Last week was rough. I was coming off a great video lesson with FixYourGame.com and worked hard pounding balls in my backyard range all week. Saturday’s practice was seriously overdone as I started at one course in the morning for some short game work. Got kicked off there when they closed for a charitable event and went to my second course for some range work and putting practice. Finished up at home playing 18 simulated holes on the backyard range. When Sunday’s tee time rolled around I was popping Advil like SweeTarts.
Trying to play Sunday was mentally draining as I implemented the lesson changes and coped with the fatigue from the previous week of practice. I held it together for nine holes at even par but the tank ran dry and I faded to six over on the back. Oddly enough on Monday morning, I had no energy to book a tee time for the following weekend and have decided to take a badly needed break.
Two things became apparent. First, I got away from my routine of 75/25 practice time favoring the short game. Short game is easier on the body, is more varied so it holds my interest longer and allows me to play better the next time out. Second, it’s easier to focus on practice when you have a milestone event to prepare for. I got so psyched to play Myrtle Beach in the spring and loved preparing for Pinehurst over Labor Day this year, but felt rather deflated afterwards with seemingly nothing to play for. Definitely time for a break to get re-energized and focused on a new target. I’ve lined up Maryland National in early October and will head down to Ocean City, Maryland for a three-day trip in late October to finish up my season. Nothing but TV golf for me this weekend.