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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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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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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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