An unexpected new course was added this week, as I was able to get in 5 rounds. We went back to Blackhawk in Beaver Falls, Pa. about a 45 minute drive. This is the course that has 36 holes and each nine is named 1 2 3 and 4. This is where we finished the front nine in one hour and twenty seven minutes and they told us we would have to speed up. I thought I would never go back but my friend Andy suggested we play there and this time the 36 holes worked out and we played nines 1 through 4. I have to admit I really liked playing the 2 courses and the greens were in great shape running a nice 7 on the stimp and were very smooth. This course features a lot of short par 4’s but has some nice par 3’s and a couple of really long par 5’s. Course 1 and 2 played 6100 yds. and course 3 and 4 played 6300 yds. They both played to a par of 72. Neither one of us played very well as I shot two 81’s and Andy shot 81 and 83. I had already had a hot dog there and really didn’t feel like having another one. Now let me take a deep breath as I write these numbers down, 81, 81, 80, 80, and one final 80. The definition of consistently lousy. I am through with mental madness and have replaced it with I don’t give a shit. This winter I will go through some of these mental experiments but lets just say for now they have failed miserably. It’s back to drawing board and another beautiful week ahead. At least we got course number 92 in and the search will continue, at least for now.
This week was very active with four rounds played with mostly just blah play, shooting 79, 79, 75, and 79. Some progress made with the putter and a little with the short game but nothing to get excited about. Todays round was interesting because of the raw conditions. We played with a steady light misty rain and enough wind to make 55 degrees feel a hell of a lot colder. Since I have been working on the mental game a little more here are a couple of ideas from other sources. Let me just quote the first one.
You don’t mean to say you hit the ball with a blank mind?
Yes I do. That is, as far as any part of the stroke is concerned. If I am hitting the ball with a blank mind and a driver I am conscious of thinking how far I want it to go. If I am swinging another club, I think about how far I want the ball to go and what I want it to do when it gets there-roll a bit , or stop short. But as to the stroke, I don’t think about it, section by section, and I don’t believe anybody else does or can. Certainly I never try to teach a pupil to do this or that, at a certain part of the swing. Swing right, and keep your blank mind as much as you can on the shot. Do your thinking before you start your swing.
I wonder if anyone out there knows who gave such great advice and what year he gave it. One clue: It came from a magazine article but this clue could be misleading. Pretty deep huh. Another mental philosophy comes from the book Quantum Golf written in 1991 by Kjell Enhager. It is a quirky little book written about of all things a frustrated golfer(do they actually exist) who is about to quit the game. But his pro who is feeling sorry for him suggests he goes see this reclusive pro and learn Quantum Golf. I highly recommend this if for nothing else it is highly entertaining. The book talks about visualizing the shot.
Once you have a very clear image of what you want to do, then simply let it go forget it. This is called Quantum Vision.
Next week I am headed for San Diego to those quantum grandkids of mine and golf will be put on the back burner. I will reveal the answer of who was the giver of such great advice and maybe getting away for awhile will help me explore the many caverns of the brain. Have a good week.