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  • THP Handicap Watch & Update Thread

    I know there have been similar update threads in the past, but we wanted to create a fresh start for 2014. Many THPers are interested in events such as The Morgan Cup, The Grandaddy, The Gauntlet and so many others and have spoken about working on their games. This thread will serve as host to discuss the handicap changes as they come.

    While we have a what did you shoot today thread and a range/practice thread, which do a wonderful job of having a place that shows what you are working on or how you are playing, this thread will be here to show the results as the handicap updates officially.

    If you would like to participate, start it off with where you are now, and what goals you have in place to get where you want to be. For instance this format would work rather well.

    John Doe
    11.8
    My goal is to get to an 8 and have signed up for lessons starting next friday.

    I believe that with the public approach, your THP friends can help hold you accountable and give you that extra motivation to strive to get where you want to be. I will kick it off.

    JB
    3.7
    My goal is 1, but doing it differently.

    Last year I wanted a complete overhaul, but was injured so was unable to make the move. This year the injury will be behind me and I have specific goals. I am now working with a new instructor that wants to work on only two things for me which is my take away and my balance. I am working with him once a month (and spots when needed) and its going to be a long haul as he revamps some things. Without a doubt I will trend the wrong way before getting to where I want to be, but I am 100% committed. I am also back to doing the short game work weekly that helped me get to where I was/am. Its a simple task and does not take a ton of time, but can be so rewarding.

    These are my goals and I believe I will achieve them.
    In my 2018 #TheGrandaddy THP Event Bag

    Driver:
    Epic Flash w/ Helium Shaft 45"
    Driver 2: XXIO Prime w/
    Custom THP HZRDUS Shaft 43.5"
    Fairway Wood:
    5 Wood
    Hybrids: Launcher HB
    Irons: Apex 19 w/ Recoil Proto 95
    Wedges:
    CBX 50* and RTX-4 56* & 60* PM Grind 19
    Putter: EXO Stroke Lab Marxman
    Balls:
    Chrome Soft X

  • #2
    I currently sit at a 15.4. My goal is to get to single digits by July 25th. Up to this point in my life I have never really put in any practice or effort into lowering my handicap. Now that I have a goal, I have put everything I have into it and already have seen major changes in my swing and game. Now if only this stupid weather would stop I could see how it translates onto the course.
    WITB



    Driver - Optiforce w/ UST Proto Shaft
    FW - Big Bertha 5W
    Hybrids - X2Hot 25 degree / Ozik Altus HB
    Irons - Apex 5-PW / Recoil 660 F3
    Wedges - 50 / 54 / 58
    Putter - Custom Fin
    Ball - SR2




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    • #3
      Mikedean441
      11.9--Trending up big time once more golf is played
      My goal is to be a traveling sub 10 index

      MY game last year was extremely inconsistent and the only thing stopping my index from shooting up 1-2 strokes was a great 2 week stretch of golf in early July that is still in my calculation. I prepared quite a bit for the Morgan Cup, worked on my short game and took a few lessons. After the Morgan Cup I basically quit golf for a month and it really eliminated all the work I had done. I did manage to go out with THPERS and shoot a 78 in October, only to shoot 97 the next day. The lack of Golf post Morgan Cup has basically kept my index lower than it really should be.

      I have purchased a 12 pack of lesson, currently I have completed 3 lessons. It is a swing overhaul that will allow me to stop masking some of my issues. The lessons will be taken every 7-10 days or so up to the Morgan Cup and hopefully I can be turned loose after that. Thanks to the Morgan Cup, Im as dedicated as ever to achieve my goals and change my swing to be a more consistent golfer. Im hoping to pick back up some of the power and distance I have lost since the fall of 2012 which will help me in oh so many areas. The area I will easily pick up the most strokes will be short game, since Im horrible greenside. Thanks to having a course 1 minute from my house, I will be practicing multiple times per week, and it happens to be the place where Im taking my lessons as well. For the first time ever I will have lessons specifically for short game, and Im very excited about the possibilities. Beyond this I have very precise statistical goals to reach as well, which I have passed on to my team. I WILL ACHIEVE THEM ALL!
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      WITB:

      Driver:
      G400 MAX 11.5*
      Woods: Rogue Heavenwood
      Hybrids: N/A

      Irons:
      585 Irons 5-AW with Recoil 780 ES SmacWrap shafts
      Wedges: RTX4 54/58
      Putter: Custom
      Ball:
      Q-Star Tour

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      • #4
        salisboss
        23.2
        My goal for this season is under 18. Last year was the first year I took golf more seriously and I went from a 28 to 23.2. This year I have been hitting the ball alot this winter and have seen some instructors. I am still trying to find someone I like and can afford but it is doable. I have brought my bag into the 21st century equipment wise which has helped alot. I also need to continue to drop the weight and work on my flexibility.
        What's in my Stand Bag:
        Driver: Amp Cell @ 10.5* with an NV 65-S Playing at 45"
        FW:
        RBZ Stage 2 3W Stock R Flex
        A-10 5W with Stock S Flex
        Hybrid: G30 22* Stock S Flex
        Irons: Burner 2.0 irons 5-AW with Stock R Flex
        Wedges: J40 56* with Spinner Shaft
        Putter: PTM3 Platinum 33.5" 69*

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DevRickus View Post
          I currently sit at a 15.4. My goal is to get to single digits by July 25th. Up to this point in my life I have never really put in any practice or effort into lowering my handicap. Now that I have a goal, I have put everything I have into it and already have seen major changes in my swing and game. Now if only this stupid weather would stop I could see how it translates onto the course.
          What are you working on or what did you set up as an outline to get there? Are you doing lessons?
          In my 2018 #TheGrandaddy THP Event Bag

          Driver:
          Epic Flash w/ Helium Shaft 45"
          Driver 2: XXIO Prime w/
          Custom THP HZRDUS Shaft 43.5"
          Fairway Wood:
          5 Wood
          Hybrids: Launcher HB
          Irons: Apex 19 w/ Recoil Proto 95
          Wedges:
          CBX 50* and RTX-4 56* & 60* PM Grind 19
          Putter: EXO Stroke Lab Marxman
          Balls:
          Chrome Soft X

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          • #6
            Parshooter36
            14.6
            My goal is single digits by the time the Morgan Cup rolls around.

            I have take some lessons this winter, and am really focusing in on my short game. Now that March is here my rounds should start counting towards my handicap again, so I am anxious to see how the work I've put in so far will translate towards my cap number.

            Speedline Fast 12
            SLDR S Mini Driver 16
            SLDR S 5 Wood
            SLDR S 4-6 Hybrids
            SLDR Irons 6-SW
            Evelyn-12 Putter

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            • #7
              Currently at 12, and my goal is single digits. While that might not seem far off, I started GolfTec lessons early this year, and am trying to make significant changes, so I think those 2+ points are doable, but will be challenging.

              Aside from full swing work, I have spent a lot more time, this winter, working on putting. I need to save some strokes there while I work thru swing changes.
              What's in my bag...
              Driver: ST190G w/ Atmos Black TS
              FW: Epic Flash SZ w/ Atmos Blue TS
              Hybrids: M6 19 degree with KBS Tour Hybrid Proto
              Irons: F9 Speedback irons 4-GW w/ Nippon NS Pro 1050
              Wedges: Vokey WedgeWorks SM6 54K and 58K
              Putter: EXO 7 or SWAG Handsome One Raw

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              • #8
                Great thread. I currently am a USGA 12.4, but I'm going to be most likely playing more around a 14-15 when we start getting more consistent golfing weather due to rust. My goal is to get myself under a 10, and I'm planning on starting lessons with a local pro when the weather breaks. The lessons, combined with my practice (I want to have a weekly range session, short game session, and round of golf at the very least), will definitely help me get to my goal.

                Spoiler
                What's in my Morgan Cup Staff Bag:
                588 Custom 10.5* Kusala Silver
                588 3W/5W Kusala Silver
                588 4H C Kua
                588 MT 6I, CG16 Tour T Stamp 6-PW Tour
                588 RTX Raw Tour Grind CB 50*, 588 RTX 2.0 MB 54*/58* Tour
                Smart Square
                Z Star Tour Yellow

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                • #9
                  My current handicap is 13.4 from last year since I have not been able to play this year in this cold snowy state. My Handicap goal is to get to a 10 handicap and hope I can drop it below that. This year I have really taken the bull by the horns and really stepped up my practicing to make my game better. The ways have I have done this is by getting a birdieball putting green in the basement, got a net in my basement so I can work on my swing, then the big one I started lessons up in February. Starting lessons real early has really helped me and by doing that I am fixing my swing hugely before the season even starts. I think a big push of help was me posting my Video on THP and Freddie giving me tips on what my issues were and what I need to do to improve. So right now I can start to see my swing has been improving and now I am starting to get down to the nitty gritty and having a great swing is close so close. I got lessons tonight, and my instructor is going to be doing some videoing of me to really see from his perspective of what he thinks my issues are.
                  In My Golf Bag:

                  Driver:
                  588 Custom 10.5 R Flex
                  Woods:
                  913 F.d 3 wood Stiff Flex
                  Hybrids:
                  Big Betha Alpha 815 20 R Flex Mashie 5 23 Stiff Flex
                  Irons:
                  RSi1 5-PW Regular Flex Stock Shaft
                  Wedges: 588 RTX CB 48, 588 RTX CB 2.0 53 & 58
                  Putter: Dunlap Putter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JB View Post
                    What are you working on or what did you set up as an outline to get there? Are you doing lessons?
                    Yes. I have a 6 pack of lessons set up. Have gone through 2 already as well as the TM fitting which was kind of a lesson as well. Practicing putting every night and getting to the range as much as I can but really excited to see how it translates to the course. I have learned a lot about the Swing in general and it had helped me to understand why the ball does certain things. When I hit a bad shot, I can determine why and make the necessary changes or focus on a particular thing. I have a few training aids as well (Orange whip, Momentus, and impact training ball) so on days where I can't get to the range (when the weather allows) I go out in my backyard and use these tools. I really try to work on at least something every day even if it's just rolling a few putts on the birdieball.
                    WITB



                    Driver - Optiforce w/ UST Proto Shaft
                    FW - Big Bertha 5W
                    Hybrids - X2Hot 25 degree / Ozik Altus HB
                    Irons - Apex 5-PW / Recoil 660 F3
                    Wedges - 50 / 54 / 58
                    Putter - Custom Fin
                    Ball - SR2




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                    • #11
                      Phenom4hire 23.6
                      Started off at 25+ and I am trending down pretty good right now.
                      My goal for now is a 15 traveling handicap that I will hopefully be at by mid summer.

                      I am playing more golf than I have in the past which is helping me groove my swing. I plan on taking some lessons and getting fitted at some point this year as well. For now I am focusing 75/25 with more focus on the short game and it seems to be paying off as I dropped 10 strokes under my average for my last round.
                      G20 8.5 S-Flex/ Bio Cell Blue 11.5 S-Flex
                      Bio Cell Blue 14.5 S-Flex
                      Bio Cell Blue 19 S-Flex
                      M3 Forged 4-GW/
                      Bio Cell + 4-GW
                      Tour Wedges 54 and 58
                      Infinite Michigan Avenue w/ 2.0

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                      • #12
                        GHIN Handicap Index: 10.4

                        Goal: A comfortable 8

                        Plan: 2 main things
                        1. Continue spending the majority of my practice time on shots less than 100 yards. I've seen the results over the last month or so of what this can do for my game & I like it. It's turned a part of my game that I used to avoid into something that doesn't bother me.
                        2. Quit monkeying around with different putters. Pick 1 & stick with it. My putting used to be the most stable part of my game. Then I started messing around with several different putters of different sizes, shape & weight. This will probably be my biggest challenge becasue I like to tinker.
                        G400 LST 8.5* w/ stiff Miyazaki Kusala White
                        EX10 Beta 3w with stiff Aldila Rogue M-AX 65 RE
                        D200 3 & 4 Hybrid w/ stiff Chrome Elements
                        F9 One Length 5 Hybrid
                        Apex CF16 6-GW w/ Matrix Program 130s
                        Equalizer 54*
                        PMP 60*
                        Cure RX4
                        Tour B RX

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                        • #13
                          T2GRN18
                          10.1 (as of the end of the official season)
                          4.1

                          I'm nearing the end of a full swing overhaul through GolfTec. Short game work has taking center stage in my lessons. New fitted equipment throughout the bag for the first time ever is proving to be huge factor as well. Finally after the feeling of letting myself , my team and THP down in the Grandaddy if I'm ever faced with something like that again. I will be playing up to my potential.
                          917 D3 9.5 Speeder 64
                          917F3 15* Oban Devotion
                          718 T-MB Project X Rifle 6.0
                          718 AP3 Nippon Modus3 125S
                          718 AP2 Nippon Modus3 125S
                          SM6 46F/50F/54M/58
                          Futura 6M
                          PROV1 X
                          Tour X


                          If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? John Wooden

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                          • #14
                            Great thread!

                            Trout Bum
                            4.0
                            My goal is scratch and I have a plan to get there

                            After getting selected to play in The Morgan Cup my passion for the game got a little bump. Over the last year or so I haven't really practiced much and the handicap has slowly risen. My plan is to continue the range work that I've been doing, I've weakened and softened my grip for a little added clubhead speed and distance, I'm spending a lot of time around the greens as well. I have an excellent instructor in Myrtle I see every couple months for follow ups and he is giving me the direction and drills to achieve my goals.
                            I can achieve my goals.
                            Driver 905R
                            3 Wood Bio Cell Plus
                            5 Wood Bio Cell Plus
                            Irons 2014 MB 3 thru PW
                            Wedges SM6 54 and 58
                            Putter ONE CS
                            Ball RXS

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                            • #15
                              Golferbest
                              5.9
                              My goal is to be a 3 by July

                              I used to be scratch before I took a 6 yr layoff. Ive been back in hunt for about 6 months. In the past six months ive worked mu butt off regrooving the muscle memory. After my last round and range session I believe its time to fine tune some things.
                              My short game needs some work. Its nowhere near where it needs to be. This will be my main focus for the next few months. One of the courses around me had a short game facility/practice area. Ive talked to the head pro out there and when my lessons start next month ill be able to use it.
                              My putting has improved drastically. I think I putt better now then in previous years. My setup, routine and stroke are solid thanks to RST. My troubles come from being able to judge speed based on greens and grain. Im working on this by doing a little reading books and taking a little more time to study greens.
                              Full swing feels good, might not be the prettiest but it feels good. Along with my shortgame lessons the pro and I talked about doing a full swing tune up. He likes alot of thjngs im doing just wants to work a little on balance and letting the arms pull the head up.
                              He is very understanding of my previous knee injury and doent want to overhaul the swing.
                              I truly believe if I focus on my shortgame ill be able to drop the 3 strokes off the handicap. Ive always been driven on my goals and never been one to give up so my dedication to this is 100. For me first but I have a team, forum and oem sponsors to represent.
                              #weworkharder
                              "Don't let thing you can't do get in the way of the things you can do"
                              sigpic
                              In my 2014 ThpMc Bag:
                              Spoiler

                              Bio Cell + Driver
                              Bio Cell 3w
                              Bio Cell 5w
                              Bio Cell 4H
                              Bio Cell 5 - GW
                              Tour Trusty 54, 58
                              Ptm 1

                              All Orange and Loud

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