Yesterday’s round at Hidden Valley with my dad was glorious. 8:15am, long shadows, cool air, beautiful course. The greens were as smooth and fast as they’ve been all year. In fact, the speed was so much faster than I’m used to I gagged away three shots in the first few holes while trying to adjust. One was a 3-footer which I sent six feet by and two others were 3-putts for bogey when birdie was looking possible.
Once I adjusted to the speed I started making putts and on the 10th, saw a 20 foot birdie putt roll in with the purest and straightest roll I’ve ever seen come off my putter. There is nothing better than putting on smooth and fast greens.
I shot +3 on the front. I had it down to +1 after going -2 on the back for a while but gave up one coming home. A fantastic and near impossible up-and-down on the 18th gave me a final score of 74.
The new swing didn’t work perfectly. I had some timing issues and a few pulls and pushes. But the shots were still controlled and not wild at all. The worst scores I carded were a four bogeys. The new swing took double out of the equation.