My name is David. I'm 34 and from Dundee, Scotland.
I've tried golf several times over the years but never been any good at it and found it frustrating and given up pretty quickly.
My wife and I moved to Christchurch, New Zealand 7 months ago. Since coming here we've had loads of spare time on our hands and I decided to give golf another go.
I'd read on an internet site that it was a good idea to get a cheap set of clubs to begin with and find out whether I would stick at it before investing a lot of money in expensive equipment. Given my past experiences I thought this was a good idea.
I bought a cheap set of second hand Spalding blades on an auction site. The grips were shot so I had them re-gripped. I've been playing for just over 3 months and I've had 5 lessons from 2 different instructors (one a registered pro, another not). I understand what they require me to do and when I'm with the pro I notice a difference, but when I leave and try and put it in to practice on the course it all goes pear shaped.
I'm hitting around 120 consistently. I'm finding it really difficult to bring my score down at all. The frustrating thing is that I've parred every hole on the course on seperate occasions so I know I'm capable of it but I can't seem to pull my game together.
I'm hitting around 135m at best with my 6 iron and around 50m with my SW and everything else in between. I'm struggling with my 3, 4 and 5 iron. I don't have a driver and I can't hit my 3 or 5 woods.
It seems that my short game is ok (by my standards) but my longer game is terrible. I can't hit further than 135m and I'm not consistent with my clubs.
Saying all of that, I'm still really enjoying the game and I can't play often enough! After playing 18 holes on a Sunday morning I go to the driving range and hit 200-300 balls. My enthusiasm for the game is greater than it's ever been. I just need advice on the best course of action. I was considering ditching my 3, 4 and 5 and getting a hybrid club but I don't know if this will help. I don't want to speand a lot of money and find out I am still just a terrible golfer.
I'd really appreciate some advice. I don't want to give up but I'm not sure how many more rounds of 120 I can take!
Many thanks in advance for all your help.