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2018 Goals

Post by jattruia » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:08 am

Here we go...January golf has officially begun; the 2018 season is underway. I'm usually not one to really state concrete goals for better or for worse. I've proceeded to get better every year, and played some awesome courses. Last time i was a double digit handicap was August of 2016, and i'm currently down to around a 6. But, i'm never far off from a blow up round. So here it is, i'm putting a few goals in black and white. I'm not getting to granular, just some larger big picture goals.

1. No 90's scores - I had 8 in 2016 and 5 in 2017. There's no reason i can't always play better than bogey golf, but going a year sub 90 would be huge for me.

2. Driver Consistency - This has been my Achilles heal. When the driver is working, the scores will be low, but when it's off, it brings doubles into play immediately. This is also a confidence thing; i haven't felt comfortable over the driver most of the 2017 season so when it was working, it always felt like it was just a matter of time. 2017 had my FIR rise to 57%, so i'd like to get it over 60% with some comfort over the ball.

3. Putting - My putting has seemed to stall out around just under 32 putts per round while my GIR has leveled off around 35%. I'd like to get those to sub-31. It's certainly doable, especially if i reach my second goal and start getting in a better position off the tee.

That's it, clear and simple. Let's see what 2018 brings.

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Re: 2018 Goals

Post by DougE » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:10 pm

Quite similar to me J, with a few more specific goals:

Reach 6.X handicap index. Presently 7.5.

Find 10 more yards with driver, consistently.
I know it's in there, despite my advancing age, because I can do it once or twice a round. Just need to zero in on whatever is missing the rest of the drives. Likely center contact, but there must be a way to make it happen more consistently. Already have a pretty easy tempo. May need a little help from a truly capable pro.

GIRs from the blue tees over 45%.
It's over 45% already from the white tees, but I mostly play the blues where it is presently at 39%. My long clubs are getting much more consistent as a result of playing the longer yardage most of last year.

Hit 68% fairways, or more.
Presently about 60%, but was at one point over 70% back before I made some swing changes and was still driving the ball 10-20 yards less than I do regularly now. Since the swing changes, I have easily moved up to the blue tees, but the accuracy is not quite as good. I still usually have 90-100% playable drives, but the rough gets so thick and long here in summer, being in the fairway is really almost necessary. (I have had some discussions with the super recently about the thickness of the rough here and he has indicated that they would like to create a first cut, which would make a huge difference. Presently, if you roll off the fairway even a foot, you can be in "nearly-impossible-to-hit-a-clean-shot" rough. My misses often only roll in a foot or two so this first cut could save a few strokes, for sure.)

Play two or more tournaments in 2018.
I played a lot of tournaments at my last club. But this new club doesn't have a men's association so club tournaments are slim to none, even though the USGA and MSGA hold some pretty big ones here at Worthington, which include a US Open qualifier, Maryland Senior Men's Championship and a few high-visibility AJGA sanctioned events, with the Maryland Open Championship scheduled for next year here as well. I have been speaking with the pro about doing a few club tourneys this year and he seems open to it (if I help) so I may take the ball and run with it to see if I can at least help organize a few with him. Maybe a Member/Member, a Member/Guest and a Senior Club Championship

150+ rounds.
Got 197 in 2017. And with my new all-inclusive membership, if I stay healthy, that should be the easiest goal to reach. Healthy is the key word.

Organize a regular, early morning weekend group
Now that my new membership allows play at any time of day on weekends (my old membership limited me to after 12pm on weekends), I want to get a round in early on Saturdays or Sundays or both, particularly in summer before the temps get into the 90s, and still have a good part of the day left to do stuff with my wife who usually doesn't roll out of bed until noon after a long week of work. So I won't feel guilty playing on the only days she has off. (I played on weekend afternoons before, but always felt a little guilty playing mid-day when we could be doing something together.)

Play at least a couple "away" courses in the area, and beyond, each month.
Though my own club is one of the nicest and most challenging in the state of Maryland, there are some other awesome tracks within 15-20 minutes, all of which are rated in the top 10 or 20 in the mid-Atlantic. I only played a handful of "away"rounds last year, plus a Florida trip. Now that I will be saving so much with this new all-inclusive 5-year membership, I might be able to afford to do more day trips this year. Plus, I get a senior rate now at virtually all courses! :bawl

All above subject to revisions. ;)

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Re: 2018 Goals

Post by MattF » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:20 pm

For me it's as simple as play more this year. Last year was an "annus horribilis" due to a relationship implosion between myself and my wife. We are now in a good place and I hope that I'll be able to see more time on the grass.
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Re: 2018 Goals

Post by Duke of Hazards » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:55 pm

Play more, maybe shoot 82.

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Re: 2018 Goals

Post by jfurr » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:00 am

Do golf things
I'm gonna hit a provisional
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Re: 2018 Goals

Post by jasonfish11 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:34 am

jfurr wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:00 am
Do golf things
Yeah I'm with this one.
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Re: 2018 Goals

Post by GBOGEY » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:35 am

Basically the same as last year:
1. Handle on course frustrations better - gotten better but still work to go
2. Maintain overall handicap between 6-8
3. Average score of 79.5 (differential of 8.2) - essentially a stroke better than last two years
4. 80% of rounds 82 or better (differential of 10.4) - averaged 70-75% last two years
5. Play a bucket list course

Key piece of my game that needs to improve for this to happen is to improve driving. Want to be 50% GIRs and 1 unplayable per round. Probably closer to 40-45% and 1.5-2.0 right now.

Also thinking about taking a different approach this year, most like the Brits - weekend rounds will be tracked for handicap and stats, mid-week rounds will be considered purely fun and practice - haven't decided on this but it's a thought.

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Post by jasonfish11 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:52 am

So I'm not sure haven't even thought about goals. To me the year doesn't begin until after my tournaments are done (Feb 24).

But what I'm finding out, I've spent a lot of time playing at a course I like due to it's cost ($20-$30) and it's generally decent shape. The downside is that it's very easy. So my handicap is NOT able to travel.

So I think some of my goals this year are to spread my golf around to different venues that are a little more challenging. The course right near my house is a former web.com tour stop and it's a Pete Dye course. Although we played a shamble on it Sunday and I was hitting the ball terribly I think I shot around a 93ish. You can probably add 5-10 to that if I were playing my own drives (4 drives would have been penalties, but I may not have made the same choice if I didn't already have a ball in the FW). So somewhere near 100. This is pretty terrible, but semi-understandable given how awful I was hitting the ball.

At my normal course if I'm hitting the ball really poorly I can't imagine shooting more than 90-92.

But the things I need to do other than that to improve my game are:
- More FW's - had a little better than 45% last year. And way less non-playable drives. My scrambling is really low (20%), but my strokes gained "short game" isn't bad. This tells me the scrambling stat isn't a result of poor chipping/pitching. It's because I don't have a chance to get my approach inside 100 yards, due to trees or penalties.
- More GIR (48% last year, I want this to be over 50%)
- Better putting specifically in the 5-20' range.
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