Fall golf does have a tendency to reek havoc on my golf game. As I generally play 4 times a week with no more than a two day layoff between games, my golf game stays pretty sharp most of the time. However, due to the weather challenges and life commitments, I can go 4 or 5 days without swinging a club. I do have my practice area at my house, but generally I am busy or the weather does not cooperate to make it of any use. Alas, when I have a prolong break, I notice rust starting to form. Does this happen to you?
The first area that starts to noticeably decline is my short game approach shots from 110 to 50 yards. For some reason, my normal feel changes; it is like I am wearing winter mittens. I cannot seem judge my distances very well, thus leaving very long putts for birdie (or par) or I am chipping again. It really is frustrating.
Yesterday was a perfect example. After 4 days of no golf, I played in a 4-person scramble with some friends. The ground was very wet and that added to my poor play. I felt like I was digging a hole every time I hit an approach shot. I did hit a few good shots, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again. It really was not a pretty day for my short game; thankfully, the of my golf game rest was fine.
It is fairly easy to knock off the rust at this time of year, but the real way to prevent it for showing up in the first place is to play more. I cannot complain about my 2020 golf season considering COVID delayed its start until the last week in May. I am grateful for the blessings in my life and a little bit of rust is not going to change that!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!