Golf is like a roller coaster. There are highs and lows that will make your stomach turn in every direction. Like all sports, some days are special and others need are quickly forgotten. Currently, I am riding a 4 round spree of great golf. My scores are low, my consistency is solid and I am confident with ever shot. I am riding a wave of great golf.
This type of positive play happens a couple of times a year. Generally, the first one starts a bit earlier, but due to the weather I have not played as regular as I had hoped. Regardless, my good play is now here and I hope to ride it as long as possible.
Playing well for me is very simple. I have a high GIR percentage (around 75%) and I am putting well (no 3-putts). Combining these two stats always results in low golf scores. Over the past 4 rounds, I averaged 2.5 strokes over par and I am on the cusp of dropping my handicap index back in to the 4.8 range. If I shoot well on my next two outings, I will be on my way to where I expect my handicap to be at this time of year.
If I had to pick something specific that has elevated my play lately, I would have to choose my ball striking with my short irons, excluding my wedges. Hitting my 7 through PW has greatly improved over the past 4 rounds. Surprisingly, I only made one small adjustment that resulted in terrific gains. I moved my ball back in my stance 1 inch. That is it. This small change is what I looked for from the beginning of the year. I am not sure why my ball was out of alignment with these clubs, but now that I am aware, I will stay focused on keeping my ball in the proper position during setup.
It is easy to be a grateful golfer when the stars align on the golf course. However, similar to a previous post on conceive, believe and achieve, I must be willing to accept the positive results and not doubt this gift from the golf gods.
Moving forward, I will focus on the emotion of playing well. I will remember the feeling of making great shots and recall that feeling if things start to go awry. Remember the feeling of success is as important as remembering the process of success. They are intertwined and I will continue to capitalize on my current wave of playing great golf.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
This article was written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.