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If I can get to single digits, anyone can! #noodlearms

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@mr.hicksta work on your short game, THAT is the key to lower scores and lower handicap.

I don't mean master using a 56/60* wedge, I mean master using whatever it takes to get the ball nearer the hole from around the green, if that means skulling a wedge at the balls equator, or using a hybrid to 'chip' then sobeit.

Secondly take the fear away from any putt under 8 feet, if any of them miss it's because it lips out, not because you missed the hole or came up short!

Do this young padewan and you'll be knocking on Mr Single figures door sooner than you think.

Good Luck.

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1 minute ago, perseveringgolfer said:

@mr.hicksta work on your short game, THAT is the key to lower scores and lower handicap.

I don't mean master using a 56/60* wedge, I mean master using whatever it takes to get the ball nearer the hole from around the green, if that means skulling a wedge at the balls equator, or using a hybrid to 'chip' then sobeit.

Secondly take the fear away from any putt under 8 feet, if any of them miss it's because it lips out, not because you missed the hole or came up short!

Do this young padewan and you'll be knocking on Mr Single figures door sooner than you think.

Good Luck.

Funny you mention that, because I was listening to the Golf Science Lab podcast with Scott Stallings the other day and he specifically mentioned getting deadly from inside 50-100 yards being a major key to his improvement!

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1 hour ago, mr.hicksta said:

I mention this because I know that I'll need to maximize my practice time to start posting lower scores, so that's definitely an area I'm focused on. 

Alright you got this!!

The above in bold is not necessarily true. Some people love it and it works for them. I too hate hitting range balls and almost never practice, I play a lot, but for me any type of sustain practice on the range not only gets me bored out of my mind but at times has been detrimental to my game. Results are all that matters.

Pick your weakest area and devote time to that. Then make sure you are seeing those results on the course in a real round. There is a balance between keeping you physically improving as well as mentally fresh. In my experience it has been picking one thing at a time, adding 10-15 minutes of practice and then doing it on the course. It helps my mental state more than anything and keeps me driving to improve rather than getting bored and not wanting to devote time and energy towards my goals.

Good Luck!

 

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Seeing how I have a little under 8 months left in Hawaii, here are some of courses and associated course ratings I'll be rotating through. 

Navy Marine Golf Course (home course, right down the street from my house) - 6413 yards, 71.6/118

Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course - 6528 yards, 72.5/130

Ewa Beach Golf Course - 6541 yards, 71/131

Waikele Golf Club - 6663 yards, 72.9/130

Of course I'll be playing some other courses aside from those, but for the most part these will be my default courses when I'm at home. They layouts are all different so there will be plenty of variety, which will help keep my game sharp!

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2 hours ago, mr.hicksta said:

Seeing how I have a little under 8 months left in Hawaii, here are some of courses and associated course ratings I'll be rotating through. 

Navy Marine Golf Course (home course, right down the street from my house) - 6413 yards, 71.6/118

Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course - 6528 yards, 72.5/130

Waikele Golf Club - 6663 yards, 72.9/130

Of course I'll be playing some other courses aside from those, but for the most part these will be my default courses when I'm at home. They layouts are all different so there will be plenty of variety, which will help keep my game sharp!

edited that list for you buddy

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I've got similar goals and am at a similar starting point. I was just looking at Mike's stuff earlier today after a visit to the TPI website. I also just ordered SuperSpeed Golf and scheduled a lesson for Friday. I'll be following this thread closely! 😉 

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2 minutes ago, yungkory said:

edited that list for you buddy

Hahaha, I KNEW this was coming 🤣

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I was a single digit handicapper for 16 of the last 20 years.  My handicap index now is hovering between 9.8 to 10.8 for the last couple of years.  I'm also trying to get back to where I was prior to surgeries and aging.  In my case, I know it's my wedge game that's hurting my score most.  My putting is okay, but not stellar.  Recently, my driver has become an issue, but I'm making progress there.

Best of luck to you in your quest to improve.  You can do this!

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1 minute ago, TR1PTIK said:

I've got similar goals and am at a similar starting point. I was just looking at Mike's stuff earlier today after a visit to the TPI website. I also just ordered SuperSpeed Golf and scheduled a lesson for Friday. I'll be following this thread closely! 😉 

Mike's training is 100% worth it IMO and I'm prefer it over Super Speed Golf. Certainly nothing wrong with SSG at all, but I'm a gym rat so any excuse for me to spend more time in the gym works for me!

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2 hours ago, mr.hicksta said:

 

Navy Marine Golf Course (home course, right down the street from my house) - 6413 yards, 71.6/118

 

When I lived in Hawaii while in the Navy, I lived in base housing with the course right at the end of our street.  Not sure if that's still base housing.  This was in the late 70's when I was there.  Didn't play golf then, so never played the course.

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1 minute ago, CarlH said:

When I lived in Hawaii while in the Navy, I lived in base housing with the course right at the end of our street.  Not sure if that's still base housing.  This was in the late 70's when I was there.  Didn't play golf then, so never played the course.

Yeah there's still a ton of 'base' housing around there, but it's all been contracted out now. I was here from 02-06 and played the course all the time and if memory serves, the course was torn up for irrigation upgrades around 2005. They changed some bunkers around as well, but overall the course isn't crazy difficult. Like most courses though, if you don't keep it in or near the fairways it can get dicey. It's always in good shape though, and it has a decent practice area so that's why it's my go to course!

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18 minutes ago, TR1PTIK said:

I've got similar goals and am at a similar starting point. I was just looking at Mike's stuff earlier today after a visit to the TPI website. I also just ordered SuperSpeed Golf and scheduled a lesson for Friday. I'll be following this thread closely! 😉 

Mike is putting together a program that integrates Super Speed. FYI

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Play play play. Need to play 2 to 3 times a week.
I was down to a 7 a few years back. Played a bunch. And played with a low capper. No lessons just figured out how to get it in the hole. Good luck


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Agree with Hackster, get on a course preferably first thing in the morning or end of the day when it is less busy. Try to play 2 balls often or at least drop a couple extra around the green and try to get up and down. 

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21 hours ago, mr.hicksta said:

Mike's training is 100% worth it IMO and I'm prefer it over Super Speed Golf. Certainly nothing wrong with SSG at all, but I'm a gym rat so any excuse for me to spend more time in the gym works for me!

SSG on it's own is not really sufficient to be a better golfer IMO. You might be able to pick up some speed, but I'll be hitting the gym regularly in addition to their protocols.

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... Pay close attention to both ends of your game. If you diligently work on your short game it will help you go low when hitting the ball well and save your a$$ when you aren't. In my experience most golfers put much more emphasis on hitting the ball long than hitting the ball straight. If you hit fairways, the rest of the game is so much easier. A friend of mine asked me for 10 shots, how often I expect to get up and down from 50 yards and in. My answer was 10 shots. I expect to get up and down every single time. And some days I do but more often I don't, but rarely less than 8 out of 10. If I were playing a PGA caliber course with the kind of speed and mounding their greens have that number would be lower, but most public golf courses are player friendly. 

... Of course the final piece of the single digit puzzle is accurate irons. They can save a bad drive and give you a shot at birdie with a good drive. It has been my experience that if you concentrate on making your short game the best it can be and begin hitting accurate  tee shots, it takes a lot of pressure off your irons. Swinging within yourself using your driver also translates to your irons. When it comes to irons for mid to high index players, my advice is use one more club every singe shot. If you start flying greens or find your ball constantly at the back of the green, you can start selectively using less club. But most are surprised at how often they are closer to pin high using more club because they are swinging within themselves and their mishits are longer. 

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Some really great advice here and much of it are things I might have said though some of you guys are more knowledgeable and eloquent than I. Perhaps the only things I would add are having a "go-to" shot when you simply must hit a fairway or green. There are times when the wheels are falling off and just have to get the ball in the hole. I have shots that I know will work off the tee, into greens and around the greens that are reliable. They aren't always pretty and certainly aren't the longest but they work and I know they work. The other thing is the mental side. I used to get way ahead of myself when things were going well and really down on myself when things were going poorly but it's important to stay in the moment. The next shot is the one that matters - that attitude will help you bounce back after a bad hole and keep the ball rolling after a good one. I've heard lots of players through the years say things like "I was playing way out of my depth for a while" and before long they bogey or double a few and they are back where they are comfortable. Start working on getting comfortable going lower than you ever have - it's amazing how much of a difference that makes.

I look forward to seeing you achieve your goals and it's nice to be able to share it with you. Good luck!


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2 hours ago, golfertrb said:

Some really great advice here and much of it are things I might have said though some of you guys are more knowledgeable and eloquent than I. Perhaps the only things I would add are having a "go-to" shot when you simply must hit a fairway or green. There are times when the wheels are falling off and just have to get the ball in the hole. I have shots that I know will work off the tee, into greens and around the greens that are reliable. They aren't always pretty and certainly aren't the longest but they work and I know they work. The other thing is the mental side. I used to get way ahead of myself when things were going well and really down on myself when things were going poorly but it's important to stay in the moment. The next shot is the one that matters - that attitude will help you bounce back after a bad hole and keep the ball rolling after a good one. I've heard lots of players through the years say things like "I was playing way out of my depth for a while" and before long they bogey or double a few and they are back where they are comfortable. Start working on getting comfortable going lower than you ever have - it's amazing how much of a difference that makes.

I look forward to seeing you achieve your goals and it's nice to be able to share it with you. Good luck!


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Love the point about the mental side, because I tend to get down on myself from time to time. As a matter of fact, I've really focused on just taking things in stride these last few months because my game hasn't been very good. I'm pretty good about it for the most part, but it's definitely something I have to remind myself of when a round isn't going that well. And that's also a very good point about getting comfortable going low. Birdie putts or the occasional eagle look are always uncomfortable so I need treat them like any other putt and not do anything out of the ordinary! 

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