Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good Signs

I'm already seeing the benefits that good, focused practice can have on my golf game. In a match yesterday Holston Hills Country Club (number 5 pictured) in misty and windy conditions, my short game and putting were very sharp, and they allowed me to overcome some inconsistent driving of the ball to shoot a seven-birdie, one-bogey round of 66. I won my match, but more importantly, gained a lot of confidence from seeing the hard work that I've been putting into my short game and putting yield strong results.

I am off to a great start in terms of my practice this week, too. I had a very efficient afternoon of practice on Monday in which I had a quick chipping session, worked with Bobbo on the driving range for an hour and a half, and completed both my 3-foot putt drill and my 9-hole lag drill. Then, after my match on Tuesday, I set up my 6-foot putt drill at Holston Hills. That is my hardest putting drill anyway, but add in a blustery wind, and it becomes a very tough test. It takes a lot of commitment to hit confident putts in gusty winds, but after falling just short of my goal the first time around, I nailed it the second time. In fact, I made 19 of 24 six footers--one better than the requirement.

The week is still young, and I have a lot of short game work to do, but I am excited about the progress I've already made. The weather looks like it is going to cooperate for me to have a strong rest of the week, so I'm looking forward to more improvements. I should be able to have
more matches, too, so I'll be able to keep testing my game under at least semi-competitive conditions. Keep it here for more updates!

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