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How should seniors cope with loss of distance?

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I am 72 and have played golf since I was 13. My lowest handicap was plus one, in the days the lowest handicap one could hold was scratch, with current internationalists on plus one and the National (British) Amateur Champion on plus two.

My driving and particularly iron distances are rapidly diminishing, with my drives averaging around 220 yards and 5 iron about 150 yards.

What distances should be expected at my age do you think, and what steps can I take to counteract my loss of distance?  My home course has 11 par 4 holes, and 7 are out of reach in 2 shots nowadays, so I struggle to play to my handicap -----would you join another, shorter course??!!!  I've tried whippier shafts, longer clubs, softer balls and nothing seems to help.

What would you do, other than stop playing???!!

post #2 of 10

220 is pretty dang good at 72.  I would say that is great.  Move up a tee or two if you can, have fun and keep playing. Cheers!

post #3 of 10
You could pick up one of the old non-conforming big bertha II drivers online and maybe even put in a slightly longer shaft. A skilled player like yourself could probably get an extra 15-25 yards with the right setup.
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Originally Posted by HighlandLaird View Post
 

I am 72 and have played golf since I was 13. My lowest handicap was plus one, in the days the lowest handicap one could hold was scratch, with current internationalists on plus one and the National (British) Amateur Champion on plus two.

My driving and particularly iron distances are rapidly diminishing, with my drives averaging around 220 yards and 5 iron about 150 yards.

What distances should be expected at my age do you think, and what steps can I take to counteract my loss of distance?  My home course has 11 par 4 holes, and 7 are out of reach in 2 shots nowadays, so I struggle to play to my handicap -----would you join another, shorter course??!!!  I've tried whippier shafts, longer clubs, softer balls and nothing seems to help.

What would you do, other than stop playing???!!


As an aging golfer myself, I find myself concentrating on maintaining flexibility and stretching to retain a full swing arc.

Also, keeping the body trained to allow my limbs (arms, legs, hips, shoulders) correct movements.

 

As I get older, it requires more work each and every year.

Give up the game? (Never)

Enjoy the fact that you can still play and seem to be still playing well.

 

Other thoughts would be a few changes to some of your equipment. (replace irons with hybryd's or loftier fairway woods)

 

Club Rat

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Move up tees and/or club up.:beer:

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you!

I think I need to use the ladies' tees----I'm going to see if they drum me out of the club for using them!

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Thank you!

I think I need to use the ladies' tees----I'm going to see if they drum me out of the club for using them!

 

"Forward tees", not ladies'.  ;-)

 

 

And at 72, you're entitled!   :beer:

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As an aging golfer myself, I find myself concentrating on maintaining flexibility and stretching to retain a full swing arc.

Also, keeping the body trained to allow my limbs (arms, legs, hips, shoulders) correct movements.

 

As I get older, it requires more work each and every year.

Give up the game? (Never)

Enjoy the fact that you can still play and seem to be still playing well.

 

Other thoughts would be a few changes to some of your equipment. (replace irons with hybryd's or loftier fairway woods)

 

Club Rat


Great advice.  One area where seniors have an advantage is generally they have more time and opportunity to prepare the body for golf.  Sometimes the body needs more time to warm-up, right?  But pick a few things that you can do well and that will help keep you playing happily and on the good side of the sod. 

post #9 of 10

The recent "Play It Forward" initiative is a good one, I believe.  There are websites out there that calculate suitable course length based on how far we drive the ball and even our 5-iron distance.  Maybe a Google search on Play It Forward might provide you with some information.

 

I calculated my driving distance and course length came back to 5800-6200 yards being a comfortable course length for me to play. Pretty spot on.  I can play to my hdcp most days on a course of this length.  If I play well, it's a low-80s round.  If I hack it up, low-90s.  When a course measures beyond 6200 and plays 6400-6500 yards, the par 4s become 3-shot holes and not fair for my distance capability.

 

It's more fun to 'right-size' the course based on how far we hit the ball.  When you do, it's about having the opportunity to make pars and have a run at a few birdies each round.  Conversely, it's no fun getting beat up playing 400+ yard par-4s all day.  Remember, this is supposed to be FUN!!!

 

dave

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Some good advice above.  Compared to you I am but a youngster, 66 going on 67.  You sir however have a longer drive than I do, my driver carry is 207 yards, though my 5 iron carry is 160 yards.  I have messed with various driver lofts, also went to graphite iron shafts.  I have replaced the long irons with hybrids, a 3 and 4.  Even have a 5 but dragging my feet on pulling the 5 iron out of the bag.  Another area you can get a few more yards is the ball, try all of them, interesting how some go farther than others.

 

Fitness is the key I am told.  Went to a TPI assessment, was all fired up that I was going to get back my lost yardage of yesterday.  My hip rotation was a total disappointment and basically was non-existent.  After some exercise I ended up at the doctors office, I have degenerative arthritic hips joints.  Seems when I do stretch/rotate I then discover why my body has been slow to move.  Currently living with it and accepting the lack of rotational speed available.

 

I have moved up, my limit is 6200 yard course but to be honest anything above 6000 has become a real struggle.

 

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