Every golfer has a weak point in their game. If you asked, I am sure many would have several…..I know I do. This being the case, we develop other skills to protect against our weaknesses and hopefully are smart enough to manage our golf shots protect our overall golf score. Unfortunately there are days when no matter what we do or how which plan we use that day, nothing seems to help. That is when the chink in our golf armour really shines through like a beacon of light in a dark room.
This particular aspect of my game ebbs and flows. I feel it is the area of my game the suffers the most by being a member at a single golf course. I love playing at Osprey Links, but I know for the most part what club I am going to use on every hole. Of course, I mix it up from time to time, but generally my strategy remains the same. I just have to hit the ball properly to succeed.
The hole in my course management skills really comes to light when I play a different golf course. I sometimes overlook the necessity to focus on what I want as the next shot and just bash away. This has hurt my scores over the years and something that has not really improved over the years. Unfortunately, I play very few golf courses other than my home track that I do not see this improving anytime soon.
As a known limitation, I rely on my shots off the tee and my short game to make up for my other weaknesses in my game. Hitting the ball straight, for the most part, works well to stay in play, but knowing how far to hit it is important as well. Some courses I have played in the past forced me to work the ball or be faced with a long approach shot. I have my ball through a fairway many times because I did not stop and think for a minute on what shot I need/want after my tee shot. If only Ben Hogan sat on my shoulder when I played!
Weaknesses in our golf game is nothing new. I have several others (relatively speaking) and continuously work to improve. It is a golf journey I enjoy and as such helps provide endless enjoyment when swinging a golf club. Additionally, this path of self-improvement helps fix the chinks in my golf armour so I can be a better player and not have to suffer the frustration of preventable poor scores.
Do you have a chink in your golf armour?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!