I wanted to create this thread to help clear up some things as well as discuss with others my findings and see if they have experienced the same thing. I’m 3 weeks into Module 3. I was not happy with the price increase, BUT I’m sticking with the program anyway and here’s why.
I came into the program with last year averaging just under 12 GIR a round. I kept an extensive list of statistics last year. While that would be good on the PGA Tour and I do play courses that are somewhat difficult (usually in the 140 slope range), I do feel that a PGA Tour player would probably average around 16 GIR on these courses because they are not nearly as hard as the PGA Tour level. I wanted to get more towards that number.
The big reason why I’m sticking with the program is because I’ve seen improvements in both my swing and my ballstriking. I think this is important to have both because if your ballstriking improves but your swing doesn’t improve, chances are you may just be timing things well and sooner or later you’ll be back to your old ballstriking ways. On the flip side, if you just improve your swing and not your ballstriking, then you are missing out on the main purpose here in the end. I’d rather improve my swing and still wait on my ballstriking than the other way around, figuring that the ballstriking will eventually get there as I get used to the new and improved swing. But, I’ve seen both improve and I feel fortunate with that.
I’m actually averaging still about 12 GIR a round. So, where’s the improvement in ballstriking?
1. My Misses Have A Much Tighter Dispersion.
I think this is important to note because it ties in with Lag’s prescription of flattening your irons. You just can’t miss shots left if your lies are 5-6* flat. I’ve missed ONE shot left in the 5 rounds I’ve played with the flatter lie angles and that was a shot to a flag cut left side of the green that had a small draw just left of the flag, but hit the slope and kicked away to the left.
I agree with Lag’s brilliant observation that missing greens left usually is more difficult to get up and down than missing shots right. Even if you don’t quite agree, I think it’s easy to understand the advantage of having your misses go generally one way vs. your misses going 2 ways.
But, it’s important to understand how to flatten out your downswing because if all you do is get your irons bent flat, then you may just wind up hitting shots off the toe.
This has also helped with my confidence quite a bit because it takes the guesswork out of where the ball will go. I think it pretty much says that you’re going to go at the target or to the right of the target to some degree. On one course I play there’s hazards hugging the left side of the green. It has made those holes much easier.
2. I see more good shots in a round.
It’s not a dramatic increase, but noticeable that I hit more shots that are rifled at the flagstick in a round.
3. I’m much better throughout my bag.
Before I was a lousy 3-wood player and pretty lousy with my 4-iron and inconsistent with my hybrid. Now I consistently hit those clubs great and can even hit my vintage 2-iron and 3-iron very well. In fact, I started practicing a lot with the 2-iron. Hit that and you can hit anything.
4. Getting that ‘sound’ more often.
Before I would probably get that different ‘sound’ you get when you catch it extremely flush about 1-2 times a round with my irons. Now it’s about 2-5 times a round.
I’m really curious if others have had some of the same or similar experiences I have had with the modules as I’m only in Module 1.