13 total rounds, 234 holes played. I walked 9 of those for an estimated total of 144,000 steps, or about 63 miles, give or take.
Not a ton of time for practice, but I did ocassionally get in 30 minutes of short game/chipping/putting practice. I can lose myself in the green just playing different shots in my head – but there’s no replacing “real time” shot making on course, and that’s where I fell REALLY flat performance-wise. Lack of short game shot execution bit me in the ass ore times than I’d like!
I hit a TON of fairways and am very pleased with the way I’m driving the ball. The knee surgeries from 2014 may have taken a little distance away, but I’ll take almost 70% of fairways hit this year.
I also hit 60% of my GIR’s. Where the disconnect is there is that the 40% I missed were primarily within my “scoring zone” of 125 yards and in, and that’s a major concern. At least I know where ONE portion of practice time is going.
I’m very pleased with my putting. If you told me starting out in April I’d average 31 putts/round I would have been skeptical. My putting has always been a week spot. AimPoint knowledge came in handy though, thanks to the personal coaching of Preston Combs – thank you for opening up my eyes and getting me to trust my feet!
So what’s the bottom line? A stroke average of 77 for one. I had the low round of 71 (six birdies in that one, scary thought) and a high round of 85!
I hit lots of fairways and a good number of greens, but chipped/pitched poorly and missed a ton of opportunities with my wedge game. Overall, 2015 was a pleasant re-introduction to the game I love. I found peace with my game this year, stayed more “present” in my shot making and forgave myself for poor shots instead of making a lot of negative self-talk.
I’m swinging pain free. I accept my motion and make it work. But, im staying curious as to what I can improve upon. Staying curious about always learning more. I’ve got a ton of clients who are tremendous coaches and I appreciate them as a resource for knowledge and ideas. Golf is still cool for me, 37 years later 🙂
I wish you all an awesome 2016 in golf and life. Enjoy your time on course, at practice, with your friends or by yourself.