Two rounds in the books for 2015 and I couldn’t be more pleased with how golf is progressing for me on a personal level. I’ve played with an inner peace I haven’t felt in quite some time. Call it “being in the zone” or “feeling the flow”. I’m just grateful to be playing, and I think that makes a huge difference! Two rounds recorded, +6 over par combined, helped by a solid round of 71 (+1) last Saturday Stats are below. Grateful Golfer, I’d love your thoughts!
Playing without expectations, focusing on the present shot and picking out a really specific target has worked well. Having great songs in my head while walking and enjoying the peacefulness of a golf course is a feeling I love. I know it’s different for every player. Me? I can spend four hours in contemplation while “clicking in” to each shot for 10-15 seconds of intense focus. I love that. So, what have the results been so far on my journey?
- 15/28 fairways hit for 54%. Not bad, and the “misses” have been just a few yards wide, typically a touch left (I’m a right-handed golfer). A few miscues, specifically the tee shot I hit in a lake to the left during round 1. Forgot the lake was there off a blind tee shot. Oops.
- 20/36 greens in regulation (GIR) for 56%. Again, not horrific, considering I’m still trying to figure out my consistent carry distances. I’ve found I actually feel like I’m hitting my irons FARTHER now than I was pre-knee surgeries. I guess the workouts are paying off? I air-mailed one green last week with a 9 iron from 144….by about 15 yards. Did not get it up and down. Oops, again.
- Putts per round – and this is the big one – 30.5. Putting has always been a struggle for me, more often confidence than anything else. I have several putters (well, six…) but I’ve stayed with the same Scotty Cameron Newport 2 for both rounds. I have the SuperStroke grip on it (yes, the really thick one). Keeps my hands quiet and lets me rock the stroke more.
- What’s the difference in the putting? Fellow PGA Professional Preston Combs invited me to his AimPoint clinic a month ago, and it changed the way I view putting and how to truly focus on my “aim point” and trust my feet. I still can’t explain it, but I seem to make a number of putts! I’m super-confident, be it from 4 feet or 35 feet. Made 5 birdies on Saturday!
Overall, very pleased and just riding good vibes. I’m a grateful golfer too, Jim 🙂