The Author

Loves golf

Likes reading great golf books and other good books

Fascinated with getting better golf performance from both himself and others

Was a PGA Professional for 15 years when he left school

Had some talent but felt he never reached his true potential

Wrote a lot about golf and teaching it over the years but published none of it

Had about 10 years of not playing golf any more than a couple of times a year

Started playing again, worked on his golf but struggled and became a frustrated golfer

Has thoughts of competing on the Senior PGA Tour once old enough

While off golf due to a back injury, found the old green box full of his writing over the years.

Decided that was an ideal time to question everything about golf and at the same time share his findings and knowledge with other frustrated golfers through a blog

Started blogging May 2012

Regained his Golf Professional status late 2012 and has begun teaching again

For more information about golf lessons with Ian – click here – for his lesson website www.ianhardie.net 

Setting the golfing scene, the early years of my golf

I started playing golf in about 1981, my parents had just started playing golf and as I was the only child still left at home I was taken to the golf club with them on a Sunday afternoon when they went. I was supposed to have made a par on the longest par 5 on the course on the first time I played it but I don’t recall it. What I do remember is that after a few months of tagging along with them I went to the first junior club day, I was told I was playing on a 54 handicap that day (I didn’t know what it meant) and that after I finished they said I was now on a 36. It then took almost an entire year for me to get off 36 and start improving.

I don’t remember many details but there was one summer holidays where I played golf nearly every day (2 rounds a lot of the days) and at the end of it had halved my handicap from 22 to 11.

The two things I remember most about being a junior is that they guy who took us for practice’s was a very good amateur player who made us hit lots and lots of balls, with the main piece of advice being – if you are going to duff it, duff it a long way. I’m not sure if I have ever thanked him properly for that as it has been great advice

The other thing that stood out is when a teaching pro came to the club one time to help us and he asked how we had got to the level we were at – I had been devouring a book by Ben Hogan (Five Lessons, the modern fundamentals of golf) at the time which I told him – he said, so what you cant learn golf from a book. Hit a shot to that flag out there. I stood up with 8 iron and hit it right by the flag, bet you cant do that again he said, I hit another just as close as the first. There’s no way you can hit three in a row – but I did. For some reason he said I was lucky & didn’t spend much time with me there that day but looking back now I realize I was lucky to have that experience – as that is the entire basis of this blog –  take in, understand and use good information to be able to improve your score and consistency. And I was doing it without knowing it when I was 15

Between starting golf and stopping playing regularly in 1998 here are the quick highlights, you might think why is this of any importance but once you read my first blog post about the past few years you will understand.

Lowest 18 holes – 7 under par 64

Lowest 9 holes – 6 under par 30

Most birdies in a row – 7

Hole in ones – 2

Most balls hit in a single day of practice – 800

It should be noted that the bulk of these highlights happened in a 5 year period when I was pretty much living golf, playing at least 3 times a week, practicing short game for at least 10 hours a week and hitting at least 2000 practice balls a week, running after work, stretching etc but at the end of the day it set the level of performance that I identified with.

So between 1998 and 2008 I may have had one or two games a year and even looking back between 2008 and June 2009 when I joined the course I am at now, I averaged just over one game a month.

Read my first blog post about my personal performance or click on the image to find out more about me on my Google+ page

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