Well, another week of scores in the 80’s and one less round this week because of rain yesterday. I almost did not do a blog this week just to see if this would help break the slump. Today I shot 80 at Fort Cherry a fairly easy course with a par of 70. In fact I three putted the last hole for a double bogey to ensure that the failure to break 80 streak reach a nice round figure of 8. Todays round was just a plethora of mental mistakes. In fact my ball striking this week was probably the best of the year, but this streak is really getting to me. Trying to look on bright side of things, I am hoping that I will find something that will leave a lasting positive impact on my game. It is amazing to me, when you are on a streak like this, that every little mistake you make seems to be magnified. The putts never seem to fall and your concentration is out the window.
During the winter I talked about the mind body connection and how I think this game is an even split of 50% mental and 50% physical. I still believe that, but right now my mental game is definitely been out to lunch. I can tell that my mind is not focused on the task at hand. Let me give one great example early in today’s round. I hit a great drive right down the middle and only had about 110 to a slightly elevated pin. This was a nice solid 50 degree wedge for me. Even though I was in the fairway I could tell the ball was sitting slightly down. Not as bad as a divot but there had to be a small hole there. Now I knew I was going to really have to dig that ball out and I also knew that the ball probably would not fly as far. Did I go back and get my wedge. Of course not. I hit the ball a good 10 yards short of the green. I was able to get the ball up and down to save par, but I should have had a 10 to 20 foot birdie putt. This was one of many mental blunders today. We will see what happens next week. If you don’t see the blog next week, then you know the streak is still going and I have resorted to that, to try and stop it.