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Eyes on 2020 as 2019 hits the rear view

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As 2019 draws to a close let us pause for a moment to reflect on our golfing year and state our goals for 2020.

 

2019 for me was a year of tremendous personal and professional change. In the midst of all the turmoil Golf was my escape as well as my stabilizing force through these challenges. As the load became heavier Golf allowed me to breath again, recharge my batteries and Soldier on.

 

My golf in 2020 is simply to be more engaging with those who enter my 12 square feet. I play a lot of 9 hole single dude rounds. I also play a lot of “walk on” rounds with folks I’ve never met before. My golf goal for 2020 is to have a positive effect on those who I’m fortunate to meet and engage for 3 hours of my life. After all life really is more about heartbeats than head counts.

 

What say you?

 

 

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Well said Steddy, I'd like to shave a stroke off my handicap in 2020, play a few more rounds with the wife, and play a few courses I've never seen. Like you, golf is my escape also. I was fortunate enough to play with a lot of new people this year and really enjoyed meeting most of them.

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My kids are in late middle and early high school.  They don't want dear old dad around as much anymore.  Especially my oldest, who is fiercely independent.  Plus, they are off doing their own things.  My youngest played a lot of afternoon rounds with me after school/work.  After years of trying various things, my wife has found a hobby that she loves in photography.  She often tags along with me and my daughter to snap nature shots.  All in all, 2019 has been a personal success in terms of golf and quality of life.

I don't imagine I will change very much in 2020.  I think my family and I have found a recipe for happiness that we will ride until circumstances change.  Which, as I think about it, may be any moment now given we are engulfed with two teenage girls!

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This past year I have been working to improve my short game and Iron play. My iron play has improved to 6 out of 10 my short game still is weak. So next year I will be working to improve that. Plus as I will be a young 78 next year my only real goal will be to shoot my age. So by improving my short game I should have a decent chance to reach that goal. Plus the most important goal is to just make sure I enjoy playing the game and don't make it seem like work.

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In 2019(and every year leading up to now), I had a lot of self-inflicted damaged done to my game due to a club ho mentality. I had 5 or 6 different putters this year and I never really got into a groove with any of them. Probably because I never had 1 longer than a few rounds! Lol

This year I plan to stick to 1 putter for the entire season, which will hopefully lead to more rounds in the 70’s. Luckily for me I have until the middle to end of March to try as many as possible before settling on just 1.


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For 2020:

  • More tournament rounds looping for my daughter.
  • Even more non-tournament rounds playing with my daughter, my dad, and ideally both of them together.
  • More short-set rounds.
  • Classics rounds with the Muirfields and the Apex Grinds.
  • Don't come up short so often - hit more club.

 

 

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2019 for me personally was good, not great. I mid year change of jobs kind of put a damper on some golf and personal life. Luckily I found a great job that I love with a lot less stress. So for that I am thankful.

2020 I plan to get in more rounds with my wife and Father in law ( he makes me drink beer and Golf.. Man I love him.. LOL), at 82 not sure how much longer he'll be able to play,  Daughter is at the age  where we are more a pain than a blessing.. Granddaughter has said she would like more golf so that is a huge positive. With my bag staying the same ( unless it doesn't ) I should be good to go for some more great rounds.. Shot in the 80's most of the year with only a couple in the low to mid 90's ( too much beer).. My goal for 2020 is not to go over 89, and break into the 70's again. How am I going to do that you ask? Play par 3 courses... Nah, focus on my contact. when I'm having a bad round or hole I tend to get a little free and hit fat shot.

 

that is how I head into 2020..

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14 hours ago, MattF said:

2019 was the best golf year I've had. I got to play my annual game with @fozcycle in Florida. I played with @MaxEntropy a few times and we pot @Mr_Theoo out as well. @GolfSpy Barbajo surprised me with a round at Firestone and that was really the highlight of the year. I joined a "club" and played almost every weekend and got my handicap down to 14.4 at seasons end including shooting a 79. So, all in all, I had a great year golfing.

 

Looking ahead, I hope to get out again in March with @fozcycle and @revkev and play again with Blake and Sean. Also may be able to sort something out with @GolfSpy Barbajo to play again. I want to play as much as possible to try and get my handicap to a 10, if I can. I may even start practicing!

I can see us hitting the 'Stone a couple more times this season Matt.  Doubt I'll be able to get down to Florida in March, but will be St. Pete in early  May - hope to hook up with @fozcycle and @revkev then. 

Doing a year end miles grab next weekend - flying to LA and then driving to Palm Springs for rounds at Mission Hills and Indian Wells. The wife and I are doing a west coast trip next April - she's never seen the Pacific Ocean - but it would be unwise to bring the clubs on that trip 🙄 

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5 hours ago, GolfSpy Barbajo said:

I can see us hitting the 'Stone a couple more times this season Matt.  Doubt I'll be able to get down to Florida in March, but will be St. Pete in early  May - hope to hook up with @fozcycle and @revkev then. 

Doing a year end miles grab next weekend - flying to LA and then driving to Palm Springs for rounds at Mission Hills and Indian Wells. The wife and I are doing a west coast trip next April - she's never seen the Pacific Ocean - but it would be unwise to bring the clubs on that trip 🙄 

Y’all play firestone and don’t call me again we got problems! Lol

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My 2019 for golf was an uneventful one. Being hurt all year really put a damper on wanting to play or practice much. Did get to play with @MattF and @MaxEntropy which i always enjoy though. Now that I feel that I’m fully healed I’m ready to make my Tiger like come back. Planning on being in the gym to get stronger, practice much more this offseason and might even change the bag up a bit. 

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2019 was a year that started off with great promise, renewed distance and ball striking led to some great early season success.  Sadly though I didn't have the time to play that I would have liked and predictably I became less consistent - my low scores went from the low 70's to the high 70's and I also had some truly ugly rounds in the mix. 

 

I did play with a number of MGSers including Sportsman00, Foz and Rookie Blu.  Still hoping to get another MGS round in before year's end.  I loved the Ping Long Game test that I was a part of as well.

My golf goal for 2020 is to play more by focusing on my St. Pete league (the course is 5 minutes from work so if I drop the one in Tampa that's an hour drive during rush hour I should be able to play more and be more focused.)

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7 hours ago, Mr_Theoo said:

Y’all play firestone and don’t call me again we got problems! Lol

You're in, young man!

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9 hours ago, Mr_Theoo said:

Y’all play firestone and don’t call me again we got problems! Lol

I'm with you!

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2019 was very successful for me in ways I hadn’t expected. I recall having lofty goals specifically related to on-course performance, but never really went down a path that led me toward achieving any of them - I don’t think I could be more grateful for that! In 2019 I got to take my game on the road to several new courses including a business trip to CO that granted me the unique opportunity to make a new friend in fellow spy @downlowkey. I played in several tournaments I hadn’t before and exceeded my expectations in the ones that mattered most. The only thing I wish I could have accomplished and didn’t is a round of 79 or better. I really wanted to break 80 again this year and just couldn’t quite get there, but I’ve come close several times and saw my scoring average drop by several strokes. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I break the barrier again and stay there.

As for 2020, I’m just hoping to discover a new group of friends to play with like the guys I know back home. I’m also hoping to make a special return trip to play in the Ozark Amateur again, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the year brings.

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This year started with my lowest score ever. I kept playing really well until about mid May when I slipped on a swing in wet weather and pulled a muscle in my back. I wasn’t out too long but it took a bit to get my swing back. In early July I started playing well again then the retina detached in my right eye. I couldn’t play for 5 weeks and it took forever to get my swing back.  My swing started to feel good again but the weather turned bad and then my other retina detached. So for next year I’m hoping to stay healthy.

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2019 has been an interesting year to say the least.  I came in with a focus to devote more time to instruction and practice, and consequently my game got to a point where I was playing consistently better than I ever have.  The Hard Rock Challenge this year was another success---I hope to implement some improvements next year that will help cultivate a fun challenge.  This year on the forum has been incredible.  I have enjoyed interacting with you guys more than ever.  Being an onlooker in the Cobra Connect Challenge brought some unbelievable surprises that have ended up helping my game, and the D7 challenge has opened my eyes to the world of equipment testing.

However not all was rosy.  Some aspects of my personal life began to demand much greater time commitments, which made golf take a back seat since the middle/end of the D7 challenge---and my golf game has taken a hit since.  My driver and putter have gone AWOL in the last month and despite limited but focused practice---I can't seem to find my stroke and it has really hampered my progress. 

For 2020, I plan to continue to devote time to instruction and more time to focused practice.  I managed to drop 3 strokes off of my handicap towards the end of the summer and I want that to be a continued trend for next year.  I plan on finally making the jump below bogey golf next year; while enjoying more rounds and meeting more of you guys from the forum.  Lastly for 2020, it is my goal to be even more plugged in here---and offer more to the community as a whole.  You guys have given me so much this year; I hope to be able to make a positive impact on you guys.

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I would view 2019 with mixed success - for the first time in a few years, there was no back pain/tightness during the peak of the season and I felt like I could swing freely for a couple months, with generally good results. My unofficial handicap drifted up early in the year, then dropped back down for a net "no change" which is a little disappointing. I am still way too inconsistent off the tee, though. Playing with @MattF and @Mr_Theoo a few times is always fun.

For 2020, I really need to improve my flexibility/strength and spend more time practicing. My wife and I joined a gym in late 2018 and I know I am better shape, but I need more. In following along the Fit for Golf thread, I plan to try that as I generally get bored going to the gym with no real program to follow. I would also really like to go someplace and get lessons to break down my swing and start over (GolfTec, or similar), but don't know that I have the disposable income at the moment with 2 kids in college. To make a long story short, all my back problems started from playing golf, so I wonder if there is some flaw that is putting pressure on my lower back, that perhaps a swing change can fix.

 

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I would view 2019 as the most successful and satisfying golf year of my life. I have been able to shoot several rounds in the 80's, with a personal best of 87. Also, being able to do equipment reviews was a blessing and completely changed the way I look at equipment and the game. Most importantly, getting involved here on the forum and getting to know each of you has been the best thing to happen to my game this year. Being able to share this game with passionate, knowledgeable, and encouraging folks has been fun.

Eyes forward to 2020, I'm looking to improve my approach game. Hitting 20% of my greens is a glaring weakness in my game and I want to improve. I also plan on working on my short game, especially on and around the green. Mostly I just want to get out and enjoy this game and all the great moments it has to offer.

Best of luck to all of you on reaching your goals next year! I look forward to hearing about them.

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