Golf for 18 months, shot a 79

JohnnyBarrJohnnyBarr Members Posts: 10 ✭✭
First post here.....I just needed to tell as many people as I can lol. I started golfing September of 2016 shooting 120_130+ per round, my goal was to break 100 before the end of the year which I didn’t meet, I shot an even 100 a few times but never hit 90’s that year. My goal for 2017 was to break 100 then 90, I broke 100 early in the year and then in July I shot an 86! At that point I was usually scoring mid 90’s consistently. Once I broke 90 I started hitting low 90’s to high 80’s most rounds for the rest of the year. This year my goal was to hit in the 70’s at least once and I did that yeasterday needing to birdy the last hole to score a 79!! I’m so excited, so now my goal is to get down to being a single digit handicaper by the end of the year. I play from the white tees with a total distance of 6323 yards and 70.9/130 rating and slope. I plan on mixing it up and start playing from the whites blues and blacks this year. So excited to play golf this year!!!

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  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭
    First welcome to GolfWRX. :-)



    That is quite an achievement Johnny!
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,365 ✭✭
    Phew I thought this was a slow play thread. Was going to tell you 18 months is wayyyyy too long to play a round of golf in. Especially if you shot sub 80
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  • MrJonesMrJones Waiting for the weekend... Members Posts: 2,724 ✭✭
    Good job! I'm interested in how often you get to play?
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  • JohnnyBarrJohnnyBarr Members Posts: 10 ✭✭
    Thank you, last year I probably averaged 2 times a week, this year I’m hoping to average 3 times a week.
  • Lou04380Lou04380 Members Posts: 157 ✭✭
    Congrats, some people pick the game up quickly, seems like you're one of them! I played with a guy once who claimed he shot a 78 his first time golfing, I don't know if I believe him but he was an excellent athlete (former D1 hockey player), so who knows, I just wish it came that easy to me.
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  • jdljdl Masshole MassMembers Posts: 1,690 ✭✭
    Great job, good luck at the 2019 Q school. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • MrJonesMrJones Waiting for the weekend... Members Posts: 2,724 ✭✭
    JohnnyBarr wrote:


    Thank you, last year I probably averaged 2 times a week, this year I'm hoping to average 3 times a week.


    Playing twice a week and getting to that point is a really good accomplishment. Did you have practice time in as well?
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  • JohnnyBarrJohnnyBarr Members Posts: 10 ✭✭
    For the most part my practice consisted of showing up early for my round and hitting a couple buckets of range balls to see what kind of flight to expect that day, some days I’d be hitting straight other days everything would be a fade and some days I’d be hitting draws, there were lots and lots of days where my ball striking was horrible and I didn’t know where the ball was going to go.

    My home course was only shut down for about 3 weeks this winter so I’ve really been working at the range with my wedges and tons of putting more than playing rounds.

    Right now my weakest part of my game is with the woods, seems like some days it’s the best and others I can’t get out of the box. Inconsistentcie kills me!!
  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members Posts: 3,853 ✭✭
    Took me 3 years and close to 2 more month to break the 80 on a regulation par 72 golf course.

    I was getting maybe 40 rounds of golf per year back then with maybe a few trips to the driving range each month.



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  • SolidstrikeSolidstrike Members Posts: 301 ✭✭
    Great job! It takes some of us many years to break 80. You have a real talent. Expect to get even better, never stop improving.
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  • nixnix Members Posts: 1,010 ✭✭
    Having been through it, I can tell you breaking 100 is much harder than breaking 90. Quite frankly, I think breaking 100 is one of the hardest things to achieve in the game of golf.
  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members Posts: 3,853 ✭✭
    JohnnyBarr wrote:


    For the most part my practice consisted of showing up early for my round and hitting a couple buckets of range balls to see what kind of flight to expect that day, some days I'd be hitting straight other days everything would be a fade and some days I'd be hitting draws, there were lots and lots of days where my ball striking was horrible and I didn't know where the ball was going to go.

    My home course was only shut down for about 3 weeks this winter so I've really been working at the range with my wedges and tons of putting more than playing rounds.

    Right now my weakest part of my game is with the woods, seems like some days it's the best and others I can't get out of the box. Inconsistentcie kills me!!




    You certainly knows a lot more than a newbie should, maybe you are a born golf genius. or prodigy invented on the key board.
  • JohnnyBarrJohnnyBarr Members Posts: 10 ✭✭
    wkuo3 wrote:

    JohnnyBarr wrote:


    For the most part my practice consisted of showing up early for my round and hitting a couple buckets of range balls to see what kind of flight to expect that day, some days I'd be hitting straight other days everything would be a fade and some days I'd be hitting draws, there were lots and lots of days where my ball striking was horrible and I didn't know where the ball was going to go.

    My home course was only shut down for about 3 weeks this winter so I've really been working at the range with my wedges and tons of putting more than playing rounds.

    Right now my weakest part of my game is with the woods, seems like some days it's the best and others I can't get out of the box. Inconsistentcie kills me!!




    You certainly knows a lot more than a newbie should, maybe you are a born golf genius. or prodigy invented on the key board.


    Haha i just try my best man, I take the safe shot when I get myself in trouble and try to make my next shot my best shot........inventing myself on the keyboard?? If so I’d at least make myself a scratch golfer instead of breaking 80 only once lol
  • RoodyRoody You ride her until she bucks you or don't ride at all Members Posts: 1,056 ✭✭
    Lou04380 wrote:


    Congrats, some people pick the game up quickly, seems like you're one of them! I played with a guy once who claimed he shot a 78 his first time golfing, I don't know if I believe him but he was an excellent athlete (former D1 hockey player), so who knows, I just wish it came that easy to me.


    Was his name Kim Jong il?
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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,348 ✭✭
    I started playing golf at age 13, but did not start playing regularly until I was 46 (1998). I broke 80 on a par 72 course in 2000 after playing 2 to 3 times/week for several years. What you have accomplished is epic!
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  • Lou04380Lou04380 Members Posts: 157 ✭✭
    Roody wrote:

    Lou04380 wrote:


    Congrats, some people pick the game up quickly, seems like you're one of them! I played with a guy once who claimed he shot a 78 his first time golfing, I don't know if I believe him but he was an excellent athlete (former D1 hockey player), so who knows, I just wish it came that easy to me.


    Was his name Kim Jong il?




    Unfortunately he was not from the hermit kingdom, but I believe he did stay at a holiday inn express the night before, so there's that.
  • jamesg.nzjamesg.nz Members Posts: 24
    You've given me hope with this. I've been playing on and off for the last 2-3 years, shooting low 100's. My goal is to break 100 this year. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  • DivinDaveDivinDave Longview TexasMembers Posts: 519 ✭✭
    Congrats OP.



    I wouldn't have believed you, except for that I have a friend that at 38 took up golf, and within 2 years was single digit. I'll never forgive him.

    So, moral of the story is it can be done but its extremely rare. Some folks just have it, and others don't.



    So keep up the good work.
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  • AThompson_3AThompson_3 Members Posts: 1,401 ✭✭
    Not out of the ordinary especially for former baseball or hockey players.
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  • ArtMBgolfArtMBgolf Members Posts: 368 ✭✭
    That was fast improvement and a lot of practice.



    Most guys I know who had fast improvement at golf were baseball players.
  • Johnny_FairwayJohnny_Fairway South Jersey (Philly Burbs)Members Posts: 548 ✭✭
    edited Feb 15, 2018 #24


    Not out of the ordinary especially for former baseball or hockey players.




    The hockey swing seems to translate especially well.



    I went from a 24 to a 13 my first year with my baseball swing. But I have the typical problem of coming too hard and over the top on the downswing. It'll be difficult to unlearn decades of ingrained movement.
  • AThompson_3AThompson_3 Members Posts: 1,401 ✭✭
    Hit wrote:



    Not out of the ordinary especially for former baseball or hockey players.




    The hockey swing seems to translate especially well.



    I went from a 24 to a 13 my first year with my baseball swing. But I have the typical problem of coming too hard and over the top on the downswing. It'll be difficult to unlearn decades of ingrained movement.
    That is the definitely biggest thing with former baseball players is an over the top move. I still struggle with it myself.
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