Played seven rounds of golf since the last blog, and I am floundering a bit, and it may have been because of the last blog. Lets get to the numbers: Fort Cherry 85 Scenic Valley 78 Ponderosa 77 Fort Cherry 79 Scenic Valley 77 Ponderosa 78 Scenic Valley 78. Other than the horrendous day at Fort Cherry the rounds were obviously consistent. If I wanted to be hard on myself, I could say, consistently lousy. The weather was not great, mostly dark and dreary with some rain here and there, cool temperatures but with little to no wind. The weather was not the issue. The Fort Cherry round was a total disaster but I managed to right the ship to the point of making 5 pars and 2 bogeys on the last 7 holes. Fort Cherry’s par is 70 so I was 13 over after 11 holes and everything was bad. The rest of rounds were ok with the normal things from keeping me scoring better. We all know them. Putting and short game, with some bad decisions mixed in.
What does the last blog have to do with all this? I wrote, does 100% Mental Golf mean you totally ignore the physical side of the game. My answer was no and I explained that I was making sure I was turning my body on my swing and gave this credit for my really good round of 75 at Scenic Valley. Four days later I follow this round up with one of the worst of the year. I repeat the question. Does 100% Mental Golf mean you totally ignore the physical side of the game? Now my answer is yes. Now again this is for just us poor pathetic single digit handicappers who are stuck on the number. How to get to a single digit handicap and be miserable, is another blog altogether. I am not going to defend this position today, because maybe it will change again, but after the last 7 rounds, I don’t think so. Obviously turning my body did not help me at Fort Cherry. In the last blog I made the comment that there is a difference between thoughts and feelings. Who cares. Neither one is worth a good crap for very long on the golf course. It boils down to the body and mind and how they function together. I think now that some of our preconceived ideas about the golf swing, short game and putting are not right for our own particular golf game. I am not going to get into specific examples, because this could change by next week.
We will see what happens over the next few rounds. I feel there should be 3 golf books that need to be written.
- How to Become a Single Digit Handicap Golfer (At Least a 12)
- How to Become a Scratch Golfer or Die Trying
- Putting: Get the Damn Ball in the Hole Any Way You Can
See you next week.