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  • #12041
    Avatarxrman
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    When I started playing golf seriously three years ago, I didn’t have much idea about what I was doing. I bought a set of average clubs from Drummond Golf and joined the local golf club. I used to play hockey until my mid -30’s, so I can hit a ball O.K. The problem was I didn’t know what i didn’t know. How hard can it be ? No-one is tackling you and the ball is stationary!

    My goals were to become a competent golfer, so I wasn’t an embarrassment to play with ( losing > 3 balls per round). I had plenty of time to practice since retirement, but lack of skill and post- accident fractures made swinging like a Pro difficult. 30 years of enduro motorcycle racing has taken its toll on my body. I was wondering if there was an easier way to improve. I found You Tube videos useful, but sometimes contradictory. We don’t have a local Pro in our town to get lessons. I kept slicing away!

    It had to be my equipment I decided. So after a year I swapped the Power Bilt clubs for some second hand Cobra F7 clubs. I bought a 10.5 Driver, a 3-4 wood, a 4-5 Hybrid and some single length irons 5-GW and a 56 sand wedge. I hit the irons pretty well, though the stiff shaft flex was maybe too stiff for my swing speed (they were cheap) . The Hybrid was way better than the Power Bilt long irons. The F7 Driver was not great for me, but I could hit the 3-4 wood when I cranked up the loft setting to 16 degrees. I started playing in social games to learn how to do competition golf. I started to lose less than 3 balls per game.
    I still struggled with the Driver off the tee. It had to be the Driver , so I swapped to a F8 stiff flex shaft Driver. I could fade that one onto the fairway most times.

    I started to play in club competitions, hitting around 100 strokes per game. I wanted to improve and maybe break 90 ( see iseekgolf thread) so I went to a club fitter and bought the Cobra F9 range of clubs with regular flex steel shafts . Driver 10.5, 3-4 wood, 19 SL hybrid, 5-GW SL irons, 54 58 wedges. I picked up a second hand Rife mallet putter. I realize now that the club fitting process I experience was less than ideal, but I started to improve. My scores were in the low 90’s on occasions.

    After trying various swing methods (single plane, stack and tilt, conventional) I settled on using the Jim Venetos method. My iron play improved in accuracy, but the Driver still eluded me when trying to draw shots on command. Eventually did break 90. I started following Golf Sidekick videos to learn course management methods. That certainly helped my scoring rather than just bombing every shot as far as I could.

    My latest golf equipment changes seem to be working. I sold off the F9 Driver and bought a Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo 12 degree head ( better), then the 3-4 W F9 was retired for a Fly- Z 17 degree 4W ( seniors flex/ cheap on Ebay) which is better off the deck. I added a F9 5 wood ( set at 20 degrees) and use it for fairway shots in reasonable lies. I have retained the SL F9 Hybrid because it is so versatile. The F7 4-5 hybrid at 25 degrees is now in place instead of a 5 iron. The irons I use now are Milford Golf SL-7 6 iron to GW. These irons have graphite shafts and I seem to be hitting them well. They have conventional lofts, unlike the very strong Cobra F9 irons. Increased loft seems to be my friend as I age.

    In the past 20 games I have scored an 89, 87 , 85 twice an 84 and 82. I can still score in the mid 90’s in some games though. Hence the thread title; two steps forward! I have to keep to the shots I know I can hit reliably ( mainly fade shots off the tee to stay in play), avoid hero shots, etc. Can I break 80?, Well at least my shots on the practice range are less likely to end up in the right side now.

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    #12058
    Avatarxrman
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    Today’s practice session with Driver trying to improve my draw shape shot was a partial success. It isn’t an ingrained habit as yet.

    #12085
    WeetbixWeetbix
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    Some very solid scores there

    As long as it is 2 forward for ever 1 back it is going the right way

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    #12108
    Avatarxrman
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    Ah well, I had a big back step today Weetbix. It was cold and windy today. Wet soggy ground conditions made bump and run shots unpredictable. I made a few poor choices ( hero shots, strategy errors, poor strike issues, club selection errors) . Still there there is always the next round.

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    #12112
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    I watched a video by Mr Short Game in which he gave 3 drills to break 80.
    It covered drills for
    1) Tee shots to get the ball on the fairway
    2) Pitching (over a bunker, from the bunker, from the verge)
    3) 40 foot putts up and down hill.

    I need the first one. I know I can hit the fairway with my 4W and 3H and faded Driver shots. The draw shot for me is a challenge with Driver. My last game I did hit shots i wasn’t 100% sure I could hit well. It resulted in about 5 extras shots getting out of trouble. It was windy and I didn’t swap out the 4W ( high flight) for the 3W ( lower flight) and maybe the 7W for the 17 degree hybrid for the 160 m shot.

    Pitching I am O.K. at up close to the green, This drill assumes that the iron shot just missed the green. I do this often enough. I also need to practice pitching for winter, rather than bump and runs in the soggy fairways inside 60 m. Sand bunkers are firm here so the spalsh shot with a high bounce wedge doesn’t work.

    Putting has been pretty good of late. My main issue is that I can get the ball close with the long putt, but miss the 5 footers. Miss reads or too tentative. So I would add sinking the 5 footers to Mr. SG’s drill.

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    #12119
    BumpunRunBumpunRun
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    Bump’s silly question time.
    1. Why do you need to hit a draw with the big dog?

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    #12120
    koiomkoiom
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    Wants to hit bombz like Phil?

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    #12121
    BumpunRunBumpunRun
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    Hittin’ Bombz

    #12129
    Avatarxrman
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    Bump’s silly question time.
    1. Why do you need to hit a draw with the big dog?

    There are about 3-5 holes that favour draw shape on out tree line course. Plus I want to be able to develop the skill. I can do it with my FW woods, but the Driver eludes me.

    #12130
    Avatarxrman
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    Wants to hit bombz like Phil?

    I wish. I would need retro rockets to get anywhere near 330 yards.

    #12131
    Avatarxrman
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    I had to laugh at myself on hole 7 yesterday. After practising the pitching over the bunker pre-game, when the situation came up, I thought don’t drop it in the bunker. I hit it hard enough to clear the bunker O.K.and then some. It went over the pin and into the long rough. Then my delicate finesse shot out to the short sided pin was way too delicate. So a two putt for a double bogey 7. All because I mishit my approach shot ( shot 3) . Such is golf! Next round.

    #12143
    BumpunRunBumpunRun
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    There are about 3-5 holes that favour draw shape on out tree line course. Plus I want to be able to develop the skill. I can do it with my FW woods, but the Driver eludes me.

    These are two very distinctly different reasons, but both equally valid.
    I am just trying to get a better feel for the holes, when you say “favour” does that mean that there is a short dog leg that you need to be around the corner for a shot at the green? as in, the trees on the left hand side completely block the green if you’re still on the right hand side of the fairway or is it that it’s a better angle coming into a tricky green being on the left?

    Do you give any consideration to where you tee it up within the tee block on these holes, this does come with it’s own risks when the shot does go straight after you’ve aimed along the left hand edge…but still

    and yep, everyone wants to hit drawing bombs with driver

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    #12145
    GoldyGoldy
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    #12147
    CommishCommish
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    There are about 3-5 holes that favour draw shape on out tree line course. Plus I want to be able to develop the skill. I can do it with my FW woods, but the Driver eludes me.

    These are two very distinctly different reasons, but both equally valid.
    I am just trying to get a better feel for the holes, when you say “favour” does that mean that there is a short dog leg that you need to be around the corner for a shot at the green? as in, the trees on the left hand side completely block the green if you’re still on the right hand side of the fairway or is it that it’s a better angle coming into a tricky green being on the left?

    Do you give any consideration to where you tee it up within the tee block on these holes, this does come with it’s own risks when the shot does go straight after you’ve aimed along the left hand edge…but still

    and yep, everyone wants to hit drawing bombs with driver

    That thought process is for people who actually know what they are doing and are capable of carrying it off. Us flogs, well we just continue to get ambition and ability mixed up.

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    #12148
    OldBogeyOldBogey
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    There are about 3-5 holes that favour draw shape on out tree line course. Plus I want to be able to develop the skill. I can do it with my FW woods, but the Driver eludes me.

    These are two very distinctly different reasons, but both equally valid.
    I am just trying to get a better feel for the holes, when you say “favour” does that mean that there is a short dog leg that you need to be around the corner for a shot at the green? as in, the trees on the left hand side completely block the green if you’re still on the right hand side of the fairway or is it that it’s a better angle coming into a tricky green being on the left?

    Do you give any consideration to where you tee it up within the tee block on these holes, this does come with it’s own risks when the shot does go straight after you’ve aimed along the left hand edge…but still

    and yep, everyone wants to hit drawing bombs with driver

    That thought process is for people who actually know what they are doing and are capable of carrying it off. Us flogs, well we just continue to get ambition and ability mixed up.

    I tried to do one of those on Sunday. Not far enough through the dogleg, I needed a draw around trees and up to the green. The shot came off beautifully but it drew too much. If only I could make that work more reliably.

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