One of the most frustrating aspects of my golf game is the ‘no trouble double’ bogey. You know the hole where you are not in any trouble, but you after hitting a couple of poor shots and then 3 jacking on the green, you walk towards the next hole muttering under your breath. Of all scores that frustrate me, the ‘no trouble double’ bogey is the worst.
Let me set the stage for you. It is a par 4, 350 yards from tee to green. There is not much trouble on the hole, but I still need to be in play off the tee. It is the 13th hole, dogleg left, at Osprey Links and during my last round, I decided to hit a 3-wood off the tee to play safe. Apparently, that was my first mistake.
With only 200 yards to the 150 yard marker, the 3 wood is normally the safest play. Well, after duffing my tee shot, I was 175 yards from the green. Still a reachable distance, however this particular shot plays about 185 because of the elevated green. Still well within my wheelhouse.
After hitting my second shot a bit fat, I was 20 yards from the green partly up the hill on the left of the green. I have been here before, so I grabbed my gap wedge and wanted to hit the ball just past the yellow pin. I hit it past alright; 45 feet past the pin. I still thought that an easy 2 putt for bogey was in the cards until I hit my first putt!
I completely miss read the put and left myself a 12 footer for bogey. My next putt rolled 8 inches past the hole on the left and I tapped in for a ‘no trouble double’ bogey. Lets just say that my walk to the 14th tee was a little warm because I was steamed at playing this easy hole so poorly.
Unfortunately holes like the 13th happen in my game. I am sure that from time to time they happen to you as well. I have no sage words of wisdom to offer on how to prevent it because I am do not know myself. However, how I react on my next shot I definitely can control.
While walking to the 14th tee I did have a few choice words from myself. However, before walking onto the 14th tee box, I push any negative thoughts away and prepared to play my next shot. This routine is something I have practiced for years. Each hole is a chance to start anew and walking on the tee box with a clear mind works wonders for my game. As it turned out, I striped my drive do the 14th fairway which led to a lip out on my birdie putt.
Understanding that ‘no trouble doubles’ happen; it is a part of golf. What I do next is what is important.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!