I was able to play on Wednesday and Thursday of this week with both rounds at Scenic Valley. The scores were 78 on Wednesday and oops 84 on Thursday. Not very inspiring rounds, and they were different types of rounds even though the conditions were about the same, with it being just a bit cooler on Thursday, but there was a little more wind on Wednesday. Scenic Valley for this time of year is in great shape and the greens had been cut and were very smooth to putt.
The Good: Again, the ball striking was good on both days. I could nit pick on some things but my driving was good and my iron play was very good on Wednesday. My short game was not spectacular but was not at the root of the bad scoring.
The Problem: Putting was an issue, especially on Wednesday with 4 putts under 5 feet missed, and although I did make two nice birdie putts, missed another 2, between 6 and 10 feet. I admit the short putt misses started to get to me and did affect my concentration as the round wore on. My putting was again the problem the next day, but of a different type. I had terrible distance control with the putts on Thursday, which led to a number of three putts. This coupled with a slight decline in ball striking, that easily led to the 6 shot increase the next day. The biggest problem especially on Thursday, was my visualization process was not working. I just couldn’t get a good feel for shots I was trying to play. I did not have any zone outs but I almost fell back into the trap of looking at my swing as the problem. It was just one of those days where the picture would not happen. It did a few times and when it did the shots were very good if not great. There were some other problems that were related to what I call cart golf syndrome. You can’t go off the path and you think you have taken enough clubs over for the shot, but when you get there, you don’t really have the club you need and go ahead and hit it anyway. Yes, I know, but it’s March and it is chilly and my happiness did not depend on me hitting a good shot and of course I didn’t. The solution to that problem is easy. Hopefully, the other problems of the round will be that easy to solve.
Should be able to play about 4 to 5 times beginning this Sunday to the following Sunday, so will have many opportunities to find the solutions.