I started playing golf in my late 20s and never really took the game serious for the fist 10 years or so and was a very high handicapper (wish I could turn back time). I am now 51 and addicted to the game and it is serious business to always improve. 5 years ago I improved to a 8 handicap but have since gotten worse and managed to get up to a 14 handicap.
Last season my game was absolutely embarrising and I just kept telling my self that age is really catching up to me.
I belong to a private club, have a hitting bay in my basement and live each day researching and working on my game. I look at pros that are my age and they make it look so easy to hit a tee shot 300 yards or stick a wedge to 3 feet and wonder how they do it. Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Freddy Couples, Mark Omeara and more do it on a weekly basis and yet I allow myself to think age is holding me back.
This winter I took a whole new outlook on my age and have taken charge of my game, body and mind and I have been working hard on increasing swing speed, solid contact and accuarcy. I began a workout routine with emphasis on legs and core muscles, swing speed drills as well as chipping. Today I was able to accomplish 270 degrees back swing and hit 100 mph swing speed where as prior I was lucky to hit 90 mph.
One swing speed drill I have adapted is swinging an alignment rod as fast as I can for 3 to 5 sets of 10 swings. Research shows that most players swing a weighted club and actually results in a reverse affect which slows your swing down as your muscles and brain will try to over compensate to prevent injury.
I wanted to be able to see my results with diagnostics without spending a fortune so I purchased the Zep swing analyzer which has provided a great deal of info that allows me to work on certain parts of my swing i.e. Swing speed, club plane, hand plane, tempo, back swing and more.
I went to Florida a couple weeks ago and shot a 75, 76, 72, 78 and 81. I was completely excited that my persistance and hard work has had an affect on my game, mind and body and looking forward to the beginning of this season to start.
What are you doing to improve?