What's your 2012 going to be about?
Even though I am fortunate to live in sunny (most of the time) South Texas, the winter still takes a toll on the old golf game. There are many days it’s just not that nice to be on the course (yes, we’re spoiled), so I am left to sit home and ponder what this golf season will bring. Or more accurately, what commitment will I make to wring more out of my golf in 2012?
For me, it’s about working toward more scoring consistency. Building this new company – SCOR Golf – from scratch in 2011 has taken its toll on my golf. I haven’t practiced or played with the frequency I like, much of the first part of the year was spent rotating clubs in and out of the bag for testing purposes, and my mind was too often on the clubs and their performance instead of just playing, scoring and having fun. So, for me, 2012 is for getting back to basics, regaining my shotmaking consistency and just focusing on getting the ball in the hole.
I’ve come back from distraction or disinterest several times in my life, and each time I do the same thing to start – bring out my well-worn copies of Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, and more recently, my own unfinished manuscripts for two books on scoring that I have written and re-written countless times. Hogan’s book refreshes me on the core fundamentals, starting with the grip, stance and posture, and working through the proper motions of the backswing and downward swing. I remain convinced that Hogan had it right.
My own books have the working titles “The Secrets of Scoring” and “The Natural Approach to Better Putting”. The former breaks down short game technique to the raw basics that anyone can learn, and the latter’s goal is to build your putting technique around your natural eye/hand coordination that everyone has. One of these days I’ll finish and publish both . . . maybe even this year!
My point of this is to tell you that I’d bet dollars to donuts that each of you wants to play your best golf ever in 2012. So, if it’s really important . . . make a plan and work it. Set your goals, create a plan of action to attain them, and then commit to it. Your best golf will result, I promise you.
But if you do the same things you’ve done, or not done, in past winters, don’t expect different golf fortunes this year, OK?
Breaking News about SCOR Golf
I can’t keep it a secret any longer. Our brand new SCOR4161 wedges have been recognized in the new Golf Digest “Hot List” rankings in the February issue hitting newsstands and mailboxes this week. Out of hundreds and hundreds of clubs tested, this brand new product – which hasn’t even hit retail stores yet – was recognized as being among the “best of the best.” When you realize that we are the only niche brand so recognized, and the only one without ever spending a dime of advertising, this is a huge acknowledgement of the pure innovation and performance qualities this revolution in the short end of the set.
Please pardon me for bragging, but I think we’ve earned the right. I’d love the chance to prove to all of you that SCOR Golf has done to the short end of your set what metal woods and hybrids have done to the long end.
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Congrats on the "Hot List" !!!
This year, I’ve committed to getting in shape. I really believe that I’ve gotten as good as I can with the shape I’m in. The only way I’m going to add the distance I want, and be able to control shots out of the rough like I want is to get stronger and thinner. It’s 10 and 50 for me… 10% of my bodyweight gone, and 50% of my handicap gone…
I've discovered that my grip has been wrong for quite a while now and having fixed that as well as using Hogan's stance and ball position, I've already seen an improvement in my game. I managed to get out for 9 holes just after Christmas and shot a 45 on a par 37, 9 holes. That is close to my best score during "peak" season for me. I am also doing something new in my putting that seems to be helping with both my lag shots as well as the "knee knockers" We'll see what the spring brings though!
I don't have any specific goals. But I am perpetually seeking to improve my full swing action. I suspect it might be a lifelong quest and so I feel that a "New Year's Resolution" type approach doesn't really suit this particular endeavor. I'm engrossed in the game enough as it is. Anyways in general I like to think of each day as new, plus by now I'm old, I've seen it all, so another click on the odometer fails to move me.
Switching to Stiff flex Driver and woods. Moving to and taming the 8.5 driver. Practicing the flop shot regularly. Working with a 60 deg wedge around the greens more to provide more options. Regular yoga to increase flexibility.
This year i'm committed to only hitting "golf shots". I don't ever want to stand on a tee box or in the fairway and "aim and fire". I'm going to hit the shot i want to hit, Be it a fade, draw, high or low. It will be in my head before i hit it. I've been doing too much "straight ball" golf. Once i start thinking through the shots more, then I know my scores will come down as a result.
Congrats on the recognition Terry. You do make great wedges. Have played my EIDOLON's now for a couple years are thoroughly enjoy them. I noticed today your new line of SCOR wedges are gaining some attention over on GolfWRX also.
Yes, congrats indeed, Terry! I will be looking for my copy in the mail this week. Can't wait to read it! I will be working on hitting more par 3's in regulation. I don't know why I have so much trouble with it. It's mental at this point.
Terry - major congratulations to you and the entire SCOR team on the achievement. I'll have to buy that one at the news stand.
As far as goals - same as last year, continue to use my newfound love for fitness (I caught the running bug) to realize improvements in my golf game. I've found my strong legs and torso allow me to really drive through the ball. This year hopefully some more upper body work will continue to drive the handicap down. I'm going for an athletic approach to golf.
Congrats on the Hot List! My goals are better putting and eliminating blow up holes. I must break 80 this year!
Congrats Terry! It's awesome to see a new product from a small company getting some attention along with the moghuls of the industry.
During 2012 I'll dedicate more practice time to putting and chipping, trying to build consistence from the green all the way back to the tee box.
I would like to simply play more rounds than I did last year. That's my goal.
One thing I'd like to do, but probably won't have the time/money/space, is to get into clubmaking, a little bit. I'd like to be able to re-shaft my woods, maybe shorten the length a bit, get consistent shaft length gaps between all of my wedges and irons. Like I said, it's something I'd like to do, but I don't see it happening this year.
My goal is to refine, or shall I say, redefine my short game. I am doing so by practicing chipping of distances from 2 feet to 15 feet in my living room. Thus far I have become way more confident in my stroke and am hitting the distances and target fairly consistently. I am also refining my putting stroke to gain better aim and distance control. I figure if I can putt the ball at varying distances straight to a target that is 1-1/2" in diameter, then I will have a better chance of hitting putts on the course that are on line and the correct power. I have been doing this for a couple of weeks now, and the improvements are noticeable. And I need to lose about 4 inches around the waist. All of that will help me to help myself improve.
And congrats on being noticed for your fine scoring clubs. I wish I could afford a set of 3 or 4.
You deserve the recognition - the concept alone deserves praise, let alone the fact that you have been able to create such a great niche product that will help everyone's game. Getting them on the shelves at key retail locations will not allow you to be niche any longer. In fact, as word spreads, I wouldn't be surprised to see a high direct customer demand. I've mentioned your site to a few New Zealander's, so don't be surprised to receive orders down under :-)
2012 Well it has started with a new set of Ping k15's. First game 2 days after recieveing them hit a 55 (9 Holes)at Collier, Second a 48 at Burswood. This is the first below 50 in a long time. Roll on 45 tthe next target!! This is my 2012 aim
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