I know I know I know!!! Another dude who posts on the internet about how he is trying to get from a mid handicap to scratch in one year blah blah blah. But please just humor me lol. I played tennis and football growing up, but have always loved golf. A couple of years ago me and my 3 other buddies decided to form a yearly tournament (The Abe Lincoln Open aka "The Abe") in which we would play 3 rounds, straight up scoring for a Abe Lincoln trophy. It is mostly about yearly bragging rights, but the trophy also looks good in my office. I won back in 2017 when I handicap was around a 4.2, but since then it has risen every year. So about 61 days ago I decided, hey lets see how good I can get at this golf thing if I truly devoted time for it. The idea first came to me after I read Tom Coyne's book "Paper Tiger" (Great read if you need a book recommendation). I then found a blog site call "Par Machine" (Tried to do the same thing), found The Chasing Scratch Podcast, and found Irish Mike (Who also is doing the same thing Fit for Golf on Twitter). Par Machine and Irish Mike both achieved their goals (Which is pretty darn awesome if you ask me). While the Chasing Scratch guys haven't (I actually hope they never do because I find their content absolutely top notch). To make things better being an Engineer, newly married, and about to have a kid I didn't think it was even possible when I started. However; Par Machine is in the exact same boat as I am with family, job, etc. so he has given me more hope since someone in my shoes has done the same thing. I created a practice plan on google sheets that consists of me working on the following things: Monday - 20 to 90 Yards, Tuesday - Irons, Wednesday - Wedges, Thursday - Variable and Differential Training (Thank you Adam Young Golf), and Friday - Putting. I have noticed that keeping to this plan has be playing more consistent on the weekend. I also found a golf league on Saturdays, and have been playing a couple of VGA events (Veteran Golf Association). Over the last 61 days my handicap has gone up a little, which has made me worried. I then realized that this is the first time in my life where I have actually had my score mean something, besides a tournament with my buddies. This added pressure is what I feel I need in order to get better faster because out of the last 10 rounds that I have played only 2 have been non score counting rounds (Like tournaments or league). I have shot 74, 74 in those rounds, which are pretty good scores for a 6.7. So why am I writing this right now. Well if you spend time on Twitter or Instagram and are golf crazy like I am. You realize how cool and nice the golf community really is, so I wanted to put some notes on things that have helped me during the first 61 days. Hopefully if someone actually takes the time to read this (Thank you), you will find something that will help you with your goals. Below are some of my recommendations:
Adam Young’s Practice Manual
A Course Called America (Not really a golf teaching book, but it will make you proud to be an American)
Paper Tiger (A good book about how you should make big goals and if you miss them at least you achieve more than you thought)
David Peltz Short Game Bible
Blogs, Twitter Follows, Etc.
Par Machine (Guy got to plus in one year and writes about how he go there)
Fit for Golf (also know as Irish Mike)
Skytrak (Was lucky enough to get one before COVID happened) - If you are thinking about getting one do. It is some much more cost efficent once you have one. You can also wake up before work and hit some balls which helps.
I will try to add to this topic every 60 days to give updates. Maybe if I don’t hit scratch then this will help someone else and they will.
Sorry for the bad grammar and writing. Had to put this together fast and I am just a dumb engineer lol.