Week 25 Update
It's not as good the second time
Welcome Players! I shot 94 during my round this weekend again - but it doesn’t feel as good as the first time I did it. The drive to constantly improve is a blessing and curse, as I felt disappointed in my 94 this time. It should have been lower and my mistakes were more apparent then ever! All things in balance though as I’m not getting to caught up on that. Will look to continue the positive momentum and keep playing to score.
Training Week in Review
A really good week of home practice this week.
I will say the daily couch-chips are having a big effect on me playing and being comfortable around the green.
It has to do with making contact with a ball every day, where I’m learning a lot about manipulating face control and the position my hands/body needs to be in in order to make the ball do what I want.
Even at a very small level like a 3-5ft chip, it’s learning repetitions for me and I attribute a big portion of my on-course success in that area to these little home practices.
Resistance Train (Gym): 1
Conditioning (Road Bike): 2
Rarely do I have the motivation to lift after an erratic week; which led me to get two bike rides in to my one RT lift.
I’m OK with that!
Progress keeps going and my conditioning is in a really great place, I can play a full-round (including warm-up) without getting tired or feeling fatigue. That’s big for making sure both my body and mind stay engaged throughout a full 18 holes.
Summer in Miami means afternoon showers every day, and the days it doesn’t rain it’s hot and humid.
Not ideal practice conditions.
With that said it’s been difficult to get a range session in during the week so that’s one reason my home-practice has been more consistent.
I don’t see as much of an impact from not practicing at the range as I do from not putting/chipping at home, so I’m not going to make any major adjustments here.
Priority here is continuing to train (RT/Conditioning) consistently and play a full round 1x/week. Also staying disciplined with home practice and then if there’s time and availability to go to the range great, if not I won’t sacrifice in other areas.
A great round on Sunday for a belated Father’s day at Bear’s Paw in Naples!
I shot a 94, which ties my lowest for the year from the round two weeks ago.
It didn’t feel like a good 94, but I guess the better you play the better you expect yourself to play so that’s all good in my book.
I’m happy to be shooting sub-100 frequently and will look to continue playing and scoring to break into the 80’s soon!
Let’s put the stats up front:
0 birdies and 4 pars
37 total putts, four 3-putts and three 1-putts
6 fairways hit and 7 GIR
10 penalty strokes
This course was 6115 yds and a slope of 129, which I have realized is very important when gauging difficulty as it relates to playing level. While the yardage is a little shorter than what I usually play, the slope is a little higher.
With that said I drove the ball some of the best I’ve ever had. For reference here’s my driving shot chart:
What was one of the biggest negatives for this round was that while I didn’t miss often - when I did I paid the full price.
Had 4 OB’s, 2 off the tee-box which hurt a lot.
The other two were approach shots where I went into the water. My clubs were on average carrying 10 yards less than what I was used to for some reason, which I didn’t fully accept until the back 9.
I’m not sure if my swing was just not as efficient and so I was losing power or if the conditions (heat/humidity) affected the ball flight that much.
Moral of this round is more of the same for me: the mistakes were too costly and I’m still three-putting more than necessary.
Getting better in those two areas alone will lead me into the 80’s I’m sure of it, so going to continue to focus on short game and course management.
It seems I’m out of the rut from early summer and have hit a good stride going into the end of Q2.
I’m training, practicing, and playing consistently so that in itself is great news.
I’m going to plan to re-test a lot of my initial evaluation numbers in both the gym and golf-related to provide an accurate 6-month update and to see if I need to make any adjustments.
Other than that I’m happy to be shooting in the 90’s and is making my quest to go lower burn even hotter.
Back to the practice green!