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The season is only a few weeks away here in New England. Time to look at goals.  My two lifelong goals are to shoot a round in the sixties and to shoot my age (67).  The first will need all the stars aligned; the latter can take place if I live long enough.   I did manage to shoot a 66 once but is was on a par 60 course so it doesn't count.  I've shot 71 twice on a par 70 course; once with a birdie on the last hole and once with a bogey.   With a current broken leg my ski (and snowboard) racing season is over so my NASTAR Handicap won't change nor will my Golf Handicap until that season begins.  I just spotted an odd coincidence.   While there's room for improvement in both endeavors there's something to be said for consistency!

 

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I've got goals, but unfortunately I've also got priorities. If I could only get rid of that day job! I need to lose some weight, but I've also got a bunch of spring chores starting with cutting up downed trees. Maybe I can kill two birdies there. Gotta get those clubs regripped too. Looks like we got another 6" of snow last night so the outdoor chores are going to have to wait. Looks like regripping is the priority for this week!

 

My first golf goal this year is to get that handicap back under 10. I've had it to a 6, but I change my swing more often than Tiger. The next goal is getting down to a 4. My home course is a 74.4 from the back tees so shooting my age (56) is not on the radar for the next 2 decades. The real issue is what to work on to achieve the goal. Last year I tried to retool everything in my game. This year I'm going to finish what I've started. 

 

Last year I got a Somax hip trainer to help bump my swing speed back up over 105. That started to pay off, but I had to back off due to back issues. That'll start back up again once ski season is over. This year I'm going to change my straight drive (with misses to the right) to a draw with a grip change (scary!). For my iron game I've been working with a tour striker trainer to get the hands more ahead of the club. I'm looking to get that pure "click" sound on contact more consistently. I've changed my putting stroke again over the winter. My personal opinion is that anchoring my long putter to my left forearm is worse "cheating" than my old putting stroke that violated the anchored rule because I had wrist to upper body contact. I tried a "clean" stroke last summer but was not happy with it. The plan is to turn anger at the USGA into revenge. My chipping game is on a long term program. We got the mechanics fixed last fall. This year I will work on consistency. The sand game got a major change last summer and I'm not in the bunker enough on the home course to invest any more than maintenance in that part of my game.

 

Breed wants us to write our goals down to get better results. We'll see. My season starts next Sunday!

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 Gotta get those clubs regripped too. Looks like we got another 6" of snow last night so the outdoor chores are going to have to wait. Looks like regripping is the priority for this week!

 

 

 

This year I'm going to change my straight drive (with misses to the right) to a draw with a grip change (scary!).

 

For my iron game I've been working with a tour striker trainer to get the hands more ahead of the club. I'm looking to get that pure "click" sound on contact more consistently.

 

I've changed my putting stroke again over the winter. My personal opinion is that anchoring my long putter to my left forearm is worse "cheating" than my old putting stroke that violated the anchored rule because I had wrist to upper body contact. I tried a "clean" stroke last summer but was not happy with it. The plan is to turn anger at the USGA into revenge. 

 

 

 

A few years ago at a PGA Coaching Summit a major grip manufacturer told us grips last between 30 and 40 rounds and that number would be reduced by extensive practice.

 

A draw drive is nice to have as an option but if you are generally hitting it straight-why change? Distance?

 

Just make sure with teaching aids like the tour striker the sequencing of the arms and body doesn't get out of kilter. Seen too many students throwing their hands way ahead of the club head leaving the body way behind.

 

Just show your sensitive side with the putter. Don't get overly technical.

 

As for me-a more Rocco like take away. The hands and body got way out of coordination early last winter in Florida. The lower, longer coming through the ball-i.e., a bit flatter and extend down the target line.

 

PS: Later this spring/early summer a PGA Master Professional buddy will be launching a teaching assistance web site. Paul and I play 3 times a week during my Florida time and he really was a great help to me. He has that special skill of cutting through the fluff to hone in on the core issues. When it goes live I'll PM you the link to consider.

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My scoring goal was met by once going to the 6th at +5 and finishing with a 2 under 70 as a 12 handicapper.  Never, ever going to happen again. Been a 12 all my adult life except for the summer I was unemployed and got it to an 8. I am changing my swing to look like Freddy C and Ernie Els this season.

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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post
 

 Gotta get those clubs regripped too. Looks like we got another 6" of snow last night so the outdoor chores are going to have to wait. Looks like regripping is the priority for this week!

 

 

 

This year I'm going to change my straight drive (with misses to the right) to a draw with a grip change (scary!).

 

For my iron game I've been working with a tour striker trainer to get the hands more ahead of the club. I'm looking to get that pure "click" sound on contact more consistently.

 

I've changed my putting stroke again over the winter. My personal opinion is that anchoring my long putter to my left forearm is worse "cheating" than my old putting stroke that violated the anchored rule because I had wrist to upper body contact. I tried a "clean" stroke last summer but was not happy with it. The plan is to turn anger at the USGA into revenge. 

 

 

 

A few years ago at a PGA Coaching Summit a major grip manufacturer told us grips last between 30 and 40 rounds and that number would be reduced by extensive practice.

 

No wonder every keeps telling to me to "get a grip".

 

 
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A draw drive is nice to have as an option but if you are generally hitting it straight-why change? Distance?

Since last year I have a membership at Worthington Manor (a US Open qualifier course). Now that I am infinitely more familiar with this 74.4/144 beast, I've come to the conclusion that a draw bias will score better. On the holes where a fade gives you the most room for error, mishitting a draw has a lower penalty than vice versa. I've been getting into a little trouble with hitting straight and missing right. And I'm getting old and trying to make up for losing some distance. The course design seems to be pretty fair with respect to having a mix of straight/draw/fade holes, but the wind pattern seems to screw this up. After playing a full season with a playing partner who prefers a draw, I've seen the benefit first hand.

 


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Just make sure with teaching aids like the tour striker the sequencing of the arms and body doesn't get out of kilter. Seen too many students throwing their hands way ahead of the club head leaving the body way behind.

 

I'm still using the Medicus dual hinge thingy. That seems to penalize the out of sequence crap pretty efficiently. I like the comment on the tour striker that some pros react to the thing with "so what" (i.e. it does not teach them anything because they already swing that way). I had a few sessions with it last season that felt that way, but it was not consistent. I need to own it.

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Update: the grip change has been amazing. I started drawing it right away, but my misses were very short and left (not quite a duck hook). The funny thing is that it has settled down to mostly dead straight and more solid contact/distance. The only misses to the right were pushes vs slices. So the big accomplishment is losing the fear of the bad miss to the right. I've also decided to finally make an attempt at getting a a waggle. I used to just control my breathing and wait for the magic moment to pull the trigger on an exhale. It's a little weird being forced to start the swing at the end of the second waggle, but my tee shots are much better and my fairways hit stat was about double my average for this course. There were a few uglies trying to waggle and then hit chips and second shots, but this was only my second round with the waggle in play. My putting isn't bad but it isn't "there" yet. Part of the problem is that the greens have been aerated and are changing speeds pretty quickly. Today they were just a shade over 9 on the stimp (my guess) and our new course super looks to be setting up for an evil summer. Now all I have to do is get rid of the day job that is interfering with my golf.

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With the broken leg still mending I haven't gotten to the course yet.  My league starts May 1 so I'll have to play it by ear.

 

Regarding putting - I'm notoriously streaky and have really struggled at times.  Two years ago I experimented a lot - long putter, cross hand, split grip, claw grip, etc.   The claw grip worked best but I still needed a lot of help.  I bought a cheap putter with a fat grip and used it for half a season.  I liked it so much I had my Rossi putter regripped with the SuperStoke Slim grip and used it all last season.  It takes the wristiness out of the stroke.  It gave me a lot more confidence standing over a four footer.  I'd encourage everyone to give it a try.

 

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