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  1. IACAS, thanks for correcting my miss-reading of the text, I apologize. If 1 out of 9 (11%) is really bad, then surely, in order for it to be good, it should at least be double, no? That makes 2 out of 9 (22%, not much under 25%.) My first putt is rarely from within 12 feet, so I guess the average is more than 15 feet. Yes, my short game (approach) sucks! I'm working on it, especially the transfer from range to course is causing me troubles. If my putting is really that bad, than I guess American golfers are all super-putters, since most golfers I've seen playing here
  2. OK, I'll take your word for it, since I've never played on a pro-level course. About my wedges: I know. I should be able to get the ball within 8 feet, shooting from within 30-40 yards, and during practice I usually can (make that 6-12 feet shooting from 40 yards)! But when actually playing on the course, quite often things go wrong when I need to chip i.e.: the fringe where the ball lies is much thicker/harder than I expected and my wedge blocks, causing a complete mishit, or for some reason my arms refuse to follow through at impact (same result), etc... It's all in the tr
  3. Don't be mistaken. The greens here are not slow and most of them have break. And when my approach shots land somewhat decent, I do put 14 or 15. But most of the time, my first put is from outside 12 feet. And I do, from time to time, sink 30-footers with a break-lie, so I don't think I put that bad.
  4. That's right! Tour pro's make 10 to 14 puts per round? 10 = 1.11/hole and 14 putts on 9 holes is just over 1.5/hole, right? That's funny! When I check the statistics on the PGA-site, I can't find too many players averaging under 1.5! And even so, comparing a beginner to Tour pro's is ridiculous. You're insinuating I should be able to sink 25% or more of the puts from 15 feet? That's about the level for tour-players, if the stats on the PGA site are correct! You can't expect a beginner to put like that, and so we're back to "seeing things in the right perspecti
  5. Not quite sure how you mean this. Anyway, I'm aware I have to learn many things, and believe me when I say I'm very willing to learn. What I write can sometimes give the impression that I'm someone who "thinks he knows it all", but believe me, that's not the case. However, telling a beginner that his putting (1.88/hole) is not good at all, because it's not at the level of a scratch/tour player is, in my opinion, not worthy of a teacher/instructor.
  6. I know I suck at certain aspects of the game, but still... The way he expresses himself is not worthy of a teacher (instructor) towards a beginner. my first put is almost never from within 6 feet. If that were the case, my average would be more like 1.6/hole It's more likely to be anywhere from 9 to 30 feet. No matter how you look at it, especially for a beginner, 1.88/hole is NOT a bad result, as he's clearly implying.
  7. You're a golf instructor? I guess you're one of those accomplished players who have become incapable of seeing results in perspective of experience and level. Do you say the same crap to your students who have just started learning the game? Basically telling them (and me) that we can't play and we're no tour players (news flash: WE KNOW!), instead of stimulating them and telling the TRUTH by saying something like this: 17 puts/9 holes, or 1.88/hole, is a good result, but if you want to be a scratch player, or become a Tour player, you'll have to get even better than that!
  8. WRONG! I'm not trying to say golf is easy, just that most amateur golfers could be playing much better if they would really focus on improving consistency, accuracy and course management.
  9. 17 puts (1.88/hole) not good? CUT THE CRAP!!! I'm a beginner, not a Tour-player!!!! You should learn to see things in perspective instead of trying to demoralize people! Most beginners (and even many who've been playing for years) average way over 2 puts/hole!
  10. Actually, I use to play in a bowling club for just 1 year (Belgium). Never took any lessons, but practiced every day. After 5 months, I averaged over 200 with a personal best of 268. Also finished 7th in the finals of the clubs annual competition. Indeed, bowling is less complicated than golf, since there are less moving parts during the throw than there are during the swing. But just like in golf, hand-eye coordination and focus are an important part of the game About my local golf club: it's a 9-hole course of only 3000 yards, but there are so many trees tha
  11. Well, as I expected, not so good! After 10 rounds of absence, suddenly the shanks and the topping were back. The result was horrible, I finished at 56 for the 9 holes. I went back in the afternoon and shot 48 (no cheating anymore!) I seem to have 2 main problems: 1) visual problem regarding the positioning of my feet towards the ball at set-up, especially when driving. when I set-up, it looks to me as if the ball is inside my left foot, but in reality it isn't, which causes my ball to go left of target (still rather straight though). when I purposely put my lef
  12. When I say "hardly cheating", I mean that in my last few rounds, either one of these cheating circumstances hardly occurred. The cheating was (is) a temporary measure until my shots on course start to actually reflect my average shots on the range (which is where I'm getting now). It's normal (I guess) not to play as good on the course as you do on the range, but when this difference in quality becomes so extreme that you can as well use your feet to propel the golf ball (as it used to be in my case), there's no much use in writing down every single shank and penalty you make, unles
  13. I know, and I admit I can be quite fanatic when I really want to master something. I often can't even fall a sleep at night because I can't stop thinking about my game. It helps me to advance faster. I'm sure it will wear off a little as time goes by.
  14. I understand what you're saying, but don't you exaggerate a little? I find it hard to believe that all 18 handicappers in the US get their handicap by only playing on 7000+ yard courses! And even so, 1.000 yards difference over 18 holes doesn't seem enough to me to go from 18 handicap, to playing par "quite often", as you say. I'm sure there will be a significant difference, but 18??? Here in Thailand, I think the majority of courses is under 7.000 yards, varying from 6.000 to about 6.800
  15. Oh, and by the way, I'm just talking about playing par on my home-course, not being a scratch player, I do realize the difference! My home-course is only about 3000 yards long, 9 holes, so playing par here would probably give me like 7 or 8 over par on a "normal distance course" (7.000+) Par at home is the first goal, after that, we'll see.
  16. OK, I get it, I'm being over-optimistic. I believe you guys when you say I'm gonna have many more ups and downs before I get to par. I accept the fact that my lack of experience may cause me to be over-optimistic But the day I stop being optimistic, is the day I stop trying to get better, so....... Also, I can assure you, even in the short time I've been playing, I already had quite a few ups and downs, so I'm not completely unfamiliar to that. To answer the question about how I cheat exactly, here are a few examples: - during my back-swing at the Tee, I loo
  17. There are 2 aspects here, that in my opinion can exist independently from each-other 1) being able to play good golf (par or better): I never said I'm there already, but I'll get there soon, mark my words! 2) understanding what is needed to become a good golfer Granted, I may underestimate certain aspects of the game, due to a lack of experience, but overall, I believe to have a good understanding of what is necessary to become a good golfer. In my opinion, it's perfectly possible to "see the right path", without being accomplished already,
  18. A small example from Belgium, my native land. In the 80's and 90's, the national judo team won many international and Olympic medals. Their successes were attributed to their coach, who himself had never been able to win any international title, but possessed the gift of teaching and coaching!
  19. Thanks for the reaction, I appreciate it! And I really don't mind about the criticism, I try to learn from it. About the fairway woods and hybrids: I'm not saying you shouldn't try to master them. At the contrary, every extra club and trick you master can only be of benefit to your game! It's just that, in my experience (maybe I'm an exception?), they are more difficult to master than irons. So far, I haven't tried very hard yet, but when I do try to play them, I can't hit a single ball decently! That's why, for now, I don't try to play them and I don't waste my time
  20. I used to have the same problem until a few weeks ago. Still don't really understand why it happened, but when playing the course, all I could do was shank and top the ball. On the driving range, I hardly ever shanked (topping did happen from time to time). Somehow, I managed to make the transfer 20 days ago. No more shanking, hardly any topping, and the results simply follow! I do allow myself to "cheat" a little though. Still having a little trouble with my drives on the course, I don't count penalty strokes for OB, and when I really, really mishit, sometimes I
  21. Understood, but it shouldn't really make a difference who it's coming from. I'll continue this thread once I've actually proven my point through my results!
  22. As for my putting: I just made 2 putts from 30 feet in subsequent holes, and I almost never 3-put from within 20 feet. I estimate that my 6-foot putts currently have about 60% success rate and expect this to increase in the coming weeks. I'm not talking about Tour-courses here (+7.000 yards), but about normal difficulty level, medium distance courses (6.400 - 6.800 yards).
  23. WOW guys, please read exactly (and everything) what I write and interpret it the right way!!! I'm not saying It's easy to do and I'm not saying I'm there already!!! I agree with what most of you are saying. I just believe that many amateur golfers are not practicing the right way and focusing on the wrong things. Many of them don't even "really" practice, and yet they wonder why they're not improving! Playing rounds, while necessary to improve, is not really practicing!!! Hitting 3 trays of balls a day (or more), only 2 or 3 times a month, without even analyzing each
  24. Off course it's better if you have more distance and a few more tricks in your bag! All I'm saying is: it's possible with only this. I'm not saying this will make you "a scratch player", but it will enable you to play par from time to time. These are the principles I base my practice upon, and it's working. After only 125 hours of practice (1 year), and with a wrist injury currently screwing up my drives, I just played 43 on a 9-hole par 36, using only my driver, 7-iron, SW and putter, And I'm quite sure I can take of another 4-5 strokes in the coming weeks. Call m
  25. Anything from 170 to 220, I can hit it with my driver, straight: ACCURACY! so no real problem for the par 3's, unless there's a bunker just in front of the green. Par 4 over 400 yards? 430 perhaps? 240 + 160 = 400, from 30 yards, your SW should be able to drop the ball within 3-4 yards (9-12 feet) from the pin. Agreed, it's gonna be difficult for par, but there should also be some holes allowing you to make birdie. Look, I'm not saying these distances will get you par every time you play, but at the very least, it should make you a low handicapper. Remember, ACCUR
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