When and where is the tipping point in our golf game? You know, that point where all our hard work pays off and we can move on to improving / acquiring a different skill. It is like walking up stairs and each step is a new skill. Our game plateaus for a time until we decide to focus our improvement on a different skill. I guess this is true for all learned skills, but more prevalent in golf.
As you are aware from previous posts, I try to set a few goals in which to focus my improvement for each year. It helps me stay focused and separate the wheat from the chaff. This year is no different, however I have plateaued on one skill and it is now time to focus on another.
The skill I feel I have taken as far as I can at this time is getting off the tee. My new Calloway Rogue driver has helped, but I am hitting other shots off the tee consistently as well. I track my stats and I am hitting the fairway 80% of the time and this stat does not include shots into par 3s. And important to note is that my misses are not bad and I have a regular shot about 10% of the time. Regardless, this is a very strong stat and as such I feel I can move on to something different.
Conversely, I my ‘greens in regulation’ or GIR is only at 59%; this does include par 3s. I feel that the amount of times I am in the fairway, this stat should be higher. I am thinking around 75% is a realistic stat given that I am playing to a 5.0 handicap index. For some reason, I have not been able to crack this nut and now it is time to focus on hitting my 6 iron and below with more consistency. I think I understand why my GIR is not to the point I want, but I will have to do some investigation to make sure; it is all in the improvement process.
There is a domino affect with improving my GIR. By improving the skills needed to lower my GIR, it will affect my putting, chipping, and course management. However, I will worry about those later. One step at a time in this case.
I am not fussed by my poor GIR stat at this time. I am on to the next rung of my improvement process and will take all the ups and downs of my in stride. Golf is a long-haul sport that requires patience and focus to improve. Yes, there ares some natural players, but they are few and far between. I am looking forward on improving my GIR stat. Stay tuned and I will tell you how my journey unfolded.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!