My Game Is Coming Back
Despite this being about the most crazy busy summer I can ever remember on a personal level; despite not playing as many rounds as I would have liked so far this year, I’ve gotten the handicap down to a two again. For several years played as a 1-2 (even got it to a .9), but the last year or two I’ve been in the 3.5-4.5 range. Thanks to some quality rounds and low scores I’ve improved it a bit.
Despite getting my handicap down to a very low level, I can still shoot high scores like anyone’s business. But when it all comes together and those low scores hit (like this year’s 69, 70 on tough courses) it is very fun and satisfying.
My putting has gotten better, but the ball striking has really improved this year. Mid-summer I made some good adjustments and started hitting much better iron shots. I started to hit more greens in regulation.
Still, the short game is in need of some serious work. It can shine sometimes, but my short game is not close to consistent enough or dependable enough.
I think much of the progress is due to my mental state improving, as those things which had been mentally and emotionally weighing on me over the last few years have come to a relative conclusion. My mind has been able to get back on track and I don’t get frustrated quickly or “lose it” like I did last year or the year before. I know I have the physical ability to hit shots and make putts. Most of the issues were/are mental.
Thanks to all my pals for the birthday wishes. That day is today.
Below is my list of eligible gifts I’d be willing to accept. There’s still time to shop… This is the SAME list I posted on my birthday last year and the year before. For some reason none of these modest, easy to obtain and inexpensive items have ever arrived. I’m sure they got lost in shipping.
1. 2011 Masters tickets. Isn’t there someone out there with an extra ticket to a practice round for me? I know you’re out there.
2. Golf at Augusta National.
3. A Porsche 911 Turbo, 911 GT 3 or Cayman. See pic below. (take your pick on the model but I prefer silver).
4. A golf trip to Scotland, St. Andrews and the rest (better include the airfare, spending money and hotels too).
5. Golf at Pinehurst #2.
6. Golf at Pebble Beach.
7. Golf at Bandon Dunes.
8. Golf at Shadow Creek (better include some Vegas gambling money and an evening at the Olympic Garden).
9. Golf at Pine Valley.
10. Golf at TPC Sawgrass.
That’s a pretty good list. More than one submission of each selection will gladly be accepted.
Between going to Paris last month, and throwing my back out badly, I didn’t play as much golf in the last few weeks as I would have wanted. In fact, I played 19 holes in 4.5 weeks. When I finally started playing regularly again, I’d lost a ton of my game and my swing was terrible. I was playing like a dog.
I practiced last Sunday quite hard. Worked on ball striking and short game. Hit one of those gigantic buckets, which I hardly ever do because it beats up my golfer’s elbow so bad. But I needed the work. Apparently that paid off because I played some great golf this week. Yesterday I played an Arthur Hills course here called Wingpointe. “Wingy” is a tough course, but for some reason I can play it well. My ball striking was solid, except for three shots and my putting was outstanding. I had 26 putts and even missed two three footers.
Despite there being a 2-3 club wind, I dropped a little 70 (-2). That is my lowest round to par this year, though I have a 69 on a par-70 track here.
Gear in play
Since getting a ball fitting by my pals at Bridgestone Golf, I’m now using a B330-RXS.
During the round yesterday I actually turned to my buddies a few times and told them one of two things:
1. How great the ball feels off of my driver, compressing nicely. I had one drive over 320 and had a 6-iron to the green on a 550 yard par-5.
2. How well the ball sat down on the greens when approaching, even though Wingy’s greens are very hard.
After 18 holes with that new RXS, it hardly had any wear. The thing is durable.
My B330-RXS review is coming soon.
I tried some very high end shoes out for the first time yesterday as well. These are handmade leather shoes from Italy called Royal Albatross.
Based on my round yesterday, I may never wear another shoe. In fact, I may never wear another pair of underwear either. Whatever it takes.
Yesterday one of my buddies lost a ball in an area of grass which had a bunch of clippings. We were trying to find his ball by dragging our clubs through the clippings to see if the missing ball was underneath them when his wedge hit my new Dornoch Putter. It put a big ding in the face. Boy am I a sad camper right now.
Just before that happened my other pal was telling the guy who hit my putter with his wedge that my putter was the most beautiful putter he’d ever seen. Boo hoo. I’m on suicide watch now…
I haven’t driven my car in two weeks. The damn battery was dead this morning.
It was nice of my local PGA pro Guy Lester to come over to my house and jump start my car. That’s what I call service!