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Watching a news feed this morning on 'perfecting your golf game' which unfortunately turned into a commercial sparked a thought. Since many of us are looking to improve this year - what is your thought process for going about it. Is it swing or strength or flexibility? Is it informal, is it more analytical using technology or is it working with a coach or instructor,

 

I think I know what I need to do, so I'll be first: For me it's two issues - swing and flexibility (rotation). On the latter many times I'll have what I call 'lazy body' and don't end up rotating fully and thus end up not facing the target. Solution: starting the first of this year I incorporated a rotational exercise, I also just purchased Katherine Roberts 'Yoga for Golfers' and I'm incorporating it into my daily routine. I'm hoping between the 2, I can train this old body to do what it's suppose to during the swing.

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On the swing itself I have 3 areas that if I could improve even slightly would take a substantial number of strokes off of my game: Driver, 19* hybrid and putting. FYI I had instruction late 2017 on the Driver and Hybrid. I know the issue with the backswing on my driver - so now its just; practice, practice, practice. My 19* hybrid - hmmm same issue as my driver? I'll need a bit more help here from my instructor - I think it's also the backswing as I'm trying to kill it. Interestingly I am much more consistent and accurate with my 22* and 26*. Unfortunately, I've got to wait on spring for improvements on both.

 

Putting on the other hand is being worked on now. I've made substantial progress using the putting mat in the basement and a combination of tools (Ping app, tape, laser, etc). As a result of understanding what I was doing wrong I was able to modify my grip and incorporate more discipline in my swing. As a result I'm much more consistent at least on a flat surface in the basement. We'll see how that translates onto the course this spring - in the meantime I'm committed to hitting lots of putts daily.

 

Lastly, I think the other difference is that in previous years I gravitated to practice on those things I'm good at (long irons and short game), so now it's working on the 'tougher things'

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As I have mentioned on here my partial wedge game is a total mess. I have been formulating a plan on how I can improve. I have had instruction in the past and have thought about that again, thought about getting a personal launch monitor and net to work on perfecting contact and hitting specific yardages from 100 in, and finally thought about a range membership so I can actually see the ball flight.

 

I think cost for them would be roughly the same. Leaning toward range membership so I can get to the course and work on all aspects of my game. The big question is will I have the opportunity to actually get to the course and use the range.

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As I have mentioned on here my partial wedge game is a total mess. I have been formulating a plan on how I can improve. I have had instruction in the past and have thought about that again, thought about getting a personal launch monitor and net to work on perfecting contact and hitting specific yardages from 100 in, and finally thought about a range membership so I can actually see the ball flight.

 

I think cost for them would be roughly the same. Leaning toward range membership so I can get to the course and work on all aspects of my game. The big question is will I have the opportunity to actually get to the course and use the range.

While there is some benefit to the range - range balls aren't as helpful for part wedge practice.

 

If you can find a course that has a pitching/chipping area and bring a shag bag with your own balls - that may be the best and cheapest solution.

 

 

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I actually have a very detailed plan for improving my golf this year.  Right now I'm limited to range work.  Here are the highlights:

 

1.  Work on strength, posture, endurance and flexibility.  Kettle bells, walking, stretching and pilates.  

 

2.  Work on syncing the left and right sides of the body.  Part of this involves doing my normal warm up drills both right and left handed.  It amazing how much I've learned by hitting a left handed 7 iron.   

 

2.  Drills focusing on balance, tempo and tension.  

 

3.  Focus drills.  Work on staying with the shot, focused on swinging to the target.  

 

4.  Skill building. Lots of variability in practice.   

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If you can find a course that has a pitching/chipping area and bring a shag bag with your own balls - that may be the best and cheapest solution.

 

The courses near me go to about 30 yards. Ideally I would like something a bit longer and a range seems to be the best option. Don't think a schools football field would go over too well. I could possibly find a park but I think they have no golfing signs up.

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Two things I have been working on hitting balls into a net in the basement are: 

1) Don't steepen the shaft in transition.  There is a lot of online debate about how much the shaft should lay down in transition. Some think this is critical and some think it is not that important.  I think most would agree that you can't stand the shaft up.  I would like my backswing plane to closely match my downswing plane.  

 

2) Sync my turn with my arms.  My hips want to fire are 1000mph and leave my arms behind.  I have been working on feeling like my hips do nothing in the swing and it has been helping a ton.  On video my hips are moving like they should even with this feel.  

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The courses near me go to about 30 yards. Ideally I would like something a bit longer and a range seems to be the best option. Don't think a schools football field would go over too well. I could possibly find a park but I think they have no golfing signs up.

That would be my suggestion a park

 

 

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I've always worked on centerness of strikes.This has been a big area of the game I've focused on for years.The flight might vary from slight fade-straight-slight draw.If I know my strikes are on decent areas of the clubface I'm going to play well.And that goes for chipping and putting as well.All goes back to fundamentals I learned as a youth.Im always looking at my clubface after I strike a ball.This precise has kept me under 80-mid 70 golf or lower.And allowed me to be competitive in any event I've ever participated in

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I always try to set goals before the start of new year. The key is to have a high-level objective, and smaller goals that are easy to evaluate leading up to achieving that objective.

 

For example, one of my goals is to play at least 5 consecutive rounds without any penalties. In order to do this, I need to improve my setup and alignment, ball striking, and course management. I can check ball striking simple enough with a can of foot powder spray. I can check setup and alignment by using video, a mirror, getting help from an instructor, or by using close-range targets - physical gates using alignment sticks or imaginary "windows". Evaluating course management just means I actually have to look at the course beforehand and determine the best routes for my game, then determine how well I executed. 

 

I have several specific and generalized goals, but something new for this year is a reading list. I want to read (and listen) my way through every golf book that I own. Then of course, there's always the fitness aspect. I'm currently sitting around 230lbs which is a good 50lbs more than I want to weigh. My strength and endurance are diminished, and flexibility can always be better.

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One goal I have is to improve my thinking when I play at other courses. It's always nice to know the course you play but not always practical. I feel if I'm smarter and play my game then it will be a very successful year.

 

 

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My “improvement” depends on me getting rounds in. My biggest flaw right now is not covering the ball, not getting my right shoulder down through the swing. I have a back disease and I think my loss of flexibility is starting to have subtle affects on my golfing.

I just need to play. My clubs will be getting a lot of miles on them this year as they'll be with me on every work trip.

 

 

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Thinking about the ideas in here....

 

http://www.golf.com/instruction/2017/01/24/steal-bryson-dechambeaus-5-swing-secrets-and-find-your-perfect-plane

 

I've already ordered 1 jumbomax grip... 

Love BD's theory on making things as simple as possible and removing as many variables as you can.  A swing should be natural and not forced.

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Watching a news feed this morning on 'perfecting your golf game' which unfortunately turned into a commercial sparked a thought. Since many of us are looking to improve this year - what is your thought process for going about it. Is it swing or strength or flexibility? Is it informal, is it more analytical using technology or is it working with a coach or instructor,

 

I think I know what I need to do, so I'll be first: For me it's two issues - swing and flexibility (rotation). On the latter many times I'll have what I call 'lazy body' and don't end up rotating fully and thus end up not facing the target. Solution: starting the first of this year I incorporated a rotational exercise, I also just purchased Katherine Roberts 'Yoga for Golfers' and I'm incorporating it into my daily routine. I'm hoping between the 2, I can train this old body to do what it's suppose to during the swing.

.

On the swing itself I have 3 areas that if I could improve even slightly would take a substantial number of strokes off of my game: Driver, 19* hybrid and putting. FYI I had instruction late 2017 on the Driver and Hybrid. I know the issue with the backswing on my driver - so now its just; practice, practice, practice. My 19* hybrid - hmmm same issue as my driver? I'll need a bit more help here from my instructor - I think it's also the backswing as I'm trying to kill it. Interestingly I am much more consistent and accurate with my 22* and 26*. Unfortunately, I've got to wait on spring for improvements on both.

 

Putting on the other hand is being worked on now. I've made substantial progress using the putting mat in the basement and a combination of tools (Ping app, tape, laser, etc). As a result of understanding what I was doing wrong I was able to modify my grip and incorporate more discipline in my swing. As a result I'm much more consistent at least on a flat surface in the basement. We'll see how that translates onto the course this spring - in the meantime I'm committed to hitting lots of putts daily.

 

Lastly, I think the other difference is that in previous years I gravitated to practice on those things I'm good at (long irons and short game), so now it's working on the 'tougher things'

I missed this thread while in Palm Springs with only limited internet.  Sorry.  Nice topic!

 

I used to have similar issues with my FW and hybrids.  Not saying your problem is similar to mine, but here's what I found.  I hit up on my driver; about 3-5*, and I was hitting FW/hybrids off the turf with a sweeping stroke which usually resulted in a thin shot or a fat shot.  When I started hitting them with a slight descending strike like an iron, I was much more consistent.  

 

The turf has a big impact on the result, as well.  My turf is very firm so hitting level requires a perfect strike.  If I miss a little fat with a downward strike, the club still gets the ball up; just doesn't go as far.  However, I do play occasionally on turf that is quite soft.  I have found that a more level swing will work better because I don't get as much compression from the ground.  Of course, the higher lofted hybrids will yield better results because of more loft.  

 

As for me this year, I am working on both strength and flexibility... trying to fend off old age.  As far as ball striking, I need to improve my iron play; just inconsistent.  Short game is solid.

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Ok... for me I want to try and maintain good mental focus throughout the round. It's hard sometimes when everyone else seems to be yucking it up. (I also play a lot with a guy we call Mr. Negative) I don't want to look like a dick or anything by not joining in fun but loosing focus causes all sorts of problems. For me anyway. Secondly, I need to sharpen up my approaches from 150 and less. Focus and practice. Practice and focus.

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For me it's eliminating penalties and extra shots. Especially around the green. For me that means not losing balls by hitting them into play more. Also working on my short game around the green as well as hitting more greens. I know I have the swing and plenty of power to reach most greens. I just gotta practice so it becomes 2ns nature.

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A UVA guy wrote a book entitled, "Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect".   I would not be shocked to see my picture on the cover.

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A UVA guy wrote a book entitled, "Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect". I would not be shocked to see my picture on the cover.

Dr. Bob Rotella. Interesting read; also available as an audio book.

 

Related...

Saw Gerina Pillar being interviewed where she said about her philosophy towards golf:

"It's not about trying to get a perfect game ... it's about trying to make perfect what you already have."

 

I liked that! My primary overriding important key goal this season is to strengthen my mental game.

(whatever da heck that means..........)

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Oh, and @tony@cic ...

If you're not as comfortable with your 19° hybrid as the others, and depending on what your distance gaps are and along the lines of what @KennyB said .... you might try out a 5W as a possible replacement?

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The courses near me go to about 30 yards. Ideally I would like something a bit longer and a range seems to be the best option. Don't think a schools football field would go over too well. I could possibly find a park but I think they have no golfing signs up.

Maybe a cheap par 3 course? That would let you work on par 3s as well as short game?

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Maybe a cheap par 3 course? That would let you work on par 3s as well as short game?

 

No par threes near me.   :(

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