End of season thoughts

Lancj1Lancj1 Posts: 883 ✭✭
It has been a good season for me, I have improved my consistency considerably and shot my best ever round (82 gross) and a few around that. I now feel confident on a golf course and not like I don't always belong on one.



Reflecting with a coffee heres what I have learned from the year - learned myself, not from forums etc.



1. Lessons and committing to practice does work better than any new club.

2. I scored best leaving the driver in the garage and using a strong (14.5 G400) three wood

3. Specialist wedges do give more options and versatility but the Gap wedge is an 11 iron

4. Urethane golf balls make a huge difference when playing well, but non at all during a bad round

5. Hitting fairways and putting are the key to scoring (for me). Get fit and spend money on ONE putter

6. Hybrids. As low down as you want. Mines five but tempted by six.

7. Forget the par for each hole - get down in as few shots as you can.

8. Always go out sideways from rough, fairway bunkers etc. Take your medicine. Take the sensible shot.You will shoot lower.

9. Have a consistent routine and swing thoughts. Mine is SSST (Short, still, slow, turn)

10. Find a way to get into a zone. Silly but I imagine I am being commentated on.

11. Occasionally drop a round and spend four hours practicing. Not four hours beating balls.

12. When playing out of rough etc, hit the fairway. When laying up, LAY UP

13. Know how far you hit your clubs, sort a system for measuring distances that works for you.



Id be interested to hear what you have learned
G Max Driver, Tour 65 Stiff
G400 3 & 5 Woods Alta CB Reg
G400 2,3,4,5 Hybrids Alta CB Reg
G410 Irons, 6-U, Green Dot, Alta CB Reg + 1/2"
Glide Stealth 54 (SS) & 58 (WS) Green Dot, Alta CB Reg + 1/2"
Ping Sigma 2 Valor, Stealth

Disclaimer*

I'm a handicap golfer in my 50's. Any opinions I have about golf equipment or professional golfers or the game in general should be taken as seriously as you would the opinions of a random guy in the fourball ahead of you who just shot 92 but is usually better than that.
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  • jdljdl Masshole MassMembers Posts: 1,668 ✭✭
    edited Oct 11, 2018 #2
    I learned that hitting fairways is relatively meaningless for me. Raised my % from 50% to 60%, yet my GIR went down. And it wasn't by hitting less club, I used driver as much as always. Scores were about the same, maybe a little worse.
  • Blue CraneBlue Crane Members Posts: 4
    My end of season thoughts..."Have I regressed?"
  • PeanutsDaddyPeanutsDaddy Members Posts: 8,655 ✭✭
    I am what I am.
    Cobra King F7 9*<br />Wishon 919FD 13* (1* open)<br />Wishon 950HC 18* (1* open)<br />Wishon 775hs 21*, 24*, 27<br />NCW 28*, 33*, 38*, 43*, 48*, 53*<br />Mac Custom Grind 58* (NevadaGolfGuy Special)<br />Betti, Machine, Mannkrafted, Scotty, Tad Moore, Xenon
  • McgeenoMcgeeno Members Posts: 1,947 ✭✭
    I learned I need to be way better from 100 yards and in. This will be a major point of emphasis for me next season.



    My distance is not really an advantage if I'm not hitting my pitch shots close enough to capitalize. It cost me a tournament or two even with a 40 yard cushion off the tee against some players.



    I hit lots of greens for my skill level but my proximity to the hole is an issue.
  • PaulBallzPaulBallz Members Posts: 40
    That I don't drive the ball near as far as I thought I did :/
  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,075 ✭✭
    Also typing while fuelled by coffee...and rain is keeping me awake...

    Had 6 lessons. Hitting it a little better.

    Nee to get some length back. Played couple of longer courses and struggled to reach the par 4s.

    Need to massively improve from 100- 30 yards in.

    Back needs more TLC.

    I will treat myself to new irons in 2019.

    Employing a pack of bloodhounds to find my putting stroke.
  • 00steven00steven Posts: 173 ✭✭
    Up and down year for me, shot my best round of 81 and after went through a month slump trying to better that score which is a pipe dream at this point. I’m at the point of being able to score mid to 80’s pretty normally which makes me feel good. Need to hit driver better as I game a three wood but my wedges have greatly improved this year.



    Looking up overall.
    Driver: Taylormade M3
    3 Wood: Taylormade M2
    3 Hybrid: Taylormade M2
    4-PW: Titleist AP1
    Wedges: 52/56 Titlest SM5 60 Titleist SM6
    Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo 3
    Ball: Titleist ProV1x
  • ER527ER527 Members Posts: 3
    Couple of lessons learned, focus on transition into the downswing and be slow to start, wedges need to improve on distance control. Not looking forward to the offseason everything is finally starting to click
  • sheldonjhackersheldonjhacker Members Posts: 3,699 ✭✭
    edited Oct 11, 2018 #10
    I gotta stop playing golf swing and just play golf. image/black eye.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':black eye:' />
  • Loomis13Loomis13 Posts: 181 ✭✭
    I had probably my best seasom this year. Everything seemed to be better than past years. Driver and long irons were the biggest improvements and helped with scoring. The biggest difference was the bad rounds, they were not as frequent not as bad. Sad the season is ending but looking forward to November deer hunting here in Iowa also trip to Vegas for spring break with some golf planned!
  • rwc356rwc356 Chicago, IllinoisPosts: 301 ✭✭
    While I hope I still have a another couple of months to play - the reality is the season is winding down in Chicago.



    Started the season pumped to play some vintage equipment I acquired during the winter as well as my hickories. Goal remained th same - get the HCP back down to a 9. Age and reality (a/k/a/ health issues) pretty quickly shelved my season plans.



    After reading what some other WRX'ers were doing in similar situations, I put together a short set of Ping irons and a couple of TM woods - everything graphite and senior flex. Graphite has made the pains much more tolerable and modern technology has helped the score. While not the season I had envisioned, I have brought the HCP down to 13 - now I need to consider whether I move up a set of tees.



    All in all, at age 66, not a bad end of season review. At least I'm still able to get out on the course and walk 18 holes!
    Just an older guy with 7 or 8 clubs and a MacKenzie Walker bag
  • r0scoer0scoe Hardcore Hacker Members Posts: 67
    Mcgeeno wrote:


    I learned I need to be way better from 100 yards and in. This will be a major point of emphasis for me next season.



    I hit lots of greens for my skill level but my proximity to the hole is an issue.




    Taking out the distance advantage (my drive maxes out around 250 without a good tailwind) I have the same problem. I can get the GIRs, but i'll have a 30 foot birdie putt which can turn into a 3 putt easily.



    i'm actually pretty good at around 100 yards, it's really 50 yards and in for me (chunking half wedges because i'm trying not to swing too hard and put it over the green)
  • andrueandrue Posts: 1,120 ✭✭
    edited Oct 12, 2018 #14
    I've had a mixed season, pretty much following on from the same last year but I'm beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.



    Driver - was poor to utterly useless at times but thanks to the club pro is now at least launching well and I'm learning to trust it again. I really hope I can get it back under control. When it could only send the ball 170yds it was nearly always in the fairway and was my most reliable club. Now it sends the ball over 220 yards but can go horribly wrong. 8/10.



    3 hybrid - Could barely use it at start of year (it wasn't much cop last summer either as various threads I started attest). Now it's pretty reliable and aside from an occasional strong fade will usually put the ball 190yds+ from where I'm standing. 9/10.



    Other hybrids and irons - Pretty good. Still struggling with accuracy but I'm hoping that paying more attention to my stance will fix that. 6/10.



    Wedges - still randomly pushing and pulling. No real progress there but then I haven't really tried. 7/10.



    Short game - yuk. Chipping has never come good despite a lot of practice. Putting dire to poor. Possibly down to state of greens after extreme summer. 3/10.



    Overall: 6/10. Could do better image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />

    --

    What I've learned:

    * Some forearm rotation is needed to launch the ball. Let your arms do what they naturally want to do.

    * Feel like you're leaning back from the hips up when striking the ball.

    * Do a full shoulder turn. Especially with the driver.

    * Pay attention to stance.

    * Don't let the ball get within 100 yards of the pin unless it's on the green (aspiration).

    * Limit use of driver (for now).

    --

    But it's not end of season for me. I play all year round. No doubt winter will introduce some changes but I can still work on iron accuracy and trusting my driver.
    Callaway Rogue Driver.
    Callaway Big Bertha OS Hybrids (3/4/5)
    Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons (6/7/8/9/PW/AW/SW)
    Callaway 60* Sureout wedge
    Callaway 64* Sureout wedge
    Ghost Spider Si 72 Putter
    Callaway Super Soft Yellow (White in winter).
  • Jakob 91Jakob 91 Members Posts: 61
    Picked up golf last September, spent the whole winter on the range, went for my first real round in April (you need to get a „license“ here to be allowed on golf courses). Played a couple tournaments and got down to a 31 (starting at 54 in Europe). I never cheat, count every stroke and study all my statistics meticulously. Using 18 Birdies or The Grint for round logging (when The Grint doesn’t feature the course I‘m playing, 18 Birdies usually does).



    Biggest realizations: the mental side is so darn important. Swing thoughts are cancer. You‘ll have good and bad days and the occasional extremes in both directions. Havin fun, enjoying the beautiful game and cherishing the great shots is where it’s at for me. And good banter among buddies.
    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]WITB 2019
    Mizuno JPX 900 3 Wood (14°)[/font]
    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi 2i (16°)
    Nike Vapor Fly 3&4 Hybrid (20/23°)
    [/font]
    [font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif]Mizuno MP-33 Irons (4-PW)
    Mizuno S5 Wedges (56/60°)
    Mizuno T-105 putter
    Mizuno JPX 2016 ball
    The Grint/18 Birdies apps for scorekeeping
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  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,405 ✭✭
    What is an 'end of season' you speak of?



    Golf is every weekend...
    Long Live Nike
  • platgofplatgof platgof ClubWRX Posts: 1,381 ClubWRX
    Health has been kinda tough lately, mostly shoulders. Had some rough rounds then last week had a good round. Put the Ping irons in the bag again(G) and did better. The Ping Glide wedges are amazing for me, so much confidence. The Fusion driver is so reliable. I put the XR16 5 wood back in the bag, and doing better. I also put a Ping Sigma G putter in, and the touch is nice. Golf has become fun again when I accept the fact that bogey is a good score, not bad, and pars are icing on the cake, not the norm.
    GBB Fusion HT 13.5
    GBB XR16 5 & 7 WD
    GBB OS 5 & 6 Hybrid
    P790 5-PW
    Glide AW, SW, LW
    TM Spider Pro Red C/S
    B330RX
  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62 Members Posts: 1,582 ✭✭
    My end of the season thought is about which week in February am I going to Florida to start the season early
    Driver - Cobra F7
    3w- Adams Tight Speedline Super LS
    Hybrid - Cobra F8 19
    Irons- Adams XTD 4-PW
    Wedges- Tour Edge CB Pro 50, 54 , 58
    Putter- Tour Edge HP Series 01
  • Golfer4LifeGolfer4Life Bob Parsons Bodyguard, Chump! ClubWRX Posts: 2,152
    It was a good season, especially coming from a full left knee replacement.
    PXG Derangement Syndrome, it is real.......<br /><br />Equipment:<br /><br />A bag full of PXG’s<br />Non Titleist Welded Neck 35/330g SC 009<br /><br />“Check your Ego at the Club House and Play the Correct Tees”
  • BlackDiamondPar5BlackDiamondPar5 Members Posts: 5,102 ✭✭
    Didn't play that well but didn't put any practice time in either. Still had fun. Now looking forward to hopefully a couple more rounds of fall golf and then hopeful for a snowy winter.



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  • JonnyKrasnodarJonnyKrasnodar Members Posts: 1,804 ✭✭
    Roller coaster season for me, especially as I'd sold all my clubs by this time last season having struggled towards the end. Totally lost the ability to hit a ball of any kind.



    So November to March was spent with a coach and a sports pyschologist to work on things and get to the bottom of why I could literally beat anyone one day and would be threatening triple digits the next. That's far too much of a variance to be normal.



    So what are my thoughts? Well I had 3 wins, got a regional final tomorrow which will be a new experience and I've settled my expenditure down as I have full confidence in my set up. So here goes:



    1) A round is never over until you sign your score card. First medal of the year 52 out, 38 in. I almost walked off after 9 it was that bad.



    2) Pitching from 20-110 yards is key. Previously I'd always try and hit full shots without thinking about the consequences. Now I have a repeatable shot & trajectory for every yardage within that bracket and it has really separated me from the others.



    3) Woods are not the be all and end all. This was the season I dedicated a lot of time to long irons (2-4) and it's paid off in the latter half of the season. I find them very easy to control and more predictable in terms of results. Previously I'd always hit a wood or hybrid second shot and hope for the best.



    4) Putting is still king. Sounds obvious but I've two putted the majority of the season and it really is the difference between a good score and a cricket score.



    5) Believe. I've walked onto the course last twice telling myself I'm going to get cut and I have. It's focused me on the shot at hand, not taking any risks and relying on my short game if required. When you do what you set out to do it validates the time and hard work out in during the winter months. Two cuts, two wins to end the season. 3 in total.



    It's such a frustrating game but I've shown myself it can be really deadly simple. So I'll be back next season for more.

  • shakeyshakey OvenWRX 1 Members Posts: 5,690 ✭✭
    Two things stuck out more than anything over the last few months of the season.



    1) I really need to become more consistent with driver. I had a good stretch early where driver was probably the strongest club in the bag. I could go at it without care and hit it right down the middle. That went away and driver became a 50/50 bet on whether I would find it after contact. Even bleed into my three wood some.

    2) Need to really increase my cardio over the offseason. Part of the problem is that I mostly play 9 holes when I go out. It's seldom I had time for a full 18 this year. So around 14 or 15 I would start breaking down and losing interest. I gave up three or four rounds in the 60s due to playing horrible on the last few holes.



    I have a second child coming in Dec and most of the first of the year will be without playing. What time I'll have to practice will also be limited. So I'm gonna spend the late night time working out in my garage and finding time to start running.
    TM M6 10.5 w/PX Evenflow Blue 65 Stiff
    TM M4 3HL w/Diamana D+ Ltd 70 Stiff
    NIKE VR Pro II Hybrid 3 (21) w/PX Graphite 5.5
    Mizuno JPX 919 Tour 4-PW w/Modus 120 Stiff

    TM Milled Grind Black 52 SB and 58 LB w/Modus Tour 125 Wedge
    TM TP Black Copper Mullen 2

    TM TP5x
  • Golfer4LifeGolfer4Life Bob Parsons Bodyguard, Chump! ClubWRX Posts: 2,152
    shakey wrote:


    Two things stuck out more than anything over the last few months of the season.



    1) I really need to become more consistent with driver. I had a good stretch early where driver was probably the strongest club in the bag. I could go at it without care and hit it right down the middle. That went away and driver became a 50/50 bet on whether I would find it after contact. Even bleed into my three wood some.

    2) Need to really increase my cardio over the offseason. Part of the problem is that I mostly play 9 holes when I go out. It's seldom I had time for a full 18 this year. So around 14 or 15 I would start breaking down and losing interest. I gave up three or four rounds in the 60s due to playing horrible on the last few holes.



    I have a second child coming in Dec and most of the first of the year will be without playing. What time I'll have to practice will also be limited. So I'm gonna spend the late night time working out in my garage and finding time to start running.




    Congratulations on your second child.
    PXG Derangement Syndrome, it is real.......<br /><br />Equipment:<br /><br />A bag full of PXG’s<br />Non Titleist Welded Neck 35/330g SC 009<br /><br />“Check your Ego at the Club House and Play the Correct Tees”
  • wrmillerwrmiller Members Posts: 1,569 ✭✭
    I could play more or less all year round, but will be playing less during the colder months.



    The upside of the cooler weather is that I get to spend more time in my hobby machinist shop! image/biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />
    Primary bag:
    Titleist 913 D3 8.5
    Titleist 915Fd 13.5
    Titleist 913h 17
    Mizuno MP-18 4-PW
    Scratch wedges 50, 55, and 60
    Bettinardi mid-shank putter

    Backup bag:
    Ping G400 9
    Ping G30 fw 13
    Ping G30 hybrid 19
    Ping iBlade 4-PW power spec
    Macgregor VIP wedges 51, 56, and 60
    Bettinardi mid-shank putter
  • shakeyshakey OvenWRX 1 Members Posts: 5,690 ✭✭

    shakey wrote:


    Two things stuck out more than anything over the last few months of the season.



    1) I really need to become more consistent with driver. I had a good stretch early where driver was probably the strongest club in the bag. I could go at it without care and hit it right down the middle. That went away and driver became a 50/50 bet on whether I would find it after contact. Even bleed into my three wood some.

    2) Need to really increase my cardio over the offseason. Part of the problem is that I mostly play 9 holes when I go out. It's seldom I had time for a full 18 this year. So around 14 or 15 I would start breaking down and losing interest. I gave up three or four rounds in the 60s due to playing horrible on the last few holes.



    I have a second child coming in Dec and most of the first of the year will be without playing. What time I'll have to practice will also be limited. So I'm gonna spend the late night time working out in my garage and finding time to start running.




    Congratulations on your second child.


    Thanks.
    TM M6 10.5 w/PX Evenflow Blue 65 Stiff
    TM M4 3HL w/Diamana D+ Ltd 70 Stiff
    NIKE VR Pro II Hybrid 3 (21) w/PX Graphite 5.5
    Mizuno JPX 919 Tour 4-PW w/Modus 120 Stiff

    TM Milled Grind Black 52 SB and 58 LB w/Modus Tour 125 Wedge
    TM TP Black Copper Mullen 2

    TM TP5x
  • JoelsimJoelsim Posts: 684 ✭✭
    It’s not end of season for me as I will play all 12 months.



    A decent year but still prone to a bad round sometimes, really bad. From the heights of 78,74,79 in three consecutive rounds in July to 98 last week, albeit I have a heavy cold and didn’t get any sleep the night before because I stupidly took some cold tablets without reading that they were packed with caffeine. And it was a new course by the coast and very windy...



    Anyway, two swing thoughts to continue with.



    1. Use your torso not your arms to swing.

    2. Keep that right leg taught.



    If I can do that I play well generally.
    Ping G400 Driver 10.5 Regular Alta CB 44.5”
    TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver 13.5 Regular Diamana F Ltd 43.25”
    Titleist 818 H1 18 3-Hybrid Regular Tensei Blue
    Titleist 818 H1 23 4-Hybrid Regular Tensei Blue
    Ping G400 4-UW Regular Alta (#4 at power spec loft)
    Ping G410 SW Regular Alta
    Cleveland CBX 52
    Callaway Mack Daddy 4 58 X
    Callaway Mack Daddy 4 64 S
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #3
    Odyssey O-Works Marxman
    Odyssey Stroke Lab V-Line
  • NoTalentLeftyNoTalentLefty Members Posts: 3,440 ✭✭
    1) I seemed to figure out my chipping after watching Greg Norman on GC. Kudos to Lanny Watkins who taught him .

    2) I am not satisfied with my full swing. Going to work on Monte’s no turn cast swing thought.



    My season will continue until it’s below 50 with wind. 60+ is our group’s favorite for this time of year. Of course we are all mostly 60+ in age.
    Livin' proof that Lefties are not naturally talented.

    Driver Titleist 913 D3 44 inches also a Cleveland Classic 310 43.5 inches
    3 and 5 Wood Ping G15
    3-5 Hybrids Cobra Baffler XL
    6-GW Titleist AP1s
    53 degree Wedge Titleist AP1
    58 degree SW Vokey SM6
    Putter White Hot V LINE Fang w/round Edel Grip
  • 86020818602081 Members Posts: 1,866 ✭✭
    Golf is year around sport for me...



    1. Lighter shaft on my irons bright my consistancy and distance back..

    2. My back doesn't hurt anymore..



    Turning 50 this month.. Looking forward to senior rates..
  • HoosierHacker89HoosierHacker89 Members Posts: 2,641 ✭✭
    My season was pretty solid all and all. I saw an all time best round (73) and personal low handicap (8.7) this season. I think both accomplishments are encouraging moving forward. I drastically improved my putting this season, but i felt like my chipping and driving took a step back this year.
    Titleist 910 D3
    R7 steel 4 wood
    Cleveland Ta 5 3-P
    Cleveland 588 51/56
    Odyssey white hot 2 ball
  • caniac6caniac6 Members Posts: 2,659 ✭✭
    I have had an absolutely fantastic season! In June of 17 I had surgery for prostate cancer. In June 18 I was 100% cancer free. By the way, the golf has been pretty good,too!
  • MountainGoatMountainGoat Mid-MarylandMembers Posts: 1,583 ✭✭
    I picked a bad moment to get really hot.
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