For the instructors, low handicappers/scratch players, and others who have some player improvement insight, I’d love to get some data/thoughts from you. And if this is discussed somewhere else already, let me know. I couldn’t find another thread.
This summer, my handicap has fallen to below a 5 (currently a 3.8) and for the first time, I noticed something on my driver and iron shots. I visualize a shot, and then as I look up after contact, the ball is exactly in the “window” I visualized with the exact shot shape I want and it goes the exact distance. Needless to say this is a beautiful feeling and I notice that it happens 2-3 times in a round - out of an average of say 33-34 “full” shots in a round. If I go an entire round, with no shot like this, I know something is off with the swing that needs to be looked at.
So the question for those of you who teach, are closer to scratch or better - how often do you/your student hit this sort of perfect shot? I would like to get a sense of what is a reasonable goal here. Did you focus on something like this specifically? I know golf is about managing the misses, but I am curious about how often a good player hits the perfect shot. Should I be hitting 2x more perfect shots for my handicap level? etc.