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  1. 1. Are you a better golfer than you were one year ago? Are your scores and/or handicap index lower?

  2. 2. One year from now, do you think you will be a better golfer (lower scores and/or handicap index) than you are now?



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Saw this thread again this morning, and thought I’d reflect on paper. 
 

  1. I have certainly made improvements in my swing and, while  it will undoubtedly be a lifelong work,  it’s good to see that on camera. 
     
  2. I’ve started really looking at other aspects of my game to include putting and chipping. This is a big weakness of mine, and many times I feel like nerves play a big part in that. With some advice from Iacas & others, I’ve started working on putting technique (which I’ve never done before) and I see this minimizing some of the bigger “misses” resulting from lack of distance control. 
     
  3. Objectively, however, my HCP Index continues to rise, so one would argue I’m actually headed in the wrong direction.  At my lowest I was upper- 6 and now lower-mid 8, currently playing like a 10-12. I think this is multi-factorial:
  • There was a period about 1-1.5 years ago that I was playing really well (for me) as the result of making really solid contact and being able to consistently put the ball close to where I wanted it. But since then, I had some really good scores drop off which obviously affected my HI.
  • Wanting to improve, I made the decision to really focus on my full swing technique as best I could for the long term gain, understanding it may cost me short term problems with ball contact and having consistent misses for which I can account/prepare. This has been the case where some shots will get pushed right, others “strongly draw” left.  I understand this is part of the learning process and cost of improvement as so I’m no longer stressing the HI which I used to consider to be the benchmark of my improvement. 

As Tiger and many others have said, it’s a process and I need to be patient. 

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I think the issue here is that you got 10+ strokes better, but what you classify as small accomplishments doesnt seem to have changed. Since you have gotten significantly better, what you consider sma

Despite my current driver problems (just hideous lately, anything can happen from a dribble off the tee about 30 yards, a total sideways shank, a hook, a slice, or just an ugly sounding clanger with c

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The reason I improved last year was due to the pandemic and the quarantine. I had more time to get out to the golf course. I played almost twice as many rounds last year as the year before. This year will be more "normal" so with less play...I tend to lose some strokes that I don't practice as much. 

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No, feel like I'm in a slump plus the lack of golf due to the virus and winter doesn't help. Went to the range at Dicks, rented it for a 30 minutes. Bottom line I sucked having not played for two months, Don't know what is going to happen come spring, I'm thinking of taken 5 or 6 lessons just trying to the mechanics back. Currently feel like I never played golf before.

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On 10/22/2019 at 8:50 AM, Darkfrog said:

Yes, due to almost a year of full swing lessons and commitment to improving.

2017: Scores typically >100

2018: Learned to play my misses and averaged around 95, started lessons at the end of the year after a bout of shanks and extreme slices that no amount of YouTube instruction could fix (actually probably made it worse as I was self diagnosing my swing issues rather than seeking the input of an expert teacher)

2019: After starting lessons I went through a score regression and improvement cycle due to how awkward the new swing mechanics felt. Finally got comfortable summer 2019 and scores are now consistently around 90, and often dipping into 80s and even a personal best 81 at my peak. Handicap is at my all time low (hovering just below 18), but I expect this to increase in the next few revision cycles as I've recently been hitting the ball poorly, and have more lessons booked to see what might be going wrong.

Update post.

Since my previous post in this thread, I am a better golfer. In spite of 2020 being a shitty year with regards to many things, it was a good year for my golf game.

My handicap index has dropped from around 18 to 12.2. Continuous lessons have played a big part in my improvement as well as being much more committed to good practice habits in the past year, especially the 5-S philosophy. I have also committed to really putting the LSW concepts into practice on course. Hope to continue the trend over the next year.

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17 hours ago, cooke119 said:

No, feel like I'm in a slump plus the lack of golf due to the virus and winter doesn't help. Went to the range at Dicks, rented it for a 30 minutes. Bottom line I sucked having not played for two months, Don't know what is going to happen come spring, I'm thinking of taken 5 or 6 lessons just trying to the mechanics back. Currently feel like I never played golf before.

How about Evolvr?

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5 hours ago, iacas said:

How about Evolvr?

What is Evolvr, never heard of it. I'll look it up on Google, found it. I'll read the site. Thanks

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On October 1 the answer was a clear yes.  In the hear prior my index went from 23 to 17.4, and was clearly trending down.  Then, it seems that I forgot how to swing, chip, and putt, all at the same time.  I wasn't trying to change a thing, but overnight I seemed to lose a club and a half of distance (ball looked good in flight, and ended way short), and all of my feel.  Now I have hit the hard cap, I'm a 22.4.  I have gone back to lessons from the same guy that had me trending in the right direction, and I think I am finally, after a couple months, hitting the ball better.  And my feel around the green seems to be returning.  I live on decent chipping, since I don't hit the green as often as I would like.  When I play a good round, it's got a number of one putt pars. 

I wonder if I had some kind of health issue that I didn't even know about, and have recovered? Five years ago (next month) I was diagnosed with colon cancer, and had radiation, a couple of surgeries, and chemo, and I also deal with asthma and diabetes, though they are relatively well controlled.  But, maybe something was going on?

The good news is that last Saturday I had a legit eagle putt (about 12 feet, missed it, but I was there).  Missed it, but I was there.  So maybe....

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6 minutes ago, jlbos83 said:

On October 1 the answer was a clear yes.  In the hear prior my index went from 23 to 17.4, and was clearly trending down.  Then, it seems that I forgot how to swing, chip, and putt, all at the same time.  I wasn't trying to change a thing, but overnight I seemed to lose a club and a half of distance (ball looked good in flight, and ended way short), and all of my feel.  Now I have hit the hard cap, I'm a 22.4.  I have gone back to lessons from the same guy that had me trending in the right direction, and I think I am finally, after a couple months, hitting the ball better.  And my feel around the green seems to be returning.  I live on decent chipping, since I don't hit the green as often as I would like.  When I play a good round, it's got a number of one putt pars. 

I wonder if I had some kind of health issue that I didn't even know about, and have recovered? Five years ago (next month) I was diagnosed with colon cancer, and had radiation, a couple of surgeries, and chemo, and I also deal with asthma and diabetes, though they are relatively well controlled.  But, maybe something was going on?

The good news is that last Saturday I had a legit eagle putt (about 12 feet, missed it, but I was there).  Missed it, but I was there.  So maybe....

Good to hear you are making a comeback. When God designed us she should have issued a warranty on faulty bodies. We should be able to go into her dealership and get replacement parts.

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After having a golf simulator for 2 months my golf scores have stabilized tremendously. Previously I used to play in the mid to high 90s. My last 3 scores has been 89, 89 and 90 on tough courses. The biggest improvement is that I have completed a golf wedge matrix with 1/3, 2/3 and full swing distances and now I am able to hit the greens over 80% of of the time within 30 yards to 90 yards. This limits most bad holes to bogeys. 

There are stretches of 9 holes that I have only 2 over. However, my slices and pulls sometimes resulted in big numbers on a few holes.

With the golf simulator, I can see clearly that I still have an out to in swing. When I consciously pretend to have a glove under my right arm pit I hit the balls really well with no pull or slice in practice. However, on the course my pulls and slices often come back which results in double bogeys or even triple bogeys when I lose my balls.

I am really optimistic. With the simulator and instant feedback I think I will be able to resolved my out to in swing problem in a few months.

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