Yesterday’s round went as expected. I hit some very good shots; hit some mediocre shots; and hit some poor shots. The two poor shots I have in mind were set up exactly the same and I missed in the same way. I am very disappointed because these poor shots turned easy birdie chances to scrambling pars. Let me set it up for you!
The first poor shot was on a par 5 from 75 yards. I hit a great drive and a solid 3-wood to be sitting in a great position to sit up my next shot for an easy birdie chance. I pulled my 52° Gap Wedge for a smooth, controlled knock down approach shot. Well, I went deeper than I had hoped and was left with a 15 yard up and down for par.
My second poor shot….wait. Read the above paragraph. It happened exactly the same way; I mean exactly. It was on the second par 5 of the front 9.
The second shot was a hundred times more frustrating than the first. I could not believe that I flubbed the shot again. Not only was it frustrating, I was a bit in shock because it happened twice in the exact same way. I even stood of the second shot thinking what I did wrong the first time and made corrections….well, I thought I did anyway.
To be fair, I do not really mind making a poor shot from time to time. It is part of golf and although I have a 3.3 handicap index, poor shots still show up. The important part is I respond after the poor shot. In the case of the situation above, I bogeyed the first par 5 and shot par on the second. The trick is not to let frustrating shots have lasting affects on my score.
If you are wondering, on both missed shots I was standing too close to the ball. This happens sometimes when I am attempting a knock down shot. I am still working on this particular shot since I decided to use it more this year. It is all good and now I have something to work on over the long winter months.
Golfing this time of year has it challenges. But, yesterday was exceptional because the weather was perfect and my friends and I had some great conversation. How can I complain when playing golf in conditions like that!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!