Yeah if you can sink a bunch of putts from the parking lot. 500' of putts is mind blowing.
If you want to prove to yourself the value of Driver and approach shots find a friend who is much better or much worse than you and play 2 balls alternate shot. I did this for a league event yesterday and I was far closer to their average than mine. Hitting 190-220 approach shots on par 4s and a ton of 60 yard pitches over hazards is not good for scoring.
I think JV oversimplifies the swing in regards to errors. He stares there are only two areas to address based on your error. If your ball flight is off it’s your position, your shoulders. If your contact is off it’s your weight. I know beyond any doubt there were times I had all my weight forward and still hit the ball fat. There were also times I kept my shoulders closed and still shanked it. There is still plenty of room and movement to be done to cause errors I believe. And although it’s true I hit really nice draws with 7i and down...once I got to 6i and longer the nice shots became scarce. Just couldn’t get any good distance from the longer irons. Drives were nice draws but I think the distance I gained was as I said before, better path and better contact with the face. But still nothing to write home about.
Learning golf is definitely chaotic, there's no question about that, but I've had the pleasure of working with several good instructors over the years, and there's also no question that they quantum leap you forward. You could spend an entire year practicing five times a week trying to figure out something that the instructor will tell you in thirty seconds. That kind of time/chaos reduction is worth the $100 or whatever they charge.
You're always going to have to practice a lot to become good at this game, but if you don't have correct information or you keep ingraining bad habits and just keep trying to make them work, you will never ever get there, "there" being wherever you realistically hope to be.
For the last few years, we've played a 3-club 3-player scramble. Played like a normal scramble, but each player may only take 3 clubs, and may only play his (or her) clubs. Planning is interesting, trying to choose clubs that play to each player's strengths while covering most of the potential situations on the course.
1. Met - Handicap never went above 6.5 and ended year at 5.2 although that's .5 artificially low. Still relatively consistent for year.2. Met - Posted 40 rounds, averaged 8.06 for those rounds, 7.92 including 4 9 hole scores that I posted. 7.8 on my home course and 8.4 on other courses. I guess that gives me something to work on for next year.3. Met - Played Gamble Sands and TPC Sawgrass - pretty cool.4. Met - and then didn't meet. Probably about two pounds heavy right now. Have to keep diligent over the holidays.Overall pretty pleased. I think there's another stroke, maybe 1.5 strokes of improvement out there. Need to play the other courses I frequent more often.