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I was a MONKEY and still need more work on my plans to become a PLAYER @ Coyote Creek

I played Coyote Creek Tournament Course last Sunday (Sep. 30th). I must say THAT I WAS HITTING THE BALL WELL ENOUGH TO SHOOT MID-80s OR EVEN BETTER. Although shanked a couple of shots (4-iron on the 14th, & sand wedge on the 16th), I knew it takes time to adjust my setup and swing path. I'm currently working on it with my instructor. Time will solve my "shank-syndrome". Just need patience. No big deal.

The poor plan pulled my legs

Anyways, I finished with 95, 32 putts, 3 greens in regulations, 1 excellent sandy (6th) and drove only 180 yards off the tee... 180 is the average distance on 13 holes (I used 2-iron hybrid on 11th hole). Can't take 95 and my drive. What's wrong with me?

The one of the greatest achievements of this year is that I've learned a lesson that a player has to work on his plans to shoot good score. Hitting the ball well will not take you to the next level. Well, suppose I could hit as good as Tiger does, I might be able to break 80 occasionally. So improving my ball striking ability will help me to break the barrier. But, it takes a lot of time and cost. In short, what's wrong with me was my PLANS. Since I did two practice rounds last month, I got a pretty nice plan on my yardage book. But the plan of back-9 was too naive. I was just HOPING to come out with good score on the back-9 without CORRECT evaluation of my skills, particularly for 10th-16th holes. Although, as mentioned earlier my drive was too short compared to my usual rounds, it was still OK to break 90. But I must admit that I was very very very frustrated at my distances off the tee... I could kept my balls in play though, my driver shots were slicing almost 40-50 yards consistently. And no shot to the greens. That's why I shot the greens only 3 times out of 18.

17th, 18th and front-9

It was a shot-gun play. So my group started from Par-5, 17th hole. It was A-ok start for me because I sank 60-foot boggy put, though I hit the water on the 3rd shot. I simply had a too much club for 130 yards, which is usually my 8-iron range, and should have come out a little bit short to the target. But, I still don't know exactly why I could hit nearly 140 yards with 8-iron. Perhaps, due to recent work-out program and nice & smooth tempo. Thanks to Sir. Billy Blanks! Based on the previous practice rounds, 6 at 17th hole is a good score for me. I also boggyed 18th, which is all I need.

Then, I got 41 on the front-9. It's 3-UNDER PAR for me and improved roughly 10 strokes compared to the average stroke of previous rounds. On this particular tough course, a boggy is my par. This makes my personal par of the front-9 is 44 (Par-35 for "scratch players", not for everyday golfers!!!) and 46 for the back-9.

By the way, my sandy at 6th was the greatest shot in my 3-year career. From the previous round, I realized that I need a 3-shot strategy to reach the green. I was 215 yards off the tee (believe it or not, this was my longest drive on that day...) and still had about 190 yard up-hill shot. I only needed to hit 145 yards to clear the creek on the fairway. So, I decided to rip my 2-iron hybrid knowing that my OK-or-better shot could end up at the sand trap. Well, on that day, because the pin was placed way back on the upper tier of green, that particular sand trap was NOT A TRAP FOR ME. I felt like it was very easy to come out and 2 putts for bogey, which is my personal par. In reality, I took the exactly correct amount of sand with my 56-deg. wedge, and made 7-foot putt for 4!

4 on the 6th is an accomplishment! Couldn't believe it..

Also, I made 2 on the 7th. My plan just worked. Based on my analysis, 7-iron brings me to the front portion (front left portion) of the green. The pin was exactly at the front left. It was a blind shot though, my ball was sitting 6 foot from the hole. Thankfully, I could make the 6-foot putt slightly breaking from left to right.

I must remember for the future round. Never ever hit the right side of green on 8th. I runs quickly and no chance for up-and-down. I'll try to hit the left side. Or lay up the 2nd shot in front of the tiny creek and try to pitch and roll with my PW or 50-deg wedge. This way may have better chance to end up with boggy or better.

The rest of back-9 holes (10th-16th)

On the back-9 (seven more holes), I was still hitting the ball very well. BUT, came out with 54. EIGHT OVER PAR. I was expecting and ready to accepting a few blowup holes. Although I want to eliminate doubles from my score card, I know I still get some 7s or 8s in 18 holes.

One thing I've learned this year is that if you plan well, you won't get a triple boggy. You might end up with double, but I feel very embarrassed after if I get triple or worse.

Anyways, I got 7 on the 10th after traveling a sand trap to the other traps. After the round, my buddy told me that I totally lost my rhythm, which I was not aware of myself.

Before the round, I made a plan and wrote on my yardage book and found my plans for front-9, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 17th, and 18th holes are fine. I mean, my plan was solid and perfect for my skill sets.

But, for 14th, 15th, and 16th, I was a monkey and those holes killed my score. I didn't know what I needed to do and didn't know what I was really doing...

Let's take a look at my poor plan on the 15th hole. All I wanted was 5, i.e. 3 into the green and 2-putt for boggy. I was 200 yards off the tee, which was frustrating. The pin was way back in the green and I had to hit 180 to the pin. Considering my technical skill sets, I had no chance to hit the pin or safely land on the green. From the measurement of GPS, it was 168 to the left front banker. I thought, "if I want to leave it short of the green, or get to the front portion of the green." So, the correct choice was 6-iron (or even 7-iron) and still had a good chance to steal par because I was doing great up-and-downs on the front-9.

HOWEVER, I pulled 5-iron. Although I understood my okay-shot with 5-iron took me to the front left banker, which I should have AVOID AT ANY COST. Because there was not much area to work with between the fringe and the pin, it was not an easy sand shot from there. I still don't get it though, I just ripped my 5-iron and stacked in the banker. It was a totally WHAT THOSE MONKEYS DO ALL THE TIME. I should have been a player. Being a monkey doesn't take you to anywhere. I need and want to be a player.

But good news is that now I could iterate and debug my plan for this particular course. I believe I could much better at the next round. Besides, I should be proud of 41 in the front-9.

I shall return...



大たたきを回避するコースマネージメント・プラン - 200ヤードの攻め方

(1) スコアを縮めるために、レイアップやミスショットで外す場所を吟味する



さらに、1パットができそうな雰囲気が漂うよいアプローチをするには、よいライとアングルの場所へセカンドショット (Par-4)、サードショット (Par-5) を外す、又は意図的にレイアップしなければなりません。グリーンにとどく可能性があるときは狙うものの、万が一ミスをしても比較的易しくグリーンに乗せられる場所に落ちるようなターゲットを選択すると。



残り距離 (=200ヤード前後) だけを唯一の判断基準にして、クラブを選択している。グリーンの形状、傾斜、周囲のハザード(バンカー、ラフ、木々など)を考慮しないで、ターゲットを選択している。エゴ






少なくとも、理屈、人間の構造的には理にかなっているし、全てのクラブで試して目論み道理の結果である。また、コーチにも太鼓判を押してもらったのでかなりまともな解決策でしょう。つまりゴルフ雑誌に書かれているバンドエイドを貼付ける類いのメッキが剥がれたら元に戻ってしまうものではなく、根本的に治せる永続的な方法です。だがそれ故に、治るまでにはそれ相応の忍耐と練習が必要であり、時間を要する。が、これができれば、スィングは以前よりも素晴らしくなり、距離は出て正確に飛ぶになる。目標である1ラウンドで8 GIRs or more (GIRs = Greens In Regulations) の達成の日も近いでしょう。

☆ 追記 (2009年5月) ☆

実はシャンクを直すのは、(1) グリップ、(2) セットアップ を修正した後に、スィングの始動を直すとよいかもしれません。
ウェッジをシャンクしないでクリーンヒットする練習: スィング軌道の矯正 (2008.12)
Jack Nicklausによると、安定したショットにはバックスィングが重要らしい (2009.2)
シャンク病は18ヶ月で完治した @ San Juan Oaks GC (2009.3)
練習器具を作ってみました: シャンク矯正に効果覿面? (2009.4)夏本番? @Shoreline Golf Links (2009.4)



それをジャック・ニクラウス (Jack Nicklaus)が「スィングで最も重要な部分」と指摘するように、「スィングの始動」を修正してやれば、驚く程シャンクが直り(+即効性が高い)、また飛距離と正確性も増すでしょう。


ウェッジをシャンクしないでクリーンヒットする練習: スィング軌道 (テークバック) の矯正


アプローチのシャンクを修正するには(3): 前かがみにならないように構えるアプローチのシャンクを修正するには(2): バックスィングの検証アプローチのシャンクを修正するには(1): セットアップの検証




From アメリカ・シリコンバレー的ゴルフ研究所 - シャンク矯正課

ボールを置き、ターゲットを設定 (赤線)。ボールの後方に、シャフトや竹竿などを斜めに刺す。地面に指したシャフトに当たらないように、スィングする。頭のイメージでは、オレンジ色の矢印の方向にクラブを引く。青矢印のように引くのは、インサイドに引き過ぎでNG。シャンクします。(シャフトに当たります)


とある練習場で、20, 40, 60ヤード付近から合計50球くらいのボールを打ったのですが、概ね旗の立…



1. パットと寄せ


ショートゲームがしっかりしていれば、ダブルボギーを回避できる確率が相当あがります。ボギーを打つのは全然okですし、「ナイス•ボギー」セー ブと言うべきホールもたくさんあります。しかし、ダブルボギーをバーディー等で挽回するのはこのレベルでは無理なので、なんとかショートゲームでカバーしたいところです。

練習用グリーン等で、5 ~ 30ヤードを5ヤード刻みで打つ感覚を、身体で覚えこむとよいかもです。使うクラブはSWだけとか、SWと9番アイアン2本だけとか、割と少ない本数で距離感をつくると一貫性があがります。以前は、SW, PW, 8I, 6I, 4I, 3Wなどいろいろ使ってましたが、SW1本だけにしてから、寄りやすくなった気がします。光学式のレンジファインダー等を使いながら練習すると効果的かも。18ホールで100ヤード圏内の打数を45打以下に、1ホールあたり2.5打以下が理想。100ヤード圏内で打った数が3打だとボギーに、2打だとパーになる傾向があります。練習に1時間費やすとしたら、15分ドライビングレンジ、45分は練習用グリーンでひたすらウェッジとパターの練習。

2. 合計スコアは気にしない、数えない






3. 上手にミスをする





↑アドレス時、スィングを始動させる直前です。 緑:左腕の方向、(および地球の重力ベクトルの方向)赤:背骨(spine)黄:トップ時に、腕とクラブが重なる線