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  1. Every time I go the range at my club or any other, I am always curious as to what most golfers are trying to accomplish. I observe them just beating one ball after another without any real purpose. They all say the same thing when they get out on the course “Can't figure it out, I hit the ball so good on the range”. They miss the fact that when hitting one ball after another they got into a rhythm, they were on a perfectly flat lie and most aren't really hitting to a target. Hitting balls in a machine gun like fashion without a plan or purpose is really just warming up. I get the best results on the range when I practice at playing. Here's what I mean: After I'm warmed up, if I'm not there to work on a specific shot, I set up holes on the range to try and make my practice like playing. I visualize some targets like a fairway and I hit my driver, then I will hit an iron like I'm trying to hit a green and I'm very specific at a target, then I may hit a chip and so on. I will play many different types of visualized holes, par 5's, par 4's and par'3s. This is how you play and practicing this way will prepare you much better for your rounds. If you have a difficult time with certain holes where you play a lot, set it up visually on the range and practice playing it. Try and fine some different lies that you may encounter on the course instead of a perfect flat lie. Maybe bare lies, uphill, downhill etc. Work on a specific shot that you want to get better at like a punch shot, which I think is one of the most valuable shots any golfer especially an average golfer should master. Or perhaps you want to learn to hit higher shots for your shot approach shots into greens, whatever it is, practice it. Practicing with a purpose and a plan and making it more like playing will improve you game so much more than just hitting one ball after another just to see how far they go. I would love to hear everybody's successful practice routine that pays them the most dividends.
  2. I have spent a lot of time observing golfers at the clubs I have belonged to over the years and I see a very similar pattern in regards to golfers and golf lessons. HERES WHAT I MEAN: At my current club we have like 5 different pros that work the shop and give lessons and we also have an LPGA Pro that does nothing but give lessons at a designated station on the range. I have watched with amusement as numerous golfers have taken lessons from as many as 4 of these different pros all with-in a 4-5 month period. Most have shown no real improvement in their games and I'm certainly not blaming it on the Pros. Here's what's lacking: Golfers don't typically make a plan with the Pro and map out a program and what their expectations will be. In today's “got to have it now society” most people don't have the time, patience or commitment to make a swing change work. Sure you may see some initial improvement with some lesson, but it will be just a matter of time before you hit some bad shots and abandon what you were working on. Time to find another teacher. When PGA pros make swing changes it takes months before they feel comfortable and they hit 1,000 balls a day. I hear golfers say “what they were teaching me just didn't feel comfortable” Your current swing may feel comfortable but you're shooting “95”. So many golfers say you want to get better but aren't willing to do what it takes. Here's what I mean: I have friends and friends of friends that are “95-100” shooters that say they want to shoot better scores. I show them how to make adjustments to the score on the card to meet their skill level, show them how to hit to zones and avoid trouble, change their mindset from giving up their desire for distance in favor of doing whatever it takes to score and they will all shoot the best rounds of their golfing life. It really is easy to improve, but it's not as glamorous as hitting an occasional long drive or a miraculous shot out of trouble. So even after shooting some of their best scores ever, they will abandon this playing style and go back to their inconsistent go for broke, long ball game. So I hear a lot of mixed messages from golfer when they say they would do anything to shoot better golf. I'm not against lessons, but lessons without a plan, a commitment to time, patience and knowing that you may get worse before you see real improvement is a waste of time and money. Most golfers I observe are not willing to make this commitment. If you're not, you would find it far easier and faster to improve your scores with the swing you have by learning the principles I talk about in the previous paragraph. If you really want to accelerate your scoring improvement take lessons for specific areas of the game like chipping, putting and one of my favorites: a punch shot. A punch shot is easy to learn, easy to hit and a safe shot that can be used in so many situations that can save you strokes. Hope this is useful. Richard
  3. It's so funny how most golfers are always looking for the next great club and as stated already you will get complete opposite claims buy all the equipment companies. I see players at my club constantly buy new equipment and yet make the same stupid mental mistakes that cost them their whole round. They have no strategy for getting the ball in the hole with the least amount of strokes and they are all trying to play to the card which is a score meant for Pros. I have friends that have learned these strategies that can't hit the ball 200 yards, and with swings you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy and clubs you wouldn't put in your bag, shoot in the 80's on a consistent basis. You would think that after trying all these new gadgets and clubs with no real measurable improvement golfers would look for a different angle.
  4. I also carry 4 wedges a PW-52-54-60. Bounce all depends on the kind of fairways you typically hit off. My club keeps the fairways fairly tight so on my 60 I have 4 degrees of bounce on the other 8. I think for high handicappers a 60 degree wedge can be difficult as they don't realize how hard you have to actually hit them and most of them tend to add more loft which really screws up the shot. I would recommend to try and hit to distances where your approach shots with any of your wedges are a comfortable full swing. 3/4 and 1/2 swings are hard unless you spend a lot of time getting the feel for them. Most PGA Pros would much rather hit a full shot any day. Get really good at knowing how far you hit each wedge with a comfortable full swing and carry how many you need to cover your normal approach distances.
  5. I agree anything you can do to let go of the bad shots and just focus on the shot at hand will help you play so much better. When my game goes sideways I play a game where all I am trying to do is hit the ball from one point to another specific point. I narrow my focus down to real definite target. If I don't hit it I just go on to focusing on the next spot and I do this all the way to the hole. This frees up all my mechanical thoughts and my swing becomes free and I start hitting more quality shots.
  6. I agree anything you can do to let go of the bad shots and just focus on the shot at hand will help you play so much better. When my game goes sideways I play a game where all I am trying to do is hit the ball from one point to another specific point. I narrow my focus down to real definite target. If I don't hit it I just go on to focusing on the next spot and I do this all the way to the hole. This frees up all my mechanical thoughts and my swing becomes free and I start hitting more quality shots.
  7. I'm sorry I must of misunderstood your post. Sounds like you are shooting some great rounds. I'm all about what you are advocating and am a firm believer that better course management for most golfers is the fastest and easiest way to improve their scores. Sounds like it helped yours , I know it has mine. Feel for you with the back thing, I've had to deal with that as well my whole life. Good luck with your journey.
  8. Rick, What you are lacking is a plan. If you played with really good golfers you would notice how they dissect there way around the course. Your ego and your desire for distance is not your friend if you want to shoot lower scores. For someone that makes as many birdies as you do your handicap should be lower but your course management is terrible. Why do care what your brothers are hitting, play to your strengths and make good decisions. In regards to your wedges and laying up. You would be better to lay up to a yardage were you can make a fairly full swing, 1/2 & 3/4 shots are difficult unless you spend a lot of time practicing. I like to lay up to 85-90 yards where I can hit a fairly full swing 60 degree wedge, I don"t have to guess how hard to swing. Not trying o be a know it all here its just I have been where yo have are, used to be a bomber now I'm older and so much smarter, 61 and still a "3". I would bet you any amount of money, if I went around with you for 18 holes and clubbed you and had you hit to where I wanted you to, you would shoot your best round ever.
  9. I'm not surprised at the reponses as some golfers obviously get more pleasure hitting some long shots or a great recovery shot from trouble. The interesting thing is some of these same golfers get mad when they shoot lousey scores but yet say they just care about out drivinh their buddies. I always thought the object of the game is "low score wins" and I would much rather take their money than out drive them. In fact it's even more fun beating them when they out drive you. This long hitting mindset is excatly why most golfers will always be high handicappers.
  10. This post was originated by Richard: So Listen, I'm often reluctant to originate a post because I take a very different approach from 90% of the golf word that post here. What's ironic is I grew up in golf and spent many of my years with the same beliefs as the rest the golfing world and golf industry on what it takes to improve your golf game. ** Side Note: I'm not talking about becoming a low single digit handicapper which takes a huge commitment and a lot of time. What I'm talking about is taking a difficult game for the average golfer and making it so much easier by attacking the game from a different approach than has been generally status quo forever. From my experience as a golfer of 40 odd years and readily available golf statistics, the handicaps of average golfer still remain around “15” and haven't improved in all these years even with all the high tech golf equipment being produced and the latest and greatest training aids. Real golf improvement can be accomplished quickly and easily from one fundamental mindset: The moment you change your mindset from trying to hit the ball as far as you can, to doing whatever it takes to score, you are on your way to shooting lower scores instantly. There are a lot of good instructors out there, but most instruction remains on the range and very few golfers are taught how to get the ball in the hole with the fewest amount of strokes. Everyone is looking for the next magic club that can take their game to the next level. If that was the answer why aren't golfers improving? I will make a bold statement that I know will ruffle some feathers: If you can hit the ball 135 yards consistently in play, can chip the ball on a green from 30-40 yards and 2 putt most of the time you have what it takes to shoot in the 80's. It's not currently happening because most golfers are using the same old methods to try and improve with the same old results.
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