Because I like the way it feels, I like the results and I don’t want to nitpick it…I want to establish it a little better.
I had a funny round on Wednesday. Half the shots I was swinging well and the other half, I reverted terribly…LOL.
Right now if I allow the club to release, I look like a pro. If I snatch and grab the club (like I have been doing for 10 years), my lower body gets out of sync and I look like a long hitting 12 handicap.
The important part is I was controlling the ball flight, both right and left and up and down. I hit 4 shots that I have not seen that quality from myself in quite a long time.
1. The tee shot on #1. Downhill, dogleg left, 530 par 5, where it turned at about 280. I shaped it perfectly starting it down the left side and turned it into the middle of the fairway…and I killed it.
2. The second shot on #2. The pin was tucked front right behind a bunker. The cut shot has been giving me fits for about 5 years. I told my father-in-law this fact, but then added I thought since I started to release it better, that cuts would be easier to produce. I told him I would start it about 20 feet left of the hole, try to cut it and I would be satisfied with a straight ball as that is my strategy with a cut. It started 20 feet left, cut 17 feet and ended up pin high about 3 feet and I made eagle. (I am kidding about the exact feet and it was an 8-iron from 170).
3. Second shot on #10. About 80 yards to a middle pin. This is not a shot where you would hear a pro talk about quality he had not seen in many years. However, being a tour player is about controlling ball flight. I hit an LW downwind, but hit that low one bounce and stop shot to about 8 feet. BFD, I know, but in these years of release problems, I have had problems with this shot. Downwind I have had trouble hitting balloons that were short into the wind and long downwind.
4. Second shot on #18. An into the wind, 560 yard par 5. It was OB left and I hit a poor drive, it ballooned and I didn’t turn it around the dogleg and ended up in the trees and very short. I could either advance the ball about 50 yards, or hit it through an opening about the size of a golf cart, start the ball OB left and cut it back toward the green. Had to control trajectory and hit a cut. Two things I have had problems with. The ball ended up right at the pin about 20 yards short of the green from about 270 with a 2-iron.
In case you are wondering. 6800 yard military course with medium sized fairways and small greens. 2 eagles, 4 birdies, two bogeys.
Next week I am going to video a few shots around the greens you can have some fun with. They require very little practice and can be very helpful as the situations they are useful in happen often.