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  1. For a 20 handicap that is hitting GIRs. GIR is a skill set based on handicap. A GIR for you on a par 4 is the third shot. It is a strategy that continually avoids trouble and plays to a reasonable level of skill. Limiting mistakes is that game of golf. Limiting mistakes creates opportunities for you to make bogey or better.
  2. I sit on my sofa with tears streaming down my face!! It isn't a simple over simplification at all! You have created your strategy to win.
  3. Awesome comments! 1. if you hit 18 greens 36 putts would be an average day. Number of putts is not a good way to qualify your putting. As a 20 handicap player I'd ask. Did I make all my three foot putts? How many three putts did I have inside 30 feet? (Hopefully zero.) 2. I will never disagree with someone saying I need to get better tee to green to take the pressure off my short game! FYI - your short game is a scoring tool, not a saving tool! 3. I want you to develop the skill and confidence to two-putt out to 30 feet as you do 6'-12'. Speed is the most important. 4. Proper strategy would place your ball about pin high and within 30' all day. When you are outside 150 yards the center of the green is your target. Both strategies will help you reduce the twenty handicap. 5. The ability to control you golf ball is required to get you down to a 10 handicap. Well Done!
  4. Ok. So we may still be right that you come up short too often but frankly, data on shots between 55-210 yards doesn't tell us very much at all. I'm sure these services provide data for each club but I don't they provide the data that illuminates how you score. I think a good statistics service/website/app is the way to go. They build a relationship between each part of the game and it's influence on your ability to score. If used correctly, you can determine the parts of your game to exploit and those to avoid and they can help you build a game improvement plan. I'm a huge fan of ANOVA as it provides a simple view into your game and all the data you could ever want to see. My players are often amazed at the difference between what is happening and what they think is happening. "Coach, I really need to work on my three foot putts!" After looking at their stats for the round they made 9/10 three footers - hardly a problem. Looking at her round she was 3/10 up and downs with an average proximity of 8'. (8foot equals 50/50 proposition on the PGA Tour). The real problem was that she only hit eight greens!! We can't compete as a team when a player hits only 8 greens. How are you going to make a ton of pars with only hitting 8 greens and how are you going to get to 50% short game conversion when you have to do 8 times. What a workout!!! Now, it was no big deal that this was her round she just had a rough day. She followed the strategy and made great efforts at doing the right things. The point is that she was positive she had identified the issue with her round but in reality she wasn't even close!! Anyway - data is knowledge and knowledge is power. Everything else is guessing and players just aren't very good at guessing.
  5. Don't open up pandora's box! Targeting and aim are two completely different tasks. Targeting is where you want the ball to land. Aim, alignment, and starting window are an entirely different topic. Think about the process to zero in a rifle. Your rifle is pointed in one direction (alignment), your scope places you over your target (aim), and if done correctly, your bullet always launches in a known window and hits your target (where you scope says you are pointed). Also, there is nothing to figure out. Your tendencies are your pattern. Place 80-85% of your pattern in an area that eliminates bogey and worse and provides pars and birdie opportunities. I say theory as sarcasm. It is a mathematically and scientifically proven strategy based on Shot Link. You can see the patterns of those who win a bunch, win occasionally, make every cut, or make their money in 5 events out of the year. The data is available! Your choice is to doe what everyone thinks should be done or be the outlier who actually improves, plays well, and wins! Are you willing to think and look different than your friends??
  6. Lead arm straight is not a fundamental. Based on some various points of data, the best players tend to have a mostly straight but not extended lead arm in the back swing and a softer arm approaching impact. Again, very tough to diagnose without a video or club data (trackman/GCQuad/Flightscope). Anything would be a guess and guessing and trying are horrible ways to improve.
  7. OK - there is a lot going on in the question. Is there a way to measure: nothing outside of GEARS or the similar will measure club/hand positioning on the back swing. I'd suggest placing an object in the way. It's the simplest form of feedback. I'd also suggest that you stop looking for a feel or drill! Learn to do it correctly and determine what correct feels like. Now it is your feel! I haven't told you how to solve it because I don't know what you are doing. I'd only be able to make a suggestion based on viewing a swing.
  8. Question: What is this chart showing? Is this dispersion to specific yardage or results with particular club relative to the target? Just my opinion: Your noted strategy to adopt is all related to the pin rather than the correct target. Just a possible improvement: 1. There are three available targets on almost every green - the center, center of the front half, and center of the back half of the green. 2. You may target the half of the green that the pin is located. When I mean target I mean land. This strategy is relevant for clubs up to 5/6/7 iron depending on your handicap. Once you need a longer club your only available target is the center of the green. (landing target) This suggests we need to stop considering the idea of roll out. I"m only interested in average carry. I'd also suggest that your high percentage of approaches being short has more to do with playing/strategy based on poor yardages for your clubs than your strategy. We are trying to create a shotgun pattern with each club. If you were sighting in your shot gun and it looked like your above pattern then you have not zeroed it properly. A rough guess based on my interpretation of this chart is that your average distance should be reduced by about 7 yards. The other possibility is that you do not factor in head wind properly. There is a formula that works quite well. Hope this helps.
  9. They weren't pulled improperly. They were either over-prepped at installation or have been installed into multiple sets with too much prep after each pull.
  10. Bounce does change 1 for 1 but may or may not be detrimental. Bending irons 2-3 degrees is pretty common and likely not going to change much of the playability. I do generally suggest to not change the lofts just for an overall distance gain but to properly gap your golf clubs. I have a wedge at 50* and another club at 48 with a 15 yard gap - I rest real easy at night knowing my clubs will go the distance I need with a gap of my choosing. 4 degrees between clubs is a nice starting point but after that get a predetermined gap between your clubs. This is why is called custom fitting versus 'returning to spec."
  11. It can be done without a problem if you possess the skill set. Other consideration is weight. You will reduce the weight of head some amount. That amount may or may not need to be added back depending on the desired final swing weight. Also, you would be using a cutting oil and oil is not a friend of epoxy. You will need to clean the hosel very well including the use of a degreaser before installing the shafts. I have done this several times in the past and have not had any trouble with clubs breaking. Besides a .355 hosel was at one point a .370. The notion that it has become weaker just doesn't hold any weight.
  12. I completely get your 'stubbornness'. I'm a guy that will put my stubbornness up against anyone's! I beat the hell out my concepts or those of other people. It is a real struggle for me to be wrong but my game and coaching have greatly improved as I have changed my perspective from nothing works to how can I break/challenge/disprove my beliefs today. As a result, I have great certainty in what I have chosen to teach in both technique and strategy. One of the concepts that greatly helped me was the idea that we can prepare our skills, recognition and responses to known events or challenges. Many people want to believe that there is tremendous variability in the game of golf. Many people believe the same about their careers. The reality is that most of us in work & sport face the same identifiable challenges with great regularity. If we can prepare our response and execution we can be much more successful than when we constantly feel like things are different. If won't go on and on about this topic but I believe that watching pilot videos on Youtube is one of the best examples. They can fly to a million different places but they face the same set of tasks every time they fly. How do they handle this? They have checklists and prepare for each flight like it is the first! We can play golf the same way as long as we have a reasonable set of skills, create our own check lists (known strategy), and practice our response and execution. There is a reason why Tiger always looks calm - he has prepared for the very moment and his skills travel the world very well. Tiger shouldn't be looked at different - he should be seen as the norm!
  13. I'd agree. Targeting the pin doesn't happen that often on tour let alone for a player who isn't scratch. Want to test the theory? Place a ball in the middle of the green and putt. Then record your score with the assumption that you hit the green in regulation. I have my women's team do this for 9 holes. Their score from the middle of the green is always better or the same as their regular score and very often they shoot par with the middle of the green approach. Want to take a guess how many of my players average right around par? Hmmm.... Ego and emotion are tough opponents.
  14. I know of Operation 36 and I think they have a great product and system for developing golfers. I think for players looking to have pure fun it is a home run. For those with intention to compete it starts to connect the dots concerning strategy and following a plan. In other words, it provides constraint based training and forces a player think a certain way to move to the next level. I have some practice plans that work in a similar fashion - it provides the tee location and requires a competitive player to make a certain score with 2 out of 3 balls before they progress farther from the green. If you successfully complete each task you will tee off from the tee box on hole 9. It's hard and I've only had a few people complete the task. Some complain, but the reality is that preparation/training should always be harder than the actual task.
  15. You are absolutely correct about expectations. The example player was given the same strategy I give my college women's golf team. One player was expected to hit zero greens in regulation to improve his scores by twenty strokes and my college players are expected to hit 14 greens and shoot 74 without any birdies. Considering a couple of birdies and a few other mistakes and they have a chance to shoot 75. This is the same strategy with two very different outcomes. I'd suggest you the example strategy and see what you experience and interpret from your results. I get your two GIRs and 8 greens on your first attempt. Imagine hitting 15 greens in your first attempt. The first way to accomplish this is to hit a club off the tee that absolutely avoids all trouble and never hinders your ability to get inside 100 yards. As for putting the main skill for a 20 handicap is to putt every single ball inside a 4-6 foot circle. Go to the course and draw that circle - it is huge. That circle is the only goal outside 10 feet. You should never putt outside the 4' circle inside ten feet. As for controlling your golf ball you must learn to hit it reasonably solid and with a very predictable starting line. if you can do those two things you can generally hit a reasonable target.
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