Forgetting How To Play Golf

There is an expectation that every low single digit handicap golfers hit pure shots….most of the time. The processes are very easy for onlookers because of the mystique of shooting lower golf scores. Well, I am here to set the stage straight! Not every low shooting golfer hits pure irons all the time or even a vast majority of the time. From time to time, we forget how to play golf and make ridiculous shots that would embarrass a first time player. It is the nature of the beast and I believe I experienced this first hand during my last round.

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Hitting Mid Irons Like Professionals

Often overlooked, mid irons (5, 6, and 7 irons) are often overlooked by amateurs as they like to hit the hybrids and woods as much as possible. At Osprey Links, I hit my mid irons on at least half the holes. This happens on most par 4s (of which there are 9) and as such, half of my approach shots occur with these clubs. If 10% of my shots are happening with a group of clubs, then I would suggest that I need to ensure I know how to use them in order to keep my golf scores as low as I possibly can. Establishing this need, I have to wonder if there is anything special I need to do to ensure I hit my mid irons like professionals.

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Self Analysis of My 2020 Golf Season

At the end of every year, I like to sit back, pour a libation and ponder about my previous season. This introspection allows me to develop areas of improvement in my swing, course management, and improving my golfing experience. The 2020 golf season was very unique, excluding COVID, because I tracked more stats than ever before. Thus I have some concrete data in which to base my 2021 plan. Additionally, my self analysis helps me understand if my previous plan worked and were I might improve my processes to attain my ultimate goal of being a scratch golfer.

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