Posted 18 March 2018 - 06:14 AM
So, after a rough first few holes on Friday, I decided to test a theory yesterday afternoon at the new home track.
Wandered on the back nine an tee off at 4.15pm off the 10th with a dedicated plan to warm up the swing muscles and just play easy simple for the first few holes.
Tee off 10, went to plan, but the 110m PW approach in I caught a tad fat and it plugged into the upslope of the bunker. Blasted it out, but at 4m from pin, par was an outside chance until I executed the putt of a lifetime to then watch in awe as it grazed the edge of the hole and proceeded to roll another 3m past ... F.uck, the greens a bit quick today. Missed the putt back, so a nice double to start.
Easy start ok, failing to have a warm up putt before tee off a disaster!
Tinker drive off 11 and proceeded to have a brain fade for the next 4 shots as I chopped it up to the green.
Remembering speed of green from 10, I naturally sooked it and left it short for an two inch tap in for a triple.
Double Triple start and I'm off to the Olympics for degree of difficulty in diving...
Managed to par the 12th with a solid 4 iron, landed left n just off front edge but chipped ait to a foot and walked off happier.
Then, snorted a slightly drawn drive on 13 to middle of fairway at exactly 100m out. Took PW and aimed slightly right due to cross breeze and landed it 5m left of pun, pin high, up n dancing... Missed birdie putt by a toothpick.
Then, proceeded to chop it up all the way down the par 5 14th for a delightful 7.
I'm now convinced, even more so, that my ego is my biggest weakness. Trying to smash one off the tee on 14 after a solid one on 13, just lead to me trying to hit the f.ucker all the way up the par 5, and chopped it up instead.
Stern talking to myself, regroup, refocus on 15 and an easy swing (see d.ick head it works that way) and I dropped 4 iron just off front edge. Another lovely 8iron to a foot and par.
And, FWIW, i finish off every hole and putt out...
Par 4, 16, index 1... Bam, long drive slightly right and, oh, f.uck I'm in the trees but only 140m out. Hmmm, no shot, so bunted driver out to 50m and proceeded to fat the easiest wedge. F.uck me. Chip n couple of putts for a sh.itty double.
ANOTHER regroup and 5iron pin high left on the par 3 17th, with another 8 iron to a foot. Putt out par.
Now, can you guess what I did on the par 5 18th?
Yep. Hack n chop feast for a double. WTF?
Take-away for me:
- f.uck off the ego
- stop trying to smash it
- swing through and stay down
- distance is there if I swing not hit.
And, now, soend more time on course to groove swing in on course setting.