You won’t just find out how good you are at pitching for example, you’ll see exactly what areas of your pitching are good, and which areas need working on.
The assessment stage will take some time unless you devote hours at a time to accurately measure each and every shot, it’s not for the feint hearted but really is worth the time and effort.
Since taking the game up competitively, my competitive scoring average has steadily dropped from 80.3 in my first season in 2011, to 77.52 in season 2013. Although happy with my gradual improvement, I’ve struggled to make that big leap towards consistently shooting scores in the low 70’s and high 60’s.
I recently took the results from the assessments to a coach that I’ve started to work with over the past 6 months, and along with tournament data and notes taken during the season we were able to accurately formulate a plan for the off season to make that leap towards shooting sub-par rounds consistently (and vastly improving competitive scoring average).
The tournament data created a general idea of my scoring ability, but the EGIS assessment results painted a much clearer picture of my game. For example, if we take two of the weakest areas of my game, pitching from 10 to 25 yards and Mid to Long iron approaches from outside 150 yards then I can gain a bigger understanding of why I've been averaging 5 bogey’s per round.
"I’ve spent countless hours on the range working on a specific part of my technique and getting annoyed because the ball isn’t doing what I want it to do, and not until I became aware of the need to separate technical and target practice did I realise how counterproductive mixing them could become!"
Due to these two areas being glaring weaknesses, naturally both have been dedicated more practice time than other areas of my game. It is important however, that I structure my practice so that I can develop both areas correctly while maintaining each other area of my game.
This can be done using the weekly and daily log sheets, down to every last detail. How many balls are you hitting? How long does it take? Is your practice technical or target orientated? I think this last question plays a huge part towards the development of your golf skills, as mixing the two will almost certainly lead to a plateau or even regression in performance.
I’ve spent countless hours on the range working on a specific part of my technique and getting annoyed because the ball isn’t doing what I want it to do, and not until I became aware of the need to separate technical and target practice did I realise how counterproductive mixing them could become!
I frequently re-test my weakest golf skills to monitor progress and plan to take a full re-test after the 12th week of logged practice. The EGIS program is so unique in a way that it can be adapted to each player’s personal circumstance, although to develop fully I suggest you follow this program FULLY, you could take parts of the program and still improve your game quite significantly.
I’d like to thank Lawrie Montague and David Milne for creating a program that is so rich in detail, and which provides me with a clear structure for how to improve my golf game and lower my scores!