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  1. Like our 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 threads, here's the official thread for 202! The rules are the same as they've been: Post your goals personal golf-related goals for 2020. Be specific and thorough. Elaborate on how you'll go about achieving these goals. Details, people! Post just once, though if you reach all of your goals, you should quote your post and revise them later in the year. And set harder goals next year. Keep the replies to a minimum. This thread is mostly for the posting of goals. If you want to encourage more discussion of your goals, post a copy of them in your Member Swing thread. If you're looking to recap your 2019 goals, that topic can be found right here. Let's hear 'em!
  2. Like our 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 threads, here's the official thread for 2019! The rules are the same as they've been: Post your goals personal golf-related goals for 2019. Be specific and thorough. Elaborate on how you'll go about achieving these goals. Details, people! Post just once, though if you reach all of your goals, you should quote your post and revise them later in the year. And set harder goals next year. Keep the replies to a minimum. This thread is mostly for the posting of goals. If you want to encourage more discussion of your goals, post a copy of them in your Member Swing thread. If you're looking to recap your 2018 goals, that's over here in this topic. Let's hear 'em!
  3. What is The Great Experiment? Let me explain a bit first (warning, long and possibly boring): Backstory I have been a member here for a few years but not active in the last year and a half. I'm 41 and have been golfing since I was 14. My HC was around 13 for the last 10 years though I got to single digits for a few months once. In the Spring of 2017 in my first round of golf for the year, on the third hole I took a swing with a fairway wood and heard a sickening "crack!" and I dropped like a rock. I had to be ambulanced off the course and found out I had fractured my back when the x-rays were done. I also found out I had osteoporosis and degenerative disc disease in my lower back. I had had back issues for years off an on. It was a 30% compression fracture. I went through a load of tests and scans to make sure it wasn't something worse than ostio and thankfully it was not. I took my recovery very seriously and bounced back quick. Two months later I was on holidays staying at an air bnb and woke up early to use the bathroom. In the pitch black I tripped over the foot-board on the bed and fell and blacked out from the pain. Call another ambulance. I had a second compression fracture in the vertebrae right below the first one. This one was 50%. This time recovery was slower but I took it seriously and got on with it. My physio works with the Canadian National Snowboard and Ski team and she was excellent and I credit her for my recovery. Current Situation So currently my back is not causing me any pain unless I'm in a really bad chair for a really long time. I do my physio exercises and just started doing some light yoga as well. It was my first time yesterday doing yoga and I have to say it was pretty amazing. I felt much better after doing it although it was basic and beginner level and it was still hard as heck. I have not swung a club since that day on the course and have sold all my golf gear. ok The Great Experiment: I am going to learn the game left handed. Playing righty all those years I swung really hard and damaged the discs as I said. My swing speed was over 110mph and I was the long hitter in my group. My swing had many flaws but it is ingrained and if I go back to swinging righty again I know I'm going to injure myself. It is too hard for me to change something I ingrained for so many years and I could never back off the speed like some can. Learning left handed I will be able to control speed much easier and I won't have all those ingrained neuro-pathways to retrain. So it's either lefty or no golf for me. The Plan: - Take no instruction. Watch no videos. Do everything the opposite of what I did before and what most people do. My goals will be almost absurdly easy. I am simply going to listen to my body and see what happens. There will be no "scoring goals" or "handicap goals" etc. Goals: Continue Physio, Yoga, Diet improvements. Be able to golf without injury or pain. Use visualization, mental rehearsal and other unorthodox methods. I will explain these further as I go. I have no idea what will happen but I'm interested to see. I have maybe made a half dozen swings left handed in my life. Everything is going to be based around what feels good for my back. I'll have to buy all the gear again and since I'm in Canada my focus until spring will be on increasing balance, strength and flexibility. From there it will be baby steps. I'll start with chipping and putting and go from there. I think I'm even going to putt left handed. Commit fully to the change. If you read all that, bless you! I will post progress and further plans as we go. I miss the game so much, I just want to be able to get out there with my friends again. Cheers and wish me luck!
  4. New to this thread. Serious inquiry into back issue relief through a Count Yogi method or Channel Lock by gentleman in Australia. My lower back (herniated and bulging disc) is flairing up more often as I age. 58 and back surgery out of question for time being. Ran across the 2 gentlemen noted above in my google search. Seeking results/opinions of someone who has used one of above mentioned methods in reducing back pain from conventional golf swing. Any info provided is appreciated.
  5. With the year coming to a close, it's time for our yearly self-assessment thread. Here's how this will work... Quote your post from the 2018 Golf Goals topic right here in this topic, then write something below your quoted post to let everyone know how you did! Please keep replies to a minimum. Use your Member Swing thread for deeper discussions about your goals and how well you achieved them. P.S. To quote your post from another topic, you can do one of two things: Quote it, select it (with the little + sign in the top left corner), copy it, and paste it into the reply box here. Click the "+ Multi" button on your post in that topic, reload this topic, and quote it directly into a reply here by clicking the "Quote 1 Post" button/overlay that should appear. The latter is the easier method, and the former won't work very well on tablets or smart phones.
  6. I've been Playing Golf for: most of my life My current handicap index or average score is: 1.4 Hey everyone, I am starting this thread primarily with the intention of updating my goals from the 'My 2019 Goals' thread. This is a cool way for me to document progress and share with all of you my progress on the 2019 goals. I read the instructions and it said to post continuing replies or updates to that thread here. Thats obviously the original goal post above. Basically to get my game down to the point where consistently my worst day is a 75 and when Im on its sub 70. Not quite there yet but very close!! Today I went and played 9 holes. (i actually played 12 holes because i missed a short putt on 9 for par and had a sour taste in my mouth so I wanted to close on a happy note if possible haha.) The goal for today was to hone in my longer clubs. what i mean by hone in is to get my shot dispersion tighter. My ball flight is always a falling or sliding to the left, little fades. so i tend to play it as such. 6 iron down I have a lovely amount of control. I haven't quite worked with the longer clubs yet on that, So that was one thing today. missed a few that were too far left for my liking. Its coming along, its about trusting that i am square and letting it fly. Which leads me to the next thing i was working on... ...ALIGNMENT. for a few rounds I was thinking i was square.. but i was in fact a hair closed with my feet, which compromised shot quality for sure. when this happens my shot results are never what i would like them to be... i might get away with it sometimes but its rarely a solid strike. when I'm square I'm loving life out there. Again, made progress on that today but still not automatic. But close. Thats basically the main course of my practice today. But always working on distance with the wedges, having a lot of fun with that. I eventually want to count on the fact that i will have 3 kick ins per round at anytime, Iron or wedge. Putting was just fine... right where it needs to be. ......I plan to update this with tournament progress and overall progression.... But I'm very easily distracted. ***I will be back to edit this and post a little clip of my swing a little later tonight, After all that is the main point of this thread. I just have to go have dinner I am super late for meeting a friend!
  7. My golf foursome has been playing together for years (20+). We are in desperate need of a season scoring system, so that we can look back on the season and determine who holds the Golfer of the Year bragging rights. We don't handicap our rounds, as we are all about the same level. We are trying to come up with a system that awards points to individual golfers, so that at the end of the season, we can tally the points and crown the GOTY. We would like the system to take the following into account; 1. Rank for the day (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) 2. Course difficulty (a 79 at an easy course, should not be awarded the same as an 84 at a much more difficult course) 3. Actual score (Is winning by 1 with a score of 99 the same as beating the same guy by 12 with an 88?) 4. Season scoring average 5. Absent golfers (today we only assess points when EVERYONE is there. We had one guy not show up for 3 weeks... should the rest of us not be able to obtain points because of it?) 6. We would also like points given for our "achievements"... e.g. three birdies in a round, the most pars, etc. 7. Any other aspect that would help us improve, and just not award points for winning... e.g. I won, but shot a 102. Just wondering if any weekend group has come up with a scoring system that might accomplish these aspects! Please share. I am tired of spending the winter with each guy trying to make a case for GOTY, only cherry picking the data that helps them do it. Looking forward to ANY input. Thanks!!!!
  8. Like our 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 threads, here's the official thread for 2017. The rules are the same as they've been: Post your goals personal golf-related goals for 2018. Be specific and thorough. Elaborate on how you'll go about achieving these goals. Details, people! Post just once, though if you reach all of your goals, you should quote your post and revise them later in the year. And set harder goals next year. Keep the replies to a minimum. This thread is mostly for the posting of goals. If you want to encourage more discussion of your goals, post a copy of them in your Member Swing thread. If you're looking to recap your 2017 goals, that's over here in this topic. Let's hear 'em!
  9. With the year coming to a close, it's time for our yearly self-assessment thread. Here's how this will work... Quote your post from the 2017 Golf Golf topic right here in this topic, then write something below your quoted post to let everyone know how you did! Please keep replies to a minimum. Use your Member Swing thread for deeper discussions about your goals and how well you achieved them. P.S. To quote your post from another topic, you can do one of two things: Quote it, select it (with the little + sign in the top left corner), copy it, and paste it into the reply box here. Click the "+ Multi" button on your post in that topic, reload this topic, and quote it directly into a reply here by clicking the "Quote 1 Post" button/overlay that should appear. The latter is the easier method.
  10. My dad is a cancer survivor and just an overall great dad that is getting a second chance to live his dream! Please help me send him to Pebble Beach!!! https://www.gofundme.com/my-dads-pebble-beach-dream
  11. I started playing golf at the beginning of the year and got a Golf Australia handicap of 27.5 in April, I have set myself a goal of getting to scratch in 18 months. 8 months later I have a GA handicap of 13.7. Is my goal possible? Is there anyone out there that has done the same who can give some solid advice?
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