I play the same course most of the time. Occasionally, I'll change which tees I play for some variety, but it's basically the same course for every round. I usually set a scoring goal before each round, but I don't actually have a game plan. After 50 years of playing I suddenly realized mapping out each shot on each hole would probably help me score better. I realize things don't always go as planned especially in golf. However, formulating a plan is what the pros do every day. That has to work better than simply hitting the ball, hoping one can find it, and then hitting it again. Your thoughts?
My unpopular opinions, both qualified with a "necessarily":
Golf course closings are not necessarily a bad thing for golf.
Declining participation in itself is not necessarily a bad thing for the golf.
Played a very good round (for me) today; had a real chance to break 90 until a penalty shot on 15 and a lipped out par putt on 17. Still shot a PB 92, on a difficult course (72.6/136) and in 40-degree weather. I was hitting the ball pretty solidly...I hit quite a few really good shots. Putting was bad, as always.
I think that standing a little more upright (butt of the club pointed at my belt) has really helped me make better contact. It may not look much different on video, but the feeling with my arms at address is better.
I'm finally getting more comfortable with making a full backswing, although once in a while I slip back into the shortened version if I don't focus on it. I'm also getting better at getting my hands deeper. I'm going to keep practicing these, but I really need to start working on my downswing priority (elbow piece) since I haven't really worked on that enough at all.
Pitching technique is still not good. In order to make myself rotate my hips, I have to jerk my head around as well. I'm going to keep practicing that.
I had the course completely to myself, so I took some on-course swing videos at @iacas' request (angles may be a bit off, since I was using a rigged-up "tripod").
I definitely didn't get a good rotation on my backswing on this first swing, although the shot turned out well (GIR):
Partial Wedge Shot:
Pitching "Technique" (ha):
I don't have much to say about these, since I was really just playing and wasn't working on anything in particular. We're supposed to get some snow in the upcoming week, but I'm hoping to get some more (heated) range time over the next few weeks.