Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Player Plan: FE

Goals Statement: I want to win conference as a team and as an individual. 

Scoring Average:  74.88     Ranking:   191     Low Round:  71

Felicia Espericueta



Strengths:  FE is top 30 in the nation in birdie conversion and is among the top 20-30 in all putting statistics.  Felicia's general strength is her ball striking, but it isn't reflected in her stats this season due to her recovery from injury.  Felicia's intangibles are her mental toughness, her ability to stay in the moment on the course and her love of her team.

Needs to improve:  None of Felicia's stats stand out as poor.  Her ball striking stats are average, but will improve now that she can take the reps needed on the range.  Her short game needs continued improvement, with shot selection and control.  Her green reading skills need to continue to improve.  Her wedges either need to improve or she needs to lay up to a yardage when given the opportunity.

Synopsis:
 
Based on her stats, a typical round for FE is pretty steady.  She makes 10-11 pars, 2-3 birdies on greens hit and doesn't often 3 putt.  She makes very few mistakes that cost her more than bogie.  Bottom line is, FE needs to hit 3-4 more greens per round, get the ball up and down more often and perhaps make one more putt a round to average 72 or lower. 

Coach's take: FE has excellent focus, work ethic and desire.  Her injury cost her about a year of her college career, but she is poised to not only get back to her top form this semester, but to excel past it.  She will need to continue to improve her ball striking, while being smart with her reps.  She needs to be open to learning more about green reading.  She needs to balance her practice time and work on short game and wedges.

Drills to focus on this semester:
Putting - 
1. Wanda Drill:
Use one ball and play 18 holes.  You must putt out each attempt, but not because we are keeping score.  Instead, we want to evaluate how many of your putts you gave a chance to go in.  If your putt ends in the hole, or past the front edge within 20" (two grip lengths) on the high side, you gave your putt a chance.  You get a point.  If you putt 36 times and 18 of those are makes, you are already at 50% for giving your ball a chance. 


If your ball ends in the hole or within the pink region, you get a point.  


Here is what Dave Pelz has to say about reading greens; "The following are facts:  1.  Most golfers still consistently under-read how much their putts will break.  2.  Most golfers allow for too little break in their putting setup and aim.  3.  Most (approximately 90%) missed putts are below the hole.  Pelz goes on to talk about compensation for not playing enough break playing on the minds of golfers.  (from Putting Games by Dave Pelz)  Instead of worrying about what we can't control, compensation, we will instead focus on learning to judge break by actually keeping track of our results.  Good players learn to adjust when given proper feedback.  This drill should aid them in compiling that feedback.

Keep track of your score.  25/36 in yes zone = 69% had a chance.  In simple numbers, that means you gave 7 of your first putts a chance and didn't give 11 first putts a chance.
2.  3's Drill
3.  Putt with your teammates and pay attention to whether or not your ball works toward the hole as it slows.
4. Around the World - Pick a hole on a slope and work from 4, 5, 6, to 10 feet.  Die the ball in the hole for a change of pace.

Chipping -
Play a lot of one ball games, getting it up and down.
Compete with your teammates and talk through the shots.  ie.: where to land it, what club, etc.

Bunker -  Your bunkers % is low, so lots of reps here.
1.   Put 3 targets on the green and hit one shot to each target until you get a ball within a club length of each.
2.  Hit 5 shots from a flat, good lie, 5 from an uphill lie, 5 from a downhill lie, 5 from both sidehill lies, 5 from a buried or fried egg lie and finish with 5 from a flat, good lie.  Do this daily.  Its 35 shots.
3.  At least once a week, use one ball and get it up and down 10 times.

Pitching -
1.  Choose your shot, choose your landing spot, choose your club and execute the shotEvaluate each of these skills and work on them separately.
2.   Use one ball and get it up and down 10 times daily.  Work from 15-50 yards from the green.


Wedges -
1.  Hit 20-50 wedges daily.  Choose a different distance and club each day.  Vary your ball position, trajectory and the spin you put on the shot.

Ball Striking -
Continue to get comfortable with the changes made.
Learn to work the ball.  Work with Coach and Dave and call your shots.

Course Management -
FE has improved her course management immensely over the past year and a half.  She makes good decisions, plays the odds and keeps the ball in play.  She sees the course well.

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