I like gadgets and reading up on cool golf stuff so in June 2017 I bought Arccos 360 which gives me all the stats and info I need and dont need about my golf. First it was just a cool way to keep some statistics of my game but quickly realized its a training aid.
I’ve hovered around in single handicap for 20 years or so but my game would be very sporadic with a few low 70 rounds a year but also plenty of 90’s to mix it up. I wanted to change and found a really cool podcast series and website founded by Cordie Walker called Golf Science Lab which opened my eyes quite a bit about how I was practicing. This led to discovering other resources such as books from team at Vision54 and similar. I dont mind what my swing looks like so not interested in getting bunch of lessons but I have gotten a couple of lessons when I got stuck. The best swing coaching I could get was to just read and listen to the concepts of the Strike Plan from Adam Young and then my favorite website SecretGolf.com as these are not about how you swing or what you should to but about ideas about striking the ball and embracing that we have have different swings.
I dont go to the range to hit balls , I go and play games. Work on techique for 10 min or so then I play different games that challenge me to hit the shape I want and to the target I want. It’s a huge difference in my confidence on the course to know how to hit the high fade, low draw, punched 9 iron to 90 yds. I try to play rounds with half sets now and then and when I play alone I often play worst ball where I hit 2 balls and hit my next shot from the worst spot. Best score in worst ball is a 37 and has been magic on my short game.
Here is what my approach game looked like in second half of 2017 vs second half of 2018. I’ve put in work on sharpening my irons, taking enough club, understanding where trouble is and just in general apply more strategy into my game. Knowing I can hit different shots and trust them gives me more confidence in making strategic decisions to take out one side of a green or knowing that I can hit this as hard as I want and I wont fly the green but just about guarantees I am putting. Biggest tactically change is to try and always think of back of green yardage in choosing a club.
Enter SkyTrak — three months ago i bought a Skytrak simulator as I was spending more an more time in Trakman studios and on range. I haven’t had it long but I think its doing something to my game. My last 10 rounds before the HCP lock down here in Pacific Northwest are promising and my winter rounds so far have been pretty nice with multiple rounds just a few shots over par. Shot 2 over yesterday – 6 FW hits, 12 GIR, 33 puts and 3 lost balls. Iron play was really good. I dont use Arccos in winter so last round on that was in November but here is the approach stats for just the last 10 rounds.
Finally here are my 2018 Arccos Golf HCP trends. GHIN handicap moved from 6.2 to 7.1 and ended at 5.0. Should perhaps mention that I did change my clubs in beginning of 2018 from Titleist AP2 to MB so took a little time to get used to not having the same forgiveness but puts a smile on my face every time I look down on the club sitting behind the ball.