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post #109 of 122
Was 100 shooting 5 years ago now low 80. Told to film practice swing and make regular swing look like practice swing When they were close I started playing good good golfing . Pro had me try and hit a spot foot behind balls almost feels like hitting fat but worked . All on plane and the goal was plane same back as down Took 4 seasons and works golf is all about same plane bak same plane thru
post #110 of 122

I'm still yet to break 100, but I'm getting closer I feel.

 

All rounds are at least sub-110. Too much threeputting. lack of confidence at long putting, either in the hole, or at least within second putt distance.

 

I've been working more at simply hitting GiR - with approach shot. Not always aiming for the flag, sometimes theyre difficult pin locations.

 

Approach shots are not very consistent, and neither are they accurate :cry:

 

My most accurate club seems to be 24deg callaway hybrid for some strange reason LOL. Most consistency and accuracy within shot cone it seems.

post #111 of 122
I started playing when I was in high school and playing sparingly through college. I always did terrible, like 120+ terrible. I had my good shots on every hole but also had shots that would ruin a hole. So going in this winter I was determined to get better. I spent at least 3-4 nights a week at the range. Worked all on irons (full shots, half, etc). I watched a lot of videos on the different swings out there and settled on one principle. I think a major part of me not doing well was I was taking a little bit from different instructors on youtube and each one had different swing principles (ie: one plane, two plane, stack and tilt, rotary etc). and that did more harm than good for me. Once the weather got better I worked a lot on my short game at the local par 3 course.

This summer, I'm playing at least once a week and average in the mid 90's with a best of 89. I still tee off with a 5 iron, which is my 200 yard club. I recently got fitted for a 3 wood so hopefully the added distance off the tee will drive me into the 80's consistenty.

But what i've really noticed is if you damage control and make smart decisions. Breaking 100 is very doable. For me, that was realizing that hitting the fairway with a 5 iron is better than hitting from teh trees with a driver. An older golfer to just treat every hole as a par five and so far its worked.
post #112 of 122

100% of every decent golfers..........started as a hacker.  Just SAYING!!!!

 

I was married and grown when I took up the game....recorded a 91 for 9.     If I was behind that guy, I'd be pissed.   Luckily I learned fast the virtues of keeping pace.

post #113 of 122
I joined my golf club as a complete novice having only played a couple of rounds of golf previously. My three handicap cards where all 110 -120.
I played there for 5 years making marginal improvements, but then the back end of last year I broke hundred and started playing to my 28 handicap.

This year it is starting to click with my and my handicap has started to drop. I'm now scoring low 90's and I hope to break 90 soon, and my target is to get down to a handicap of 20 by the end of the year.
post #114 of 122

I played as a kid, but quit when I went to college and didn't pick up another club until I was 28 years old. I couldn't hit the ball out of my shadow and had no concept of course management so, after about a year and a half of that, I was a 27 handicap and got no enjoyment from the game.

 

I talked to a young pro who was a very good player and we talked about commitment. I made it clear that I was more about my job at the time than golf but I wanted to enjoy it more or I would just stick to tennis (I was a decent tennis player). Since I didn't have the time to tear down and re-construct, he decided that I should try to improve from 100 yards in and score better. That first year with him I went from a 26 to a 17, still lacking the ability to hit it out of my shadow, but I was turning the doubles and triples into bogies and began to make a decent amount of pars. I began to enjoy the game and, over the years, I have gotten my handicap consistently down into the 10-12 range by working on my overall game and course management.

post #115 of 122
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Originally Posted by phan52 View Post
 

I played as a kid, but quit when I went to college and didn't pick up another club until I was 28 years old. I couldn't hit the ball out of my shadow and had no concept of course management so, after about a year and a half of that, I was a 27 handicap and got no enjoyment from the game.

 

I talked to a young pro who was a very good player and we talked about commitment. I made it clear that I was more about my job at the time than golf but I wanted to enjoy it more or I would just stick to tennis (I was a decent tennis player). Since I didn't have the time to tear down and re-construct, he decided that I should try to improve from 100 yards in and score better. That first year with him I went from a 26 to a 17, still lacking the ability to hit it out of my shadow, but I was turning the doubles and triples into bogies and began to make a decent amount of pars. I began to enjoy the game and, over the years, I have gotten my handicap consistently down into the 10-12 range by working on my overall game and course management.

That doesn't sound too bad to me. I'm just now dipping my toes into the sub 100 range. I think ideally I want to get myself into the 10-17 handicap range. 

post #116 of 122
Work has pretty much not allowed me to play as I've only played 5 rounds this year, and before today, the last being three weeks ago.

At the end of last season I was scoring between 105-115.

Today I shot a 114 today with 1 par, 0 GIR, and 5/13 FIR on a 67.5/120 Par 71 course. I don't think I've had a GIR this season and I think it's getting in my head.

It's also starting to bug me that I'm scoring at the top of the range I finished last season at.

Oh, and my short game sucks.

So much to fix, so little time. *sigh*
post #117 of 122
I started in my late 40's ... Just now feel like I am ready to be a steady break 100 guy ..
post #118 of 122

I am 15 years old and I played for my school team around 6 months ago. I shot 121 in my first tournament and 118 in my second. I practice almost 4 times a week and have read many books on golf. I now consistently shoot mid to low 90s every time I play. I am trying to work on the fundamentals of Ben Hogan's swing. It is much more consistent than the modern swing today and recommend a swing change for anyone starting out or just has a bad swing. The only thing I recommend is record  yourself so you can really see what you are doing wrong and practice with a purpose.

post #119 of 122
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I'm now finding myself playing in a funk right now. Just shortly after posting my best score of 95, I tweaked my back and have been basically unable to hit the ball well at all for the last 3 or 4 range session. It is like I am back at square one. I am not sure if I should lay off a few weeks or get out there and work on the fundamentals. Really very frustrating. Seems like this keeps happening, and I am not sure what I can do about it.

post #120 of 122
I started off shooting over 100. With in 2 months I was a consistent 90s golfer. Now I'm shooting mid high 80s with the occasional 90s. After only 10 months of golf it can happen. I'm close to breaking 80s which is my goal when I started for the first year.(10 months total so far) A big goal but it just made me try harder. The 2nd 9 is usually my best by 5 strokes. Playing 9 holes only the last couple days I have shot 41-43. Today I'm playing 18 by myself hopefully I can hit 79-85.
post #121 of 122
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Just got back from a productive range session. Laid off about 4 days and it seems to have helped. Back did not hurt very much and after a few balls I started working my whole body back into the swing and things were working really well. Distance was coming back strong. I started with a big fade, and that eventually started working to very straight with maybe a minimal fade. I'm still having consistency issues, but I feel much better after today's session than I did going in. Unfortunately I won't get to play much this week, but pretty much plan to be on a boat or on a golf course over the 4th of July holiday. 

post #122 of 122
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Range sessions have been up and down. My swing is definitely off a lot from where it was. I just started experimenting with more of a two plane swing and I am having some success. Even though range sessions have been pretty poor overall, I managed to shoot a 97 today and had many chances to shoot better than that. The last three scores that I have are 95 and 97 on 18 and a 49 on 9. My handicap is now just a hair under 28, so things are going in the right direction and I guess soon I will officially be a sub 100 player (at least according to handicap). 

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