I bet you were expecting something else from my daily musings than what I am indicating from the title. I bet if you did a quick search, you would be overwhelmed by the number of articles claiming they have the answer to everything. As you know, from reading many of my articles, I like to talk golf and most of my conclusions are things that work for me; and I like sharing my thoughts with you just in case they are helpful. Believe it or not, I know how to hit a poor golf shot 100% of the time and this might be the most important piece of information I have ever shared at The Grateful Golfer.
Golf is a tough sport. Being able to consistently hit solid golf shots is actually a thing of beauty to watch. However, hitting the ball poorly most of the time is like scratching your fingernails on a chalkboard. You can only stand it for a few seconds!
During my round yesterday, my chipping from around the green was horrendous. I could not get the ball within 3 feet from between 15 and 20 yards, even if I had 100 chances. I was hitting the ball so poorly that I stop myself from changing the way I chip right there on the golf course. I hit every chip thin and as a result my ball waved at the hole as it shot by to 10 feet. Actually, I was hitting most of my iron shots that way and now that I have had a chance to think about it, I know why!
I was placing the ball too far back in my stance and the leading edge of my irons was hitting in the middle of the ball before anything else. My ball was positioned about inch too far back in my stance…..for some reason…..and as a result nothing was hit well. So, I think I can reasonably say that I know how to hit a golf shot poorly!
I was taught a life lesson a long time ago that we rarely learn anything beneficial if we don’t make any mistakes. I can say with authority that I learned from my mistakes from yesterday. I understand that my ball position is critical to playing solid golf, so today I am going to focus on my pre-shot routine to ensure my ball is in the proper position.
There is always something to learn from consistently hitting poor golf shots. The trick for me is not to panic and to objectively analyze what needs to improve without thinking I am in avalanche of poor play.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!