Many of you will say, “That’s very nice Monte,and?…” until you realize how bad it was. I went to the Pelz school (and other big named gurus) in the 90’s looking for the perfect way to do everything so I could get over the Q-school hump.
What I did was destroy my game. I first remember my feel being horrible at Q-school in 1999. I layed the sod over 5 or 6 easy chips and was pretty bad the whole week. I lipped out an 80 foot putt for eagle on the 72nd hole to miss by one.
Not hard to see where I could have saved a shot.
In the last 12 years I have ranged from the short game of a pro who needs to shore it up as the weak part of my game…to a short game a 20 handicap would make fun of.
Once, for a 3 month period, I chunked every 60 yard shot off a tight lie. There were also times I would have to run the ball up and/or putt on a basic shot for fear of a Starkist Chunky Tuna Special. Yes, I have been fighting the chip and pitch yips off and on for 12 years…which is sad since everyone who played with me in the early/mid 90’s will tell you this was a strength in my game.
EVERY chip/pitch I have hit for the last 12 years or so, my feel was bad and all good shots were talented hand manipulations. Because I wasn’t doing anything technically wrong, no one knew anything was wrong.
Not hard to see why my scores have suffered. It put pressure on my also declining ball striking and basically made all missed GIR a bogey or worse.
Wow, that was painful to write, but makes the return of my feel all the more gratifying.
I write this for two reasons. One, I am very excited that golf will be more fun for me. Two, don’t be so hard on yourselves, this game can crush anyone. You are not alone.
…and as I said once before, I will jump in the hole with you, because I have been in there and know the way out.
Some will say 12 years is a long time to take to figure it out. That is a fair point. The problem was I wasn’t doing anything incorrectly, so there was nothing to fix.
The problem was I was doing it incorrectly for ME, and something that subjective, is hard to fix. I have only had the right approach for two years. In other words, trying to figure out what was right for me, instead of forcing myself to do it the “right way.”
I have been doing it the right way for a while, but that feel did not work for me at anything but a slightly below adequate level.
I had to purge all of the garbage feels that had infested me. In other words, I had a lot of scar tissue to break down before I could begin the healing process.
I am hoping my chipping rehab is over.