I have said for a while that I am a bit trapped in between my new simple swing and my old, more established, cliche and fad ridden swing that was grossly inconsistent.
In addition, I have said that in between shots and shots that don’t fit my eye bring out the old swing…as old bad habits will rear their ugly head under pressure and discomfort with a shot.
To digress a moment, my father-in-law is one of the most positive people I have ever met. I call him the American Male Mary Poppins. The worst thing I ever heard him say about someone was he called someone “unprofessional,” referring to a marshal that was a complete ass to us at Harding Park in San Francisco. He loves everything about golf and finds beauty in every hole he plays no matter how stupid the hole it is.
Yesterday we played a course that neither one of us had played in 10 years and we regretted our bad memories. He used the F-word several times when defaming some of the holes on this course. Finally, on 16, he said this was the worst course he had ever played.
I like to offer my opinions on golf course design, having nothing to do with having to play the course in front of you during a tournament. I don’t have to play this course in a tournament, so I will say…they should do the opposite to Hidden Valley Golf Club in Norco, CA that they did to industry Hills Golf Club in the City of Industry.
At Industry Hills, they turned a landfill into a golf course.
Anyway, on to me being exposed. I have been working hard to simplify my swing and get “unstuck.” I have been teetering back and forth. Today on a course where every single shot, especially off the tee, is so unpleasing to look at, I was never comfortable to hit any shot. When you stand on #9 at Pebble, it is a difficult tee shot, but they way it was designed, it just invites you visually to stripe it down the middle with a little cut off the bunker.
Most of the shots at Hidden Valley, invite you to steer the ball as the fear of hitting it the way you want and losing your ball enters your mind by the 5th or 6th hole.
OK, now on to the important issue. I found today that I needed to take drastic measures to get my swing out from under the plane so I can contend with abominations like this, as the course shouldn’t matter to a player at my skill level.
It finally dawned on me that I really needed to get that window closed a lot quicker. I did and I played the last 5 holes (some of the worst on the course), 4 under.
Whoever told me a few weeks ago to play courses that I hated and made me uncomfortable, had the right idea.
The point of all of this…being under the plane stinks and all of this anti over the top and lag culture we live in has us all under the plane. I don’t care if Peter Kostis gets me on swing vision and says I would have made the Tour sooner if I wasn’t so steep/over the top, etc…I am tired of being stuck and being an underachiever.
WOW…That felt really good…now I just need to start shooting low again, so Peter Kostis can make fun of my swing and I can give him a metaphorical wedgie in the press room.