The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answere

I haven’t blogged for about 2 and a half weeks for various reasons. My grand kids were in town for a week and golf took a back seat for that week. But most of all just not a lot of progress made on finding the answer. The scores the last two weeks have been about the same with most in the mid 70’s and a couple of 80’s tossed in just to make sure that I know I haven’t found the answer. There has not been a lot of stimulus to write, but today I thought I would like to discuss a subject not directly related to golf, but with some of the things that I am doing right now, it may have more meaning, if by some flukey chance, these things turn out to be successful.

I would like to discuss our perceptions, or the way we perceive things. In some cases this could be about a particular subject. Let’s take the example of Obama Care. There is one side that feels this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The other perception is that Obama Care threatens the very existance of the American way. Each side argues passionately for their point of veiw and thinks the other sides perception is skewed or wrong. This ends up with neither side  coming close to convincing the other side to change their mind. I can tell you that that there are two areas where our perceptions are definitely skewed or wrong. This is in the area of time and speed. Time is a constant. A second is a second, a minute is a minute, an hour is an hour and so on and so on. But in your feeble little mind 5 minutes can seem like an eternity, if you are waiting for someone or standing in line. On the other hand if you are engrossed in a book or a video game, an hour can fly by in the blink of an eye. We look up from the game or book and say, “Oh my God where did the time go, I’m going to be late for work”.  The same thing can be said about speed. Most of us have to drive a little way through congested streets and neighborhoods to get to the freeway or interstate. When you first get on the interstate and get into the flow of traffic and hit the 55- 65 mph speed you really get that feeling that you are hip hopping right along. Before long however, as the traffic keeps moving you accelerate up to 75 and 80 mph and don’t even know it, because now that feels the same as when you were going 65. Then when you get off the interstate, maybe on a two lane highway, where the speed limit is 55, that will feel like you are just crawling. Even though the speed can be pretty much the same if will feel different depending on when and where you are doing that particular speed.

Now what does this have to do with golf. Your golf swing has these two components, time and speed. There is a certain amount of time you will have to take to make a golf swing. Your swing, and I am not talking about the amount of clubhead speed you can generate, will also have a certain speed. It will be your perception of the time and speed of your golf swing that will dictate how you make adjustments during a round of golf. My guess here, and I am dealing from my own experience, that these perceptions are wrong. I am not sure how they are wrong and they may not be wrong all time. I may have some conclusions on this in a later blog. Anyway, just food for thought, don’t let it give you indigestion. See you when I have something to write about again.

The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer

Well this week was moving along quite nicely until today. It was a busy week with five rounds played. I shot 74 at Indian Run, 75 at Hartmans, 79 at Scenic Valley, 76 at Indian Run, and 86 at Highland Springs. Today was a complete mental meltdown. The bizzare thing I am doing is still working quite nicely as evident by the first four scores. The 79 at Scenic Valley was low lighted by 2 four putt greens.  My long game is doing well but my short game and my short irons today were horrible. In one respect I feel I have found the mind body connection with the long game. However I have not been able to apply this at least to the short game, and my scores have suffered.

Today was particularly bad, because on every shot from the fairway I felt that I had the wrong club in my hand. Needless to say the results of the shots were not good. The chip yips were back in full force and my putting was yippy and mediocre at best. This is where it gets, in my view, somewhat interesting. Even though my mind body connection is at its best right now on executing the swing, the other parts of my mental game are so bad that my scores were not as good as they should have been. Let’s go back to my statement that I felt like on every shot I had the wrong club in my hand. Most of the time I felt that I had too much club in my hand. Now, why didn’t I go back to my bag and get less club. I don’t know why. I am not about do go into what I am doing with my golf swing right now, but that does contribute to this problem. I could have easily corrected this, if I had gone back to my bag, and got less club. Right now I do not have an explanation. I must solve the chip yip problem and get better focused. It is amazing that you can score this badly and strike the ball this well. The week coming up the grand kids are coming to town so golf will be on the back burner this week with only one or two rounds being played at the most. I will have plenty of time to contemplate the problem and come up with some kind of a solution. The long game though is simply still exhilerating and I found the answer. Now we have to get it once we get close to the green.