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  1. 2019 Win a small local amateur tournament. +1 Handicap
  2. I've mentioned before how I haven't taken many lessons and I don't have a coach which is true, but that doesn't mean that I haven't read a lot about golf and philosophies regarding teaching. Here's a list of some of the books I've read. The Search For The Perfect Swing This is an interesting book, it's pretty technical and scientific so a lot of it is tough to apply to your own game. The most interesting part of this book was the tests they did on compression, grooves, putting and stances of pro players compared to amateurs. This is what sparked my idea that to play good golf, you need to be in a very consistent starting position. (stance). How can you expect consistency if you aren't addressing the ball the same every time? Ben Hogan 5 Lessons The "bible" for golf instruction. I used to live and die by this book when I was younger but now not so much. It's meh. Too technical. The best part of this book was the plane of glass theory, certainly something I use regularly in my practice and swing. Ben Hogan Power Golf The "little known" Ben Hogan book which was written before his 5 lessons. I think this book is more valuable, it talks about how to play under different conditions and it goes into detail about how Hogan played short irons and long irons. That was the most interesting part of the book, I learned that short irons should be played differently than long irons. I also learned that having a slightly open stance for short irons helps with control. Jack Nicklaus Golf My Way I like this book a lot, I love the parts that talk about the mental game and how to think your way around the course. I also like the parts that Jack talks about how he was taught golf. Jack Nicklaus The Greatest Game Of All Time This is MUCH better than Golf My Way, this book talks more about Jacks careers and how he moved up the ranks. The stories are great and give you an insight into what it takes to play pro golf. My favourite part was the beginning Chapters where Jack talks about how he learned golf, how Jack Grout taught him and his approach to tournaments. This is a must have book. George Knudson The Natural Swing Meh. I loved this book when I was younger but I never really got better from reading it and applying the principles. Knudson is probably one of my favourite players but his book never really clicked with me. Harvey Pennick Little Red Book A decent book, the anecdotes are great and he has some great bite-sized advice to playing better golf. I like how simple Harvey made golf. I remember one part of the book that talks about how the motion you make when you use a trimmer to cut grass is the same one you make in golf "chop the heads off the dandelions." Byron Nelson Black Book A good book, even though its relatively short. It's basically a bunch of journal entries and stats that Byron kept of his game. The little bits of wisdom are nice too. My favourite part though was where Byron wrote down that he shot an 84 at a tournament, it made me feel less bad when I shot a high 80 in mine. Byron Nelson Winning Golf This book is kind of like Jacks Golf My Way but it's shorter. Byron has some interesting advice in this book but none of it really stuck with me, his main bit of advice was to use the legs. Butch Harmon The Pro: Lessons About Golf and Life from My Father, Claude Harmon, Sr. I loved this book. Claude Harmon was one of the few men that Hogan took advice from. This book made me realize that I need a coach and that I need to make the game simpler, not harder. Other parts of the book I enjoyed was where Butch was talking about what it was like to be the swing coach for Tiger and Butch talks about just how much willpower Tiger had. Tiger essentially changed his swing around the peak of his dominance because he wanted it to be better. It was a big commitment and ultimately it payed off, even though at first Woods struggled. I enjoyed learning about how Tiger practiced and the focus he had. He wouldn't leave until the shot was perfect, Butch said. This is an attitude I adopted to my own practice, I won't stop working on something until I perfect it. Jack Grout Not so much a golf instruction book, it reads more like a novel but it's very interesting because it talks about Jacks relationship with Nicklaus and how he coached him. This book made realize what type of relationship I should look for with a coach. Another thing I learned was how to practice and make practice time worth it. Education Of A Golfer This is my favourite book I have ever read on golf. Sam Snead's philosophy regarding golf and how he used "feel" to teach him how to play really stuck with me. He also said had he have gotten all tangled up in mechanics and theory he wouldn't have been able to play a lick. This is probably the only golf book that really made a difference with my game. There's not a single part of it that I didn't learn from. I love Knudson, Hogan, Woods but Snead is the guy I resonate the most with. Oh really? I thought shooting par basically means I'm pro...right? What if I shoot par on a 9100 yard course? That should be good enough right?
  3. So @iacas had a good idea on a post where he said that I haven't really shown that I've done ANYTHING in regards to this goal, which when I looked over my thread again I can agree with him. So I figure I should probably elaborate on my "golfing" history. I started playing at the very young age of 3. We had a large backyard and I used to spend hours practicing, my dad dug makeshift holes and I'd play them as par 3's, par 4's and par 5's. I have vivid memories of teeing up my driver from the far side yard and hitting it out towards the hole that was at the very back of our property. That hole was a par 5. From 3 to about 8 I did not take the game super seriously. I loved practicing in the backyard and did that when I felt like it but it was not something I did everyday. I'd say I did it probably twice a week maybe a little more. When I was 8 my dad put me into a junior golf clinic and I was a star but the teacher was a dick. He got very angry with me during play for not following some silly rule. (seriously it was something like you couldn't ground a club in the hazard (not sand trap). He also was boozing on the range and that was not a very pleasant experience. I didn't play much after that. Then came Grade 7, I was a terrible student and frequently was in trouble at school. Forging my moms signature and stuff like that. Summer of Grade 7 I got re-introduced back into the game and became very close with this old club fitter at the course I played at. He used to pick me up and drive me home everyday, as well as teach me about the game and what he knew. I questioned the validity of his methods though, every bad shot he said was the result of moving the head. He used to drill into me to keep my head still, sometimes I'd mess with him and purposely move my head to which he would sometimes say "see what happens when you don't move your head." I can't fault him though. He was a very nice guy and he took me under his wing. After that summer I started to get somewhat-serious into golf. Ben Hogan was my favourite player and I used to study him. Then in summer of Grade 8 I got a membership at a prestigious club and worked hard on my game. I sort of felt outclassed though as the other kids my age were much better than me. I was a very small kid and I was going through some shit at home, I used to spend time at the course just to get away. I liked the game but I never really cared too much about getting really good. My handicap was around a 13. At this time I entered into some tournaments where I played okay, I think I was middle of the pack and I won my division for our clubs club championships. Going into Grade 9 everyone thought I was destined to compete and play golf and I thought so too that is until I became friends with one of the weirder kids in the back of the bus and he introduced me to the wonderful world of video games. I was hooked and I gave up golf for the entire duration of high school. This is probably my biggest regret because had I of kept playing I would probably be close to pro by now but I didn't and wasted a ton of time. When I graduated high school, things at home got worse and I ended up living with my brother. He wouldn't let me play video games like I was so I ended up picking golf back up again. This was my first super serious year of playing. I was very dedicated. I rode my bike to the course everyday and I was usually late for work because I'd rather practice. This was when I started to understand the game. I think during this time I shot par for the first time for 9 holes. I don't remember what my scores for 18 holes were but I think it was between 79 and 82. I played on a junior tour and did okay. I finished slightly ahead of middle of the pack and I had one really, really good round. I shot a 77 with a f***ing 12 on a par 5. That hole pissed me off so much, I hit the perfect drive, so good that it carried the landing spot and went into the woods. It was a blind shot so I had no clue where the ball was but I couldn't find it, the guys I was playing with said it should have been in a perfect position. Well it wasn't. I had to take a drop and I was so mad I proceeded to duff the shot, chunk it, thinned it over the green, bladed my chip, putt off the green, I was a complete mess. I was so mad. Then the next hole I birdied...and the next I birdied. The winner shot a 69 and I was so mad that I didn't shoot better than a 77. Once that season was over though, I got kicked out of my brothers and had to go back to my moms. I picked up video games AGAIN and wasted more time. When the summer came around I decided to move to Montreal and I didn't play at all. Montreal enchanted me at first but as the months wore on and I came to the 8 month mark I decided to head back home. Coincidently winter was just ending and I used my good reputation at the prestigious golf course I played at when I was in Grade 8 to get a job there on the grounds crew. I hated that job but it allowed me to play golf as much as I wanted and this was again where I started to take the game somewhat seriously. This year was where I started to see some rewards for my labour. I started out not being able to break 90 but as I worked on my game I got better and better. Breaking 80 and eventually shooting my lowest round (at the time) of 76 from the tips. I also remember playing in a friendly match play against one of the better golfers and I came VERY close to beating him. I think he edged me out on the 18th hole but regardless I was happy of my performance. I also came very close to breaking par for the first time for 9 holes. I had a 5 foot putt for birdie and missed it. So you'd think after a successful year, going from a 15 handicap at the start of the year to a 6 I'd have kept playing? Nope. The next year I never touched a club. Then once that year was over I spent a lot of time reflecting on my life and what I wanted to do. I thought back to my time in golf and what I had achieved, something was telling me to keep pushing and don't waste my talents. So that's what I did. 2017 came and the copywriting business that I had worked on during the winter fell by the wayside because my sights were focused 100% on golf. Starting the year I was around a 18 handicap, I stunk. I was so mad at the scores I was posting. After about a month of busting my ass I finally broke 80, I remember texting my brother (a different one) about having shot 79. I was ecstatic. After shooting 79 I decided that I needed to start playing from the back tees and making the course as hard as possible. My scores went up at first but then they started to lower, I was shooting around 77-78 on a regular basis. I was really busting my ass out there, I worked on the grounds crew so I'd work an 8 hour day and then golf and practice the rest of the day. The owner of the course got really mad at me one day because I was still at the course even during the night (I was putting). When I worked that job I had the wonderful task of digging a trench where the dirt was nothing but rock. This was around July and we were at the hottest point of the summer, I'm digging this stupid f***ing trench for sprinklers and then driving home, sleeping for an hour and going to practice. Thankfully, my hard work was paying off. I broke par for 9 holes on a regular basis, my best 9 hole score being 3 under and I also shot a personal best of 73 and a 74 pretty much back to back. My handicap at this time was realistically around a 6-7. I also played in some bigger tournaments but I f***ing stunk. I shot a 93, 79, 83, 76 and a 89. I was so bad in tournament play. I just couldn't get my mind right and I made so many stupid mistakes. Around the end of July I was getting tired of digging the damn trench, I hated the course too because they were always cutting corners and it was too damn busy. I could only play two days of the week (and I paid for a membership too.) I started looking at other jobs and ended up grabbing a serving position at a semi-private club that was just a few minutes from my place. I didn't really play a ton during this time, I was sort of burned out on the game. I took a week off in August and I worked a lot too, more than full time hours. I only started working on my game once the season died down, I don't remember what I was shooting at this time I just remember it being the beginning of November and I was practicing on the course, I was hitting two irons and I was hitting the ball so poorly I felt like snapping every damn club in the bag. Which I did but not at that time. It was around December and I drove to an empty field, filled with rage for having played so poorly in my tournaments and fed up with my dream that I snapped everything. Driver, wedge, putter, everything. It was all gone. I thought I was done. I sold my bag which I had gotten for shooting 76 and "killed the dream." This only lasted a bit though because I soon found myself back into the game once the next golf season came. That start of 2018 I re-purchased a set of clubs and a new bag that was identical to my old one. I stuck with the job as a server at the semi-private course and worked full-time + practiced / played whenever I got the chance. I started 2018 a 10 handicap and quickly dropped to a 5 where I plateaued. I was really busting my ass, working 8 hours and practicing right after or working an entire day and practicing putting at night under the floodlights. After being a 5 handicap for a little over a month I began to drop again, going from a 5 to a 1/2. I also posted some of my best scores to date, which was a 71 and 72 at my course, a 69 at an away course and a 71 at a championship away course, 7100 yards, playing from tips. I played some other away courses and shot an 80, 81 and I think a 79. To put into perspective how hard I was practicing my game, I'd spend minimal 45 minutes on putting everyday. Another 45 on chipping, about 2 baskets of balls on wedge control and then I'd go play and If I had the time I'd play 36 holes. I owe that course a lot because it taught me how to think around the course, how to place your shots and I started to understand the mental side of the game. I played in 5 tournaments this season and I didn't do that great. At five events, I shot 82, 78, 79, 75 and 85. I bit of an improvement over the prior year but still I missed a lot of shots and I really struggled with the mental side. For the first 2 events I couldn't hit a driver, I was hooking wildly and losing so many balls. I was shooting 82 with 6 penalty strokes. My finest moment in tournament play last year was where I held the lead after 9 holes. I shot 2 under but I blew up on the back 9, finishing with a 75. I ended last year on a high note though, I shot a low round for 9 holes which was 3 under and I also shot par for 9 holes without hitting a green (I'm not talking hitting fringes, I'm talking full on missing the green. Bunker shots, etc.) I made it my goal the beginning of last year that I HAD to break par for 18 holes if I wanted a chance at my dreams, which I did not only once but multiple times. Now going into 2019, I'd like to get to a + handicap (I'm a 0.9 right now). If I can get close to that level, I would say I'm on a good trajectory to reaching pro. But I need to get my act together this year. I need to polish up a lot of my game + philosophies regarding the game. This year I'm going to work even harder than last year and I will become a + golfer before it's over. I also would like to win a lesser event. Now I guess you guys have some proof that I'm not just blowing smoke up your asses. I am VERY serious about this dream and I've already put in a considerable amount of time and investment into achieving it. I will do whatever it takes to reach my goal. In my next post I'm going to pull some journal entires about golf and things I'm learning from 2015 (if I can find the journal), 2017 and 2018. I'm also going to write about my trip to see a Mackenzie Tour event last year and what I learned.
  4. Alright, the points after the line break, I respect that... I re looked over the thread and I can see how it comes across as all talk. Luckily I kept decent records of my improvement last year and also personal notes on what I'm learning, I'll put up some of that.
  5. A plan? How can you plan out something like this? Things change. Have you ever planned for a trip and then when you actually go on it, you find out that you have to change your plans? Or what about when you go to college, plan for a career in one thing and end up in something completely different. It's not. And you'd lose your money. 😎
  6. Chatting With Matisse - The Lost 1941 Interview. For those unaware, Henri Matisse is a famous artist that is on the same level of Picasso when it comes to modern art. It's a very interesting read as you get to see inside the mind of a great artist and the presentation of the book is really well done. Matisse's works really pop on the high quality glossy paper.
  7. Most people are lazy f***s that are content with being average. What I find interesting is how most peoples rebuttals to my words is "you know how hard that is? or how much work it requires?" As if that's a real reason not to do something that you desire. I guess when you want to accomplish great things, you don't see things as hard work, you see it as living. It's as much a part of you as breathing and it's deeply rewarding. What's so hard about that? It sure will be interesting when I play on the Mackenzie Tour (and win) to look back at this thread.
  8. Everyone assume I think it's easy. Is it easy? Nah. Is it really that hard? Nah. Not as hard as people think. I don't look at it as hard work because it's not. Working 14 hours doing manual labour, that's hard work. An online business? Not really. Anyway. I don't think I'm going to B.C, my dad brought up some good points and I think the Florida option is better. In regards to my game, the season is just starting. My main focus is short-game and putting + refreshing my brain on the swings fundamentals. I'm spending about 2 and a half hours each day working on putting and short game right now. I need to get a membership though, I don't have a course membership as my plan was to move to B.C and now that I'm not I have to figure out where exactly I'm going to play out of. Last year I worked just shy of full-time in the restaurant at the golf course and I probably played everyday + practiced for at least 2 hours. Peek season I was doing 36 holes a day, which was when I started to get good and shot under par or par. The practice I've done so far this season has gone well. It's sort of tough to gauge being so early but my putting stroke feels better this year, my focus is better and I'm beginning to understand "how" to practice. I'm spending less time screwing around with crappy focus. I didn't have a coach last year and this year I'm starting the search. I've been reluctant to find a coach because I haven't found anyone I can fully trust and feel good about yet. I read a book by Butch Harmon on golf and I'm looking for a coach sort of like that, I like Butch's philosophy regarding the game and his no bullshit attitude. I am not a very technical person, I'd like a coach that doesn't stuff mechanics down my throat. I read Sam Snead's Education Of A Golfer last year and approaching the game the way Sam Snead did was one of the factors that contributed to my decent rounds last year. The years prior I made the game too technical and mechanical. Snead said that he learned the game entirely by feel and didn't try to overcomplicate stuff. Although this year, I need to tighten up my motion, if you look at some videos of my swing I have a pretty pronounced over the top action which I will be eradicating this year. My swing thoughts and movements have gotten me to where I am now but now I need to make some modifications.
  9. So 10 clients each paying 1k doesnt make 10k? Damn.
  10. That's a good point about rest, we'll have to see how I feel sleeping in the van. I'm a pretty deep sleeper and can sleep on anything really. You'd be surprised how easy it is to make money online. For example. I have photography experience, all I need is 10 clients willing to pay 1k for my consulting or advice. It's easier than you think but of course there's going to be work involved. That's a good third point, I'm actually reconsidering B.C. My dad said he would help me with tournaments and entry fees. We talked about a few things and considering his background in professional sport, I took his opinions quite seriously. Basically. He told me if I'm going to move ANYWHERE I need to move to Florida or California. B.C is great but it's not much different infrastructure wise than Ontario. He suggested another plan of attack, one that I have to agree on. He said I should save my money, stay around here, play, compete and then move to Florida in the winter and stay there until our season starts back up. He has friends with their own place down in Florida and they would be willing to let me stay. To me, this seems like a better idea than going to B.C, living out of my van, probably running out of money and f***ing myself. I hate how much my plans have changed but I do agree with the points he made. Sort of. I agree but you would be surprised man. Some of the guys I know started their first year and they were making over 10k a month. It's not as hard as it seems but I do agree that it's work. Hell there are some guys that I don't personally know who made 100k a month within a few months of starting a business. Now granted, they were in SaS. Nothing is easy mate. I'm not naive in regards to work but it IS easier than you think. Agreed. It definitely is realistic, of course you need to know what you're going into but you can make 10k a month working less than 20 hours a week. I know because I've seen it done. I do agree that there is an initial investment of time though, one guy I'm somewhat close to makes close to 500k a month but he busts his ass for 2 months straight, sometimes more and then chills for the next 5 months just focusing on up-keep. Not easy but not as hard as you think. ____________ Now back to golf, I had my first real practice session today. I focused on putting. If your curious about how it went and what I learned, I wrote a post about it on my blog. A Brief Lesson About Putting, Reading Breaks And Speed. One last thing I know I need to do this year is to get some updated equipment. I love my Hogans irons but I need to upgrade if I want to play seriously. Same with my driver and fairway wood. That's another thing on the list, get brand new equipment that I can have for the next 3-4 years.
  11. Good advice man, the second point is something I'm definitely working on more this year. _________ Brief update. I've been scouring the web looking for golf courses in B.C with a rating of atleast 72 and atleast 6900 yards. I've gone through most of the directories and looked at the coaches + facilities + membership costs and I have a list of places I want to check out (calling them today). I've also looked at where the good amateur players / pros are playing out of and then finding courses that fit within my price range. A lot of good players (from the Vancouver Golf Tour) are playing out of a place called Pitt Meadows. I'm not sure why. Also I've reached out to some professionals and tournament directors, asking them if they know of some other events / mini tours and also what are some of the common courses that the top players are playing out of. I've had a few guys respond back to me and I've also reached out to well known coach down in Florida, seeing if he would be interested in quick 15 minute call (paid of course). (he hasn't got back to me yet.) In between doing that, I've realized one major obstacle I need to overcome. Which is money. I am not from a very rich family so I'll have to do a lot of the raising of funds myself. I've considered a few options, working at the course, working as a server at the course (what I did last year) and online business. I also considered using my photography background to take pictures for courses but I realized that may be something out of my skill level for now + the time commitment and the fact I'd have to travel course to course makes it less feasible. Most golf course photographers use a boom lift to take the photos, which is something at this time I am not comfortable doing. Really, what I need to do is separate my time from money. Which leads me to online business. Thankfully, I know some people who are doing quite well in online business and I'm going to see what they have to say. The great thing with online business, is the minimal start-up + the ability to make money while I am out practicing or playing. There's also relatively minimal up-keep with online business. You can work 10 hours a week once you have everything running and make well over 10k a month. Then once I start making money, I'm going to re-invest my earning into relatively safe bets on the stock market. If I can do this, I will have solved the problem of making money to support my dream and also free my time from money. If I had 10k a month rolling in with lets say 20 hours a week of my time, I would have the ability to travel for golf, enter almost any tournament, get high quality coaching and belong to a great course. Which would have been unfeasible decades ago but with the internet, there's so much money being made I don't see why I can't get a slice of the pie. Ultimately, what I need to do is crunch the numbers. I need to figure out how much money I need a month, including expenses, food, etc. Then I need to figure out how many tournaments and what tournaments I will enter this year and figure out the cost for doing so. I also need to look at coaching and figure out roughly how much money I need to allocate to that. I think to begin with, I'm going to start off with weekly sessions. I don't need to get daily or twice a week sessions right now, I just need to get rid of some of my bad habits. I also need to figure out food because I will be living out of my van and I will have a cooker because I don't want to eat like shit. I imagine I'd have to cook the same thing everyday but then there's the problem of how will I store food? Cooking to eat is good but I'd have to figure out how to store food. A mini-fridge in my van will probably destroy my battery, so I'd need to figure that out. If I could figure out storage, I could then pre-cook everything the week before and have everything ready for the entire week. There's a lot of shit I need to figure out. The biggest thing though being money.
  12. Skill level of the teacher doesn't necessarily matter. What matters is what are his pupils doing? Are they winning? Are they dominating? Or is his "best" pupil some guy who one time played in the U.S Amateur Championship and was cut. Of course this depends on what you want out of the game in the first place. If you're just looking to shoot 90, almost any teacher will do. But it's like anything, if you want to get even marginally good. You need to put the time in. Spend everyday practicing for 30 minutes, + playing on the weekends you'll break 90 relatively quickly.
  13. Do it man. f*** being realistic. What's the worse that can happen? You try really hard and don't make it + you learn a lot about yourself and meet cool people? Sounds like fun. What's better? Going to school, getting a "good" job, making money, while every time you drive by the course you wonder if you could have done something with golf. Notice how none of these people responding are actually pros themselves and I don't mean teaching pros, or having played one time on the circuit. I mean full blown, Web.com or similar level players. None are. What the hell makes them qualified to give you advice? Where has their "advice" got them? Are these people even "successful" ? And I'm not talking making 100k a year, I'm talking more, is there anyone here that's a BIG DREAMER with a very STRONG VISION commenting on here? Are these guys champions in their own lives? No? Then why the f*** listen to them. They have no right to tell someone, especially someone young like you, what you should do. In fact, I think it's asinine because you're being led down the same path. Ask yourself, do I want to to walk in this guys shoes? Do I want to trade lives with them? And if you don't. Don't listen to them. Remember what Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his rules for success. "Don't listen to the naysayers." Which unfortunately is 90% of people.
  14. Edit: By far my biggest regret is being too bull-headed to get an instructor and not taking opportunities when they arise. I had a pro last year offer to have me chill at his private driving range and hang-out, I never took the opportunity. How stupid of me. + The opportunity to spend time at Golf Evolution even though I'm so close. Mistakes.... Won't happen again.
  15. Canadian winters are harsh, I've been working on my game as the season starts warming up and spent some more time reflecting on last year and where I want to head this year. One of the major changes, which I'm undertaking is in the next month is I will be moving across country to B.C, partly because I want to see B.C but I also noticed a lot of the players on the Mackenzie Tour are from that area. I figure there has to be a reason why, so I am moving. Looking back on 2018, here are a few things I'm proud of and a few things that I definitely need to improve. 1. Breaking par for 18 holes (71, from the back tees) I made it my goal, that I HAD to break par in 2018 at least once and I did it. It was a pretty grindy round too, the first tee shot I hooked way into the trees as a bunch of old guys were watching and giving me shit for playing the back tees. I had to birdie the tough 18th hole to break par, which I did in great fashion. I put my 2 iron to about five feet from the hole on my 2nd shot. It was a risky move but damn did it feel good. That sealed my 71. I also shot a 69 but it was fairly easy course, so I don't really count that. Also par was 70 I believe. Shit, there was one more low round I had. I shot 71 (par 72) during a practice round at a course I had a tournament at a few days later. That was probably my best round but not as special as the first time I broke par for 18 at my home course. 2. Co-led a tournament after 9 holes. The 2nd last tournament of the year, I was paired with the best player and we both were tied going into the back 9. We both shot -2 for our first 9's which was my first time ever shooting that low in a tournament (even though it's just 9), I didn't follow it up with a good back 9 though and shot I think 75 or 76. Pretty shit. Those are some of the goals I reached, there were some other smaller ones but those are the main ones. Now onto the challenges. The biggest challenge by far was focus and getting into the right mindset. Simply put, I did not have the discipline and self-control to pull myself back after a bad start or I would start well and then lose whatever momentum I had for the round. Some days, my focus was there and others I would just walk up and hit the ball. Every time I walked up and hit the ball, I thought it was a good idea at the time but usually ended up being a terrible idea and costing me a lot of strokes. My tournament scores were abysmal because of this but I also think I was distracted during the events because the tournaments I was playing in my brother was also playing in. Who I don't really get to spend a lot of time with, so on one hand I tried to be serious but I also wanted to enjoy the time with my brother (we got paired twice) and idk, I felt I had a very hard time keeping my focus. "I wanted to have fun" too much. I also had a lot of problem with my drives, I would simply forget how to drive the damn ball and it costed me so many strokes during these events. I was furious. Then during the 2nd last tournament, I had finally figured out my driver and I was driving well (front 9 -2 back 9 was bad but not because of driver) and then I was gearing up for the last tournament when my driver broke about a day before the event. I couldn't get it fixed in time so my dad brought it into his workshop and fixed it but he put way too much epoxy in it so it felt really weird in my hands. My driving was terrible during that event. Near OB ball on the first hole and 2nd hole straight into the OB. Not good. In this year of 2019, I need to do a few things. - Find a coach who I can trust and believe in - Start working on my mental game, especially in tournaments (play more events) - Get rid of the over the top bullshit in my swing - Start breaking par more consistently - Finding better players to hangout with / befriend - Continue to work on putting and shortgame. I think the major two here are finding a coach / teacher and working on the mental game. When my mental game is on and I'm in a good frame of mind, I can play decent golf but right now it's terrible. It needs a lot of work because my tournament play is awful. Now, to wrap this up. What have I been doing in the winter? Well, I've done a little work on my game but mostly I've been resting. Reflecting on my year and deciding whether I want to continue to pursue this goal or not. My dad was a pro athlete and he did very well, competing internationally and winning some events. I sort of feel I have to follow in his footsteps and I know don't have to but I want to. I've studied other athletes and a lot of them, there's a lineage within the family where athletics was a big thing. So if I was to go pro, it wouldn't be too crazy. Considering the background. I also started to make some money with one of my other hobbies, photography. I got lucky in picking up some work from a guy who approached me on the street as I was taking photos. This turned into a consistent gig and then through word of mouth, I landed some more work which was nice. This sparked a deeper interest in art, which I didn't really know I had until now. I've got into sketching and drawing and eventually I want to paint. There was a point this year where I seriously considered whether I wanted to focus on improving my skills as an artist and start doing that instead. I still have that internal struggle but what I keep coming back to, is the childhood dream I had. Which was to play pro golf. I remember in grade 8, when I was very good for my age and certainly should have continued the sport (I quit for 5 years) we had to fill these things out that said "What do you want to do when you are older?" I wrote professional golfer and my teacher laughed at me. I didn't take it to heart really because I practiced religiously that summer but I think back and I remember that burning desire I had. So do I want to continue? I do I want to win on the Mackenzie Tour. But first I need to win. I want to win a tournament. That's my first step to my bigger goal. So I think that's where I'm going to start and work from there. Being a pro would be great but let's start with winning something (I haven't really won anything important). I don't want to die without having won a tournament. Then once I do that, we can go from there. What really keeps me going with my goals is what I have done in the last 2 years. Going from a 15 handicap to about a 5/6 (realistic, my "Canadian" handicap is actually a 1/2 officially) + having broke par a few times at decent courses for 18. Had I not have done that, if I was still shooting 79 I probably wouldn't be writing this post. And to answer the people, where have I been? Embarrassed. With the way I played during my last tournament, I wanted to stick my head in the sand. Which I did. I'm going to push hard this year. I'm moving out my parents, I've got a nice van and I'm cutting all costs out of my life. I will be sleeping in my van and working on my goals with a coach. If I need money, I have my photography that I can use to make extra cash. By the way, for those interested. Here's my website with my photography. www.jasoncoull.com
  16. If I had my Passport, I'd be there tomorrow. But I gotta get that first. So that's the first step.
  17. I agree. Even though I originally was against it. Thank you, it was a pretty big realization. Canadian side. Damn. I need to get my PassPort. ______ I think a big thing that I realized this weekend is that old school players and instruction is great but the games different now. You don't see any cats getting to the top levels via their own or from following old-school methods.
  18. Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been playing so bad lately that I've just been quiet. Had a tournament yesterday and played so awful. I'm gonna go back on what I said here. I need an instructor if I want to actually accomplish this goal. No way in hell am I gonna do it through my own thinking. Now I need to find a coach. Looking into Evolvr for the time being.
  19. Interesting, I see where you're coming from. I wonder how players before video and technology learned the game since feel isn't really real. I guess you could have a teacher watch you but the swing is pretty fast, hard to see specific positions in real-time. The more I think about it, I think feel or mechanics can't be completely disregarded but definitely one should be dominant. Feel more dominant than mechanics and vice versa. Also, I don't feel very good over the ball typically and even through it. I've always said to my brother (who also wants to play pro) that my swing and address often feel terrible but the result are good. I don't do what "feels" good to me, I focus on the feel that gives me the best results.
  20. They are and playing conditions can be decent in October, especially if it's early. November is sketchy though. Cold + Windy. Not a very fun time for golf. As far as courses closing, it really depends on the weather. First major snowfall and they'll close.
  21. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. My game only really improved this year when I dropped mechanics and set out to learn the game through feel. Doing this I went from a 9/8 to about a 1/2. Breaking par a few times in the process as well. In fact, my best round to date where I shot 70 the only things I thought about was - Steady head - Weight shift I'm sure we're all familiar with the phrase "What you feel isn't what's actually happening." Which dispels that feel is important, Hogan even said that "If you did the exact opposite of what you feel, you'd probably make a pretty good swing." I don't remember the exact quote though but it was something like that. But, then Sam Snead says that if he tried to complicate the game with mechanics he'd never be half as good a player as he was. Which made me think. If you want to learn how to swing the club and hit the ball solidly, you either have to learn entirely by feel or through mechanics. You can't mix the two. When you mix the two you're not getting the full picture whereas if you stick to just one, you can put the clubhead in the proper positions. Think about it, If you learn how to hit the ball solid and you've learned by feel, you're going to know what you have to "Feel" in your body to create the proper result but you don't know why it works. You just know how to put it there and that's it. However, I believe that most average players would be better off if they focused more on mechanics. I'm curious what others think of this. Do you agree? Do you disagree?
  22. George Knudson did something similar, He used to practice with his eyes closed. I've done it and I can hit a ball reasonably well with my eyes closed. Knudson's whole premise was that the golf motion is, for the most part, natural once you take care of the involuntary motions like stance and grip. An interesting stance on the game and his book "Natural Golf" goes over his philosophy quite well. I tried to incorporate his ideas into my own game and I didn't really see much of an improvement though.
  23. Some people have said my right-handed swing is nicer than my left. I tried to switch hands but I had a minor injury involving my shoulder that stopped me.
  24. With the driver, the average is 290ish. SS is 107, with roll I can reach 300. I'm really skinny though, which is why I'm working out regularly now to boost my speed and endurance. I'd have to gain some more distance if I want to compete on the Mackenzie. And my 6 iron, 185 Not a single pro here has created a player of any decent caliber. If I'm gonna invest in getting taught, I'm gonna seek the best I can afford + someone I feel I can really trust. Thank you, I'll have to look at this more in-depth.
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