Mini Post: Me and my Golf Game –
By Wayne Halm –
I’ve long held that the only difference between my golf game and a Pro’s game is the number of bad shots between the good ones. I already hit some shots absolutely as well as the Pros. People laugh when I say that, but it is true.
Eliminating some of the bad shots seems like a good idea. The first step is identifying the bad shots, maybe there is a pattern, maybe I can work on the worst offenders first. To do this I made a paper form for recording each shot and the result (to see it click the PDF file below).
To use this form I defined good, so-so, and bad shots as follows:
Good shot – the ball ended up fairly near where I intended.
So-so shot – the ball ended up in the general area I intended.
Bad shot – the ball ended up nowhere near where I intended.
Armed with the form I went out and played the ocean nine at Hokuala. I expected to identify some shots I needed to work on. To see the results click on the PDF file below (the scan of the original proved unreadable so I typed it onto the form).
So what do the results tell me? On the surface it seems that I went through a period of over-swinging my tee shots and that I am way too tentative with the long putts. Very good, I can work on both of those.
The form also pointed out a deeper problem, a weakness in my character. After my bad tee shot on 11 I pulled out my wedge and got back into the game, smart play. However, I let the poor tee shot on 12 get into my head. Frustration occupied part of my brain and poor decisions followed. It stayed in my head for 3 holes, that is going to be harder to cure. Golf really is played between your ears.
In spite of the problems it was a fun round. Did you notice the birdie on 16? Without the form that is all I would have remembered.
For those who might be wondering what kind of guy shoots a round like this and still calls it fun, here is a recent picture of me.
Oh, the form also supports my comparison of me and the Pros. Take note of the last putt on each hole. Perhaps a Pro could have done it sooner – but it went in and nobody could have done it any better.
If you have any suggestions about my problems please leave a comment. I will appreciate them.
I played as a single on this day. So I didn’t get any closer to my 2016 goal of playing golf with 100 people that I haven’t met. The number thus far remains at 14. Want to be in that number?
Come play golf with me.