Putting Golf Clubs In the Penalty Box

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.

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Failing To Capitalize On A Great Golf Shot

How many times have we failed to capitalize on a great golf shot? I am confident I cannot count that high! And yesterday’s round was a perfect example of how I added to the tally. It was crazy that when I made three great shots, my expectations for a great hole rose immediately. Unfortunately, the next shot brought me rocketing back to earth. I cannot complain because ultimately shot a 79, but I cannot help think that I left some many strokes out on the course. But, that is always the way…..right?

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Ouch, That Hurts!

Have you ever swung a golf club and felt the vibration of the shot through your whole body. I know we feel many miss hits in our hands or arms, but a whole body awakening is a rare thing. I have felt a few of these through the years, but only on in 2020. It was in the fall and things were a bit cool, but not overly cold; so, the temperature really did not have anything to do with the shock of my shot. It actually was something different.

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Everything Comes In Threes on the Golf Course

Have you ever wondered why a strek of poor play is continues without any logical  reason. We will be playing well, then suddenly we cannot hit the broad side of a barn from 3 feet away. Then as quickly, out swing returns and we are on the right track again. I case you were wondering, you caught a case of the threes!

When I catch a case ot the threes, I generally shoot a double or triple. If ill be playing well, then suddenly then dreaded double rears its ugly head.

For example, I am playing well for 13 holes, I am confident that I can continue my good play. Then suddenly, I miss hit my drive and pull it left on this dog leg right hole. Without a real shot at the green, I choose to the smart play and aim to hit up to 25 yards tonthe green. As I make contact I realize that I am hitting fat from a fairly decent lie. This has not happened all day.

Now, I am 60 years from the green sitting directly behind a huge sand trap. Thinking I can still make par, I select my sand wedge and proceed to thin my shot into the lip of the trap. Fortunately it did not plug and rolled down to the bottom on the trap.

With an eight foot uphill shot, I steel myself and hit a smooth clean shot to about 12 feet from the pin. I was extremely happy with this recovery shot considering the last three strokes. After a lip out first putt, I walked off the green with a dreaded double because I caught a case of the threes!

Unfortunately, the above scenario happens more often that want or expect. The case of the threes is something many amateurs are prone to without any notice. There is no cure, we just have to raise our chin and play through it. It is something I hope I never experience again, but unfortunately this is just a hope. Have you ever caught a cases of the threes?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Picking The Wrong Golf Shot

Golf is a continual adventure of choices. Not matter what golf shot you plan to make, there are always choices. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly repeatedly comes to mind. And just because the situation forces you to make an ugly shot, does not mean it is not the correct course of action. Yet sometimes, I get excited about the possibilities success that guide me to make the wrong golf shot. It is a lesson I relearn from time to time, but less frequently with the more experience I gain by using my course management processes.

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