Yesterday, I played a good round of golf, yet did not score well. I finished with a 79 and felt that I could have scored a great deal lower. I started off worse than normal, but after a few breakfast balls 😉 we started our round. Running to the first tee after 5 days of house renos left me a little tight, but I quickly loosened up. Anyway, without complaining about my start, I hit the ball well for most of the round. I did however, struggle with two clubs and I really felt like the should be relegated to the penalty box (sin bin). They let me down and cost me at least five strokes.
The first club that needed to stay in my bag was my eight iron. Normally a very steady club for me, I found that I had the lefts with this club yesterday. My first three approach shots from 145 to 155 yards finished left of the green and two were short. Now chipping for birdie, I was fortunate enough to shot two up and down for par and finished one for bogey. After a bunch of holes (six I think) I had another opportunity and was let down again but missing the green. This last shot with my eight iron the last straw and I thought about benching this iron. Fortunately, I did not have to use it again, so I think my game stepped in and benched it for me.
My next club that needed to go the penalty box was my putter. I realize that can not put my putter in the sin bin, but man did I ever want to use a different club on the greens. Without going through the long drawn out details, I can sum my round up like this: I had 10 birdie putts; I missed all ten and seven of them missed by six inches or less……all short! Yup, I could not get the ball to the hole even though I was telling myself that I needed to hit the ball past the hole. Well, it never really happened and being short on seven straight in birdie putts cost me at least 3 if not 4 strokes. Believe me if it was any other club, the penalty box would have had a visitor for sure.
Suggesting that I do not use clubs because I am hitting them poorly is a bit with tongue in cheek. I would rarely bench any club because of poor play, but sometimes I have doubted my club selection and have clubbed up and hit softer in order to avoid using a club I am hitting poorly that day, but this is a rare thing. I believe that if I am going to carry 14 clubs, I should use 14 clubs if the need arises. However, hitting club poorly, repeatedly, does make me think about sending it to the penalty box or sin bin.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!