Help Me!

Im a 6 handicap but im struggling to improve from 6 i want to get down to about 2 or 3 this year but im not sure where to start, what do i need to work on to become better what im doing now isnt working! Cheers Alex

Hi Alex,

I think the first thing to recommend is that you go to see your pro for a lesson or series of lessons. They'll be able to evaluate which aspects of your game require attention and how best to address those. It could be that your practice schedule needs re-establishing and they can provide you with some drills and a routine that will help deliver improvements!

Can any other members make suggestions that may help Alex?

Thanks

NeilJ

Hi Alex,

I think the first thing to recommend is that you go to see your pro for a lesson or series of lessons. They'll be able to evaluate which aspects of your game require attention and how best to address those. It could be that your practice schedule needs re-establishing and they can provide you with some drills and a routine that will help deliver improvements!

Can any other members make suggestions that may help Alex?

Thanks

I agree with alex :) 

if you go see a pro he will be able to tell you where you are going wrong with your swing and how you can correct them :) 

good luck dropping those digits ! :) 

Hi Alex,

Where in the country do you live? It might be that one of our Pro's is a member of Team Titleist and could help you as I would agree that the assistance of a PGA Professional is the starting point.

Good luck and please keep us informed of how things go during the season!

Rich

Being a 6 handicap I`d say that your not doing a lot wrong, I`d concentrate on my short game and especially putting and chipping.

You should know yourself what your weak points are as a low hanidcapper. To help find out what my weak points are, I like to mark on the score card whether or not I hit the fairway and green in regualtion. I also note how many putts I have and if I had a bunker or chip shot. This way I can see what I need to work on. My current handicap is 7. I currently average around 33 putts around which I think is too many. If i can get it down to 31 I will be happy and I'm hoping this will help.

Simple! Use a Pro v1 instead of a Pro v1x! Guranteed to bring you down to scratch! 

I know this is late but a video lesson is a great way to see where the swing is of line or over swing ect. then your PRO can show you and you can make the changes ,     practice makes permanent = consistant  

Paul W

You should know yourself what your weak points are as a low hanidcapper. To help find out what my weak points are, I like to mark on the score card whether or not I hit the fairway and green in regualtion. I also note how many putts I have and if I had a bunker or chip shot. This way I can see what I need to work on. My current handicap is 7. I currently average around 33 putts around which I think is too many. If i can get it down to 31 I will be happy and I'm hoping this will help.

Exactly keep some stats and understand your misses and what exactly you are trying to diagnose.

Devil is in the detail!

Yep work on that short game, where its won and lost.

HI, you may have already sorted it all out as your post was a while ago, I'm a newbie on here so only just seen it & here's my view. I for a while had plateaued out at 4, & these are the things & way of going about stuff that brought my handicap down further. For some time now my handicap has ranged from 2 to scratch, up & back down mostly depending on how much time 'everyday life' has let me put in to my golf!

First off you'd need to analyse your whole game over a period to find out where your 'true weak points' are (no cheating here you have to be ruthless with yourself!) You'll find them as what ever standard we are (I play off 1 currently) we all have weaker areas of our game that repeat themselves. So once you identified your weak points if you know how to begin to make these better just put the work in, there's no other way. If you don't know how to start to fix your weak points, seek a good PGA pro tell him which area/s you are weak in and they will be able to help.

It could be you don't hit enough fairways off the tee, could be not enough greens in regulation, short game, putting etc. but you have to look at your game over time & really identify what they are.

One thing is critical (& you may already know this) it's that you need to know exactly what the average distance to a decent shot is 'carried' with every club in your bag.

If you don't, either get yourself some time on a launch monitor (preferably with the type of golf ball you use to play:_ note; on this it's always better to find the ball you like which gives you the best numbers & then only use that one type & make - not meant as a plug but I only use Pro V1's)

If you can't get time on a launch monitor, it harder to do, but then get say 20 balls exactly the same & the make & kind you use to play & on the practice ground hit them with each club & check the distance to where the largest number have 'carried' too, you'll need an area you can put a marker (umbrella say) and mark out a distance each time you think you hit each club, example umbrella at 135 hit 20 wedges, umbrella at 185 hit 20 6irons and so on: But the critical distance is the 'carry' not the roll out, that's why doing it on a launch monitor is the best way.

Also when you do this you should find out if you have any distances on full shots that are turning out to be 'gaps' in the clubs you have in your bag. So you might need to look at what you carry in your bag, as maybe a hybrid and iron are giving you similar distances so you'd maybe need to change the hybrid for a different loft perhaps to lose that gap in your range of distances through your bag.

Critical too you spend more of your practice time on the shots from 120 in to the green, & know which club & the length of swing you need to hit 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 up to your full shot with your wedge, spend time to learn the different types high/lobs, mid spinners that check on 2nd bounce, chip & run etc. PGA pro's on average spend 70% of their practice from say 120/110 in plus hours on the putting green. Most mid handicap players I see at the range spend most of their time hitting the long stuff and full shots with their 'favourite irons which isn't going to help anybody much!

I use a 3 wedge system, a 47 degree wedge, 52 degree gap wedge, 58 degree sand/lob wedge: Some would use 4, & have 56 degree SW & 60 LW with the wedge & gap wedge.

If with each wedge you also vary where your hands are on the grip, (eg, hands normal -1 inch from the end, half way down the grip, 2 inches from the steel shaft) you have a variety of shots you can hit to get the distances with each wedge by changing only the hand position and changing the length of swing (using say the clock face analogy)

Important really the backswing/throughswing of these part shots are the same length & pace, controlling the length of swing by the turn of your torso as it's the best way to get consistent distance. No independent hand action, no speeding up at impact.

Hope this helps, as I said it got me down from the plateau I'd got 'stuck on': Good luck with the hard work you'll have to put in, sadly there's no 'magic pill'.

Cheers.