Goals for 2017

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Scott Rushing
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Goals for 2017

Well even if its a little cool or wet for us to play golf , we can at least talk about it.   What are people's goals for their 2017 golf game?  Areas of improvement, scoring goals?

DON
With my heart issues of last

With my heart issues of last year, i did NOT get out very much to play or practice. Only one 9 hole round of golf and only 2 visits to the range to practice. So I have a lot of work to do for the coming year. First I have to get back in decent shape for swinging a golf club, and then I have to get in a lot of practice. My first goal will be to do what I can to get stronger and more flexible so I can swing a golf club at a high level. And than I need to hit the range and hit golf balls to re-learn how to hit good golf shots with as much power as I can get out of this old body. Time to put in the work to get back to being a single figure golfer again.

Don

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Its funny how golfers always

Its funny how golfers always want to improve. They have a number ( handicap ) and they always want to get it down. I play 8 ball pool in a league and obviously want to win every game I play but I dont have a constant urge to get better and better as there are no real perameters to tell me im getting better apart from my win %.

This year in golf is my biggest plan to improve. Ive only ever hoped to get better through playing more although this is not always the case. I have read alot about the physics and science of the swing, the hit, ball and spin etc and I have real hope for improvement this year. I play off 12.6 HCAP in my society and I would love to get down to 9.4 but that would be a big ask. I really need to drive about 20 yds further to give me better chances on the longer par 4s. I need to eliminate my body sway and that should improve my ball striking and increase my AOA and in turn better drives. Ive got a great starting point, im a fairly short driver 200-210 yd an agood drive, I have booked a session with a golf simulator and will take up 3 or 4 of my drivers to look at the numers. I will let you know how that sesh goes. Pretty cheap at £15 for 1 hour so looking forward to it. I could even do that every 2 weeks and see if there is any improvement in the data. I will keep you all posted. CAC

cac handed Geordie.

Scott Rushing
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Good stuff guys. 

Good stuff guys. 

@Don - justt take it slow Don, improve the physical stuff and get your strength back and start getting out more.

@Cac - lots of good stuff there.  I might recommend you pick one or two things and focus on them.  Hard to work on many things.  Adding distance off the tee is a good start, to reduce the lengthon those Par 4s. If you can do that with equipment improvements great.  If you have to change your swing, just be careful..that can carry over to the irons too.   Length there is great but don't cost yourself consistency.

 

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For me, last year I feel like

For me, last year I feel like I made progress on the driver.  I feel like I may have settled my swing down a bit and don't hit the duck hooks now.  Made progress on being able to hit a fade on command..sometimes it goes from draw to SLICE but I'm working on it

Iron ball striking probably is still the big item on the list.  I tried different things last year, some with limited success, but nothing that sustained more than a round.  The crux is the inital other the top lunge I tend to have..The only thing that seemed to work well was slowing down my swing and making sure I got my right shoulder coming down.  So that's my focus for now.  Irons.   And reading greens.  I chip OK but I tend to leave my putts short trying to die them in the hole, avoiding long comebackers.  So I think I'm going to try being more aggressive with putting.  We'll see how it goes.

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scomac
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2017 Goals:

2017 Goals:

  • Avoid any sort of physical impairments that I struggled with last year.  Hopefully I'm in better shape to start the season
  • Improve driving accuracy.  I really struggled getting off the tee on a consistent basis
  • Improve putting statistics through a better focus and understanding of alignment and aim

If I can pull those three things off I should be a more consistent player in the coming season and I should be able to get more games in.

DON
I started my flexibility

I started my flexibility program this week. Working on getting my back loose so I can increase my X factor of my swing. The X factor is what Jim Mcclean calls the difference in how far you can turn your shoulders compared to how far you turn your hips during your back swing. The more degrees you can turn your shoulders beyond how far you turn your hips, the BETTER for power and distance. What you should be aiming for is something OVER 45 degrees of X factor with a 90 degree or more shoulder turn at the top of your back swing. I'm up to arond 55* currently and my goal is to get it up to 60-65* by spring. My next thing to work on is to loosen up my shoulders by doing dumbells lifts starting out with light weights and working up to heavier ones as I get stronger and looser at the same time. ​ I have three drills I use to strengthen and loosen my shoulder that I need to start doing again.

Don

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Aimee
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X-factor

I stretch on the mat at the gym, if I lay with my shoulders flat I can turn my hips 90 degrees. But there is more resistance when you try to do that standing up. I will grab a piece of equipment at shoulder height and try to pull across my body also. Doing stretches ALL the time is the key.

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DON
Way to go Aimee with the 90*

Way to go Aimee with the 90* hip turn. I doubt i will ever be that loose in my back to turn that far, but it's a good goal to Aimee for. Pun intender of course. Can I ask you how far you can turn your shoulders at the top of your backswing since you can turn your shoulders 90* without turning your hips? I would think you could get well past a 90* shoulder turn with a huge X factor.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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I do the same stretch Aimee

I do the same stretch Aimee on the floor as it helps my lower back .... which BTW i had an MRI on today so we can see whats up in there. 

Don, I can make that same floor twist but I don't think I make that much turn in my golf swing.  I can get it back there but I don't tend too unless I'm really focusing on that.

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DON
scott; getting your back

scott; getting your back swing to have a 90* plus shoulder turn is one of the things you could be working on when you Practice at the range. If you can get it past 90 during your practice sessions you will have a much better chance of doing it when you play a round of golf. IF you watch the Long Drive competitors you will notice that they all get well past 90* shoulder turn and some of them are past 120*, so it does seem to help with distance. NOT going to make you longer, but it does give you the Potenial for more distance is you do the other things correct. So I think it's something that is worth working on at the practice range and in your strecthing exericise work.

 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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shoulder turn

it does seem to work differently to rotate the upper back (shoulders) while standing vs. twisting the hips (lower back) while lying down. Just standing up now, I can rotate so my left shoulder is centered over my belly button. But I think when golfing, if I try to rotate too much my arms get out of synch. It's been almost 3 months so it's hard to remember!

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scomac
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For me it's probably around

For me it's probably around 45° of shoulder turn without any hip rotation.  I can get my shoulders back to 90° without much trouble, but that includes what looks like 45° of hip turn as well.  It's intersting that I seem to be more restricted on the follow through in terms of rotational differential.

I know that some schools of thought make a big deal out of "X" factor, but others are much less convinced that it's necessary especially for older golfers as it's an excellent way to incurr back problems unless you do a lot of training beforehand.  Personally, I think that distance is greatly overrated especially if you're a handicap player.  Far better to play the appropriate tees and concentrate on making quality shots than to worry about wringing the last few yards out of your swing, after all it is a game of finesse.

Aimee
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Rotation

scomac, I agree ref distance vs accuracy or other skills...I know I used to hit my driver a little bit further, but other aspects of my game have improved over the years so that I can make a good score anyhow. My back has been tight lately so we will see how my first round of 2017 leaves me!

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Scott Rushing
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I have tried at time to make

I have tried at time to make a full swing, and I can do it but if I'm not careful, I can get too long with the swing and the club goes back too far and I'm less accurateon the down swing.  I'm playing with a lot of things right now though so I'll pay more attention to how far back I get.

In Friday's round, about half way through I started trying to make sure I kept the club "out" on the takeaway so I didn't bring it too far inside on the back swing, felt like I was turning more in that...and then I worked on trying tio "pull" through with the left hand to get the club down in the right position.   I was not very consistent with draw vs fade, out of about 8 swings it was probably half and half, but the ones I did well, I "teed" off on.  Those were the 310+ yard drives, one even slightly uphill.    So when I get back from Florida I'm going to keep playing with it for a while. Maybe video it and see what my positions are. I've played with the idea of pulling with the left hand before when I get frustrated with too many over-the-top shots but I've never really spent a lot of time on it.

 

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