2015 Challenge: Improving My Golf Handicap

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Hi there, Steve Mueller here, welcome to my new blog. I’ve started this blog because I am a frustrated golfer and I really want to move my game forward. So much so that I have set myself a challenge over the next 12 months of becoming a single handicap golfer.

Becoming A Single Handicap Golfer

I think it’s a realistic level to achieve if I work at it, and as I know that my game is at a similar level to a large percentage of you, I would like you to share my journey with me. So, how am I going to achieve it? Well, our slogan here at Park Golf is ‘serving golfers from total beginner to tournament winner’, and I feel confident in standing fully behind this, as that is our primary aim.

By making full use of all the resources we have here – the driving range, the 9 hole course and our recently installed simulator studio, as well as our on site professional Luke Murray – I know that there is nowhere better equipped in the area to help golfers maximise their potential.

What I’ve Done So Far…

So far this year, I have mainly been playing my golf in the simulator studio. It’s kitted out with the Foresight Sports GC2 Launch Monitor and HMT and has really brought my game on. The GC2 itself is a portable piece of kit; so it could be used on the range or other practice grounds when just working on your numbers, but when used with the software we have in the sim, it can accurately represent a golf curse of your choice and your ball flight. While winter is here and due to not being a fan of cold weather, it’s my preferred practice option.

My clubs at the moment consist of Callaway irons, a Titleist 3 wood, a Cobra 9º Driver and an Odyssey putter. It’s a bit of a mix and match but hey! It works for me at the moment.

It’s been a number of years since I have been on an 18 hole golf course but I have worked on my swing occasionally on the driving range over this time, so actually giving myself a handicap at this moment is tough. Although the numbers on the sim are as accurate as can be, gradients and trees hampering your swing cannot physically be replicated in our studio; so for the purposes of the software I have allocated myself a 15 handicap which probably translates to a real life 24/25 handicap. I’m always costing myself shots with stupid mistakes!

One of my first rounds of the year was at Kingsbarns in Scotland and this picture illustrates a typical round on a real course for me, although I’m sure the weather and rough would have played their part in real life!

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As you can see, not the worst round ever for someone of my level, but mistakes on a couple of holes have cost me dear; a 9 and an 8 in particular stand out as troublesome holes! I’m hoping to look back at this card in 12 months time and see how far I’ve come and show you what can be achieved in this time.

Another way I will be using the blog is by sharing news, tips and insights, with the occasional guest blogger thrown in for good measure, so keep your eyes peeled for the next one! Remember, all the kit I’m using to improve my golf is available to you too, so if there is something in particular you need help or direction with, just have a chat with Luke and he’ll gladly put together a program for you.

What are your goals for 2015? Let us know by sharing on our Facebook page, or tell us what else you would like to see in this blog.

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