If you are in pursuit of a better golf game, then change is something that must be part of your process. I know for me, it sure is and recently I owe a debt of gratitude to my friend Andre for advising me to step out side of my comfort zone. His sage guidance is already starting to pay off and I only see better things ahead in my golfing future.
My current evolution is actually quite dramatic and has recently started to take shape. It all began with the purchase of my new Mizuno MP20 irons and Mizuno 3 and 4 hybrids. I purchased these clubs because I wanted to ‘pin hunt’ more from 150 yards. I felt that I needed to be more aggressive on my approach shots so, I gravitated away from distance irons. After playing 10 rounds this year, I can say that my choice of new equipment was excellent.
However, the best equipment in the world is not the definitive answer to all my problems. This is where Andre pokes his head up and challenges my long entrenched approach to course management. He suggested that, given my current game and handicap, my golf game would benefit from being more aggressive in my approach to looping the links. I actually took some time to think about his suggestion and decided to give it a try.
The first area, for now, that I decided to increase my aggressive attitude to my game was on my approach shots. I decided to try and hit the exact pin distance in order to narrow my first putt distance on a tick in the GIR stat. I can say with honesty, that this has been met with mixed success. My current average for first putt distance is 20 feet. I am hoping to shorten that distance to 15 feet by mid-July as I continue to attack the pin.
By adopting the aggressive approach shot mentality I have hit the ball past the pin more times than I did all last year! Some have flown the green, but I take comfort in knowing that as I become more aware of how my new clubs actually fly, I will be able to rectify my distance woes. It is just a matter of time and practice.
I want to thank Andre for challenging my golf game. He has opened a door that might have remained shut because I was too blind to see! Golf is about evolution and expanding our own boundaries. Right now, I am pushing he envelope of approach shots to improve my GIR!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!