Practicing is always a positive thing to do in your golfing. The crunch of course comes when putting the practise into action in a competition round. I still recall hearing other golfers after coaching sessions comment on the changes made to improve faults. Then to play a round with them and see their game collapse trying too hard to initiate what are actually minor changes. Often after never practicing since the lesson to become comfortable with something that actually works.
Concentration is a vital part of golfing and the distraction of thinking about putting the changes into action, often is enough to break a mid to high handicappers round. As your golfing improves, the dropping of your handicap is the only true measure of that, nothing else. One of the attributes which becomes second nature is the ability to concentrate and focus under pressure with out your game collapsing. In past weeks my game playing has been totally relaxed in my mind. The pressure has been applied both with the AGC prize target and playing myself into form, which has been successful as my handicap has dropped from 13 to 11.
Yesterday I played the nine hole chicken round and hit every fairway, all by enacting the changes that were identified Thursday, practiced again on Friday morning and used in the afternoon. Successful? Absolutely, in fact the relaxed steady back-swing, complete follow through in game conditions was even more effective off the tee than expected. Using the right technique and throwing out the physical 'smack' the ball fault, delivered accuracy and the distance which had been so elusive of late.
Unfortunately my second shots with long irons were very poor, again not an issue. Have had that problem a few times of late, hitting the ball 'fat' from the fairway, of the tee on par three's perfect though. It is just from being focused on other game aspects affecting concentration on the shot being played. Again though the six week competition practise routine I use works short second shots were supported by accurate chips to the green from 50-10 metres out. Playing off 11 in a nine hole round, I wiped the first hole. In the next 8 holes scored 14 points and if not for two three putts and the fore mentioned second shot issue killing the GIR's would have had an easy 16 and should have scored 18 points.
Today I will get out and practise again with the driver and the long irons will get a work out as well to tune up for Sunday's club comp round and another tilt at an AGC win.
Hit the ball, find the ball, hit the ball...