I have recently decided to play two balls as I loop my new nine hole course. I realize it is not the same as playing a full 18 holes, but for now it works for what I am trying to achieve. Right now I am balancing the time I spend on the links with the mountain of yard work that I want to complete. I use two different makes of golf balls and hit which ever is farthest from the green. I keep the different scores and track my shots. I have found out a couple things and have made some changes that is helping me evaluate my game and hopefully take it to the next level.
Here is what is happening. I hit the same distance with each club. I hit my driver to within 10 yards 8 times out of ten. I hit my 3 wood almost the same distance every time and my approach use the same club. As you can see, hitting the same club to the same distance does not really help my game much. I already know this information, so I was thinking how to can make it more of an advantage to my game.
I decided to mix things up. I decided to hit my 3 hybrid instead of a 3 wood. I worked at shaping the ball more and clubbing down on approach shots. I know I talked about the last shot making technique before and decided to use it with earnest. I am also hitting a variety of clubs when chipping around the green and found that my beloved 7 iron will not work well on my new course. By changing my traditional club selection I am working my game with surprising results. Now, when hitting two balls, I am forcing myself into unique/different shots that break from my traditional approach to playing. And I am all for the better…..I think.
I will have to continue working on my new approach to playing golf at Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort. It is a work in progress, but I think I am finding my way forward. More to follow.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!