Well, its been four months since the last blog, which is one of the longest periods in awhile that I have not blog. I really do not have any good reason that I have not written anything for a long time. I have been playing golf like I usually do, as this past Monday I just completed my 112th round. My play as been ok. In Western Pennsylvania, the handicap season ended on November 14th and I finished the year with a 4.7 index. Which is not bad but no major improvement. I really did not prove some of the concepts that I wrote about on that blog 4 months ago. So today I thought I would review the last year and the last 4 months in particular.
The one constant over these last 4 months was that the weather was lousy. In 112 rounds of golf I would say I saw the ball roll any amount distance in only about 15 rounds. This was by far the wettest most humid year of golf I have ever played and I have played for 50 years. You rarely could play the ball down and course conditions suffered mightily. If fact one course, Village Green closed down permanently and the weather contributed to it’s demise. It was difficult to evaluate one’s game under those conditions. The weather just got worse as we headed into fall, which most of the time is fairly dry. In mid September we got about 20 plus inches of rain over about a 7 day period. I have come to detest the word mud.
I could not quite grasp the concept of golf being 100% mental when you are a single digit handicap. I still believe this, but it can be very difficult to put into practice, because I feel we are brainwashed into thinking that bad golf play can be fix with some physical correction. This can be ranging from anywhere to “fixing” your grip, stance, transition, swing plane, weight distribution, and anything you can think of about the physical execution of the golf swing. Part of the problem is that you hear every week on the PGA tour that a player is working on some part of his swing and it is helping him. I think this is wrong. Having problems with your golf game at that level and I believe at the level of the single handicapper is strictly mental and any physical correction is only temporary and in the long run no help at all. However this is so much easier said then done. I will elaborate more on this in future blogs, and yes, they are going to be more frequent than one every 4 months.
The albatross in May was the highlight of my season and was easily the shot of the year and probably in my life. I did not have an even par round this year and had only 2 that were one over par. I was consistent and had a pretty good putting year and have putted very well the last couple of times out. I am determine to prove the 100 % mental theory. One of the best things that I have done over the past year and half is that I have played golf with no swing thoughts. It has freed up my game and has made golf so much more enjoyable. Developing my own putting style has contributed to my overall good scoring and was the main reason that I came out of an 18 month slump from the beginning of 2016 to the end of June 2017, which saw my index climb to 6.9. My index would have been even higher if there was not a limit on the strokes you could take on one hole for handicap purposes. I had some really high numbers during that stretch, where I proved the axiom, its not where your good shots go, but where your bad shots wind up. So my game is where it’s mostly been over the last 30 years when I started to play a lot of golf again, between a 3 and 5 handicap. Next blog will be about swing thoughts, why they work and why they stop working. The amazing thing is golf instructors were writing about swing thoughts in the 1930’s. See you then.