Developing The Next Stage In Your Golf Game

Do you have plan to improve your golf game? I ask this question because many players I have talked too float rudderless through their attempts to lower their golf score. With my golf season over, I was thinking that it might be time to develop an offseason training plan in over to focus on the golf areas that need my attention. I am still mulling exactly how this plan will unfold, but I am sure that it will be similar to others I have developed in the past.

Every year about this time, I try to set some time aside for some introspection. It helps when I have some stats from the year because it allows me to have some idea where I might need some practice. Looking back at my past three years, I find that there is a correlation between my GIR and putting average. The lower the GIR percentage, the lower my putting average.

This makes complete sense because when I miss the green on my approach shot, there is a good chance that I will get the ball up and down. thus lowering my putting percentage. It makes sense right? If I was to look at my stats alone, I would think that I should focus on my putting, but that is not the case. Bottom line for my analysis is that everything points to GIR. Brian Penn from All About Golf will be clapping right now because we have had several discussions on how GIR is king.

Maybe I need to take a different approach that changes my traditional approach shots. Should I club up or club down off the tee? Should I try playing rounds of golf with just my hybrid, or without wedges? Do I need to shake up my game in order to find a new path to lowering my golf scores? These are all fun questions and I have six months to develop a strategy that will lead me down a different path that will produce greater results.

As you can tell, I am in the very early stage of figuring out my next move. The golf plan is definitely part of my journey, I just have not figure out exactly what it is going to look like. In the meantime, I will continue be introspective about my golf game.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


4 thoughts on “Developing The Next Stage In Your Golf Game

  1. I do have plans. First, I’ll be using our little range out back to work on getting my hands a bit more forward at impact in conjunction with continuing my line drill. A little more compression, a little more distance never hurt. And second, I’ll be seeing a pro in November to work on my driver swing and then maybe check my drivers set up on a trackman to see if a different shaft might be advantageous once I feel that I’ve got a handle on any swing changes the pro wants to make and see what kind of ball flight I’m getting out of it. Small gains hopefully from multiple areas will bring back at least most of the distance I’ve lost since changing how I grip the club and make scoring lower on the longer courses a little easier to manage.

    And there is one other thing. My chipping lately has been really good. But there is one weakness that I think I need to work on. I do really well hitting off the back of my stance chipping, but if I want to pop it up a little higher and try it off a more forward position, I’ve been making more mistakes than I think I should. I messed up on two tonight and bladed them into real trouble and got myself a couple of doubles for my trouble. Earlier this week I got lucky and bladed one into the bank which slowed it down so well I got an eagle out of it, but I’m still on the losing end here with that shot over all so that needs to be addressed. One lucky eagle doesn’t begin to cover the damage that kind of miss can create or has cost me in the past few weeks so it’s a good place to lower my average score.

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