The weather in DC has been bad this winter but I’ve been able to get out every weekend for the last four to practice my swing and a bit of short game. Last weekend I managed to get myself thrown off the practice green at my local muni when the greens keeper spotted me chipping and putting on a partially snow covered surface; OOPS! Today was different with everything open I got in a couple hours of good practice, but alas old man winter is scheduling a visit of 8-12″ on Monday.
I’ve been careful this winter not to make the mistake of 2012 when I read the Stan Utley short game books and changed too much during the off-season and came out like a basket case in the spring. Only fundamentals are on the 2014 pre-season practice plate, with a focus on shot shape controlled through alignment and ball position, and attention on maintaining a consistent pace with the putter and crisp contact on chip shots.
I actually feel a little ahead of the game, but the pending snowstorm has got me bummed because in late February, I’m used to dedicating time to play and practice, but the off days have given me the opportunity to watch more golf on TV. A couple random musing from today’s PGA Tour Honda coverage: There’s a reason Brendon de Jonge doesn’t win; that over-the-top swing is ugly and needs a fix. It’s a mystery how he finished 10th in GIR last season – weird. Also looks like Rory McIlroy has his act together – finally. Looking for a big year from him.
Finally, check out this inexpensive little device that just came in the mail. It works great and the video does it justice. http://www.amazon.com/review/R1N63DN32MM9PJ?ie=UTF8&videoPreplay=1 You can attach your iPhone and clamp it right to your golf bag or any stationary structure for instant on course slefie video analysis! Looking forward to my first film session after the white stuff melts. How’s your winter practice coming?