Year in review:
This was a big year for variety of reasons, one being the amount of quality courses played. There was a heavy amount of golf played in San Diego, but the courses played in other states where top notch.
Golf courses to me are a blank canvas, waiting to be painted and shaped with a creative mind. Every new course helps me develop, improve and shape my game. To me the harder (higher slope rating) the course the more creative the mind can be with shots and the more emotional/metal development can occur. The difficult courses often lead to more challenging shots which can lead to more mistakes. Mistakes often lead to emotional weakness and the more difficult situations that a golfer can be a part of the more mental and psychological focus will become ingrained in the subconscious.
Now this does not mean that I have mastered the emotional side of the game. I still thump my club against the turf from time to time and a few choice words may leave my mouth but this is slowly becoming a thing of the past. In the end golf is a game and should be enjoyed no matter what level one is playing. Throwing clubs, cursing and emotional outburst don’t help your game, they hinder it, and controlling these lapses in emotional control can lead to a more enjoyable round for everyone.
In 2013 I learned a new swing, changed clubs (twice), starting hitting forged clubs, hired a coach, signed up for an amateur tour, won my first tournament, and learned more about myself than any other time in my life, all through the beautiful game of golf.
My hope is that in the New Year you can pick up your clubs more often, play with friends and have fun playing the game. Thank you all for following me along in my quest for scratch.
Cheers to a New Year!