For various reasons, some not golf related it’s been two weeks since the last blog. The golf as been pretty good over that time and two tournaments have been played. My two rounds leading up to the tournament on April 12th, I shot a 76 at Scenic Valley and a 77 at South Park. Then came the tournament at Butlers Woodside on the Sunday. I got off to a shaky start with 4 straight bogies on some easy holes but then I righted the ship to play the next 11 holes even par. I then went on to stagger to a bogey, bogey, double bogey finish, which knocked me out of the money. I must say I was disappointed in the overall performance, but I think I discovered the problem.
This past week I was able to play 3 rounds leading up to yesterday’s tournament at Totteridge. I shot 78 at Indian Run, 77 at Riverview, and 75 at South Park. This time I played much better in the tournament and finish with 9 straight pars to shoot 76 and just missed the money by two places. I particularly liked the way I finished.
How does this all compute in trying to execute the answer. The tournament play was a very good learning experience. Under the gun, you are much more critical of your swing, which does not help you find your that day golf swing. This was my problem in the first tournament. Even with everything I have written about trying to find your that day golf swing, I was trying to control my swing to what I thought it should be and not what it was that day. You have to like your that day swing, no matter what it happens to be, if you are going to find your that day swing. That also goes for putting and chipping. Most of my bad shots in both tournaments were not swing errors or even address errors, as much as they were mental errors. Most of the mental errors were not trusting the club selection for approach shots, or actually having the wrong club in my hand for the shot. I think many times we confuse swing flaws with this mistake. Its amazing how far you can hit a particular iron when the adrenaline is flowing. That was my basic problem. I had too much club in my hand and many times I thought I did not have enough club, because of certain conditions, like slope and wind. This led to some horrible irons shots that had nothing to do with any particular technique. My chipping and putting were more than adequate during both events. It did take me a little time to find my that day stroke but I feel like I am making some progress in that area. My chipping was really good yesterday, using my putting grip.
There is no doubt that tournament golf is it’s own unique animal. I won’t be playing another tournament for about a month now due to other commitments and a trip to San Diego the first week of May. I feel progress is being made and we will see what the next week brings. The weather is going to get cooler but I am hoping to get 4 rounds in. See you next week.
Another three round week, and again a repeat of the previous two weeks. The mid week rounds were good, 77 and 75, with the weekend round on Saturday this time, being bad shooting an 81. This was a good week in many regards. Putting was about as good as its ever been, since trying to execute the answer. There was one very good lesson learned this week.
I fell into the trap this week of falling in love with my driver ball flight. This goes against all the principles of trying to find your that day golf swing. I was hitting the greatest little power fade off the tee for the entire week. I found myself really relying on that ball flight pattern during the round despite what my opening drive was. This part of my game worked really well, as I hit many fairways and had good distance. I did this even when my opening drive was fairly straight with maybe a baby fade at the end. I kept to my plan of having an open mind and feel on the opening tee shot, but then kept going to fade way too quickly. What I should have been doing was playing a straight drive based on the opening swing and result. This resulted in having an adverse affect on my fairway game. In fact most of my irons and fairway woods on my 77 round I hit with a draw. In my other two rounds I was not hitting very crisp or accurate shots. My 75 round was the result of some very good putting. What’s interesting here is that I had no trouble of finding my that day swing in the fall and sticking with it, which brings up another good point. Those of us who have to go through the winter lay off , in this case for me was 2 months, we often emphasize getting our golf muscles into shape. There is no doubt that this is a good thing, but we need to get our golf thinking back in the groove, too. This week, the weather in the middle of the week is looking very iffy, but hopefully I can still get a couple of rounds in between the thunderstorms. I will be playing in my first tournament of the year this Sunday. I better get my brain in shape fast.
My Masters pick: J. B. HOLMES he’s going back to back.
Well quite a father’s day with the U.S. Open being one, which brought the best players in the world to their knees. Justin Rose played the last 2 holes brilliantly and deservedly won his first major. Phil let the easiest hole on the course eat his lunch and it cost him the playoff. It was amazing watching the greatest players in the world have one mental meltdown after another. We are all missing something here. What that is, I have no idea. Players of this caliber should not see their games slide this far backwards not matter what the circumstances. It is too brutal to even talk about any one particlular individual but if you watched the Open you know what I am talking about. It is one thing to see a guy miss a short putt on the final hole to cost him a major like Doug Sanders did in the British Open or Scott Hoch in the Masters, but this was seeing one player after another make one bad shot after another. How about all those missed putts. This was a three round week for me again, due to some inclement weather and extra work committment. I had a blah week with rounds of 80, 77, and 77. After coming off the very nice even par round on Sunday, my Wednesday round represented a complete mental breakdown by yours trurly. I made one mental error after another. It’s not worth going into the specific details but needless to say some pretty good ball striking was completely nullified but by stupid descisions and lack of awareness of what I was facing on a particular shot or putt. I am still in limbo on how much this game is mental and how much is physical. I am still of the opinion that physical flaws or technique flaws then will lead to mental errors. Having said that, I do not think that is what happened out there today to about 15 of the top players in the world. I know Johnny Miller likes to say it Open pressure or nerves but I still think it runs deeper than that. But I do not know what that deeper is. Obviously nobody else does either or somebody would have walked away with the tournament. This week the golf will step up with a 36 hole day on Wednesday and a 36 hole tournament on Thursday so I may play 6 rounds this week. If anybody doesn’t think this game is goofy then please just keep replaying today’s U.S. Open.