Is Intent Important To Your Golf Game

Intent is an important part of life. I am a strong believer that intent can change virtually all aspects of our lives if we make a conscious effort to make a change. Golf is no different! Kevin, an avid reader of The Grateful Golfer, set me a video from Mark Crossfield. It showed how Crossfield was able to fly his ball over a bunker that in the past would have been the landing area. This video was fun to watch so I decided to search out the video behind the video to see if what Crossfield was doing was repeatable by us mere mortals. After watching it in its entirety, I felt that was definitely worth sharing and discussing. It core teaching point from the video is how the intent to change our golf game is the critical factor to success.

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Being Grateful For Golf and Life

My motivation to play golf this year is as high as normal. I think about all the fun times I could be having on the course when I get a minute to think. This year, I have a few more life things going on that is preventing me from maximizing my time on my new course. This current trend is nothing new for all golfers as we try to juggle our regular lives with the time commitment to play golf. With all that is going on, I wonder if I should close a few golf doors in order to reduce the pull of activity from other sources.

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Dropping A Golf Hint To Yourself

Do you talk to yourself when playing golf? If you are like me, there are times when I have a whole conversation about my game in just six inches of real estate. Sometimes I am admonishing myself and others I am giving offering a pep talk. Before you start laughing at me, you know you all do it! And there are those rare moments when I drop a hint on how to play the next shot. Yes, dropping a hint is actually an important part of my game and I try to use it when the time right!

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Bring On 2016

Norwood Golf Course 3 Nov 14 (12)

2016 is going to be an awesome golfing year! I am a grateful golfer!

2016 is going to be an awesome year! The first day of any new adventure brings the hope and confidence of something great to come! I am excited to renew my quests and to commence many new ones. 2016 will be a year of change; changes that I embrace and will meet will a positive, focused, and grateful attitude!

2016 is going to an awesome year!  It is a year full of hope and endless possibilities.  I believe that our destiny is in our own hands.  We all have the ability to create the future we want.  The only thing that stops us form achieving our goals is ourselves. Golf is but one avenue for us all to achieve greatness!

As 2016 unfolds, I am looking forward to all the exciting adventures coming my way. I am anxiously anticipating working through all the challenges, sharing positive experiences and hearing from The Grateful Golfer community!

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

Back In the Hunt on Day 2

Glen Abbey (23)

Hitting it straight off the tee

I am back in the hunt after day 2 of our 3 day, 54 hole military golf tournament. As previously posted, the current stroke-play event is to determine who will represent our Wing at the Ontario Regional Golf Championship in July. So after two days, I am tied for third. Top 5 make the team.

Yesterday was a round of, well, it was hard to describe. I actually played well for 14 holes. The other 4 holes, I was 9-over! Up, 9-over! I finished the day with an 86. Not my best day. The weakest part of my game was driving, long irons, and chipping. My putting was quite good and it saved me from scoring my higher. We also used the lift-clean-place through the greens local rule. It had rained a fair bit and the course condition warranted this decision. Unfortunately, this helpful rule did not help me.

For those who do not know the lift-clean-place rule

 “Adverse conditions, including the poor condition of the course or the existence of mud, are sometimes so general, particularly during winter months, that the Committee may decide to grant relief by temporary Local Rule either to protect the course or to promote fair and pleasant play. The Local Rule should be withdrawn as soon as the conditions warrant.”Rules of Golf, Appendix I; Part B; Section 3b. As this article outlines, the USGA does not like it, but it is a rule nonetheless.

Basically, we were allowed to pick up the ball, clean it, and place the ball within 6 inches of its original condition; no closer to the hole. Additionally, if you are in the rough, you must stay in the rough.

Today, I was the best round of the year. Except for the triple on the 5 hole, I shot even par. Yup, I shot a 75. Everything was smooth; I was in play all day; and my approach shots were deadly. I shot a 41 (with the triple) / 34 with 3 birdies and a bogey. The ball was on target most of the time and my misses were close. Overall, I am extremely happy with the results.

Tomorrow I will play in the last group. I am right in the middle of the 5 players required to make up the team. I am 4 strokes behind first place and 4 strokes ahead of fifth place. The plan tomorrow is to follow what I did today. The goal is to make the team so taking needless chances is definitely not in the books for tomorrow.

I want to thank everyone who sent me positive comments, great tips, and quick notes of encouragement! I am grateful for the support and tomorrow will be a day to play well and continue to have fun.

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