After about a 6 week hiatus the blog is back and it has been a very very busy 6 week period, especially for an old guy. I have cut back my work schedule and I am playing more golf than ever. Yesterday I completed my 74th round of the year. This should be a record breaking year for the number of rounds. So how am I doing you might ask? In a word better, not great but better. I am still experimenting around, searching for the answer, but I have settled into a good routine. I will get into some of things that I have been doing, that may, or may not have contributed to a certain amount of resurgence in my game, that has been mired in an eighteen month slump.
Before I discuss that, I did do something that I have always wanted to do, but never could pull it off, until Monday June 26th. My young friend David and I played 54 holes in one day on three different golf courses. We teed off at 7:44am at Fort Cherry golf course, moved about 15 miles down the road to Indian Run for the second round and went another 3 miles down the road to Highland Springs and pulled out of their parking lot at exactly 6:30pm. Beating the dark was no problem. There were two major factors that helped make the day go smoothly. The weather was perfect, in the mid seventies with a little breeze and no humidity. We never had to wait for one shot. There was nobody in front of us the entire day. The scores weren’t great, ranging from 79 to 86, but it was one the great golf days I have ever had. There is no question, that hot dogs increase your stamina, especially when you put chili on them.
Last year at this time I was in the midst of a run where I did not break 80 for almost the entire summer. This month I have had one 74, and two 75’s, with some 78’s and 79’s sprinkled in. I still feel that I have a ways to go but progress is being made. The first big difference is, I have found a way to putt. Am I going to discuss this method? NO. Why? Because it is too goofy to write about at the moment. It goes against every putting principle that was ever written, but it is working for me. I have been putting this way for about 3 weeks, and it has held up in various pressure situations. If it continues to work, then I will write about it. I made it up and it is totally unique. There are three other things I am doing and I am going to discuss two of them. I have improved my posture at address and I am making sure my aim is correct. Posture is by far the most important and I think even low handicap golfers get a little lazy in that respect. We have a tendency to get a little slumped in the shoulders and this has a very negative effect on our swing. The third one is a unique take away I am doing for each club and I may delve into that later, if this continues to work. There are few other things I am doing different which I will discuss in later blogs. One thing that is not a factor is my increase play. Believe me, if your game is messed up and my game is, it doesn’t make any difference how much you play, your not going to improve.
I am going to leave all the frustrated single digit handicappers who are trying to get to scratch, with one final thought. It you want to get closer to 0 handicap, you must become Jim Furyk. Some day I may explain what that means. If I continue to make progress then the next blog will be sooner than later. Please don’t hold your breath.