I am not sure if any of you have been forced to take time away from your game, but I experienced 4 months of force rest. During this period I tried to keep up with my game, but it was evident I was unsuccessful in my efforts. In my time back, I realized that I forgot how to play golf. During the 6 or 7 rounds I played, I had some good shots and many poor shots; but yesterday I seemed to grasp a fundamental lost in the back of my mind. What a difference it made and I am so glad that it is back.
It seems like a very little thing to remember one part of my swing, but it was the key to so many parts. At the start of my return, I was just happy to be able to swing a club. As things progressed, I started raise my expectations to a point where the start of my round yesterday, I actually started to keep score. Well, that lasted about five holes and my frustration level started to rise because I could not hit a fairway if I was standing on it.
As I walked around the sixth rough looking for my ball, I started to analyze what was wrong with my swing. I checked my stance, grip, ball position and it all looked normal. I was puzzled as to what was causing duck hooks, slices, fat shots, and thin tops. I was quite perplexed.
Finally on the 14th hole the magic happened. After hitting my second shot fat, I hit my 9 iron to within 5 feet. It was a magical shot from 135 yards or at least on that I am used to hitting. After my ball came to rest I thought about what was different and then it dawned on me: I kept my head still!
It was nothing more complicated than keeping my head in the same position throughout my entire swing. I was surprised that I never thought of it earlier, but that as the fix I was seeking. After finding the missing link to my swing, the rest of my round went extremely well. I was hitting my ball on line and, although I needed an extra club or two because of wind and cold, I was hitting to distance. All thanks to keeping my head still!
It was an amazing feeling that I was able to remember how to play golf. It is funny that it took weeks and many shots get on the right track. With only a few weeks left in the season, it is never too late to remember how to play golf. With a core fundamental fixed, I can focus on other aspects of my game before the snow flies.
Have you ever forgotten how to play golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!