Hi Guys...I wanted to create a thread detailing the work I am doing on my game in 2014. It's okay if no one reads along but I wanted someplace where I could record my thoughts.
I played probably two or three rounds a year growing up from ages 12-18. Once I went off to college, I forgot about golf and didn't play for a couple of years. Spring semester of my senior year (Spring 2012), I started playing casually with a buddy of mine and when I got home from school that year I caught the bug. I started playing as much as I could and was determined to get better. I played by myself and practiced a lot but I was dead-set on doing things my way and improving without any instruction. I got down to around an 8.5 handicap by late summer 2013 and joined a new club. After a getting fed up with my inconsistency (I could shoot a round in the high 70s or completely blow up for a 90 something), I decided that it was time to start working with a pro. My swing was super ugly and completely based on my timing being perfect (no doubt that's what contributed to the inconsistency). If my timing was off it was shank city and I would play like a complete hack. I swung extremely flat around my body so getting the face square at impact was completely dependent on my hands manipulating the clubface coming through the ball. I also would swing entirely with my arms among other issues. My swing really was a wreck. In September 2013 my honest yardages were as follows:
3 Wood: 205-215
3 Hybrid: 190-200
4 iron: 175-180 but I really couldn't swing a long iron
5 iron: 165 but see above
6 iron: 155-160
7 iron: 140-145
8 iron: 125-130
9 iron: 115-120
54 Degree: 95
60 Degree: 60
Obviously, I wasn't pleased with these yardages. I'm 24 and fairly athletic so I knew that my admittedly terrible swing was costing me distance. My good rounds were entirely predicated on timing up my swing, short game, and putting. If I put up a decent score, I had to grind to get it.
Progress through 2013:
I started working with the pro at my club about twice a month in September 2013. After doing some evaluation on my current game and my potential we decided that it would be best to undergo a complete swing overhaul. My guy thought it was absolutely paramount to build a swing that was rock solid fundamentally (not subject to timing) that would hold up on bad days, under tournament pressure, etc. This continued until around Christmas 2013. It was a grind. I was constantly doing mirror work and drills to ingrain the new positions associated with a correct swing. I didn't see much progress for those 3 months, but I knew I was on the right path and stayed focused. I played occasionally while the weather was still decent, but as I said most of my time was spent on the range (4-5 times a week) and doing mirror work/drills at home (every free minute I have).
Geez, I really rambled on there. If you're still along with me there will be more to come shortly in a subsequent post. Will be detailing 2014 so far and some exciting progress.