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Are you a Better Golfer than a Year Ago?


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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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1 hour ago, Double Mocha Man said:

If you still like your wife you need to spend more time with her. Talking, laughing, dining out, cocktails at an oceanside bar, small road trips.

You can still spend as much time as you do at playing golf. And thinking about golf.

This is the start of my new advice column for the lovelorn.

My internet went out during the rain storm the other day and I had to spend some time with the family.....they seem like nice people.

 

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Finished out last year shooting just under 90.  Finished 2020 about 10 strokes higher, so yes I am doing better.  Had the best front nine ever last week with a 1 over 37.  This lets me know my game is getting better.  Goal for 2022, will be to “average” 9 GIR/nGIR.  This means the approach game has to vastly improve.  

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Ping G400 SFT 10deg  R flex

Ping G410 3w R flex

Ping G400 3h and 4h R flex

Taylormade SLDR 5i thru PW graphite shaft R flex

Cleveland CBX wedges - 50, 54, 58 or 52, 58 (depending on my mood)

Odyssey Versa or White Steel #5

Srixon Q Star

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Because of playing very little golf over the past 3 years I honestly hope to change things this year and devote more time on this game I love. I think I'm closer to a 7 when I get my ghin updated.

Rich C.

Driver Titleist 915 D3  9.5*
3 Wood TM RBZ stage 2 tour  14.5*
2 Hybrid Cobra baffler 17*
4Hybrid Adams 23*
Irons Adams CB2's 5-GW
Wedges 54* and 58* Titleist vokey
Putter Scotty Cameron square back 2014
Ball Srixon Zstar optic yellow
bushnell V2 slope edition

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Yes, massively. Have started getting my short game in order (glaring weakness) and a series of lessons and swing changes mean I have way more control over low point and therefore striking.

D: Ping G25 Stock S Shaft
3W: Titleist 915F 16.5* Diamana S70 Blue Stiff
3H, 4H: Callaway XR Project X LZ 6.0
5i-PW: Mizuno MP54 Project X 5.5 Shafts
52*, 58*: Mizuno JPX Wedge TT Dynalite Gold AP
Putter: Mizuno MP A306

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  • 5 months later...

Putting - Yes
Short Game - Yes
Long Game - On my way there. Finally getting the feel for a shorter swing. I can dial it in almost on demand now. My distance wedges, and short punch shots are all much better with better contact. Which is a factor of correct backswing length and proper sequencing. Shortening my swing has opened up a flaw elsewhere that was being compensated for when I took a long backswing. 

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Matt "Dough", P.E.
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Driver: :callaway: GBB Epic,  3-Wood: 
:titleist: 917h3 ,  Hybrid:  :titleist: 915 2-Hybrid,  Irons: :srixon: (4-PW)
Wedges:
:edel: Trapper (52, 56, 60),  Putter: :edel:,  Ball: :snell: MTB,  Shoe: :true_linkswear:,  Rangfinder: :bushnell: Tour V2

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Bit of an easy one for me, only started up last summer and due to a few helpful tips from friends and YouTube. Oh, and just guys you bump into out and about on the course, I feel more confident and eager to learn . Golf is one of those great games where you dobt get offended when a stranger comes over and let's you know how you can improve or little hints on what theyve done to improve their game. 

Met some cracking people through golf already and it's a testament to the game and the type of people it attracts. Looking forward to who, what and the wheres the game is going to take me. 

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1 hour ago, saevel25 said:

Shortening my swing has opened up a flaw elsewhere that was being compensated for when I took a long backswing. 

I feel your pain, brother. 

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I am starting to understand the game and my better and better. 

Because of my divorce and kids I have less time to practice but I am practicing better.

Also I understand now that blades and I are not the best match, sure the feel of them are great, but I am penalizing myself using them,

I struggle to find the sweet spot all the time and therefore last year I started playing more forgiving clubs still forged but more forgiving.

My latest change just recently was the switch from a 3 iron to the Callaway Apex UW (21 deg loft )

Also I am starting to feel more and more that I play the game for fun, and sure I want to play well and to the best of my abilities but I don't that angry with myself that I can blow up a few holes. 

I picked up the game last year after 3 years off. In my best days I was a hdc 7. I started again at 12, finished last year on 9,8 and my current is 8,1.

 

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Just going with the two index fingers down the shaft grip (the old man grip) on my Spyder X has made me a better putter. It has also made me a better green reader. Two years ago, I changed the plane of my swing which really helped my driver and fairway wood accuracy. My goal is to shoot some rounds in the 60s consistently. I'd like to shoot my age before I can't play anymore. 

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I am about the same as last season and expect to be about the same next season. I don't have enough time to practice from August through April so my game will regress until school ends. Then I play more and get better. I wish I was one of those guys who doesn't need to play much to keep the same scores but mine usually go up by about 5-6 shots when I only play once a week. 

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Taylor Made R7 (x-stiff).
Taylor Made Burner 2 irons (stiff)
Cleveland Wedges (gap and 60)
Odyssey two ball putter (white) 

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I am not sure if I am better than last year, but it does seems like I am not as bad.. 😉

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Vishal S.

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2 hours ago, GolfLug said:

I am not sure if I am better than last year, but it does seems like I am not as bad.. 😉

Good for you. I have the same story. My HI came down about a stroke as did my averave score. I was hoping to break par. Came close a couple of times, but could not close the deal. 

What metric are you using?

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7 minutes ago, Carl3 said:

What metric are you using?

I don't have anything to track individual stats but HCP dropped by 6 shots. Having said that, last two years went to shit because of a bad ankle injury so some of these shots were bound to drop off just by me getting healthy. Work at GEARS was huge in solving a major structural flaw in my swing.

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Vishal S.

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Mine was 5.4 last year and 7.5 this year. I shot a 69 out of nowhere last August which drove some really good play, and reduced my handicap. Recognizing that putting was holding me back, I was fit for a new putter and took lessons and my putting deteriorated and my handicap spiked to 7.9.

i abandoned that putter and was fit into a new center-shafted mallet that I love using.  Putting stats have improved, while short game has declined.  I practice both indoors on most days.  Recently changed my swing and hit it pretty straight, and my handicap has dropped slightly.  I expect it to drop more as old scores roll off and my new scores are added.  We will see.

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This year, I'm definitely better than last year. 

At this time last year my handicap was 19 this year 14, so that's progress. I will say this my really bad rounds this year are equally bad if not worse than my really bad rounds last year. Apparently I suck at playing while working through swing changes. However, my really good rounds this year are better than my really good rounds last year. 

I'm much more in control of my game this year. Most times out I "feel" like I have a chance to play well. Most parts of my game are at least on track to improve to where I want them to be. 

Three things still holding me back. 

  1. I don't play enough rounds. 
  2. My wedge play 30-80 yards is costing me strokes against my target handicap.
  3. Short putting. My under 10 feet putting is costing me strokes against my target handicap. 

I really feel like I'm getting there though. 

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I'm better, It's measurable. Still a long way to go.  I am much better about avoiding multiple blow-ups. Need to start making birdies, dispersion on approaches is still not nearly good enough. 

For me, finding a way, even if imperfect, to measure progress has been one of the keys to improvment.

 

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Mike

Driver: TM Sim2 9* Ventus Black, M5 9* Kuro Kage
Fwy: TM SLDR 3W, 5W;    Hybrid: TM M1 4 Hybrid
Irons: TM Tour Preferred MC 2014
Wedges: TM Tour Preferred, 52 @ 51*, 56
Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2 or Odyssey Rossie

It isn't the hours that you put in at practice that count. It's the way you spend those minutes. -- tony lema

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