Hi, This blog is all about conversations that a golf professional (me) has with golfers.  I am going to talk about three players in particular.

The first player is about 30, handicap 12 and plays at least once a week.  He was excited about a new driver he was fitted for and gained 30 metres so he now hits 270 metres.  He said he only misses 4 fairways in a round and with a driving distance of 270 metres and 10 out of 14 fairways hit, that is not the recipe for a 12 marker, his handicap should be much lower.  So I asked what his stats were over a month and he said he didn't know.

I asked how many lessons he had and he said one, the pro said he didn't need any more.  I asked why his handicap wasn't lower and he said he didn't really care anymore and he just played for fun. I challenged him and said "Isn't golf more fun when you shoot mid 70s off 12?"  So next time we catch up I am going to show him how he can track his scores and find out why he isn't on single figures from real data.

The next player was over 50 and plays twice a week at a challenging private course.  He said he has one good 9 and one bad 9 and his handicap had slipped from 12 to 16 and going further out.  I am sure I will be able to help him when we get out on the course together.

The third player is in his 60s and is off 15.  He had a goal to play well and win the World Transplant Games golf tournament.  He prepared well by having 2 lessons with me.  The first was at a golf range for an hour and was based around swing technique to fix the problem of a fade that lost him distance.

After some practice on that we went to the course where the tournament was played and his ball striking was excellent but he wasted about 10 shots with putting, chipping and bunker shots.  While the help I gave would not have saved 10 shots every round, if he only saved 50% of those, then his score would be pretty close to the score needed to win the tournament.  He took the advice on board and a couple of weeks later let me know that he had won the Individual Silver Medal and the Pairs Bronze Medal.

So I hope this gives you a good example that you can turn your game around with some goal setting, skillset analysis, taking remedial action, practicing and then taking it on to the course and playing well.

That's all for now,

All the best for your golfing future,

Doug Kercher.

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