Played in the stableford comp at Cairns GC today. Quite a few pulled out because of threatening rain but nothing more than light drizzle eventuated. Tees were forward. Nice mix of easy and hard pin placements. Greens had been lightly top dressed fairly recently and were very good.
Before the round I thought about what I was trying to achieve. First was a consistent preparation for each shot and in particular visualising what I was trying to do. Second was to try out the idea of a post shot routine. Third was to assess my physical fitness for the game.
My swing mechanics are definitely in need of renovation. I've decided to follow the rotaryswing.com five step training. They've revamped it recently so that you watch the series of videos, do the drills and then when you are ready submit your swing for feedback and pass or fail assessment from the reviewer. The first stage was setup and I passed that on my second attempt about a month ago. The second stage is weight shift. The upshot is that my full swing thought is a squat to square action at the start of the downswing. When I get it right it feels like my lower body is driving the downswing rather than my upper body flipping the club into impact. So my full shot preparation was focused on getting the right swing path through impact with the club face set to achieve the right ball flight. Then I swing just focusing on weight shift and the impact I'm trying to achieve. My short game and putting are similarly in need of renovation.
That takes me to the idea of post shot routine. I came across it in James Siekmann's short game book. The very short version is that in the few seconds after hitting a good shot you enjoy the moment and admire your shot making skill. In the few seconds after hitting a bad shot you focus entirely on what you would do differently if you had your shot over again. Then move on to the next shot. That strikes me as really good practical psychology.
Finally fitness. In the last few years I've really struggled toward the end of rounds. It also takes me a few days to recover physically. Not only that I'm diabetic and my blood sugar control needs a lot of improvement. Finally I had a stroke at the start of the year. So all in all I'm in poor shape physically.
So with all of that what was my assessment of today? I was pretty pleased with my visualisation and preparation for shots. A few times I lost the plot but I felt that the approach has potential. The post shot routine was similar. I missed it a few times but I certainly wasn't thinking about shots for long after they had gone. Fitness needs improvement. I've started using a sensor for my blood sugar levels. I read it using my mobile phone. The information is very detailed but after eating lunch my blood sugar climbed throughout the round until it was higher than it gets on even a bad day at home. That was the opposite of what I expected and may just be the reason I was getting so tired. Today I was in a cart so that helped but my mental processes were shot by the end of the round. I'll be off to the doctor to figure out what is going on.
And my score? 79 against par 72 for 36 stableford points.
It's a start!
Edited by Forrest Gardener, 18 July 2018 - 09:10 PM.