I’m a 8 handicap (proper CONGU UK competition one for the avoidance of doubt, no gimmes) and I’m pretty much stuck there. I’m a good ball striker and handy around the greens, but I’ve never been a good driver of the ball. Just no confidence. I went for a lesson this week and for the first time I really worked on getting the speed up, I’ve been averaging about 96mph, I got it up to 102-105mph, carry went from 240 up to 260 but a lot to be desired in control.
Did a bit of research, Trackman published some data based on 15,000 golfers (including tour pros), suggests its statistically very hard for me to get much lower without learning to smash the ball long.
We can all think of old guys who still get around close to par, but I know several very good ball strikers and putters at my club who never get below about 6, and are just underpowered. Is this the crux of it, the message that the young guys are hearing, that you wont get anywhere without being able to rip it off the tee? Do I need to practice putting LESS?