Golf New Years Resolution- This time next year this is what I want improved...



  • golfgirlrobingolfgirlrobin Members Posts: 2,306 ✭✭
    Fitness. My game is fine, but I live where it’s a 100* all summer and I’d enjoy golf a lot more if I lost some weight and worked on my fitness and flexibility. Shouldn’t be getting tired and making mistakes because of it.

    Driver: Ping G400 Max 10.5*
    Fairway: Epic Flash 14* & 20*
    Hybrid: Ping G410 22*
    Irons: TaylorMade M CGB 6-SW
    Wedges: Callaway 2019 PM Grind 59* and 64*
    Putter: Ping Cadence TR Ketsch
    Ball:  Titleist Pro V1
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,714 ✭✭
    Driving, if I can get it consistent (it doesn’t even have to be super long) I will get back to scratch.
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • cliffhangercliffhanger spruce grove albertaClubWRX Posts: 1,753 ClubWRX
    my goal is to improve my overall health which in turn should help to increase my consistency. I generally get tired easily and that 100% impacts my scoring as the round progresses. I am a type 2 diabetic and its tough to lose weight and jogging alone with a pretty sensible diet alone isn't doing it. So prior to 2019 starting i have kicked in some resolutions...

    #1: to refine my diet to include more meals per day (smaller in size). High protein, moderate carbs and low fat and sugar.

    #2: i have joined a kickboxing training facility a month ago. Its more for the aerobic activity as they have a 10 round circuit of 3 min per round of various MMA inspired exercises. I will continue to jog however this will be on days where i don't get to the club or when i have extra time.

    #3: Not wait until the snow leaves in April to swing a club, i will stay active.

    This should help with my goal for 2019 to improve my game by improving my overall health.

    Driver: M6 (10.5 deg) with Project X Smoke 60X playing at 45 inches
    3Wood: M6 (14 deg) with Project X Smoke 70X playing at 43 inches
    Hybrid: M6 #3 with KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95X
    4-GW: P760 with KBS Tour X (all bent 2 deg flat)
    HiToe Wedges: 56/10 and 60/10 (all bent 2 deg flat) with 2.0 hi-rev shafts
    Mullen 2 TP putter @ 34 inches 
    TP 5 ball 

     All grips 360 tour velvet burgundy with 1 extra wrap

    Sun mountain 4.5 stand bag

  • ohioglfrohioglfr Municipal Junkie Members Posts: 728 ✭✭
    edited Dec 26, 2018 #35
    Would like to increase my swing speed back up to where I was three years ago.

    Maybe then I can loft the ball higher than 15 feet with my 3 wood on the fairway.

    Adams Speedline 9088UL 10.5* AXIVCore 69 Black (S)
    Ping G SF Tec 3W, 5W Alta 65 (R)
    Ping G 4H,5H Alta 70 (R)
    Ping G 6-U TT XP 95 (soft R)
    Ping Glide 54*, 58* WS TT XP 100 (R)
    Ping Darby Sigma G

  • premazipppremazipp Members Posts: 407 ✭✭
    More consistency with the driver off the tee. It's tough when you're a half stroke behind after your first shot.
    Driver: Adams 4G 12*
    Wood: Adams Fast 10 18*
    Hybrid: Ping Anser 20*
    Irons: Wishon 550M 5-PW
    Wedges: Scratch 8620 53
    Putter: Bettinardi Queen Bee #6
  • Joker91Joker91 Westminster, COMembers Posts: 554 ✭✭
    Hit more GIR and take 2 putts off my average per round
  • sthompson42sthompson42 Texas42 Members Posts: 69 ✭✭
    Two major goals. Get in less trouble off the tee and hit more GIRs. I hit way too few. HC is 9.
  • mctrees02mctrees02 Lefty Boomers Posts: 1,278 ✭✭

    mctrees02 wrote:

    The simplest answer is to find my long lost short game. The most reliable part of my game for as long as I can remember vanished in the middle of a tournament June 2017. It periodically returns with a LOT of practice (and about 30-60 minutes of warmup before a round) but I’m at a point in life where regular practice isn’t a viable option outside of wearing out my home office carpet. Chip, pitch, bump and run, flop, right lie, rough, or doesn’t matter any more as my confidence has dropped further than the S&P in 2018.

    My commitment to cardio and flexibility in my mid 30’s has improved my ballstriking and distance through the bag (added 15yds to Dr/3w and 10yds on every other club). However, I’m a complete mess on anything less than a full swing (so from 7 inches to 70 yards off the green). Despite less play and practice, I’ve actually knocked my index down to a career low of 5.3 this year as their are enough 14+ GIR rounds to cover up the bad rounds of 5-7 double bogeys/ESC scores.

    So option A is find a short game instructor whose teaching style fits how I understand the golf swing as well as hope my therapist has a side hobby of sports psychology.

    Option B is buy a set of hickory sticks and switch to right handed golf! I’m ok with the game being the mostly frustrating enjoyable thing I do.

    However, when it’s hard to find joy amongst the anxiety and desparation from missing a green, it’s time to go in a different direction.

    To end on a positive note...I’ve made a personal goal of playing 10 new courses, playing with 10 new people, organizing a Scotland/Ireland trip for 2020 and knocking off at least 1 course on my way too long bucket list.

    What do you do for cardio and stretching? Thanks
    play tennis, rowing, stationary bikes and elyptical machines, as well as use the **** out of a rocking stretch chair at my club’s gym. It’s only taken 35 years, but I can finally touch my toes (something I could never do even while playing tennis through college).
  • benhays98benhays98 Members Posts: 42 ✭✭
    goal is sub 6 handicap (current is 12.1)

    Increase my GIR (current is ~54%) and FIR (current is ~37%)

    Focus on

    ---increasing FIR (goal is 50%+)...Driver is the only club that is killing me off the tee, it's not bad, just not as accurate as I want it to be..

    ---lowering putting avg. (bounces around 35-36)

    ---reducing proximity to hole on approach
  • gticlaygticlay gticlay Members Posts: 986
    easyyy wrote:
    What if anything would make a difference in my game? Taking a step back and looking at my game I am asking what in one year would I want different if I could have it.

    Well...I would want to score better. I am a 3.6 now and would have to drop 2 points to feel as if it was a good year.

    Chipping, putting and better control under pressure. I will work with a pro locally that has shown some great results in my game and many others. He is not just mechanical but emphasizes a lot on the metal side of the game. Pia Nilsson Vision 54 type stuff.

    What is a good golf resolution for you all that you would like to see in one year?

    Great topic. Spent the last few years at a 9. I just play when I can, zero practice time. With baby number two on the way, I’m not joining the local course for 2019.

    I think I’ll be able to go and get some serious practice in each week though. I hit exactly zero buckets in 2018 but perhaps I can hone my putting, chipping, and get rid of this hook I’ve developed over the last two years.

    So I guess mine is to get out and practice, even if I don’t play more than 1 or 2 rounds for the year.
  • GTgolfGTgolf Members Posts: 517 ✭✭
    1. Less complaining about bad outcomes

    2. Take more time to properly read putts - focus on putting tempo

    3. Walk the golf course more

    4. Find a consistent 3 wood - shot shape - distance
  • FergusonFerguson Members Posts: 4,663 ✭✭
    Continue the fitness and work on making a better turn.
  • RoodyRoody You ride her until she bucks you or don't ride at all Members Posts: 1,056 ✭✭
    Ya know, this topic made me think. I'm not sure I'm feeling as driven to be a better golfer as I used to be. I'm an 8 handicap now. A few years ago I worked my tail off, and I got down to a 6 for a brief time. But I remember how much work it was, and I also remember feeling a lot more irritable when I didn't perform well on the course. All that effort, and the best I could muster was a couple points lower in handicap?

    I'm just not sure I want to go back to that. I want to play good, but not if it comes at the cost of enjoyment. I kinda like where I'm at now. My resolution is to keep enjoying myself. If I get better, great. If not, that's fine too.

    How's that for being non-committal?
    Titleist ProV1x
    Titleist 915 D2
    Titleist 716 T-MB 2-iron
    Callaway Apex irons 3-PW
    Odyssey Black Series #7
    Callaway Jaws and Mack Daddy Wedges
  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,312 ClubWRX
    The most inconsistent aspect of my game is consistency from hole to hole and even shot to shot. My practice time is very limited now and I took the plunge a few months ago on the SL irons and saw some immediate improvement by having fewer "swings." Hopefully that will continue into 2019 and get a little more consistency inside each round.
  • Twilight RounderTwilight Rounder Members Posts: 95 ✭✭
    Shorten backswing and stop flipping at impact.
    10* Ping G400 LST Project X Hzrdus Black 75 6.0 44.5"
    18* Titleist 915F Diamana BF 80 X 41.25"
    21* Titleist 915H Diamana Blueboard 90 X 40"
    4-PW Callaway Apex 16 combo Project X Rifle 6.0
    50*/12* Titleist Vokey SM7 F grind DG S400
    55*/15* Titleist Vokey SM7 F grind DG S400
    60*/8* Titleist JDM Cold Forged Vokey SM5 M grind DG S400
    Ping Sigma G Kushin
  • dnalepocadnalepoca Members Posts: 225 ✭✭
    I’m currently a 12 handicap and would like to get down to an 8. To get to an 8 I need to improve off the tee and hitting greens. Fairways hit aren’t that important as being just in the first cut is fine too, but hitting more greens is the big thing that will help me lower my cap. I only hit 26% GIR this year. If I can get that up to 35-40% I’d be happy. Also taking more time to read my putts instead of looking real quick and slapping it at the hole. One putting is more fun.
    Cobra King F7
    Cobra King baffler F6 17.5*
    Cobra King Utility 20.5*
    Wilson Staff V4 Utility 23*
    Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 irons 5-PW
    Mizuno MP T-11 52*
    Wilson Staff PMP Tour 56*
    PING Glide 2.0 TS 60*
    Taylormade TP Juno Copper
    Bridgestone Tour B XS, Srixon Z-Star XV
  • sunbeltgolfersunbeltgolfer Members Posts: 478 ✭✭
    Just play more golf and enjoy the experience.. I awoke on Christmas morning at about 3AM feeling strange. Long story short, I wound up in the emergency room and quickly diagnosed with atrial flutter tachycardia. Resting heart rate over 200bpm. No history,and at 66 I've been fortunate to be very healthy. It took six hours to get my rythym back and normal heart rate, two days in the hospital and no explanation for what caused the episode. It is my wake up call to get out and enjoy life and start marking off those courses on the bucket list. My wife did confirm that if I die there will be no money going in the box with me. I hope all had a Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy and healthy New Year.
  • jli2636jli2636 Members Posts: 1,038 ✭✭
    I want more consistency with my irons and approaches in general. I am decent enough off the tee and around the greens, but anything over a wedge into a green I tend to struggle with.
  • theboypinoytheboypinoy Members Posts: 2,073 ✭✭
    I'd love to improve everything.

    More specifically, GIR and lag putting
  • DC300DC300 Members Posts: 329
    I want to regain my flexibility in my lower back, I can’t seem to get through 18 without it tightening up and causing me to pull up/off the ball. If I can do that, I’ll be happy.
  • kthomaskthomas Members Posts: 40 ✭✭
    My scores would dramatically go down with more practice with my wedge and putter shots.

    I can flush it really good with my driver, hybrids and irons. But I need to improve my finesse game.
  • averysdadaverysdad Members Posts: 1,171 ✭✭
    This upcoming year I’m going to get to know more members at my club and involve myself more into my club and hopefully make some new buddies and playing partners.
  • theothertwotheothertwo Members Posts: 2,481 ✭✭
    Lose a few pounds, do more golf related exercises, walk instead of ride from time to time, hit more range balls, continue with short game practice, get back to single digit handicap. Stop buying new clubs and get used to my set-up.
    Honma TW 727 455s 10.5* Driver
    Honma TW 727 18* 5 Wood
    Honma TW 727 22* Hybrid
    Miura CB 57 4-PW Irons
    Miura Tour 2018 52 and 58 Wedges
    Wilson 8802 Milled Putter
  • HotdoctaHotdocta Members Posts: 241 ✭✭
    I need to be a better putter. any tips or training aids would be apreciated. How do you guys assure alignment is good.
  • SBH9458SBH9458 Go Army! Beat Navy! Members Posts: 910 ✭✭
    Pretty vanilla here. Enjoy life. Play more golf. And enjoy the golf when I do get to play.
  • BogeyParBogeyBogeyParBogey Trying to get better... northern ILMembers Posts: 143 ✭✭
    Play more than last year and most importantly HAVE FUN! Golf is hard. It's easy to beat yourself up.

  • highergr0undhighergr0und Members Posts: 10,139 ✭✭
    Play at least 10 rounds next year. This year I played 1, last year 2, and I need to force myself to get out more. Don't care about scores.
  • NC IA HackerNC IA Hacker Members Posts: 129 ✭✭
    Get back to a single digit handicap. Practice more on the short game and from 150 and in. Gaining back some flexibility and losing a few lbs wouldn't hurt either!
  • SuperPapaBearSuperPapaBear Aim left, block right Members Posts: 127 ✭✭
    I have two. Get in better shape. The years of working a desk job have taken their toll and getting in better shape should help my consistency. The next one is getting into single digits. I'm 12.1 right now and the two things I need to work on are putting and getting off the tee.
  • Vardon GripVardon Grip Members Posts: 460 ✭✭
    2019, the year I get rid of all the crap I’ve been hoarding. Maybe.
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