It’s a darn good thing I’m a web developer by trade and not a golf professional. Otherwise my family and I would have starved to death long ago…
I nearly quit golf several times last year. I actually dreamed of quitting. Fantasized really. I struggled last year, and didn’t find I was really enjoying my time on the course. I felt more like I was wasting time.
So this year I have one main goal: Enjoy the walk.
Today was possibly the worst nine holes I’ve shot in the last decade. Highlights included four 3-putts, drives sliced into the next county, and a shank into a hazard on the 9th hole. I’m chalking this one up to spring rust, a brutal schedule, no sleep, negative energy, lack of transgender bathrooms at the golf course…. anything but lack of talent and lack of practice.
During today’s round I didn’t get mad. In fact, I laughed a bit and did my best to stay positive. I did for a split second have that feeling of wanting to bail on golf. I reminded myself about 2016 and what it is supposed to be for me, enjoying the walk.
I actually feel pretty good about my game, despite the fact that I’m not scoring well or scoring close to my handicap. Most shots feel solid and I’m driving it very well. If I was not hitting it solid I’d feel pretty lost. I know it will take some time to shake off the spring rust and be able to put together some better golf. Until then the handicap will be blowing up like it does every spring after six months of not swinging a club.
There are a few upcoming events by which I hope to have the game rounded into shape for. First is the Salt Lake Amateur tournament, one of the few tournaments I play in each year (great anti-sandbagging setup). Then it will be my club championship, and finally a trip to Scotland.
Today was an aberration. I didn’t have “it” and “it” was nowhere to be found, even in my whole group.
I signed up for a tournament this Saturday. I’m looking forward to feeling that feel of real competition.
Apparel scripting is one of the most crucial and important aspects of one’s golf game, just ask any golf company or golf PR person around the major championships. It’s all about the scripts.
With that in mind I crafted a hell of a combo golf shoe and putter grip script today and it really made a huge difference in my performance and my score. Check it out:
The goal of today’s shoe and putter grip scripting was to set a color scheme and combination which allowed me to fully concentrate on the shot at hand. One which was simple, and not distracting. One would not want to be midway through one’s putting stroke only to be completely distracted by the fact that there are 73 different colors between your shoes, socks, and putter grip.
The script worked very well and I played a solid and satisfying round in high winds and cold.
For my next script I plan to start with this setup, then drop acid.
My lower back is spasming again. This is the 2nd time since December. The December one was one of the worst and most painful ever. This one isn’t as bad, but bad enough that I can’t sleep, or stand in an upright position, or lift much of anything, or put my shoes and socks on easily.
I need to do something about the back pain. I guess it’s time to hit the gym, or the doctor, or the shaman or something.
Doesn’t look like I’ll be making my noon tee time Sunday to see an old buddy. Not cool.
One of my three home courses is Bonneville Golf Course, the most popular golf course in Utah. It’s great municipal course with tremendous greens, some nice elevation changes, and oddly, NO fairway bunkers anywhere. The only course I’ve ever seen that does not have a single fairway bunker.
Yesterday was my first round on this course for 2016. I started off nicely with a birdie on the first hole, a reachable par-5. I also made birdie on #10 and the par-5 16th. I had a bunch of bogeys and one double, not surprising since it was my first full round of 18 holes since about five months ago. All that added up to a +6 78 from the black tees. A somewhat respectable score so early in the season.
This was my first full round of on-course testing of the new Harry Taylor wedges. That’s taking some getting used to. I’m not hitting them as far as my old wedges yet. That could be due to spring rust, different grinds and/or different shafts on them. I did make a couple of very nice chips however, so that’s nice.
I’m trying to approach this season with a different attitude. Last season I let the game’s frustrations get the best of me to the point of nearly quitting. I lived and died on each shot, rather than just being out there and enjoying some fresh air and green grass. I’m sure I’ll still have frustrations but I’m going try and focus less on score and individual shots, and more on the overall experience.
We’ll see how long that lasts.
I didn’t walk the course yesterday as my playing partner always rides in a cart. I do need to walk more to get in better shape, and to get ready for the upcoming Scotland trip. Plus it will save a few bucks. By walking I could basically save enough in cart fees to play three walking rounds of golf for the cost of two riding.
Below is a photo I Tweeted from the 8th tee. Look at the fabulous green fairway in the foreground and the snow covered Mount Olympus in the background!
Somehow I managed to squeeze $12 out of my two opponents, despite giving up shots and/or a tee box. It was a nice day and nearly 70 degrees which is not normal for March here in northern Utah. I’ll take it. Bring on the global warming.
We have a mini heat wave right now in northern Utah with the temperature spiking to 64 degrees today. It has been a brutal winter, with more snow this year than at least the last 4-5 years. We’ve been buried. The skiers love it, as they should.
One of my home courses, River Oaks, opened for play a couple of days ago. With the snow having just melted off, the ground is still muddy and there’s goose crap everywhere. The grass is dormant and the greens slow and bumpy. Still after 95 days it was nice to simply get away from the office, the desk, the keyboard, the mouse, the code writing… and walk 12 holes in the outdoors.
I’m attempting to approach the game different this year, focusing more on enjoying the experience than the scores or the handicap. I’m not sure how much mental strength I have to do that or how long that attitude might last, but that’s the goal, to rediscover golf. I soured on the game a bit last year.
As expected I was a bit rusty but did manage to make a couple of birdies in 12 holes, and knocked one tee shot on the par-3 3rd to about four feet. I have some kind of game which is better than the average hack, if not just because I was a professional drummer for decades and I have killer eye-hand coordination. It certainly isn’t because of raw golf talent or having a naturally beautiful golf swing, because those things I do not possess.
It was nice to get out and whack the white spheroid around with a long time buddy, and to meet a couple of other players along the way.
So far my quest to rediscover golf is on track. I didn’t quit the game on my first round of the year and I intend to play at least another round. It’s a start.