I Can't Quit You Golf...

This past weekend's tournament was a big step in my learning curve; I am fractions off from being a decent golfer. The week prior to the tournament I worked on my weaknesses, one being the driver and the other my draw shot.  Both were practiced with focused intent.

The Driver Change: I switched back to my 10.5 degree Titleist driver since I was continuing to struggling with the 9.5; the 1 degree change made all the difference in confidence on the range. The update transitioned to the course, I struck the ball very well and my distance did not seem to suffer as a result of the change in a degree.  

Now onto the course....

I reached the 8th hole at the Aviara Invitational with my same routine off the tee. I ended up having a massive slice that went straight for the woods on the right.  I would eventually re-tee and launch a shot down the left side of the fairway that ended in the rough, no way I was missing right.  I was laying 3 when I reached my provisional ball with no luck tracking down the first. My 4th shot would prove difficult since my ball came to rest in a divot.  The 4th shot was a slight shank with an intentional closed faced 5 iron to navigate around some trees, my shot ended up coming to rest on a angled lie that made for a difficult down hill 189 yard shot.  I pulled out the 4 iron and gave it a rip, right into the pond.  I was then dropping 6 hitting 7 with a 78 yards sand wedge to a back "Sunday' pin placement.  My chip was short about 15 feet which made for a very tricky putt; the 15 foot 3 yard breaking putt to the left ended up finding the back of the cup. If I had the same putt for birdie there would probably be a 99% chance I would have missed that putt.

Then came the 10th... 

Coming off the 9th with a great up and down recovery for par I was feeling good with just a minor slip up on the 8th.  We waited quite a bit of time on the 10th waiting for the fairway to clear. I made the sensible choice to pull out the 3 wood off the tee, struck the ball extremely well but it did not have the height to clear the only tree in the fairway, my ball would eventually find the water hazard.  I ended up dropping under the tree (dropping 2 hitting 3) in front of the lake which made for a tricky shot. I had the confidence to hit a good shot, however I did NOT.  I ended up topping the ball in the water again, dropping 4 hitting 5.  Hit another one from the same spot and ended up shooting into the bushes about 180 yards away, dropping 6 hitting 7.  I would eventually reach the green in 9 and one putted.  

And then the 11th....

I was able to get over the mental distraction of posting a 10 on 10 and thinking it's only 5 shots, I had full confidence that I could still post a decent back 9.  I ended up hitting a good shot on 11 that just came to rest on the right fringe of the green, I decided to use the putter since I had a fern directly behind me.  I watched my fellow competitor chip shot end 6 feet past the hole because the pin was put on an extremely difficult angle. I gave my putt a light stroke just to reach the point where gravity would take over, it was an inch away from being a good putt.  Then came 4 putts, one past the hole by 2 feet, second one past by six inches; I tried to tap the ball in with one hand and I missed it {insert cuss word here}, then I was fuming! I would eventually put the 4th putt in the hole, my final putt would eventually come to rest where I had my second putt. That's Golf!

GC AM TOUR SCORE CARD

I needed a little motivation after a tough round, so I listened to the below video by Eric Thomas (ET).  It helped tremendously with reflecting on all the hard work I putt in prior to the round.  I stopped thinking about the result and started thinking about the progress.