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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    I've gone from 9 to 6 this year with the goal of cat 1.
    All I've changed is my warm up/practice and my focus on putts.
    I only now practice gaming shots, half swings, low high, left right. And I just try to make a good putt not worrying if it goes in or not.
    It'll all work out if you don't stress and just enjoy the golf course no matter what.
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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    getting to cat 1 is not that hard in itself, its staying there that's harder. all of a sudden its only a 1 shot buffer, so you go up just as quick as you can go down.
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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crawley1981 View Post
    Thanks for that. Really useful the half swing shots as like most spend the majority of my practice on full swings.

    Also the easy par 3 i referred to i have doubled the last two rounds so maybe a change of approach needed.
    I've always found that full swing tend to look after themselves so practicing them doesn't make much difference unless you are actively trying to ingrain something. Think about what makes you nervous, it's unlikely to be a full 7 iron. A 40 yard pitch however, when you don't know your distances, is nerve racking. If you know that a 1/3 swing will carry 35 and run out a few job done.
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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by patricks148 View Post
    getting to cat 1 is not that hard in itself, its staying there that's harder. all of a sudden its only a 1 shot buffer, so you go up just as quick as you can go down.
    Agree with this wholeheartedly. Especially if you are like me where you have a few average/poor rounds and 1 good one. You just don't get the big cuts anymore.
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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    I've played Woldingham many times. Always been in good nick, but there's next to no trouble anywhere and you've pretty much always got a shot into a green, very few trees blocking you from the wrong fairway etc. It doesnt play very long either and the rough isnt penal at all. I find it a very forgiving driving course - if I were you I'd be ripping it with driver and getting it down there as far as possible the get practicing your wedges.

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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MendieGK View Post
    everyone plays golf different, but the courses we play (in comparison to the pros), the rough will not penalise you.
    Do you think you will still be saying this once the rough is up at Burnham?

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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by drive4show View Post
    Do you think you will still be saying this once the rough is up at Burnham?
    The rough really doesn't get up that high mate. Was there today and you'd have to miss most fairways by 60yds on most holes to get in trouble.

    played with 3 hayling boys, they felt it was tight but that was in comparison to hayling.
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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MendieGK View Post
    The rough really doesn't get up that high mate. Was there today and you'd have to miss most fairways by 60yds on most holes to get in trouble.

    played with 3 hayling boys, they felt it was tight but that was in comparison to hayling.
    I wouldn't know, I haven't missed a fairway since 2004

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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    Funnily enough not exactly going to plan but did manage my 1st handicap reduction when winning the medal this week with a 79. However was 1 over after 9 so showing definite signs of improvement/more consistency but quite often putting a triple on the card still.
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    Re: My journey to (Hopefully) CAT 1 - Can i do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crawley1981 View Post
    quite often putting a triple on the card still.
    And that is where the best players and lowest handicappers at your club and in general differ from you. They find a way to minimise damage and stop these horror holes. Keep plugging away, and it'll come

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