Haven't been playing that much recently as I've been focusing on a bit of fitness work and we also took a short break over to Cyprus for a week. My most recent games had been characterized by pretty poor ball-striking and I was getting frustrated with my game in general despite the fact that my handicap was still okay. Despite that I signed up for a tournament, run by the aviation club that I'm a member of, which was being played at the Els Club here in Dubai. Weather was great and its a course I know very well so I had high hopes of playing well in the stableford format.
I got there early and had a long warm-up where i just focused on grip, set-up and alignment. Whenever I've been playing poorly I just go back to basics and that usually sorts most things out. The warm-up went exceptionally well and I took that form and confidence to the first tee (which was ironically the 4th tee for me in the shotgun start).
My ball-striking was as good as its been in over 6 months i reckon. Everything was coming out of the middle with good distance and a great trajectory/ball flight. Despite playing off the blues, I hit;
12/14 fairways and,
13 greens in regulation.
However my putting and short game was poor. By my recollection, I missed 5 putts inside 5ft on my way to 36 putts for the round. I thought my stroke was okay but I wasn't reading (the very fast) greens well at all. Also my pitching was poor, I had three opportunities for easy birdies (on 2 of the Par 5's and on the short Par 4, 16th) where i was close to the green looking for birdie. I parred the Par 5's and dumped my pitch on 16 into the bunker on my way to a bogey. That really hurts but especially in a comp.
It cost me in the end because I ended up with 36 points and the winner only had 39 points. I know its a case of would've, could've, should've but I easily left 5-6 shots out there. It could have been a really great round but I'm happy with my ball-striking at least.