The time has come for another golf thread (I'm trying to set the record).
I'm more excited for this golf season than I've been in a long time. This is the first off season that I've had in a while where I knew I'd be going back to playing golf a lot more regularly, so I've been trying to work on my game a bit.
Up here in Rhode Island, especially this winter, it has been tough. I actually joined a gym for the first time in my life, and the biggest reason was because they have a golf facility in the basement where I can hit balls. I started taking a lesson once a week and will continue to do so until April or so. I also take a "Golf" fitness class on Wednesday nights which works out core muscles as well as for arms and back muscles. It doesn't seem like much work when I do it but I am sore as fuck the next day. I hit balls 2 or 3 times per week as well.
Last year I came back after a 3 year hiatus or so. At the end of the year I was an 11. Thinking about my game after the season ended, I figured I became an 11 while averaging 1 fairway hit per round, and that is not an exaggeration. My short game has always been great, but last year it became a crutch instead of something that helps me score low. By far, my worst club was my driver. People say, "Well then, don't hit the driver". Fuck that. If I want to get good again, I need to hit every club in my bag. We've worked on my driver a bit this off season and I like what I see so far.
I was "chicken winging" at the top of my backswing last year, which meant hitting the club straight into the ground, or pushing everything WAY right because my arms had to double hitch to get back into a hitting position and my arms weren't catching up with my hips. This year I'm concentrating on the transition at the top of the back swing and driving through the ball. Here is my progress so far, but if there are any tips out there they are appreciated:
I know my grip is strong, but believe it or not that is the most neutral its been in a long time. At some points last year, my hand was almost under the club.
I belong to a club in RI and my goal is to play 54-72 holes per week. Whether its 9 after work or 36 on the weekends. Whatever.
Also, last year contemplated going away with Dad to play Turning Stone. We didn't do it last year but this year I think we are. Its a 4 hour drive or so and the courses look great for the value.
Anyone in southern NE who wants to play this year let me know.