More themepark golf

Don’t know what has come over my golf game as of late but I played another roller coaster round today which is very much out of character.  My score of 6-over 78 at Northwest was rather pedestrian, but the way it went down was not.  The round was littered with huge swings in momentum with two doubles, a triple, and five birdies on the card.  What’s concerning is that I have no idea when a good or horrible hole is imminent and it’s impossible to maintain any positive momentum.  Granted, I have been out of action for a considerable period of time, with only three rounds and one practice session since July 29, but the violent ups and downs were never a problem after protracted time off.  The great holes are great, and the only constant has been excellent putting.  The bad holes seem to start with bad driving.  More like idiot driving as I seem to be taking chances on cutting doglegs too closely and putting myself in precarious positions.  Another concern is recovery ability especially with short game.  I have bladed several bunker shots and fully airmailed putting surfaces which have led to lost balls and huge numbers.  The bunker play is clearly a technical flaw and the driving decisions mental.  The problem is that enough good holes are sprinkled in to provide hope; only to see that hope dashed.

I’m starting to play more frequently again after being distracted for six weeks by a major home remodeling project and would like some ideas on how to stabilize.  Any ideas out there?

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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3 Responses to More themepark golf

  1. A more upright or V swing thought will help your bunker play. You hit the nail on the head with the agressive play off the tee. Go conservative and that should do the trick. Remember doglegs are golf course designer’s tricks. Most of the time it is better to play to the opposite side of the dogleg. Even though this may lead to a longer shot it will really open up the hole.

    • Brian Penn says:

      You are so right. I reviewed what I did right on the five birdie holes and each had a fairway hit. Two were not particularly “good” drives but were in play. Bottom line, you can’t attack the flag from behind a tree or OB. Gotta hit the fairway to have a chance. Thanks for the reality check!

  2. I am always amazed at the difference between a good round and a bad one, usually ten shots, problem is both rounds seemed to be about the same, except for the score.

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