Score: 82 (+12) FW: 7/14 GIR: 7/18 Putts: 31 Up/Down: 1/5 Sand Save: 0/1 Penalties: 4
Hmmm…frustrating day for sure, off the tee is what killed me today. Funny thing is I still hit 7 of 14 FWs and had some great drives, but the ones that I missed were either out of bounds (of which there were 4!) or stuck behind trees with no legit shot to reach a GIR. I actually felt in control of my swing all day, I hit a lot of really good shots, but as I noticed on the range, my miss has been a pull hook so I was fighting it all day. I know that it is caused by coming too far from the inside on my down swing, which has always been my miss, so I just need some more time to groove in the correct path. I can adjust it easily the next shot and hit a solid straight one, but it is just being able to repeat it each and every time that’s hurting me and ultimately that’s what makes golf so difficult. I’ve found a solid swing this past week at the range and I’m still confident in my game and what I’m doing. It is close, I believe in myself and I feel it. Two of my out of bounds of the tee came when I only was hitting a 4 iron off the tee for accuracy, but I pull hooked both and they took some nasty hops out of bounds. I might need to make sure I just try to hit cuts with my longer irons and take out the right side, possibly just bad course management on my part.
I did have some positives in my game today, my putting and bunker play. My putting was very good, that different grip I have been trying out this week seems to be helping a lot. I confidently rolled in multiple 4-6 ft putts for par or bogey and even a couple 12ft plus. So as bad as my score was, it could have been a lot worse if my putting wasn’t as good as it was today. I hit 3 good bunker shots today, but they didn’t count as up and downs because the saving putts were for bogey.
I was able to save bogey on 2 of the 4 out of bounds tee shots, which was very nice and I did well to limit the damage caused by a poor driving day. I am disappointed that I had 0 birdies , just wasn’t able to convert my only 2 legit opportunities from about 8-10ft.
So as disappointed as I am in my score today, my highest in awhile, I’ll take the positives out of the round and move on. I will accomplish my dream of shooting an under par round of golf, no matter how long it takes, disappointments like these won’t stop me from believing my dream is possible. I can see it happening in my mind and if you can see it and truly believe it, you can achieve it.