There will be a lot of comments and judgements on today’s post, but it is an honest assessment of where I am. It is based on how I feel and what I am seeing.
My swing is great. Looks great, feels great and produces great shots. Except when I short circuit because I don’t like the feel of something or the look of the shot. My turn stalls, I steer the crap out of it and hit a shot a 32 handicap would break a club over.
As I said several weeks ago, my feel in my chipping has returned and although the touch isn’t perfect yet, it is improving every day.
Putting is hilarious. I bomb in 20 footers one after another, or spend the day two putting, even from 8-10 feet.
Starting today, I will be attempting to qualify for the next 3 PGA Events. The Farmer’s (Torrey Pines), Phoenix and The Northern Trust (Riviera).
For Tour events you have to play in a wild open qualifier on Thursday and if you make it, you advance to Monday with the other qualifiers and basically join PGA players who are not exempt…for 4 spots in the event. The “pre-qualifying” on Thursday is like 80 players for 6-8 spots to Monday…or something like that. There are 4 different qualifiers this week, so 300+ are trying.
My game is exciting and scary.
If you told me I was going to shoot 68 today, 66 Monday and make the cut at Torey Pines…I would absolutely believe it. As dumb and far fetched as it sounds, I am playing that well.
If you told me I would hit a poor shot (the 2nd and 3rd holes on this course always give me fits) that left the golf course early in the round, I never got on track and just spiraled down to struggle to break 80, I would believe that too.
Sounds like hyperbole at both ends, but it really isn’t. More than likely I will play solid and shoot 70-73. This course is pretty straight forward with the exception of #2 and #3, but the greens are really tough and if your distance control is a bit off, it’s hard to go low. You need to hit the ball on the correct side of the hole…and you can’t have the hooks off the tee. OB left of every fairway and less than 5 yards from the fairway on most holes.
I have spent so much time trying to re-find my swing and not a perfect swing, I am still a little schizo on the golf course.
My practice round on Tuesday is a perfect example. I spent 15 holes hitting 320 yard lasers, irons all over the flag and chips and putts that looked like a pro was hitting them…I spent the other 3 hitting the ball OB on a wide open driving hole, a 2-iron OB and a 4 putt when I hit the ball on the wrong side of the hole.
8-under on the good 15, 5-over on the bad three.
It’s not pressure or lack of focus, it just is. I have spent the last 6 months shooting 65 or less followed by 73 or 76.
I am almost like a reformed drug addict who sees a crack dealer (a shot that doesn’t fit my eye) and I fall off the wagon.
A lot of hand wringing, but it’s how I feel. What can I say? I believe a time were I won’t be such a schizo is not far off, but it is still here. The bad memory of so many bad rounds and bad shots has not left me yet. A good start probably leads to 60 something and a trip to Monday. A bad start…well, I have experience handling those…get mad and start swinging hard…LOL.
My approach to the swing and to golf works and it will work for me.
Before you rush to judge me, criticize me or rah rah me, just remember, a lot of players who had better resumes than I, have fallen to the depths and never tried to get it back.
I don’t want credit for trying, but I want some time to fail until I succeed…and I will.