 20 due to barely playing in the past 24 months (work-related, mostly; that problem has been fixed). On the other hand I'm stronger than I was when I shot many of those rounds, and I hit it a bit farther, so maybe it will go down.


How did you fix the work-related problem stopped working. :)

 

I'm currently stuck at 32 as im playing like handicap 36. Started few months ago with my best 9 hole round a 58 but now im glad if i could do a 68 on 9 holes.

For me the problem lies that distance is better then a month ago but more distance now often means futher in the woods at the right... Oh well nothing a pro can help me fix in the upcoming months.

Have set myself the goal that i want to hit around 27-28 at the end of september or something.

post #14 of 21

Handicap is dropping.  Three strokes in about 5 months.  All because of full swing ballstriking.  When I stand over the ball now, I actually think that I'm going to hit it up off the ground and right on/near the green.  

 

It is a great feeling to hit the ball this well.  If I can continue doing so - I'm not sure I'd really ever need to keep score.  

post #15 of 21
3 year moving average down, 2 month moving average up.

Still have lots to learn.
post #16 of 21

I'm trending down, and have been doing so for a little over a year now.  My index was in the high 24's in June of '12.  My last revision it was 16.4, and is 15.8 as of right now.  I have my best 2 rounds as my 19th & 20th so I need a good few rounds the next few times out or it could bring me up a bunch.

 

The main reason that it is going down is because I joined a CC in December and have been playing a ton.  If I am unable to play 9 or 18, I am at least hitting balls at the range because the CC is on my way home from work.  Just got my first real lesson today, and I was hitting the ball better than I have my whole life.  I have had 2 lessons before this one but they were from a lady at the pitch and putt range near my house.  Hindsight...she was terrible for me so I am glad I only did 2.

post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by SCfanatic35 View Post

I'm trending down, and have been doing so for a little over a year now.  My index was in the high 24's in June of '12.  My last revision it was 16.4, and is 15.8 as of right now.  I have my best 2 rounds as my 19th & 20th so I need a good few rounds the next few times out or it could bring me up a bunch.

 

The main reason that it is going down is because I joined a CC in December and have been playing a ton.  If I am unable to play 9 or 18, I am at least hitting balls at the range because the CC is on my way home from work.  Just got my first real lesson today, and I was hitting the ball better than I have my whole life.  I have had 2 lessons before this one but they were from a lady at the pitch and putt range near my house.  Hindsight...she was terrible for me so I am glad I only did 2.

 

That's not a trend.  That's a sudden drop a3_biggrin.gif.

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by JaapB View Post

How did you fix the work-related problem stopped working. :)

Yep. Or, rather, I left a 60+ hour a week job for one with far more reasonable hours (amazingly, without a significant-to-me drop in pay, and with far better benefits).

I did it for a number of reasons, and one of those is to play more golf. The former job was also (negatively) affecting my health, but I'll joke that the golf is more important to me.

I only left a month ago, so it remains to be seen how much this actually helps my golf. I've heard plenty of stories of retirees (something I'm not... yet) finding their handicaps increasing, despite having more time for the sport.
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