Following on from the “How good are you at golf” thread, and another I started about how people deal with High Handicappers at their local, I thought it’d be a good idea to gather all of those who are high on both enthusiasm and handicap to share their progress and thoughts.
Welcome, one all, to the Crappyshack. Think “Chasing Scratch”, but where the aim is the elusive rounds under 100.
What are you working on? Had any success stories that you wouldn’t want to shout about anywhere else on the forum because, frankly, the idea of admitting your pride of hitting a par 5 in regulation is too embarrassing to admit?
So we’re not excluding those of you who are of a higher skill level, does anyone have any tips for those of us at the other end golf skill continuum, or tales of when you were abilities were less chiseled than they are now?
I’ll kick it off - I’m 32 and just joined my first club. I’ve always dabbled in golf having been pretty sporty in general, but in the last year or so started trying harder to improve. I’ve had a number of lessons, so I’m getting better and know what to work on when I’m down the range, and I’m currently working on shallowing the back swing, and trying to get my hands in front of the ball at impact. Also bought a new putter as I was using a relic from the 80s that had been handed down to me.
I’ve only broken 100 once due to the odd hole or 5 during a round when I just blow up. Having said that, I’ve parred SI 1 at my club the last 3 times I’ve played, so I’ve got it in me somewhere. Last round was 108, where it was just so windy that no one else was out there. I did however manage to keep the same ball all the way round, which was a first, so if I can do something similar in better conditions then hopefully I’ll be in for a decent round.
In terms of handicap, I haven’t yet got an official one. In the next couple of months I’m going to get down the club and get my 3 rounds signed and get involved in some of the competitions. May aim is for a h’cap less than 35 at first, because I’m just not consistent enough at the moment.
Anyone else where the only thing that is greater than their lack of ability for golf, is their enthusiasm to play it?