Last year, in an effort to improve the capability of our forums, we switched to new software. We expected tremendous scalability and rapid customization that would significantly improve each Member's experience across multiple devices and integrate flawlessly with social media platforms.
Unfortunately, after a significant capital expense, we have decided that the length of time and the additional cost to reach our goals make this enterprise untenable.
Thus, we have made the difficult decision to transition the forums to our original software platform. We’re excited that, in the nearly two years since we began the process of our most recent switch, our original platform has been upgraded significantly, and we are confident that the reversion will not only provide the stability that we desperately needed prior to our last move but will also return to the Membership the high level of customization that made our online community so great. We have also added technical resources to the GolfWRX staff that will allow us to build custom modules and modifications that we are confident will take the forums to the next level.
We remain the world's largest online golf community, and we still hold true to our core values and mission statement as written in 2005. Bearing both of those elements in mind, being the best and offering our Members a platform that is world-class are both requirements, not options, and it is that spirit that has motivated this decision.
So, please pardon our mess over the next five days or so while we transition the forums.
A few important notes: Current content will be accessible during that time, but the forums will be READ ONLY, and you will not be able to start new threads or reply to posts. Personal Messaging is enabled but PMs sent/received from the time the board was frozen will not carry over. We know this is inconvenient, and we apologize, and we greatly appreciate GolfWRXers bearing with us through the transition.
We are very excited about starting this next chapter for GolfWRX and getting back to the high-quality Member experience we all expect as soon as possible.
When did it click for you
Hi, this is my first post here, just thought I'd tell my golfing story and see how it compares to others.
I've been playing for around 20 years on a very casual basis, probably averaging about 15-20 rounds a year. I started when I was 16 with no lessons, just going out there and playing. After a year or so I reached a level where I would shoot anywhere between 90-110 and stayed there for about 10 years, making some decent shots and some pretty bad ones, with no real pattern to my game. I then started thinking about improving my game and had some lessons, I went with several different local pros at different clubs, but was never really satisfied with the advice they were giving. I didn't make any tangible progress and non of them gave me a great deal of confidence in their teaching ability.
Finally, one pointed out that I played with a very strong grip and refused to give me any further lessons until I made it more neutral. I set about making the change, spending hours in my living room hitting practice balls against the curtain, but it just ended in complete frustration, I simply lost the ability to hit anything at all, everything I tried was uncomfortable and I just couldn't play any more. Even trying to go back to my strong grip but I ultimately lost all confidence in my game and gave up playing.
Now, 5 years on from that, I am playing again, and remarkably I feel comfortable with a neutral grip. My scoring hasn't improved, but I occasionally play shots now that look and feel like proper golf shots, they are just few and far between. I think to an extent, that pro was right and I'm glad I have changed my grip, it was just a lot more painful to get there than I ever imagined.
Anyway, now my goal is to achieve a sub 18 handicap and I'm working with a pro again, with my 3rd lesson coming up next week. I'm doing all the drills he's given me but still feeling a little frustrated with progress. I guess I'm just looking for a bit of encouragement and hoping to hear from people like me, who the game obviously doesn't come naturally to, but have stuck with it and something has clicked, to a point where you're playing some decent golf. How long did it take, and what was the defining moment that changed you from hacker to golfer?
I'm not so much worried about course management and scoring right now, I just want to get some confidence back and start striking the ball well consistently so I can enjoy the game.