• Announcements

    • iacas

      GAME GOLF Ryder Cup Contest   09/22/2016

      Join our GAME GOLF Ryder Cup Challenge to win an autographed GAME GOLF, a Pebble Steel watch, and many more great prizes!
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
SlaydenH

What should a 17 year old do to dramatically improve?

9 posts in this topic

Hi. I used to play golf when I was younger but dropped the sport around the age of 9. Man do I wish I stayed. Anyways, I usually shoot around mid 40s but can range anywhere from high 50s to high 30s. I want to pursue a career in golf and trust me, I know im behind most of the kids my age that have been playing for much longer but everyone says I have great potential. I was wondering what you think the best way to drop strokes is? I guess the first step to pursuing a career in golf is playing college gold and since I started only about 4 months ago, when I was shooting high 50s low 60s consistently and now shooting mid to low 40s. Unfortunately I am a senior in high school and there is only 1 month of golf season left so its not like any golf scouts are going to be checking me out. The only way I could be checked out is if I make it passed the district tourney and maybe to regionals or even states but im not sure how im going to do that with just a months time. I am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal of college golf. I have time, even though I go to school from 7:30-2:45 I have mostly all the time after that until about 8 when the sun goes down. I was wondering if you think I should get a swing coach that I work with everyday or a mental coach or something. I live in the Daytona Beach, FL area. About 1hr east of Orlando so its not to say im not near many resources. Also, do you think I should get fitted clubs and so on. Thank you so much for the support.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Want to get rid of this advertisement? Sign up (or log in) today! It's free!

By "career in golf", are you talking about becoming a professional golfer? I don't want to get your hopes down or ruin your dreams, but I would highly consider not pursuing this, and just playing golf for your own enjoyment. The chances of becoming a professional golfer are slim and none, especially when you are still shooting in the 40's at 17 years old. Please do not ruin your studying habits in hopes of becoming a PGA Tour player; you will regret it later in life.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Don't they have a Spring high school golf season in Florida?

That's the only high school golf season they have around here in Alabama. A fall season that conflicted with football wouldn't fly very well in this area.

Work on your swing. If you can afford a coach that's great.

Some colleges and junior colleges have tryouts for the golf team if you improve enough. One of the best things about golf is that if you can put up a score you can play. In some other sports you are subject to the whims of coaches who decide if you can play or not. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong.

I agree with tmac20. Being a pro golfer shouldn't really even be on your radar.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just to improve your game systematically, you would need to get a swing coach. Besides building your overall swing, you would need to focus on the things that keep you from shooting low scores. Developing a reliable swing is critical.

And, you would have to pace yourself...

-----------------------------------------------

Karate legend tells the story of the young man who travels to a far-away city to seek the counsel of a famous martial arts master. The young man said, "Sensei, how much must I work to become a black belt?"

The master said, three hours a day for two years.

The young man brightened, and asked. "But sensei, what if I practice four hours a day?"

The sensei said, two years.

The young man persisted. "But sensei, what if I practice six hours a day?"

"At least three years," said the sensei. "You will become so exhausted you will get injured, and have to take time off to recover."

-----------------------------------------------

If you could work your way down to a single-digit handicap, you might be able to play college golf somewhere. You might have to delay entering college and work on your game for a year to get here. You might find a Division III college - no athletic scholarships for anyone - but you would have to support yourself somehow during college. And, you would have to be good enough to play in matches.

I work as a college professor, and the biggest challenge college golfers face is time management. In the spring semester especially, you may miss classes several times a month as you travel to golf events. You have to work closely with your professors to meet classroom deadlines - or maybe even submit work early - to stay in good standing. And you have to work on your class assignments while rolling down the road on the team bus.

Most small-college golf teams have one or two players that started out at a major university golf team, but crashed and burned academically. They didn't learn the time management thing.

I'm all for people wanting to play golf. But, why are you so focused on a pro (PGA tour?) career? You need to take first things first, and be realistic about this.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I don't wanna bring you down, and I love hearing about players wanting to pursuit their dreams. But I think you need some perspective on the whole golf idea.

WUTigers Karate-story is pretty much spot on. You need to practice A LOT and by that I mean thousands of hours. But you can't cover it all to quick as your body and mind will be exhausted.

A dramatic improvement of your game will come with practice - there are no real short cuts in the game of golf no matter how much potential or talent (man I hate that word) you have. And the more practice you can do with a swing coach the better. You do mention the mental game as well and I do consider it a real important part but also there, you need to spend hours and get experience.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Break down your game into the various segments,,ie driving results, long second shots, mid-range second shots, short range shots, (70-135), chipping/pitching, recovery shots and last putting.  Decide which area/s need the most improvement (those that are costing you the most shots) and concentrate on those areas with diligent focused practice.

Personally, I would limit the number of areas to focus on to three to start, and for sure one area would be chipping and pitching.  With good chips and pitches, even the pros wont hit every GIR, and the ability to get up and down can save 3-5 strokes per round.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a similar goal of yours at the beginning of the year, not necessarily regarding careers but just becoming good fast. I'm 17 and my first revision (about 6 months ago) was a 16.5. The first 2 months I focused on developing a really good short game, and just worked a little bit on the full swing. Once I felt that I had developed a short game where I could scramble at a rate above 60% I started to delve into the long game. I worked on fixing my driver slice, and just hitting the ball solid more often. Once I started to hit it solid I then invested in new everything, driver, irons, wedges, woods. Obviously I didn't buy everything at once so I bought what I felt was the best part of my game (wedge play) all the way down to getting my driver last. I now pretty much hit it solid every time, so am no longer worried about things like that. I'm starting to work on accuracy with my irons, and course management. I've been fortunate enough to be pretty strong mentally so I've never had to worry about that, but I believe if you follow the progression that I did you can get to a single digit within a year or less. You should work on everything all the time, but put more emphasis on one thing over another, and in my opinion short game should be the number 1 priority.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry I didnt necessarily mean the PGA tour I just meant that I would like to do something with golf. Maybe become a teacher or something like that I would just like to focus on improving. I dont mean that I want to go pro because obviously im not in the position too now.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a similar goal of yours at the beginning of the year, not necessarily regarding careers but just becoming good fast. I'm 17 and my first revision (about 6 months ago) was a 16.5. The first 2 months I focused on developing a really good short game, and just worked a little bit on the full swing. Once I felt that I had developed a short game where I could scramble at a rate above 60% I started to delve into the long game. I worked on fixing my driver slice, and just hitting the ball solid more often. Once I started to hit it solid I then invested in new everything, driver, irons, wedges, woods. Obviously I didn't buy everything at once so I bought what I felt was the best part of my game (wedge play) all the way down to getting my driver last. I now pretty much hit it solid every time, so am no longer worried about things like that. I'm starting to work on accuracy with my irons, and course management. I've been fortunate enough to be pretty strong mentally so I've never had to worry about that, but I believe if you follow the progression that I did you can get to a single digit within a year or less. You should work on everything all the time, but put more emphasis on one thing over another, and in my opinion short game should be the number 1 priority

Thanks for the info! Im glad to know there is someone else with the same focus!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2016 TST Partners

    GAME Golf
    PING Golf
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Posts

    • Mayb Spieth should spend more time over his ball, talked to his caddy more, slow things down a bit...........       (god help us no!)
    • I found  that I was making better contact  when I started my downswing with my arms.   BUT, on further review, and after watching a video of myself, I found the reason.   And the reason was, I  was ending my backswing by raising my arms.   I was becoming disconnected at the top of the back swing.   Thus, by starting my down swing with my arms, I was just getting re-connected and putting myself back into the position I should have been in at the top of my down swing.  Now, I am going to work on not raising my arms at the top of the back swing.   Then, I will be able to follow the advice in the post that started this thread.  Better yet, it's way past time for me to get some lessons from my local pro. 
    • To OP, your primary focus of all should be to learn to swing on plane first. Speed will come. It will come in boatloads. Consider the analogy of a car speeding in a NASCAR track. You can throttle the car when in the straight section of the track and get max speed but you have to slow down in the turn section, no matter how powerful the engine. Swinging 'on plane' with a proper sequence is like driving the car the straight section - you can maximize leverage and inertia for speed. Leveraging a club for speed until then is like trying to speed up at the turn - you will just go off track or will have to slow down to keep control. Of course swinging on plane is easier said then done. It is as closest to the 'holy grail' of golf you can get. Everybody, even experience players, are always chasing it. But swing even somewhat on plane will do wonders. Impact will dramatically improve too. You are new to the game. It is an exciting time with all kinds of new discoveries of what you can do with a golf club. THIS is the best time to get a camera and work with a good professional - do it NOW!!   
    • I played round 1 of 2 for the final local tournament of the year yesterday.  I struggled with my driver the entire day and managed to find only 1 of 14 fairways.  It was frustrating, to say the least.  

      On the plus side, I posted a 42 - 45 = 87 and I'm only 4 strokes back heading to the final round this morning.  

      I figure, if I can jump out to a quick start early... I have a chance.  I know I need to post something really low... like an 82 or something, to have a realistic opportunity to catch the leader... but I know I can do it on the course we're playing, so... I have my fingers crossed.  

      I'm about to head out in 45 minutes or so to get some practice time in prior to the round.  I'll update tomorrow.

      CY
    • @spider  Excellent review of the track!  It should give folks a pretty fair idea of the course and what it has to offer. In terms of playability, it holds up to any major championship courses. You are rewarded for accuracy, challenging at times, suited for golfers of all skill levels. Very affordable. Although we did not see any, at times there are lots of wild life on the course and some imported such as American Bison! There used to be several herds of sheep. The location is kind of out there, quiet, and off the beaten track, yet easily accessible. And "Oh Yeah", stellar 5W! (I carry one as well, Ben Hogan Speed Slot (Laminate) which I used frequently.  I am looking forward to the next event.@Shindig says he may try to put something together for the winter. 
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Images

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Dresilved
      Dresilved
      (51 years old)
    2. kpetrina
      kpetrina
      (24 years old)
    3. Luana
      Luana
      (38 years old)
  • Blog Entries