Archive for August, 2013

August 26, 2013

Finding a Go to Shot

I got a chance to play a brand new course last week and I was quite excited prior to the round. The anticipation of playing a new challenging course always gets me fired up, but I was playing with my boss and I really wanted to impress him. Prior to the round I decided to pull up the scorecard off of the course’s website and figure out exactly what clubs I would hit off of each tee to give me the best approach shot to fit my game. I wrote it all out, hole by hole and put it in my golf bag so I would be ready to execute once I stepped on the first tee. That’s about as long as my plan lasted.

My first tee shot was on a relatively short par 5 and I pulled my driver out, not taking into account how small the landing area for my driver distance really was. I quickly pulled my tee shot left into the tall grass and never saw it again. I had to re-tee with my 3 wood and almost got to the green on my next shot with a 4 iron. That was my first wasted shot of the day. The next hole was a long par 4 and I felt the need to make up for my first bad tee shot. Again, I pulled my driver left, and my approach shot.

That was it. I abandoned my plan. Two holes of nervous pulls was enough for me. I quickly realized I didn’t have control of my golf ball and I needed to find it quick. I stuffed the driver in the bag and went to my 3 wood. Since I had been pulling the ball I went to an exaggerated cut shot. Instantly I felt like I could control my ball much better on a tight course. I also knew I wasn’t going to be hitting the ball as far so I clubbed up on most of my shots which actually led to a less stressful swing.

In the end, I didn’t score the way I wanted to, but put up a respectable round. The course was much tighter than advertised and I paid the price on a few holes. The moral of my round was definitely finding a shot I felt I could control. As soon as the ball started going left on me I knew I was in trouble and had to find a way to dial it back. Once I found that control it was back to just playing golf. The game is much more fun that way.

August 15, 2013

Favorite Golf Quotes

I recently spent some time reading through some golf quotes looking for something to latch on to as motivation for the last part of the golf season. I didn’t find the motivational quote I was looking for, but I did find some gems. There is something special about Golf and the way people communicate about it. The quotes below are some of my favorites and I felt like sharing. Does anyone have a favorite quote or some good ones I missed?

“If there is one thing I have learned during my years as a professional, it is that the only thing constant about golf is its inconstancy.”
– Jack Nicklaus

“One reason golf is such an exasperating game is that a thing we learned is so easily forgotten, and we find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and again.”
– Bobby Jones

“This is a game of misses. The guy who misses the best is going to win.”
– Ben Hogan

“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”
– Sam Snead

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”
– Arnold Palmer