I think we used to call a club with 41.5 degrees of loft an 8 or 9 iron.
If you buy the new irons with the jacked up lofts, you will most likely need to make adjustments to your wedge game. If you are going to do it, you may find that the F8 PW (with a tweak if needed) is your new gap wedge. Regardless of the clubs you end up with, you have to make sure that you are covered for all your distances with minimal redundancies. A good sand wedge will always be between 54-58 degrees for optimal play so you need to start (or end) there and gap accordingly.
If you gave me 6 days a week with 4 hours each, I would probably play 3 of those days and then dedicate specific days for training and practice.
So here you go:
M-W-F money games. With real money you don't want to lose.
T - Short game and putting off course and on course with an hour of pt
Th - Full swing - off and on course with an hour of pt
Sat - Speed training, recap where you need help with an hour of pt
Sunday - Day off
To Matt's point. There was a guy, Dan McLaughlin, once who was convinced if he just spent 10,000 hours practicing golf he'd "master" the sport, or something like that.
I remember when this guy started this. He had a coach. I'd argue the wrong coach. His coach did something like this:
He spent the first I don't know how many hours mastering the 1 foot putt. (I'm not kidding) Then the next umpteen hours mastering the 3 foot putt. Then the 5 foot and so on and so on. Then he was giving a wedge and spent several hundred hours mastering a certain shot (like 25 yards) with the wedge. Then work to master the 50 yard shot, then the 75. Only moving on to the next shot when he "mastered" the previous one. For more than a year, like about a 1/10th of his 10,000 hours he was only allowed to use the 3 clubs. - 2 wedges and a putter.
When I saw the interview with the dude he was like 2 years into his plan and had finally been allowed a full bag of clubs. He was about a quarter of the way through his 10,000 hours.
I remember thinking this is a dumb plan. Why not work on your full swing while you work on putting? You can learn to hit driver while you perfect your wedge distances. Waiting until you master a shot before moving on to the next one is wasting your 10,000 hours. In my opinion.
The coach's philosophy for learning golf this way was that he didn't want McLaughlin just bashing balls down the range day after day. He also said something about McLaughlin needed to start by seeing the ball go in the hole. Which would make it more fun. To which I say Bullsh!t. Hitting awesome drives is fun. Nailing the center of the green from 185 out is fun. Think of how boring it must have been for McLaughlin. "I can't move on to 8 foot putts until I master this f-ing 6 footer." ... "The driver is just a distant dream."
McLaughlin's experiment was doomed from the start. I get that you want structure in your practice plan, but why do it in a way that is so repetitive and painful?
Yes, you need to work on your weaknesses, but it's also fun to do something you are good at every now and then.
When designing a practice plan you need times to continually evaluate and make changes to get the most out of it. Mindlessly beating balls down the range doesn't do that much. But I'd also argue the mindlessly sticking to a practice plan (such as McLaughlin's) also doesn't do that much. You need to regularly look at your progress and where to put your limited time. Even McLaughlin only had 10,000 hours to spend. Why waste so many of them?
BTW - In my humble opinion, this is one of the best threads on developing a practice plan. Yes, the opening post is long. But totally worth the read.
Sorry about the long post.
Did this really well. Some rounds were more fun than others, of course. But I can't think of a round where I didn't have fun.
Succeeded with this goal, and then exceeded it. My handicap is now 3.9, and I spent most of the summer as a 4. I was setting new handicap lows all summer, which was awesome.
As far as the sub-goals:
I think I did 5 minutes of daily practice until April. Not 100% sure if I got into May, but I think I did. I'm too lazy to go back and check. This is definitely a good goal to keep and probably extend.
I did good on this as well. I did a lot of putting work throughout the summer, and I generally putted better than I have in the past. I didn't track it, so I'm not 100% sure I met the 50% goal for short game and putting, but I definitely came close. I still like this goal for next year, and I might need to shift it more to short game than putting.
I came really close to this goal, but did not quite get there. GHIN has my average score this year as 80.7. I played 24 times, and broke 80 10 times. I also had multiple rounds in the low 70s. There were times in the summer where I was meeting this goal. That is an improvement, and that's why I got my handicap to new lows. I like this goal for me, and I will try for it again.