I have played 13 rounds since the last blog on May 8. It has been a bit of a roller coaster and I must say I don’t really know if I stayed the course of 100% Mental Golf. Maybe I should change the name to just 100% Mental. Played a few courses for the first time this year such as Quicksilver, Hartmans, North Park and Highland Springs. My scores ranged from 74 to 85. During the stretch I have 4 rounds in the 80’s and 9 rounds in the 70’s. I had a run of three straight rounds in the 80’s from May 16 to 21. This little streak caused some concerned, that a slump may be brewing and led to some of the things I did, which apparently helped as the next 5 rounds were all in the 70’s.
After the 3rd round in the 80’s, and it being the worse at 85, I decided that I had to do something a little different. I decided to concentrate on my breathing while getting ready to hit the ball and during the swing itself. Now this is not something that is new, but I did put a little different twist on it. When reading about breathing and the golf swing the advice is to inhale on the backswing and exhale on the downswing. I did not follow this rule. I did not try to time my breathing with the golf swing at all. I just tried to follow my routine and swing. My swing may have started when I was beginning my exhale or when I was in the middle of inhale. I did this for all phases of the game, long game, short game and putting. The results were quite good, with the very first round coming in at 74. The next 3 rounds were good also, 75, 76, and 77. Then on Memorial Day at Highland Springs I got away from it and had a bad front nine of 5 over par and made another philosophical change that seemed to right the ship and shot 2 over on the back, to end with 79. The front nine was a major putting problem with 21 putts contributing to the bad score. For now I am not going say what that philosophical change was. What does this all mean? I am not too sure. Thinking of breathing during the golf swing may not be better than any other swing thought that we usually do. I am not quite sure why I stopped the process on Monday. Have not been able to play the rest of this week because of very unstable weather and I think I needed a little break anyway to mull all this over. In the coming 2 weeks there is not going be a lot of golf played because next week I am heading to San Diego to see the grandkids. Maybe I will ask them, especially the 4 year old.
So where do I go from here and how does this affect 100% Mental Golf. I will probably play 3 more rounds of golf before a I leave for San Diego and hopefully will learn more. I will go back to the breathing and on the next blog I will talk about the philosophy change whether it works or not. Feel like I am coming down the home stretch here. Rounding 3rd and heading for home. Just don’t know if I will be safe or out.