by Andy | March 13, 2017 11:19 pm
I am originally from Germany (born in 1981) and moved to the U.S. in 2010. As a kid, I was always intrigued by the thought of playing golf. Although golf is being played in Germany, it was not a sport that was accessible to me.
After meeting my amazing wife in 2007 and getting married. I decided that I wanted to play golf. I played my first season of golf in 2008, averaging scores somewhere between 100 – 120. My wife is an officer in the U.S. Army and we move a lot. I took a break from golf due to family and did not play a full season until 2010 when we moved to the U.S. to Fort Leonard Wood, MS. I played almost every day in Fort Leonard Wood, lowering my score into the high 90s and low 100s. During that time I also had my first coaching sessions and upgraded to some $300 Callaway x20 irons off the shelf.
We had to move again in 2011 to El Paso, Tx. I found a new home course about 10 minutes driving distance from my house and started playing/practicing every day again. I managed to lower my score to be consistent in the high 90s. At this point, I probably had about 15 coaching sessions from three different coaches and got my first fitted clubs. I ended up with Callaway Razr X Forged irons, Callaway Razr Fit 3 & 5 woods, and a Callaway Razr Fit driver.
After a while, I had to put golf on the back burner again. At that time golf was only a hobby and I started focusing more on developing a Marketing and Software development company. At the end, you have to make money, right?! I have a Masters in Computer Science and was freelancing or consulting since I am 18. My business took off and there wasn’t much room for golf anymore. Although it never really left me alone. Always in the back of my mind, just waiting to be re-activated. I played a few times, but nothing that you could count as improving my game.
In 2014 we had to move again. This time we moved to Washington D.C. and getting to the golf course was not really convenient. I played a few times but did not really practice. Still shooting in the high 90s.
After one year (June 2016), we got sent to Fort Leavenworth. Where I currently live (March 2017). We pretty much live right next to a golf course and it only takes me max. 10 minutes to walk from my door to the clubhouse. Dream come true! By this time, the thought of playing golf or even making somehow money in the golf industry was overwhelmingly strong, my passion took over and my inner child. No longer being involved in the business I built in El Paso, I had the time and choice of what I want to do next.
I started playing and practicing every day again. I quickly lowered myself surprisingly into the high 80s and low 90s. But I hit a plateau and my game was not moving forward, it actually reversed and I was suddenly not able to get into the 80s anymore. I tried a lot of different things and talked a lot to the golf pros at the clubhouse, but nothing was hitting the spot. At the end, I just put too much pressure for no reason on myself.
I am a very observant person, with a very analytical and logical approach. Besides putting too much pressure on myself, I realized that my biggest issue was that there weren’t any numbers for me to look at. Allowing me to connect the feel of my swing to some data. I did have some feel and I could shape some shots and I also understood some of the principals behind it, but what I did not know is how much more hidden information behind every shot was available.
And that is when I remembered the TrackMan launch monitor device. A $25k unit that gives you up to 26 parameters about your impact and ball flight. Well, dropping that kind of money and considering yourself a golf noob is not really an easy decision. I have been thinking about this device for some time, but now was the first time I felt like I really wanted it. I understand that a coach with their knowledge can make you a better golfer. But I also realized that I need to understand golf and my swing better to be able to get better. And in my case, that means having access to a lot of data.
I had a decision to make. Either I hire another coach to help me with my game and guide me on my journey to reach my goals. Or I do it my way and do what I do best. Teaching myself, by surrounding myself with as much data as I can. Allowing me to analyze myself, jumping into a lot of data and connect “the feel” with data points. After this thought, my decision was obvious. I will buy myself a TrackMan and either it works or it will be the most expensive toy I ever bought. (In case you are reading this and never heard of a TrackMan before, here is the link to their website http://trackmangolf.com/)
Take a look at my LinkedIn profile, if you want to know more about my professional background and career.
Check out my other post about the goals I am trying to reach and my approaches.
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