The blog is coming from sunny San Diego with some great times with the grandkids. I did manage to play two rounds this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. My putting was not very good all week, and at the end of the round on Tuesday, my ball striking was just as bad. This led to an 81 on Tuesday at Village Green, and a 76 at Indian Run on Wednesday. My ball striking got back to normal on Wednesday but a very bulky putter led to a round of 13 pars and 5 bogies. Finding the “that day putting stroke” is turning out to be a major obstacle at this point. My iron play improved this week and that is what I am going to write about today and the reason behind it .
This turns out to be another aspects of your “that day golf game”. We our all told to know the distance that you hit each iron. I did discuss this in an earlier blog, about how the lie of the ball can effect how far the ball will fly with each shot. How the ball his sitting in the fairway and rough can effect how far the ball will fly anywhere from 10 to 20 yards. If the lie of the ball is uphill, downhill, sidehill, above or below your feet, can also effect how far the ball is going to go. Now I think I have found a third factor, which I am going to call the feeling of the day. Another way of putting this is, how do you feel that day. I am not talking about health. I am talking about how do you and your swing feel. We all go through this where there are some days where the swing just feels sluggish. I call this my old wash woman swing. Then there are days when the swing feels powerful and effortless, and the ball is really flying. I had this really brought home to me this week. At the end of my round at Village Green I was getting tired and my ball striking suffered because I tried to fight it. Then I next day I was hitting my irons very solid and they going at least 10 yards greater than normal. In the beginning of the round I tried to resist this, by thinking that there is no way I am hitting the ball this far. This cost me some strokes early in the round. Let’s look a one club my 7 iron. This is a club I normally hit about 165 yards. On Tuesday at the end of the round I was lucky if I could hit that club 150. Then the very next day I easily hit it 170 plus. This is another aspect of finding your that day golf game and that is finding your that day distances. It is finding those distances as quickly as possible and excepting those distances know matter what they may be. It goes back to starting your round with an open mind and accepting your that day golf game and not trying to make it something it is not. Next week the blog will be coming from San Diego again with some more gems. No golf this week as its grandkids time and that’s easy to execute.