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My Scores This Year Without Practicing At Range

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  • My Scores This Year Without Practicing At Range

    So here they are so far:
    85, 87 ,89, 86, 90

    Yesterday's 90 was all about lack of focus
    Triple bogey on a par 3 for goodness sake - completely lazy about teeing the ball up on a peg, didn't do any perpetual swings to judge proper ball position and then tried to guide my club at the ball . Completely fat shot , club bounced off the turf and I thinned it low near some bushes. Hacked it out into open ground and then thinned my wedge over the green- lucky to get a 6 .

    Then another triple bogey on a par 4 . Drive was about 250 yards , approach iron left ball about 50 yds from the green but needed to pitch over some bunkers. Decided on an 8 iron but all I could picture was going into the bunker and hey presto a perfect thin shot into the bunker. 1 stroke and just got it out of the bunker , then 3 putts.

    2 birdie chances from 2ft missed .

    Shows how a score can snowball with poor focus and just a few bad shots.
    Last edited by Schrodinger; 2 weeks ago.

  • #2
    Hi Schrodinger,

    I know somebody who has been playing golf for over 20 years; he only goes to the range once in a blue moon, and he usually shoots between 100 - 105. And he would have counted those 2 putts from 2ft as birdies without putting them. Then there are some range rats who don't break 80.

    Golf is hard enough for most people even when they to go to the range on a regular basis so for you to consistently shoot in the 80's without any range practice is pretty good!


    • Schrodinger
      Schrodinger commented
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      Thanks Cally

      I used to go once a week hitting 100's of balls , but I wasn't actually getting any better on the course. I feel that I had ingrained muscle-memory hitting off a perfectly flat surface and this was to my detriment when swinging on variable course conditions. Sometimes on the range you get into a rhythm without 'external focus' on an intended outcome (bad habit) so I decided to change it all this year -seems to be working -so far :-)

  • #3
    91 today

    3 amazingly bad holes by 5 wayward strikes (snowball effect again)
    2 fat chips just off the par 3 green (took 6) .
    1 poor 5 -iron where I stalled my left arm and flipped the clubface and ball left under some trees but the ball was against a broken branch on the ground . Moved the branch but the ball toppled over a few inches (penalty stroke) - took 8 on a par 5 .
    2 fat short irons on a par 5 - took 7.

    One thing I've noticed is my scores started to creep up week by week when I changed from a baseball to a Vardon grip. I was experimenting whether I could improve my distance by making my wrists more passive and more responsive to the physics of release (limiting any active wrist torque which golf instruction theoretically claims can happen if they are not 'unified').

    But I've noticed tendonitis in my lead wrist for the last few weeks which I've never experienced before (note I was previously using a baseball grip for over 5 years) so changed back to baseball grip after the first 10 holes today and subsequently had 5 pars out of the last 8 holes.

    It seems that I can keep my club on plane in both the backswing and forward swing better with my right hand using a baseball grip and also brace it better through impact , especially for non-centre clubface strikes (no pain in my left wrist today and that's a relief).

    For me personally , it looks like the baseball grip fits my swing action and the proof is my better scoring with less pain.
    Last edited by Schrodinger; 5 days ago.