For some reason, I stopped doing certain aspects of my golf game that are proven to be very successful. Does this ever happen to you? It is challenging and frustrating at the same time to relearn the same golf lessons.There are many reasons for having to go back to your roots, but lately I seem to be a victim of my own foolishness.
As you are aware, I like looking at all aspects of golf and sometimes I get lost in the labyrinth of the journey! Many paths lead to a dead-end, but now and then I strike it rich. Lately, my game has not been where I think it should be, but my recent adventure with pre-round visualization has opened my eyes and I am ready, like the phoenix rising from the ashes, to re-invigorate some of my past successes.
Before we start, understand this is not a vain attempt to regain past glories or an admission of defeat, but a realization that my some of my old techniques are still valid for my game today.
During my round yesterday, I kept stats on fairways hit, putts, GIR, sand saves and scramble percentage. It was these stats that started my analytical review and realization that I needed to go back to my basics. During the round, this is how the raw stats stacked up:
- Fairways hit: 14 of 18
- Greens in Regulation: 7 of 18
- Sand Saves: 2 of 3
- Scramble Percentage: 6 of 11
- Putts: 29
Immediately, all eyes will go to the GIR stat and say that is my problem. I agree, it was very poor yesterday, but not a reason to panic because my scramble percentage was above 50%. I would normally have a better GIR percentage so not to worry.
Fairways hit, sand saves, and putts were pretty good, but what was the missing piece? What you do not know (because you needed to be there) was how poorly I putted. The first 12 holes, I was not even close on many of the initial putts (2 putting 8 of 12 greens). Sometimes, I would miss the hole by 18 inches left or right! This was atypical of my short game.
Believe it or not, collecting all these stats started me thinking (not always a good idea on the golf course) that golf should not be this hard. So I decided to make an immediate change and my putting routine was the only thing available at the time. So I went back to the basics and used my old putting routine.
Immediately, I noticed positive results. During the last 6 holes I one-putted 3-times and was left with tap ins for the other 3. The three that I missed, I was past the hole and lipped out each time. It was like being re-acquainted with an old friend. I am pumped to hit the links soon and keep using my new/old putting routine.
I learned a valuable lesson yesterday. As I continue to experiment with new techniques to reach my goal as a scratch golfer, I need to ensure that I do not forget what got me here in the first place. The real trick to all of this is to give the new techniques a reasonable chance to improve my game, but if it does not – back to the basics.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!