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Old 12-21-2014, 07:32 PM   #1
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I think this could be a fun topic for both input and to keep everyone accountable. Perhaps monthly/quarterly check-ins will be in order. There are many forms this thread could take, but for myself I plan on addressing my strengths/weaknesses and creating a plan to improve upon the weaker parts of my game. I'm going to rate the weaker parts each month or two to get a numeric value on improvement.

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29 yo
Amateur
+1 handicap
Large amount of available practice time
Want to play competitive amateur events at a statewide level

Strengths
Driving
Consistency of ball flight
Ego-free decision maker
Short putts

Weaknesses
Wedge Play (4 out of 10)
Lag Putting (2 out of 10)
Pre-shot routine (5 out of 10)
Overall course strategy (6 out of 10)

Somewhere in the middle
Fitness
Chipping/Pitching
Bunker Play

Ideas for improvement
1. Wedge play - I need to get a better handle on my distances, I plan on doing this via buying a laser, getting new wedges (don't really like mine), and being less nonchalant over these shots. I tend to take them from granted, don't think them out as in depth as longer shots, and as such my results suffer.

2. Lag Putting - Both my solidness of contact and overall approach to each putt needs to improve. I've identified my technical flaws and have begun working on them. I have also found a couple helpful drills. I must also find a way to improve my green/slope reading and overall lag putting philosophy.

3. Pre-shot routine - Lack of a consistent routine leaves me rushing some shots while taking forever on others. I also do a poor job of taking enough practice swings from non-standard lies. New routine will have 3 total looks at the target. Once after I set the club down, 2nd after I set my stance, 3rd after a waggle.

4. Overall course strategy - A lot of credit will go to Ship on this one, we've talked a few times recently about what he is pitching to college/tour players and I already feel more confident in my decision making. It allows me to take a much freer approach to each shot knowing I will have made to most +EV decision before execution.

5. Fitness - I need to get stronger in my base. I've returned to the gym after multiple years off due to health issues. I have begun squatting and running, soon I will add a few more golf specific movements.

Follow my lead or make your own post ITT. Let's all kill it in 2015!
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Old 12-21-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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Re: How Will You Get Better in 2015?

Cheat more frequently.

Seriously though, I need to get physically stronger and generate more clubhead speed. Not so much for driving distance, but to compress the ball better with my irons. Also freeing it up more mentally around the greens in tournaments.

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Old 12-21-2014, 10:02 PM   #3
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I need to get physically stronger and generate more clubhead speed.
What's your plan for going about this? I'm in decent shape but I'd like to do the same thing. I'll probably start cross-fit early next year, more for overall health than anything else but hopefully it helps golf as well.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:45 AM   #4
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Re: How Will You Get Better in 2015?

I think cross fit as programmed for the masses is a poor idea for golf improvement. However I do think the Olympic lifts could have a nice carryover into swing speed generation.

I have a couple thoughts on overlooked body parts for the golf swing, namely the glutes. I plan on incorporating a few more exercises like lunges and hip thrusters into my routine. Another exercise I could see paying long term benefits are farmers walks.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:21 AM   #5
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Re: How Will You Get Better in 2015?

I would say low bar back squats and deadlifts are by far the best lifts for golf. And safest. I've seen way too much fancy play syndrome in the golfing fitness world.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:46 AM   #6
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If only Tiger did more of this instead of all that bull**** stuff he wouldn't have been getting hurt 24/7. Just pick up heavy things and put them back down. No need to get fancy.




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Old 12-22-2014, 01:25 PM   #7
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Re: How Will You Get Better in 2015?

Nice post Spenda. A question. You have Ego-free decision maker as a strength, but course strategy as a weakness. Care to share more info.

Over the years the people I have played with who don't tend to make ego-driven decisions like consistently under-clubbing, or taking on trouble shots where the chances of success is low (and risk/reward ration is usually poor anyway), are also very good at course strategy/game management.

Are these two areas not correlating for you?
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:21 PM   #8
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They aren't because I was using poor reasoning in the past. Since Ship and I have talked I realized I thought I was thinking through things properly but I was way off.

By ego free I mean I will have no issue making the most +EV decision on each shot no matter what might be the "typical" play.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:47 PM   #9
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I think strong glutes and lower back is actually a bad thing, long term.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:16 AM   #10
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my game really came around at times this year.......

my big thing now i think is wedge yips. i am always worried about chunking shots (i play in very wet conditions often) and i think it's got in my head.

also, one longer pw shots i don't seem to have any consistently in my ball striking. some go high. some go low etc. all to a certain degree decent hits for my level but completely different.

one think i think is i went to specialty wedges too much... i think i should go back to playing alot more shots with pitching wedges and even down to 8 iron (more likely 9 iron) to get consistency back.

other than that, driving, irons, chipping, putting were all superb for my level by the end of the year. and i think i've figured them out.

i think at some point i need a nice range finder to get to the next level
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:19 AM   #11
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Spenda, i watch quite a bit of pro golf live and i can tell you that wedge play seems to be what really blows me away about the pros. it's so good. almost always right near the pin from under 120 yards....
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:06 PM   #12
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Re: How Will You Get Better in 2015?

Great thread idea, Spenda!

Relative Stats
34 yo
14 handicap (down from 21 last year)
90 rounds last year
Want to take another big bite off my handicap this summer. I enjoy the game more when I play better, and I'd like to be one of the better players at the muni track I play at this summer (this would be a handicap between 5-10).

Relative Strengths
Driving
Avoiding blow ups holes
Mental game (Poker was amazing for this, strangely enough)

Weaknesses
No pre-shot routine
Play entirely depends on confidence level
3W
Lost a ton of distance this summer due to being unable to work out for medical reasons
Hip flexibility
Chipping
Iron play in general

Hot and Cold
Putting from everywhere (sometimes I am a putting machine, other times No)
Pitch shots

Ideas for improvement
* Practice more: I bought a season pass at the nice local municipal course this year, which meant a lot of great rounds of golf! It also meant that I never got to a driving range. Driving ten minutes farther away and paying money when I could play golf for free was always in the plans and never actually happened. I simply need to commit to time on the range once a week. My shot was so much less consistent than the year prior and this is why. I also need to spend more time doing drills on the putting green. I had a fair amount of rounds that 3 putting just killed. I've been much better at three footers in the past. I need to get back there.
* Commit to a pre-shot routine. Trust it. I have gotten worse and worse at standing over the ball trying to "load" all of my swing keys. More time on the range would help with this as well.
* Fitness: Because of exercise induced headaches, I pretty much need to figure out a low-intensity fitness regiment that will keep my flexibility and some of my strength over the winter so I'm not terrible come golf season.
* I think I need to focus on a target more on longer shots (driving and lay-ups especially).
* When I'm gambling with buddies on the practice green (and drinking) I chip with a ton more confidence and the results are great. I rarely get up and down on the course, but do it at a much better clip while screwing around (from intentionally harder positions). I need to transplant that mentality to the rounds when I'm playing them.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:58 PM   #14
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+ I'll work out my own schedule to get my h/c back down to where it used to be, or lower if possible.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:00 PM   #15
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Re: How Will You Get Better in 2015?

I'm going to try to play more and maybe get new clubs. I either played a round or hit 100 balls and chipped/putted for 90 minutes or played a round ~4 times a week all 4 years of HS.

In the last 9 years I have not topped 12 rounds and 25 hours of practice time in any year and am using a 10 year old driver and 12 year old irons and wedges none of which have been fitted.

I figure if I can get to 20 rounds, 50 hours of practice time (2 hrs every other week), and get fitted for clubs I can go from 86-100 completely dependent on the day to 83-88 pretty consistently. I would settle for making any 2 of these 3 happen.
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