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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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Yes to both, which is nice!  I took a series of lessons at Golftec about a year and a half ago.  I decided I didn't really like the idea of comparing with "tour average" for everything, since it's really unreachable given what I am able and/or willing to put into it at 58.  On the other hand, he did pretty much eliminate my propensity to slice, after many too many years.  It took a while, but scores eventually started to go down.  My index went from about 28 to 23 in the past year.  I recently took a couple of lessons with another pro (a former winner on the "big" tour and the "old guy's" tour), who did not want to change a lot in my basic swing, which he said was pretty good (on plane, at least).  He did give me some things to work on to help me get more consistent, as the thins, and especially fats are issues.  I have seen some improvement there, obviously at a 23 there is still work to do there.  The next step will be some lessons focusing on the short game.  Bunkers, especially, are a problem for me.  And I'm sure he can help me there.  So I anticipate improvement in the next year a well.

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Yes to both. Finally took some lessons after being reluctant for many years and have seen some drastic improvement. There were clubs in my bag for years that I would never pull because I couldn’t control them and I’m finally starting to use them again. A big issue used to be hitting driver but now I pull that stick with confidence and hammer it down the middle fairly consistently. The game has become so much more enjoyable. Now I just need to figure out what to do with all the money I’m saving on golf balls since I’m losing a lot less now!

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Nope.  I have moments that I think that I will have a breakthrough then crap my pants the next round.

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35 minutes ago, MOODY said:

Nope.  I have moments that I think that I will have a breakthrough then crap my pants the next round.

I know the feeling. I was positive that my last round was going to be the best round of my career but I hit everything off the toe of every club that day. The golf gods put me back in my place.

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the more i learn about golf the more i know that careful practice, perfect practice leads to better results. my tournament preperation has improved because my practice is way more focused. the wordpress gets into all the detail.

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