Golf is an amazing game that requires a great deal of knowledge and understanding to play well. I do have to say that “well” is a relative term. It seems that we are all on the ‘three steps forward – two steps back’ path to success sometimes, until it stops. Then it starts all over again and the process moving forward can be slow in challenging. It is as if I forget how to play golf from time to time. Unfortunately, playing in a two person senior scramble was on of those times for my game!
During the scramble yesterday most aspects of my game worked very well. Hitting the ball off the tee and putting was above the norm. My second shots and approach shots from 100 yards out (and farther) were acceptable. Where I struggled was around the green. Anything inside of 75 yards was a struggle. After playing great two days before, I was surprised to find that my touch completely disappeared. Rick and I struggled all day trying to get the ball close enough to have a legit chance at birdie/par. It was if I forgot how to hit the ball in the scoring range and I am not sure I understand why this happens.
Golfing is an interesting sport that requires every player to keep their mind engaged. Regardless of the shot, understanding the influencers (like lie, pin position, and dampness to name a few) is important to executing the proper shot. In my case, I have a process (pre-shot routine) that works more often than not. Unfortunately, I sometimes forget what I am doing and brain runs off into the nearest hazard. It is not that I intentionally forget my processes, it just seems to happen.
I wish I had the answer to my challenges, but alas this is not so. It is like my brain goes blank (during yesterday’s match play) and I forget how to chip successfully. This is a challenge for most amateurs face from time to time. I am reaching out to you readers for a potential solution I can share with the greater grateful golfer community. Thanks in advance.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!