I was pleased the way I hit it. Losing weight and getting in better shape really helped.
Looking back, I was a non-factor last year, even though I finished 11th.
I was a legitimate threat to win this year. No one wanted me in the match play as they all know I am going to put a big ball out there every time.
It was disappointing my two best balls left the grid by a couple feet and would have advanced, but it all makes sense now.
When I pulled the handle hard, I delivered a block swing. When I got my right shoulder out. The ball started 5-8 yards more left.
I have been conditioned to aim down the left side and swing hard. After that improvement in my swing two weeks ago, that is no longer the case. I hit in stalls 2 and 3 in the first four rounds and my alignment and ball flights were perfect.
I was in stall number 1 on the far left in the quarters and just plain aimed too far left with a slight right to left wind.
Had I even aimed 5 yards more right, I might have been rejoicing in a victory.
However, having read Steven King’s book 11-22-63, I learned changing things for the better, doesn’t always change things for the better.
For all I know, if those two big balls i hit (365 and 370) don’t kick out and I advance…Brian Pavlet could have last balled me in the finals again and that would have been even more painful on the 20 year anniversary of when he did it the first time.
I will be back stronger next year. I have only touched the surface of being in better physical shape.
I went from 130 mph max last year to 135 this year only working out hard for three months.
With my efficient spin, launch angle, landing angle, etc…if I can get to the high 130s or even 140…
Since I’m still a little bitter about not advancing further, I feel the need to beat a dead horse.
Tiger’s swing is horrendous.