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New year, new game?

With the flip of the calendar to 2023, The First Call readers are looking forward to improvements in their respective games

Golf Game

Question of the week [Jan. 9-15]:  What part of your golf game are you most looking forward to in 2023, and why?

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The part of my game that I want to improve in 2023 is my putting. I have been stuck at a 12 handicap for three years. I keep track of fairways hit, GIR and putting, which is always my Achilles heel. I have a love/hate relationship with my putter. I was hoping the newer technology would help. So, I purchased a Scotty Cameron to replace my Rife. I’m having alignment issues. I recently switched to my 40-year-old Ping Anser 2 and see the line better. 

Bob Gutierrez 
Kennedale, Texas

Like everyone else, I’m looking forward to testing drivers and chasing distance that has faded away over the past couple of years. Tested a few last year and couldn’t justify the cost for little or no gain. But I was also wrapped up in a swing overhaul, trying to fix 50 years of bad swings.

So I am going to be a lot more serious — with a better swing and, hopefully, better results. Also, a few more lessons to build on last year's rebuild. Still trying to get better while I can still play a little. I think there’s another 79 in the bag somewhere. Missed it by two twice last year. 

Barry Duckworth
Knoxville, Tennessee 

I start my Swing Speed training sessions  in two weeks.

Ed Ruper
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

As distance continues to wane due to some nuance called aging, the wedge game becomes increasingly more important. Tightening 100 yards and in represents the difference between staying in the 70s and ballooning to scores that would make one cringe. When last I checked, the scorecard doesn’t show how you made par.

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Florida

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