(Tuesday and Wednesday are going to be a two and possibly larger series on the how to see if creating artificial lag, swinging inside/out, helping the ball in the air, etc. are affecting your swing…and how to fix it. The titles are “High and Low Hands” and “Close the Open Window.” Players of all skill levels and want of technical understanding will enjoy the posts and videos. They will be very informative and most likely very helpful to all. As I go through this journey of both technical and self discovery, the more I find out that the important factors in the golf swing are not what we are being told about by the mainstream golf gurus. These two videos/posts will deal with just before impact and impact…the only places that really matter.)
(back to today’s post)
It doesn’t matter if you are trying to breaking 90/80/70 for the first time or shoot multiple rounds int he 60’s as a pro, it’s all the same concept. If you are trying to break 90, all you have to do is find a way to make bogey on every hole. That is not difficult. If you are trying to shoot in the 60’s as a pro, all you have to do is birdie half the par 5’s, make one other putt and par the rest. Four days of that, you shoot 12 under and that makes you million and million of dollars. Again, not difficult.
If you are not achieving that level, you either don’t know how easy it is, or in some cases (like mine), you have forgotten how easy it.
When you are too busy grinding on your swing, you lose track of the main goal…shooting the lowest score possible. I have had this problem for a number of years and my main priority is to change this approach.
As soon as I am able to make this change, my scores will reflect it immediately and so will all of yours. Scoring is an intangible skill that only few are elite, but all can attain a satisfactory level of competence.
However, you can’t attain this skill if you are busy with a 14 step swing checklist. The range if for working on a 1 or 2 step swing checklist, the course is for working on how can you get it in the hole in as few strokes as possible.
I was actually decent at this skill this week. One would say, “Monte, if your scoring skill was great this week and you shot 147 for two days, you aren’t very good.”
That would be correct and incorrect at the same time. I was pretty much awful at every tangible facet of the game this last week.
Chipping…..B (I butchered a few really easy up and downs, but I made quite a few spectacular chips, so it about evens out to a B)
Putting…..B- (If green reading weren’t a part of this, I would have gotten an A, but it is, so B-)
Here is what is important for me and all of you. For 27 holes I kept it at even par. I only let the round get away from me when I started to press for birdies and made a few physical mistakes (OB, water ball and 3-putts when I got overly aggressive trying to make birdie).
I kept it at even par when I basically had nothing for one reason. I was trying to play golf, instead of making golf swings. If I can keep this up and only improve to the B range in all areas of my game, the mid to high 60’s are not far off and neither is the low end of your scoring range if you forget about executing swings.
EDITED: This is a big part of it as well
Posted by Bob34 on August 2, 2010 at 6:58 am edit
What I don’t understand is why it can seem easy and then the wheels just fall off? gwlee and I played Saturday and I cruised in on the front 9 with a 39 which is decent for me. I didn’t have any swing thoughts. Then the wheels fell off. I’d have atleast 1 bad shot per hole and the bogies started pileing up. I never did start thinking about how to swing the club but all the sudden all manner of bad stuff showed up, fats, thins, hooks, fades, it was ugly & I’m not sure what the heck happened…
Posted by Monte Scheinblum on August 2, 2010 at 8:41 am edit
Bob, you have just asked the important question. The answer is, sometimes we are just bad golfers. It’s all relative, but from Tiger, all the way down to the worst beginner, we just don’t have it sometimes.
This usually creates a need to “fix” something and we must fight that urge to make a change every time we have one bad round or stretch of holes.
Now if it becomes a trend, then some maintenance might be required.