If you have ever ventured onto a practice area, you instinctively know that hitting poor shots is all part of the practice. Of course we do not want to continually miss hit the ball, but there is no advancement in your swing without sucking a few lemons! (Okay that was really bad trying to mix too many metaphors together at one time…..sorry) While I am working on increasing my lag, balance and follow through I have hit some real stinkers. Don’t worry, I am not discouraged and neither should you. It is all about the process.
As you can see, just over half of my shots are in the center of my club between grooves 2 and 4. The rest are outside this prime hitting area and that is okay. You will also notice produced a few miss hits that I would consider very poor. For those who follow my blog, this sticker was from last year during the off season.
This year’s sticker is so poor that I could not ever show it. I would say that 75% of my shots missed the mark completely. I was all over the place with some great shots did not even register on the sticker. I was having trouble either hitting the toe or the heel of the club. I even shanked a few in to the side of the net where I almost missed completely.
Not to worry, I expected this results when I decided to embark on my journey to increase my lag. Each shot provided some data that allowed me to make small adjustments. Each minor change is working a bit, so I decided to slap another sticker today and give it another try. Additionally, I am planning to video my swing (but don’t hold your breath thinking I am going to share it, I am not that crazy) and to analyze how I am making out. I will, however, provide an update tomorrow about how much I actually improving or not.
One thing I do know is that hitting poor shots is part of the process. I do not think that making changes our swing will bring instant success. On of the things that I do know is that I feel like I am generating more power and that is definitely a positive result. So, I will continue down my current path and see where it leads. I am feeling hopeful that I will reach my goal by the start of golf season, which is only a month away.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!