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1. Have FUN
2. Average at least 1 birdie a round
3. Limit doubles or worse to an average of 1 per round (this one's gonna be hard)
4. Break 80
5. More consistent with woods
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I would have to say that my goals seem pretty basic, but I reckon that's just me.

I started golfing about 90 days or so ago and am averaging 120 or so over 18 holes. I would like to cut that down below 100.

I also would like to get to the point that I am two putting or less on each green. So far, I can't seem to find a rhythm for putting that works consistantly.

I would also like to get to the point that I can make a consistant half swing for approach shots.

I don't guess those are beyond me, so I will leave it there.

Jack Lee
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I've struggled over the last few months including a point where I picked up the shanks and could almost not play at all. The shanks were corrected with a golf lesson (I was standing to close to the ball/stance too wide).

I may now have succeeded in my long quest to stop coming over the top /swinging out to in as my current bad shot is a hook or block. This is leading to inconsistency in both distance and direction but i'm reasonably satisified as it's an issue that i've not had before. I rarely hit a slice these days. My handicap has come down a few points but i'm expecting it to rise again whilst I work through my current swing issues - I cannot play to handicap at present. I'm working on a stronger grip and more upright swing plane and finally I am trying to focus on hitting down on the ball.

My putting has been quite good at 34-36 putts a round and my chipping better.

Hope to report better progress next quarter!
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I definitely work on my setup and backswing. I'm currently standing too upright and when I take the club back, the face is immediately shut. I have to work too hard to square the club back up at impact.

Any tips/drills for setup and posture?
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My goals going into this year were (1) play more rounds; (2) improve my consistency in ball striking; (3) improve my short game; and (4) get my handicap to single digits.

Still working on all of them.
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Im still a bit of a beginner so I've got a lot of room for improvement, just started playing last year
1. Hit my drives in the fairway more often. I dont hit the ball real far, maybe average 220-225, sometimes in the 240-250 range at my best, so it makes it easier to hit 2nd shots from the short grass.
2. Hit my short irons better. I have hybrids that i use for long irons, 3, 4, 5 and I hit them pretty good but sometime struggle with the shorter irons with accuracy and inconsistent distance.
3. Practice more. This so far I am doing, spending more time at the range during the week and mostly only playing on weekends, hopefully this will help me with 1 & 2.
4. Not get upset over bad shots. Im still a beginner so I know im going to make a few shots every round that are just plain awful but just try not to worry about it, we're all out here to have fun right.
I started out basically from scratch last year never having played before so I've improved a lot in a little over a year, at this point im happy to play in the 40's for 9 and under 100 for 18. The courses in my area in southern Illinois are mostly not that difficult or overly long so that helps a bit.
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1. Practice more (never used the range last year, this year I will get a membership)

Well, for the first time ever, I have dropped my HI to single digits!

Now, I just need to keep it there. Only #4 left. It's definitely possible...just need to play 18 good holes.
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1. Get handicap down to 25.
2. Break 90.
3. Start to hit at least 5 fairways a round. I know that your drive for show and put for dough, but when you lose 10 strokes a round to bad drives, you have to focus on it some.
4. Practice at least once a week.
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I would like to break 100 on an 18 hole course.

The best I have done was 112 at McAnn, and I shot a 52 on a tougher 9 hole course in the area last weekend (college hill).

I just started to take lessons as well. Is this a reasonable goal considering this is my first year playing golf?
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