Played the second round of the year on Friday, under similar conditions with temperatures in the mid to upper 40’s with a little more wind this time. I shot 79 but this was a totally different round than the last one.
The Good. Ball striking was good again although not quite as good as the first round and I solved the pitching problem with some alignment adjustments and a grip change. When I line up for a pitch shot of 20 to 40 yards I feel that I am aiming about 4 to 6 feet left of really where I want to go. Probably I am aiming right on, but this is my perceptions of things and I am fine with this because the results were great. In fact I pitched one in the cup for a birdie on the 11th hole which really jumped started the round. I got it up and down numerous times during the round. I went to my putting grip for these shots and this seemed to help. I have done this in the past with good results. My putting was better especially the short putts.
Problems: A horrendous start to the round. I hit a beautiful drive off the first tee but then from there it was one thing after another. A four putt on the first hole and then one mental error after another led to double bogey, bogey, double bogey, bogey start. Then I slowly but surely righted the ship and even though I missed 2 rather short birdie putts on 9 and 10, the pitch in birdie on 11 got the round going, to be able to shoot one over on the last 14 holes. One of the problems all day even as the round improve was to visualize the shot. I could not draw the ball all day. Early in the round this got me in trouble but then I tried to do it later where there was no trouble on the right and I still could not do it. My mental process improved during the round as I did not make or look to make any swing changes and I started to play better.
Round 2 is in the books and it was kind of a strange round. The wind was a factor but overall it felt good to right the ship. When I was 6 over after 4 holes I thought maybe I was headed for a round that might not break 90. As we were going over to the 5th tee I was thinking, wow, this is really going to look good on blog. 100% mental you betcha, baby. There might be a possibility for a round this week but it is a toss of the coin. See you next time.