People talk about the finals of Q-school as being the 5th major, but I find the 2nd stage even more important than the finals.
Once you make the finals, even if you shoot in the 80’s for 6 days, you at least get status on the Nationwide Tour. Even if your status is low, all you have to do is get in one tournament, make the cut and you get in many of the events the rest of the year.
If you miss at second stage, you have nothing. This was a painful lesson I learned for a few years. If I had conditional status, I would have gotten into every event but one in 1994. Instead, I spent all of the mid 90’s qualifying on Monday.
Almost everyone at second stage has either been on the PGA Tour or Natiownide Tour before, so they are all good players.
I am hoping this is a good sign. 2nd stage of Q-school this year is on my favorite course on the West Coast. The Bayonet in Seaside on the Monterey Peninsula.
I am hoping I get control of my game and my confidence (that bordered on arrogance) back. I have all of the physical tools necessary to play good again and I am getting more comfortable with my swing quickly, but several years of bad play has me in a less than ideal mental state about my game.
I just need to play my way back into a good and confident attitude. I find this an important concept for all of you. There is merit in improving your swing, but there is no merit in grinding on every detail of your swing and not working on getting yourself confident in your ability to hit good shots and play the game. A good swing is only part of that…and a good swing is only a swing that you feel good about. My swing was “perceived” as technically perfect for a number of years, but I felt terrible about it.
Learn from my mistake. I certainly have.