Previously on Project 17 to 12 handicap...
Before that...

Ok, we’re off. I had a meeting with Anthony and we have a plan. I thought we were going to go out and do some putting (he’s obsessed with putting) but oh no! He sat me down and asked me questions. We’re not playing golf, I asked? No, we’re not playing golf, he answered.

I had to list the areas of my game, from best to worst. This is what I came up with:

  1. Mental
  2. Chipping
  3. Pitching
  4. Short irons
  5. Putting
  6. Fairway
  7. Driving
  8. Long irons

Anthony and me on the same mission: lowering my handicap

Me and the Expert

The problem is that it changes, apart from the mental aspect, which is always strong (I will dedicate a special post to my Mental Superpower, which was a gift from a lady who beat me during a match in my first competitive season. There are many gifts to be collected during matches).

Anyway. I used to be all about the long game. Loved fairway shots, adored driving, started messing up 120 yards from the green. Now it’s the opposite and no doubt it will flip again, because that’s what golf does. In fact, Anthony wants it to flip: our short-term aim is to reverse the order so my long game is the best part of my game while keeping my short game on a level. Then we start flipping again. Clever!

So we have a strategy and we’re going to start with my swing to improve my long game. Numbers-wise, Anthony thinks I need to be more ambitious. He wants me to play off 14 by the summer and to have broken 80 twice. Eventually, my goal is to play off 12 by the end of the year.

Now for the brilliant twist: as an incentive for him, I can have unlimited lessons and guidance FOR FREE. Yes, for free. However, I shall pay him £50 whenever I lose a shot. So we’re both very much invested in this: I lower my handicap and get a nice ego boost, and he gets rich and famous.

My first lesson is on Friday. I’m so very excited.

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