Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Ok...so how did you do in 2016 with developing your golf game? Setting any goals for the winter and 2017?
For me, it was an OK year. I didn't improve all the areas I wanted to, but I did develop a deeper understanding of my swing and it's fragile pieces. I think I learned more about where my misses come from though I haven't over come them yet. At least I think I know where they start.
handicap-wise I fluctuated between about a 4 in the beginning of the year, up to a 6 and back closer to a 4.5 now. Though really I should be about an 8. But some of the courses I play don't penalize your misses like they should, so I can make a few mistakes and still finish with a 76 or 77.
Ball striking is still something I'm trying to work on...stopping the over the top at the beginning of the down swing so my club is going through the ball's center and not outside in causing toe hits. That's sort of my focus over the winter, that start of the down swing.
Putting was OK in 2016...but I do need to find a way to deal with fast "rolling" greens. When I can't be aggressive, it usually doesn't go well. So focusing on toe-hits and slower tempo...and trying to read the grain so I can guess where and how much it'll roll out...those are goals for the winter and spring while the greens are dormant.
Driving was OK in 2016. probably better than expected in some areas. I had moments where I got hooks but I think I resolved that by not overswinging and staying in balance. Had some bad rounds off the tee but overall I think getting the driver set and shaft right have helped. Goal for winter/spring is controlling the draw and finding a fade setup I can count on.
So in a nutshell...as we move toward golf season of 2017:
- stop the quick over-the top move that gets me in trouble on the downswing
- improve ball striking
- work on controlling putts on fast greens
- learn to fade a tee shot.
Other than that, it's all good. Ha!
Golf is a game that can only be played...
I am only sorry that I didn't get my big swing flaw (setup with right arm creeping over the left) identified and fixed sooner, the last 2 months were so much better. I still have some anxiety with the mid irons, you can't overcome 2 years of damage that quickly...but I am getting there. Rounds coming back down to high 80's, which is where I should be. My handicap ended up around 15, I think the lowest I've been historically is 13. The swing still comes and goes because I don't have the time to practice during the week that I used to, if I only get out to play once a week and shoot 88 I can't complain. Would like to get better on bunker shots, but little opportunity to practice that, so it's a wish.
It's not how...it's how many
I only got out to the range twice this year and only got in one 9 hole round of golf after my heart issues in late December. Kind of a Wasted year really golf wise. I did get in that one good range session and I did manage to hit more good shots than bad ones, so it wasn't all bad after a year off. I was expecting my ball contact to be a LOT worse than it was at the range and on the course after my lay off. I'm feeling pretty good now so I'm hopeful that i can get out a lot more this winter and work on getting things back to were I'd like them to be. I did NOT practice my putting at all the last year but I did putt pratty much rather well my one time on the course, so that's okay. Bunker game was not tested much but I got out and on the green both times I had to so that was okay as well, and I can always practice my bunker game at home with my two white dots drill. I think my moin goal this winter will be to get my body Limber so I can make a full 90 degree shoulder turn or more, with loose arms and shoulders from start to finish. Just need to swing a club more to get loose and work on stretching all my joints so I"m able to get a full turn with power working by spring time.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
I had some good games. I had a lot of poor games too though, but that seems to be the way it is with most years. I guess you could say that I held my own in the very mediocre category which in itself is nothing worth writing about.
I struggled with the tee ball this year. That was definitely one constant. It really didn't matter what I was using. I recall one round where I used a 3 iron off the tee just to get through the round and avoid an embarassing score.
I don't think I solved any problems technique wise, but I really don't think that matters all that much at this point. When you suffer through a series of back problems and other related soft tissue maladies, you're just happy to get a few games in on a regular basis. On that front I'm quite happy with my year in that I got about three regular games (of nine holes) a week in with three different groups of playing partners. That's an accomplishment worth noting because I've been searching for a regular game for years.
I've moved up to the senior tees this year. I don't care what others say, I have no ego to bruise. It may seem a bit unfair when I bust out that one or two good drives a round, but the rest of the time I find it's necessary to keep the game manageable. My stock response is that when i break par they will have a legitimate complaint!
I almost always stick with nine holes now, walking, as that seems to be just right. If the course is short and flat, then 18 is doable, but if I'm on a regulation course nine holes meets my satisfaction quotient just fine. It should be noted that the course up the road from me offers a weekday nine hole membership for about half the regular rate. I'm considering joining their Masters Men's League that runs Monday-Friday at 8:30 in the morning next season. About three days a week would be ideal!
I'll turn 70 next spring so 9 holes walking the course might be my limit as well, at least until I work my way up to 18 assuming I don't die on the front nine some day. I hope I never have to start riding a cart to play this crazy game, as I really hate to ride instead of walk the course.
Don, the walking will help keep you healthy, if it doesn't kill you :) I like walking too when the weather is right here in the Carolina's...which is limited. In the heat of the summer, you might can play till 9 but it's HOT! I still do it for our 9 hole leagues though, just take extra water.
I have three 24 ounce Gatorade bottles that I fill witth water that I always take with me when I play 18 holes. I almost always drink all three of them during my walk. Eat a few energy bars while I'm out there and I'm good for 18 holes.