2012 Golf Season – Great Opening Day!

Teed it up today at my local muni to get the season underway  and if today’s round is an indicator of things to come, it’s going to be a great year.  I’ve been working on conditioning as part of my 2012 improvement plan and was just dying to battle test myself and boy did I come through.  Normally on opening day, I tee it up with no swing thoughts and no expectations and just try to bang the rust off, but today was different.  Along with the exercise program, I was armed with new short game and putting techniques, courtesy of Stan Utley, and was testing out my spankin’ new Bushnell V2 rangefinder and there were no disappointments.

On the exercises; the most useful was the opposite end swings designed to build club head speed.  I found these awkward at first but noticed after a couple weeks that my finish was much more in balance with 90% of my weight correctly distributed on my left foot and my body was fully rotated.  Today I came out of the chute with an aggressive move and felt in balance the whole round.  My short irons were dialed in but more importantly, I was taking big solid divots flying straight at the target, which were inconspicuously missing last year when I was pulling up and out of my spine angle on the downswing.  The feeling of balance and ability to go after the ball was exciting, and at the end of the day, I had 10 GIR and had rolled in three birdies – exceeding any and all expectations.    Yes there was rust, and I still need work getting comfortable with the new pitching techniques, and just to keep it real, I left the course with a slow burn about a missed 4-footer straight uphill for birdie on #18. :(

There’s snow in the forecast for tomorrow and it might be a short while before I play again, but this early taste of success was important because it validated the hard conditioning work I’ve been doing for the last month.  Again, the target this year is to play twice per week and practice less, and I can’t wait to exercise tomorrow!  See you in the gym.

G – minus 137 days to Myrtle Beach!

#1tee Dye Course at Barefoot

Dateline – February 10, Rockville, MD.  Cabin fever has officially set in and is killing me.  Thoughts of summer golf in Myrtle Beach are exacerbating the symptoms and we just booked our trip from June 17 – 24.   We’re staying at The Legends with their outstanding accommodations, practice facilities, and service.  Trip details:

Day 1Oyster Bay.  Just swapped in this awesome play along the coast in Sunset Beach, NC for Heritage, as the latter has scheduled summer aeration one week in advance of our arrival.

Day 2Grand Dunes Resort Club.  I’ve never played there but have heard great things.  Anyone with playing tips, please send them along.  Full course review coming.

Day 3Leopard’s Chase.  Played it once a few years ago when my group was looking for an afternoon replay.  Loved it.  We had the whole course to ourselves and had one of the most enjoyable relaxing rounds of golf ever.  Full course review coming.

Day 4:  Tidewater.  Afternoon round only at our highest end course.  Awesome looking track adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway.  Again, never played this one; send tips!  Full course review coming.

Day 5The Legends – Heathland.  Great links style course and right on location.  Will try to grab an afternoon replay at Parkland to cover the main three courses.

Day 6The Legends – Moorland.  Rough and tumble P.B. Dye design and probably the hardest course at the Rt. 501 trifecta; just a great play.  Kicked my butt last year but I’m game for a rematch.

Next Saturday is supposed to be showery and 58 degrees in the DC area and is looking pretty good right about now!  Anyone want to play?