With three 9 hole rounds under my belt, I completely understand why golf is a challenge. For the most part, I am playing poorly with some glimmering shots of hope. And to make things worse, I did hurt my elbow and have to take a few days off to let it heal. So what else could go wrong, I mean really! Does any of this sound familiar? If it does, perhaps I need to revisit why I play golf.
All joking aside, golf does present many challenges during any one round. My round yesterday was a perfect example. I would play several holes poorly and several well and then a couple poorly. I was the perfect example of being inconsistent golfer. But, I choose to focus on the brighter aspects of my game.
After playing a smooth 6 over for the first 4 holes (2 doubles and 2 bogeys), I realized that I was not hitting my ball with any consistency; I was all over the place. And I found out the cause, I was standing too close to the ball. With all the chipping I did in the off season, I unintentionally crept closer to the ball on address. After the fourth hole, I realized my issue and made the adjustment.
My next 3 holes went par, birdie, par. These three holes were akin to my play a few years ago. On each hole, I made a great shot. The first hole I was down the middle, GIR for sure (7 iron from 155 past the hole by 10 feet) and 2 easy putts for par. The second hole I hit my two best shot with a gap wedge from a 100 yards to with in 6 feet and made the putt for birdie. The next hole was a par 5. My best shot was from the fairway with my 3 hybrid to 100 yards in the middle of the fairway; three solid shots later, I tapped in for par.
So you can see that not everything was bad. I actually had a good time and played well for part of the time. However, my golfing exploits were not the focus of my day. It was to assess my physical conditioning moving forward. Well, I am not doing too bad, but still get tired while walking. I am not sure I am ready for walking 18 holes yet, but I am hoping that time will fix that. Unfortunately, I did hurt my right elbow. So, it is time to take care of this issue before it becomes a real issue.
Yesterdays round was not all bad. I do not like to complain about poor play, but that in itself does not mean golf is challenging. What it means is that my game has peaks and valleys just like everyone else. How can I be disappointed so soon in my golf season…..the truth is I just can’t because I am a grateful golfer!