Tuesday, 10 April 2012

We gotta get right back to where we started from...

If you've read this post, you probably already know that three years ago I made it down to an 11 handicap and then decided to change everything about my game, and I mean E V E R Y T H I N G.

I felt that a complete refit and overhaul was necessary to get me to single figures. There was something about the way I was playing back then that made me think I'd peaked as a golfer, my skill level couldn't get me any further. Some disagreed and thought I was crazy to embark upon such a seemingly sadistic journey. At times I thought they were right. For a while I went back up to 14, which was soul destroying. I generally hovered around 12 for most of the three years, scrapping out results with a new swing I couldn't trust, and moreover a new swing which put extra pressure on my (already average) short game.

After almost 3 years of lessons and hundreds of hours on the course and driving range I've arrived at my first milestone. I'm right back where I was when I decided to change everything. Back to an 11 handicap.

Perhaps from the outside, it seems nonsensical to celebrate such a milestone. Nevertheless, I'm smiling.

During the process of change I sometimes thought I had completely scuppered any chance I had of becoming a better player. I started to think that I'd added too much mechanical action whilst subtracting a substantial amount of personality from my game. Now I know this is not the case. Despite the long and winding road, I now know 100% it was worth it.

Lately I have been producing very good results even when I'm not playing particularly great. Furthermore I'm shooting in the 70's about 80% of the time whereas before it was more like 20%, if that. I've made it back to 11 without firing on all cylinders whereas in the past I needed to work hard to get to and maintain that handicap.

This time round it's going to be different. A few years ago the number 11 represented the end of the road. This time it represents the beginning.

I'll keep you posted!


VanBav said...

Great dedication to the game! The natural moves are always the hardest ones to get rid of.. Im averaging about 5 swing rebuilds a week (min)! Nice blog. Great to hear about others trying hard and struggling!

Steve - info(at)ibleedgolf.com said...

Thanks for reading John, as they say can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs! Still revert to old habits now and then but practice helps! Hopefully I can stick to my new swing now and focus on short game and putting. I don't plan on any more major overhauls in the near future... :)

Theeguysgolflblog.com said...

Three years-yikes. It about destroyed me to go 3 months. Big change this winter brought me from a 10 to a 14 (with a few 96's thrown in). Finally back to shooting low 80's but it is a real test of will to stick with something you know will pay off in the long run even though there is short term pain.

Steve - info(at)ibleedgolf.com said...

Not sure if you read the other post I linked to but I changed everything, coach, swing, clubs, putter, ball, the lot! Agree with you about the test of will, glad I'm starting to see rays of sunshine finally! Thanks for reading. Your blog is great by the way, keep up the good work!