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The Scratch Golfer's Creed

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  • Dan DrakeDan Drake  2032Members Posts: 2,032
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    I have missed a couple of revisions, but here are the numbers:



    12/15/17 - 3.0

    1/1/18 - 2.8

    1/15/18 - 2.8



    Also, I've had a bit of a change recently and I want to mention it here.



    My previously stated goals are stupid.



    And I mean that. Why, in the name of Bobby Jones, am I only trying to get to a 0.9 by the end of this year? What sense does that make. I "tried" to get to a 2.0 this past year and only made it to a 2.8. Why would I then set my next goal so close? I have a new goal, that will most certainly take more commitment and action.



    I want to have the lowest index at my club by year's end.



    I currently sit at #7 at my club as a -2.8. The lowest is a +1.0 and our two-time defending club champion at -0.3. I have 11.5 months to get to my goal.







    Time to get to work.
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  • ObeeObee  3946ClubWRX Posts: 3,946
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    Dan Drake wrote:
    I have missed a couple of revisions, but here are the numbers:



    12/15/17 - 3.0

    1/1/18 - 2.8

    1/15/18 - 2.8



    Also, I've had a bit of a change recently and I want to mention it here.



    My previously stated goals are stupid.



    And I mean that. Why, in the name of Bobby Jones, am I only trying to get to a 0.9 by the end of this year? What sense does that make. I "tried" to get to a 2.0 this past year and only made it to a 2.8. Why would I then set my next goal so close? I have a new goal, that will most certainly take more commitment and action.



    I want to have the lowest index at my club by year's end.



    I currently sit at #7 at my club as a -2.8. The lowest is a +1.0 and our two-time defending club champion at -0.3. I have 11.5 months to get to my goal.







    Time to get to work.




    So impressed by this. You can get there. Embrace the art. Work backwards. Want to learn how to curve it a way thou is uncomfortable for you? Pay attention. Figure it out. Watch others. "Dig it out of the dirt." :-)
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    PING G400 Max - Tour 65 S
    Callaway Rogue 15* 3W
    Titleist H1 19* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Titleist H1 23* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Adams Idea Tech V4 5H 25* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 6H 28* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 7H 32* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Titleist AP2 716 8i 37* KBS Tour S
    Titleist AP2 716 9i 42* KBS Tour S
    Don Wood Custom Grind 47* PW
    Don Wood Custom Grind 51* GW
    Titleist "Vokey Design" 56* K Grind
    Mizuno S18 60/7 LW
    Odyssey Works Versa Tank 1W (bent to 78.5*)
  • northgolfnorthgolf Pork  4124Members Posts: 4,124
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    The only thing I could scratch with that creed is better served with preparation H.
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    If I do this 11,548 more times, I will be having fun. - Zippy the Pinhead
  • ObeeObee  3946ClubWRX Posts: 3,946
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    northgolf wrote:
    The only thing I could scratch with that creed is better served with preparation H.




    Well that's very nice....
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    PING G400 Max - Tour 65 S
    Callaway Rogue 15* 3W
    Titleist H1 19* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Titleist H1 23* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Adams Idea Tech V4 5H 25* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 6H 28* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 7H 32* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Titleist AP2 716 8i 37* KBS Tour S
    Titleist AP2 716 9i 42* KBS Tour S
    Don Wood Custom Grind 47* PW
    Don Wood Custom Grind 51* GW
    Titleist "Vokey Design" 56* K Grind
    Mizuno S18 60/7 LW
    Odyssey Works Versa Tank 1W (bent to 78.5*)
  • cdodom91cdodom91  161Members Posts: 161
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    I agree with owning ones swing! It kind of reminds me of Dave Stockton’s finding your putting Signature. Writing your own signature is always easier and more repeatable than trying to trace over someone else’s.
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  • Dan DrakeDan Drake  2032Members Posts: 2,032
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    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]Wow, what a year! I have to apologize, I forgot about this thread amidst quite a few other priorities that came along including my wife and I opening a business for her. We have been busy to say the least, as she is essentially running her show by herself and I have the course and house now to handle. Thank goodness for the great staff at the golf course, especially our Asst. Pro![/background]



    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]Anyway, here is an update on the numbers and then I'll dive into them a bit:[/background]



    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]12/15/17 - 3.0[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]1/1/18 - 2.8[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]1/15/18 - 2.8[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]2/1/18 - 2.8[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]2/15/18 - 3.6[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]3/1/18 - 3.5[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]3/15/18 - 3.5[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]4/1/18 - 3.5[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]4/15/18 - 3.3[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]5/1/18 - 3.3[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]5/15/18 - 3.1[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]6/1/18 - 3.1[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]6/15/18 - 3.1[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]7/1/18 - 2.8[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]7/15/18 - 3.0[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]8/1/18 - 3.0[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]8/15/18 - 2.9[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]9/1/18 - 2.9[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]9/15/18 - 3.1[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]10/1/18 - 2.7[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]10/15/18 - 2.9[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]11/1/18 - 2.2[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]11/15/18 - 2.2[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]12/1/18 - 2.2[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]12/15/18 - 1.7[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]1/1/19 - 1.7[/background]

    [background=rgb(247, 247, 247)]1/15/19 - Trend is 1.3[/background]



    So here's a bit of a recap. The end of winter was what it usually is for me, the temperature drops, the bermuda goes dormant, and the wind picks up. All 3 of these result in my handicap going up just a bit, and they did, predictably.



    Then, I had a tournament in the spring at a very difficult course that I've only played once before. I shot a smooth 87 and the round took 6 hours (dead serious). But it was alright really. The foursome I was paired with had a great time and I proved more to myself about keeping a good attitude and being engaged than I ever would have shooting a less "adventurous" round. I have to believe that this was an extremely valuable step in getting to where I was/am going.........



    The summer brought more rounds in my "normal range" of 74 - 82, always slightly negative, never more than -1 on any 9 holes before something would go wrong and wreck it all. Constantly working on my swing, although oddly enough, my bag (Bag is Set Club shoutout!) was pretty solidified, at least for me.



    Simply put, I was in a rut.



    To be continued.....................
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  • ObeeObee  3946ClubWRX Posts: 3,946
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    Have you shot under the course rating in competition yet, bud?
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    PING G400 Max - Tour 65 S
    Callaway Rogue 15* 3W
    Titleist H1 19* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Titleist H1 23* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Adams Idea Tech V4 5H 25* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 6H 28* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 7H 32* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Titleist AP2 716 8i 37* KBS Tour S
    Titleist AP2 716 9i 42* KBS Tour S
    Don Wood Custom Grind 47* PW
    Don Wood Custom Grind 51* GW
    Titleist "Vokey Design" 56* K Grind
    Mizuno S18 60/7 LW
    Odyssey Works Versa Tank 1W (bent to 78.5*)
  • Dan DrakeDan Drake  2032Members Posts: 2,032
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    Continued:



    But then, a few small changes happened.



    1. First & foremost - I continued to work on the things that were my biggest areas for improvement based on my strokes gained records that I keep religiously (every non-scramble shot on course since the end of 2015). I know what I need to work on and what I can simply skip because I'm only going to face that shot maybe once every 5 rounds (which for me could be 3 months away).

    2. DECADE - Plain & simple the single best strategy/mental game thing ever created. Do yourself a favor and at least watch all of Scott Fawcett's free content. It will change your game, if you let it.

    3. Getting professionally fit (not self fit!) for Callaway clubs - This, plus the DECADE has allowed me to have the best 4 months of driving the golf ball that I've ever had, and I haven't improved my swing during this time.

    4. Practicing my 3' putts. Seriously.



    All of this added up to some exciting things for me in the last half of the year. We started our local PGA match play event and I immediately wanted a piece of the Pro who knocked me out last year at the same course. Instead of avenging my 1 down loss, I made a mess of everything and lost 5&4! But then, a slight sloppy win over a guy not playing his best. Then a straight-out-of-the-office to the 1st tee after putting on a tournament at my own course 75 that got me a 2&1 win. Then the last guy who could keep me out of the knockouts withdrew and I was in the knockouts for the 2nd year in a row as a #2 seed and I would face off against the #1 seed from Pod D. The new Callaway clubs came in and were played with a few times right in this time frame and they would be put to the test. I would win a match where we went to 3 different courses (my opponents choices) before we finally tee'd off, but we ended up playing on my childhood municipal course, after my opponent drove back to one of the previous courses to retrieve his clubs he had left at their bag drop! Anyway, a good 74 and I was on to the semifinals with a 2 up win!



    And then "IT" happened on October 29th. The match play semifinals pitted last year's winner against the best player in the area (who has won this event before as well) and I was to face the guy (also a previous winner of this event) who knocked me out last year, again, on the same course, again, where I was 0-2 against him after my 5&4 loss to start the matches. And he proceeds to roll in a birdie on the first to go 1 up. Here we go again.



    But it didn't happen that way. I made a 15'er for par on #2. Then a miss/make in my favor from 5'. Then a 25'er for birdie rolled in. Then I stoned a 7i out of the trees to 3' for eagle on a par 5 (lol, shot of the day to say the least!). A three putt on #11 didn't slow me down and after a couple of sold up and downs, I faced a dreaded shot for me: a blind 40 yard pitch shot over a bunker to a sliver of green off a soggy fairway lie. And I knew I was leading the match, but had no idea if I was 2up or what. ......But I had put in the time to go see a good friend and great teacher up the road and we worked on this exact shot for a solid 1.5 hours about two weeks before the match. Why had I done that? Well, because I knew where we were playing, how many drivers I was going to hit, what holes I would hit them on, what yardage that would leave me, and that I would need to birdie these holes to win them, most likely. The result? It caught a piece of the hole and finished 3" away.



    To my surprise, my opponent after missing his birdie putt took his hat off and offered his hand in congratulations. I had won 5&4 on the same hole I had lost 5&4 on 3+ months earlier. I also knew I had a special round going, so I asked if I could keep playing along while the other match went on. A birdie on #17 from 12' and a missed 6'er for birdie on #18 (hurrying to get out of the way of the other match that was all square at this point) left me with the opportunity to add them up:



    68.

    Wow.



    Not only had I shot my personal best, I had also broken even par AND 70 on a "regular yardage" course for the first time in my life all during the same round. For those of you who this will surprise (PGA pro never broken par?!?!?!), my golf story doesn't include college, barely includes high school, and also has a 20 year restaurant career smack in the middle of it. I'm 40 and my best golf is very much in front of me for the next 20+ years. I'm more of a WRX'er than a PGA'er in that regard. Very much an "every-man" golfer. And I had just smashed my PB by 4 shots and broken 70 in a tournament. I was elated. I also had beaten 3 fine players that day by at least 6 shots each. It can be done, it can be done.



    The story doesn't end with a triumphant trophy presentation. I would lose 4&3 in the finals after a VERY mediocre day, but would birdie 2 of the last 3 to post reeaaaally similar stroke play numbers to a wonderful player and gentlemen who has now won the event 2 years in a row. But, I've shot 69 twice since then (as well as an 83 lol!) and I feel something on the course that I never have before. I can go 18 holes without a short circuit. I can make more than one birdie and I can make fewer than 4 bogies. In essence I was finally able to put away the residual self image that I had of myself as a guy whose "really good" round was a 74. I looked back at the three putt and missed 6'er and realized that my "really good" round is more like a 66. Eyes wide open now.



    To be continued again, lol..............
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  • ObeeObee  3946ClubWRX Posts: 3,946
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    Oh Dan, it makes me sooo, sooo happy to read that, bud. Wow.
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    Titleist H1 19* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Titleist H1 23* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Adams Idea Tech V4 5H 25* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
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    Titleist AP2 716 8i 37* KBS Tour S
    Titleist AP2 716 9i 42* KBS Tour S
    Don Wood Custom Grind 47* PW
    Don Wood Custom Grind 51* GW
    Titleist "Vokey Design" 56* K Grind
    Mizuno S18 60/7 LW
    Odyssey Works Versa Tank 1W (bent to 78.5*)
  • Dan DrakeDan Drake  2032Members Posts: 2,032
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    So, for the year over year stats recap....



    2017 SG's/Round:

    Tee Shots -3.50

    Approach - 3.45

    Short Game -0.83

    Recovery -0.2

    Putts -1.66

    Total -9.63



    2018 SG's/Round:

    Tee Shots -2.19

    Approach -4.12

    Short Game -0.13

    Recovery 0.01

    Putt -1.31

    Total -7.73



    Slightly worse on approach shots, but improved across the board otherwise, with the total at 1.9 shots per round with the largest improvement off the tee, accounting for 1.31 of those strokes. If you brushed over them the first time around, please go look back at points #2 & #3.



    2018's Vision Goals:

    1.5 index - not accomplished (1.7)

    Advance to knockout rounds of local PGA match play - accomplished, 2nd place

    Play in 1 PGA Section event - not accomplished

    25 rounds played - accomplished, 26 rounds played



    So, when you spell it out like that, I know exactly where I'm starting:



    2019's Vision Goals:

    + index by the 1/1/20 revision (tough, but doable).

    30+ rounds (entirely doable, heck, I already have two in the books!).

    Play in 1 section event (more than doable, probably March @ the aforementioned course that seems to show up a lot in this story!).

    Win the local match play (very tough, but doable).



    So, to make a long story, well, long: Stick to it. This has taken me 26 years, literally, since I shot an even double-par, 144 on that childhood muni track of mine the first time I counted them all at age 14. Back surgeries. Shanks. Pitch yips. Multiple missed 2' putts in team matches for my club that would lose the season title by 1 stroke. Marriage, career changes, children (all amazing things!). And more.



    Stick to it.

    Your best CAN be yet to come.
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    Very cool. Thank you for sharing!
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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Los Angeles 5988Members Posts: 5,988
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    Dan Drake wrote:


    So, for the year over year stats recap....



    2017 SG's/Round:

    Tee Shots -3.50

    Approach - 3.45

    Short Game -0.83

    Recovery -0.2

    Putts -1.66

    Total -9.63



    2018 SG's/Round:

    Tee Shots -2.19

    Approach -4.12

    Short Game -0.13

    Recovery 0.01

    Putt -1.31

    Total -7.73



    Slightly worse on approach shots, but improved across the board otherwise, with the total at 1.9 shots per round with the largest improvement off the tee, accounting for 1.31 of those strokes. If you brushed over them the first time around, please go look back at points #2 & #3.



    2018's Vision Goals:

    1.5 index - not accomplished (1.7)

    Advance to knockout rounds of local PGA match play - accomplished, 2nd place

    Play in 1 PGA Section event - not accomplished

    25 rounds played - accomplished, 26 rounds played



    So, when you spell it out like that, I know exactly where I'm starting:



    2019's Vision Goals:

    + index by the 1/1/20 revision (tough, but doable).

    30+ rounds (entirely doable, heck, I already have two in the books!).

    Play in 1 section event (more than doable, probably March @ the aforementioned course that seems to show up a lot in this story!).

    Win the local match play (very tough, but doable).



    So, to make a long story, well, long: Stick to it. This has taken me 26 years, literally, since I shot an even double-par, 144 on that childhood muni track of mine the first time I counted them all at age 14. Back surgeries. Shanks. Pitch yips. Multiple missed 2' putts in team matches for my club that would lose the season title by 1 stroke. Marriage, career changes, children (all amazing things!). And more.



    Stick to it.

    Your best CAN be yet to come.




    What are you comparing your strokes gained stats to? Scratch golfers? Where is that data?



    And congratulations! Nice to see diligence and intelligent work pay off.
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    Mizuno MP4 4-W, KBS tour-v, 110 S
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    What are you comparing your strokes gained stats to? Scratch golfers? Where is that data?



    And congratulations! Nice to see diligence and intelligent work pay off.




    Thank you all very much for the congratulations!



    Mr. Blake, I'm using the PGA Tour data from Mr. Mark Broadie's book. I've slowly built a spreadsheet that covers a ton of stuff, but even for that I have to give credit to another WRX'er (I think it may have been Dornstar) who posted the basic version of the spreadsheet that I started with back towards the end of '15. That person did all the crazy formulas, I've simply added some easy additions stuff for ease of visual assessment.



    People often ask me "Why are you using the pro's data? Aren't they too good to compare to?" The answer here is exactly the opposite for me. First, it's simply a baseline, it doesn't matter who I compare my stats to, I just simply try to improve them. I could just as easily compare my strokes gained to a bunch bogey golfers and try to get to +10 strokes gained off the tee each round, it makes no difference. But, that brings me to my second point, that you so astutely asked about: Where is that data? With the PGA Tour, we have a massive amount of data. Third, and you could debate this a little bit, I guess, the PGA Tour data comes directly from those who are maximizing their ability to shoot great scores, which is the exact goal I'm shooting for. So, while my courses are a little shorter than theirs, I can still see where they are miles better than me (approach shots) and where I'm pretty darn close to them (recovery & short game). This REALLY allows me to hone in on the best return on investment practice that I can spend my limited time on.
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  • ebrasmus21ebrasmus21 Serial Shanker CA 5863Members Posts: 5,863
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    Nice progress Dan and cool thread!
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  • augustgolfaugustgolf Golf with dignity Coastal NC 3940Members Posts: 3,940
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    Quietly watching & now actively congratulating you, not only on your progress, but also on the entire area of dedication to your family, your job, your wife's life goals...all while "planning your work & working your plan"!



    With your sommelier background, what wine would you suggest I drink to toast your success?



    And, looking forward to the day we can share a round & wine after.



    Great job, Dan!
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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Los Angeles 5988Members Posts: 5,988
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    Dan Drake wrote:






    What are you comparing your strokes gained stats to? Scratch golfers? Where is that data?



    And congratulations! Nice to see diligence and intelligent work pay off.




    Thank you all very much for the congratulations!



    Mr. Blake, I'm using the PGA Tour data from Mr. Mark Broadie's book. I've slowly built a spreadsheet that covers a ton of stuff, but even for that I have to give credit to another WRX'er (I think it may have been Dornstar) who posted the basic version of the spreadsheet that I started with back towards the end of '15. That person did all the crazy formulas, I've simply added some easy additions stuff for ease of visual assessment.



    People often ask me "Why are you using the pro's data? Aren't they too good to compare to?" The answer here is exactly the opposite for me. First, it's simply a baseline, it doesn't matter who I compare my stats to, I just simply try to improve them. I could just as easily compare my strokes gained to a bunch bogey golfers and try to get to +10 strokes gained off the tee each round, it makes no difference. But, that brings me to my second point, that you so astutely asked about: Where is that data? With the PGA Tour, we have a massive amount of data. Third, and you could debate this a little bit, I guess, the PGA Tour data comes directly from those who are maximizing their ability to shoot great scores, which is the exact goal I'm shooting for. So, while my courses are a little shorter than theirs, I can still see where they are miles better than me (approach shots) and where I'm pretty darn close to them (recovery & short game). This REALLY allows me to hone in on the best return on investment practice that I can spend my limited time on.




    Thx! Makes total sense. Think I’m gonna do this too.
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    Callawy Epic 5W 
    Callaway X-hot pro 3,4 h
    Mizuno MP4 4-W, KBS tour-v, 110 S
    Mizuno MP-64 4-W, c-taper lite, 105 R
    Fourteen mt28v3 50, 54, 58
    Cameron Futura 5W


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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank  14800ClubWRX Posts: 14,800
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    Congratulations Dan, and glad to see the updates.



    And thanks for the additional information in SG. That has always been a question that I have wondered about. How using PGA stats is applicable for an amateur. Thanks for the explanation.
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  • Ray JacksonRay Jackson  1112Members Posts: 1,112
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    Sean2 wrote:


    IMHO it's one thing to tweak a swing, it's another to be constantly overhauling it. We look at YouTube videos, read the golf tips section of golf magazines, watch GC lesson programming...all in search of the "magic" that will transform our swings into consistent fairway finding, flag hunting weapons.



    Working with what you have seems to me to be a much easier proposition than constantly overhauling the swing. I have had my best season by far by tweaking versus overhauling (as well as playing the same equipment).



    Everyone's penmanship is different, yet if it's legible it does the job, no matter how it looks. Everyone's swing is different too. If it is getting the job done more often than not, then it's doing its job.



    That is just my take on the topic.




    For the last 6 months I have been working what I am treating as one thing - getting my hands higher at the top of the backswing (my left arm higher across my chest aligned with shoulder plane) with an attempt to get to a flat left wrist at the top of the backswing. That's it.

    To get there I have been hitting balls on the range with a glove that prevents the wrong wrist angle at the top and then it also forces the right flat wrist at impact. When I first started using it my left wrist was sore after as the wrong historical positions were working against the plates in the glove on the back of my left hand/wrist.

    I have seen ball flight increase, the weak push is gone and now its a stronger higher flight.

    I have realty not worked on changing anything else for this period in my swing.

    This was probably the first time I have focused on one thing for an extended period of time rather than whatever was the next 'shiny penny' re the swing that week/month.



    Have also spent a lot of time on the practice green which really helped the scoring.
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  • Dan DrakeDan Drake  2032Members Posts: 2,032
    Joined:  edited Jul 19, 2019 8:17pm #50

    It's time for another update!

    As I noted, last fall was a very good season for me, posting my first 3 rounds in the 60's ever, with one of them being my PB of 68 in a tournament round. The winter was a bit odd, with 5 rounds in January all somewhat underwhelming, and then ZERO rounds until May! Feb-Apr is our busiest season of the year at my course, but come on, ZERO rounds. What a wimp I am!
    But May brought another wave on the ride......

    I've now posted 6!!! rounds in May, with 3 even pars to go with a 74, 76, & 78. But that's not the best part. The best part is that the 78 came in a PGA Section event on a course I have played all of two times previously in my life, and is easily one of the hardest courses you can find, AND we were on well recovered, but recently punched, greens! I finished in the money with a sliding left to right 6'er on the last hole.

    So, a quick recap of the year long goals and where we stand:
    2019's Vision Goals:

    • index by the 1/1/20 revision - I'm now at my lowest index ever, by a long shot: 0.7!!
      30+ rounds - With my May resurgence, I'm now at 11 rounds this year, so right on track
      Play in 1 section event - Not only is this done, now, but I actually made a dollar
      Win the local match play - This starts as soon as I can schedule my first match

    The difference, you ask? Do I have more time? Hardly. My wife's business takes more effort now than last year, my son has more activities, and I've taken on more responsibility at work. But I spend my time much more wisely thanks to my stat tracking. 2' - 8' putts at home, almost every night. Lots of 15 minute random pitching practice around the practice green. VERY little bunker work. Lots of 6 irons (I end up around 180y an awful lot on par 3's). Lots of Fw/2i/4i work (solid shots here create birdie chances whereas clankers have you dropping and making bogies). And lots of course research, which after 2 years or so, most of which is now done for my local courses from multiple tees. I just print out a page of the driving cones and off I go. Eating better helps as well!

    For the rest of the year, you ask? Speed work, strength work, and ingraining the small keys that I've found so that they happen much more naturally and much more frequently. Because when they happen, it is fantastic. And no, I haven't video'd my swing in a long time. I don't want to see it because I know I'll try to fiddle with it. At some point, I'll get someone to video it for me as a baseline reference, but I don't want to see it now.

    Swing your swing. Practice your swing. Learn your swing. Improve your swing.

    But always remember, it's YOUR swing.

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  • ebrasmus21ebrasmus21 Serial Shanker CA 5863Members Posts: 5,863
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    Good update, Dan. Nice to see how much progress you've made with so many responsibilties limiting your time to play and practice. Inspirational for me and my goals. Keep up the good work!

    68 in a tournament round? Very nice!

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    Thanks again @Dan Drake

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  • Dan DrakeDan Drake  2032Members Posts: 2,032
    Joined:  edited Aug 7, 2019 8:54pm #53

    Well ladies & gents, it happened. A run of overall good/very good play paired with a good round on the right course and the right score falling off the revision and I'm a 0.0.

    I'm officially a scratch golfer.

    Feels good to say/type that. Real good. And that's been a goal for a long, long time, 25 years to be exact. And that may be some kinda record for dragging out the journey, lol!!! I would imagine that most golfers who get to scratch do so over a much quicker time frame, regardless of what age they start. And I'm really, really happy about it, but.............

    There's clearly further to go. I'm not "THERE." How do I know that? Well, "THERE" has obviously moved. Its not where it was because I'm here and its not! Now, I'm super happy, to be sure, but I don't want to plateau here. I want to ride the momentum of this good play and go lower. I want to get "THERE" again. Here is the "official" update:

    2019's Vision Goals:

    +index by the 1/1/20 revision - 1 more really good round at almost any time can make this happen
    30+ rounds - I'm now at 21 rounds this year, so this is a virtual lock
    Play in 1 section event - Not only is this done, now, but I actually made a dollar
    Win the local match play - Next week this pursuit officially begins

    Now, you may ask what is the new dragon to slay? Well, I'm going to put it out there in the universe and see how the potentialities unfold:

    I will play in the PGA Professional Championship at some point.

    Practice your swing, learn your swing, improve your swing, learn to trust your swing, minimize what your swing won't let you do, maximize what your swing will let you do, and go swing your swing.
    But always remember, it's YOUR swing.

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  • MelloYelloMelloYello Upstate, SC 3637Members Posts: 3,637
    Joined:  edited Aug 7, 2019 8:12pm #54

    I'm pretty sure that most people here would cut their handicap significantly if they were able to spend their WRX time actually playing & practicing golf. I agree with @MtlJeff, golf really isn't that hard if you give yourself the chance by playing as often as the best golfers do. Until golf becomes a contact sport, it will remain more like billiards and bowling than basketball. If I went bowling or shot pool every day for hours I'd get really good. And in that time it would be hard for me to NOT pick up the right techniques.

    The challenge is finding time and moreover, finding a reason to care enough that the effort seems worthwhile. Middle-age people aren't driven by lustful, idealistic desires the way kids are. They won't simply commit and do whatever it takes. They're philosophically and existentially awake. As soon as things start getting hard they re-assess what the cost-benefit relationship is.

    As most of you all seem to agree, the lack of perfect swings is hardly the answer. In fact, all swings balance on a razor's edge. Just as musicians tend to focus too much on "gear" so to do people who suck focus in on the aesthetics of the swing in hopes of finding an easy answer.

    Sure, some swings are more predicted on timing than others. Of course. But ALL swings are based on timing to the point that you can't play without constant practice. The best players in the world practice hours and hours every single day until they are nearly perfect in their ability to repeat good swing after good swing, good stroke after good stroke.

    The impossible thing for us middle-aged people is trying to play well enough with with limited reps that it's fun and that we approach something within shouting distance of scratch.

    And I'll tell you another thing, you don't want to be way better than all your friends. It'll only frustrate them and make you question your own choices, too.

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    Fairways: M6 (3w / 5w / 7w)
    Irons: 716 CB 3-P
    Wedges: SM6 53-F / 60-S
    Putter: Newport 2 Select
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