A little about me to begin is that I'm 31, married and I currently work a 9-5 job in the insurance industry. I played around with some junior golf at SNJGA back in the day when I was 9 years old but really didn't stick with it because I chose baseball, which I didn't stick with either, haha.
While cycling in 2011, I met a dude who played golf on occasion with his dad and we got to talking about SNJGA and golf in general, which eventually led to us going out to our local night lit Par 3 Course, Angel Park Cloud Nine and playing a night round in December. Needless to say, I immediately caught the bug.
By mid January, I had my own set of clubs and got to playing pretty much once a week, sometimes twice and when on vacation three or four times a week. I couldn't stop thinking about golf. It took me two months to break 100 the first time but then I didn't do it again until September of 2012. Practicing very little and playing once a week most weeks, my progress was pretty slow I didn't start shooting in the 90s regularly until about May of 2013 with a once in awhile round still in the triple digits. I took a lesson or two from a guy I randomly met at Taylormade Experience here in town but quickly stopped going because I wasn't a fan of what he was teaching versus what I was reading, probably a dumb thing to do from some points of views but just what I felt like was the right thing to do. I also broke 90 for the first time that same month and shot the best round equivalent to a 9 index in July of that same year when I was roughly a 16-17 index. From that time to around March of 16, my game was either there and I was shooting low 80s to non-existent to where I was shooting in the triple digits again.
In October of 14, I convinced the better half to let me build a driving range cage in the backyard so I could hit more balls which was fantastic! You can see it here: http://www.golfwrx.c.../#entry10384861 I used that thing like crazy and now I'm trying to convince her to let me get a launch monitor with little success, haha.
I finally got something together to where I broke 80 the first time in June of 16 and broke it a few more times until August of 16 when I shot a 77 (+6) a fairly difficult course, mainly because of the greens always being fast and hard. That was followed me not being able to string together a round from August to October with my best round being an 83 (+11). Being frustrated, I started taking lessons from Jeff Gallagher, a former PGA Touring player and a overall really good dude. His simplistic style of teaching has helped me tone my game and offset my WRXer analytical mind but it's still a work in progress and now we are up to date.
Drew(drewtaylor21) and I have developed a pretty good friendship since we've met and have been talking golf as well as our games more than I've ever been able to talk to anyone about it because he's as obsessed as I am and it's really been making me think about my golf goals. Especially seeing him so well oriented with what he's trying to do and everything. We really become who we associate ourselves with and it's been evident to me, hanging with him.
We've all had those random quizzes that ask about the goals of our golf game to be entered into a contest but I've never taken as much time and laid out my goals like I did in this post from the Kingdom entry form. It took me about an hour to complete.
robrey85 on 31 January 2017 - 07:20 AM said:
- A GolfWRX member in good standing I have had my fair share of issues but without that, I wouldn't be human.
- Ready and willing to achieve your 2017 golf goals with the help of TaylorMade Golf Amen!
- In a post below, include:
- Current USGA handicap 9.4
- State the goals for your golf game in 2017
- The ultimate goal is to attain an index of 0.0.
- Along the way I have set mini goals the first of which is tracking my stats and actually using that data to practice.
- For far too long I have tracked stats on TheGrint and never used any of it. I've wondered to myself lately, "what's the point?" So with the help of drewtaylor21, I established a paper and excel way of tracking my stats. After just three rounds of doing this, I can see that most of my approach shots are in the 100-150 range. So I should go out and practice shots of that yardage to likely increase my GIR count.
- Another goal which plays off the previous goal is to increase the amount of GIRs I get on average. Currently, my average GIR per round based off three rounds is 5.67. If I can double that amount to average near 11. That's potentially an additional 5.33 more opportunities to birdie if not two putt as opposed to trying to get up and down to save par, bogey or double+.
- Yet another goal that feeds off of last goal is to improve my distance control in putting and reduce the amount of three putts I average in any given round.
- Based off three rounds I have 11 three putts. !!! That averages 3.67 per round. If I can drop those down to two putts that almost four strokes that I can drop from my cap. Then depending on proximity to hole, I may or may not be able to one putt one or two of those potential four strokes making the gain 5-6 strokes!
- Which leads me to my next goal of accumulating an accurate average proximity to the hole of my scrambling shots and practicing those putts.
- Using my data sheet and the three rounds I've compiled my average proximity to the hole when I'm scrambling is 12.18'. My average scrambling % made is 33.33% of 24 total attempts making the scrambling number made 7.99. If I can increase that to even just 50%, that's an additional 4 strokes I can save by getting up and down taking my number up to 12.
- Although it's not golf related per say, but it technically is and it's the most essential mini goal of the year to boost me towards the ultimate goal. I'm in the process of career transition which will change my work hours and in turn allow me to practice and play almost daily. This is the hardest of all of my goals to attain, not because it's actually hard but because emotionally, I'm scared that it won't work out and I'll have lost the trust and loyalty that I've earned at my current job of 11.5 years.
- All these mini goals are essential to attaining the ultimate goal and without them, the likelihood of actually achieving said ultimate goal is virtually non-existent.
- The ultimate goal is to attain an index of 0.0.
- Current USGA handicap 9.4
o Favorite/least favorite club in your bag My favorite club in my bag would have to be my RSi2 irons, minus the 4 and 5. I'm not a huge fan of how hard the long irons feel. The least favorite club in my bag is my worst club in the bag, my 16 M1 9.5 with HZRDUS Black driver.
o Which new club excites you the most in ‘17 The M1 440. I've heard great things about distance and forgiveness along with feel and spin. I also can't help but to feel that a smaller head might help me hit center more often because I hit my M2 3/5 woods so much better than I do my driver.
- State why you'd want to attend this exclusive opportunity to be fit at TaylorMade Golf Last November I started getting coaching and lessons twice a month from Former PGA Tour player and Taylormade staffer, Jeff Gallagher. We started off with some introductory work with my swing and what we want to accomplish. He took some videos and made some comments and then we were off. We've worked mostly on my iron game and the improvement is mind boggling but there's still work needed as it can always be better. The next thing we touched on was my short game, he asked me to hit some chips so he could see my style and technique and immediately, he gave me some feedback which helped tremendously with contact and consistency. The last thing we worked on is my driver, this by far has been the most difficult to overcome. We've mutually agreed that my confidence in my driving game is nil. We went as far as putting the FocusBand on me to see if maybe it was a problem of concentration and it clearly was not. It's been twelve weeks since we began working together and as much as my iron play and short game have improved, my long game is still in disarray. While we are still working on the long game, I believe my woes are due to ill fitted clubs in this particular area. With the help of my golf coach Jeff, the plan we have and what I hope the TMag fitting would accomplish, I am looking forward to attaining my 2017 ultimate goal of hitting that illustrious scratch index.
Piggy backing off of this, in 2016, I had some goals, the main one that was achieved was to be a sub 10 index and the second one was to shoot a sub-80 score, the third one was after I hit the sub 10 and it was to get my index to sub 5 which came close, but didn't happen. My lowest index was achieved in August at 6.5. Now the ultimate goal as seen above is to be scratch. Again, talking with Drew, he made it clear that my " borderline dream come true" of having a 6:30AM-2:30PM work schedule and playing/practicing almost daily could be achieved.
Immediately, I got to work on the secondary main goal of 2017, transitioning my career to IT. By far, the scariest thing I will have to do this year. I've been in the insurance industry since 2005 when I randomly stumbled into my Allstate LSP career, been here ever since. I've got so much loyalty for my boss and coworker and we're family more than coworkers and that is why it's so scary for me. With that being said though, I really feel like I am ready for the next phase of life and that is what I have to remember.
Here's a look at my swing from sometime in Jun of 2014:
Then my most recent swing which was Feb 12th 2017:
After re-reading and re-editing this post, the main goal is to become a certified IT technician. That process has been started as I'm now currently studying for that test that I have schedule for next month. I have dedicated myself to using my Google calendar to make sure I can split my time and know when I have free time and know when I don't. It helps tremendously but two months of studying may not be enough so I may end up rescheduling it for a later date but making sure I schedule a date so I can keep up on my study schedule.
Then as a secondary goal to make sure my game stays fresh and also with the eyes of my coach Jeff and more so Drew right now since I'm going to take a break of lessons and focus on my studies and Drew offered to help me out, I'm going back to the basics to work on my take away and to also shorten my back back swing to reverse my "arm over run". I'd never heard this term before but it is where my shoulders stop turning but my arms continue. We all feel that a flawed take away leads to a flawed transition and downswing. So with working on a one piece take away I can stop the bowing of my hands coming outward and by shortening my back swing, I can stop the arm overrun, along with early wrist hinge and get in a better position with a square club face at the top of my back swing as opposed to a laid off open face where I am screwed.
Luckily, I have a full size mirror in my wifes Yoga/Dance room to help with mirror work...
...and my backyard so I can make sure I'm working on movements and then go outside and test them and come back and keep at it. Right now I have about thirty minutes in the morning left to spare where I can dedicate to some golf practice starting this week so that's the plan! Until I can solidify this take away and shorter back swing, I'm going to work on nothing else.
Thanks for reading! I look forward to what 2017 has in store for me.
Edited by robrey85, 23 February 2017 - 02:50 PM.