Sunday Is Opening Day!

What do you look forward to most about your opening day of the golf season?  This year’s round is about three or four weeks later than my traditional opener as the bad weather has been prohibitive.  Honestly, I’m just glad to get out.  My opening round is usually one of the most enjoyable of the year because there’s no mental baggage buildup.  Just a clear head and go.

There’s a fair amount of angst this time because of the off-season work I’ve been doing with the Nine-Shot drill.  I’ve used it over the past six weekend range sessions and am comfortable moving the ball in both directions off a mat with my irons.  Haven’t focused on tee shots or hitting off grass yet, and last weekend I first tried to play a simulated round shaping shots and found it a bit uncomfortable.  Transitioning from “hit it and hope” to a serious dedicated effort at better course management will probably take time, but I’m attempting this because it’s the right thing to do.  Actually, I am chomping at the bit to battle test it; good or bad and with opening day in mind, I actually worked in some putting practice last weekend.  I couldn’t hit water from a boat; it was just awful, so I’m not going to concern myself with score too much and will focus on taking the correct mental approach towards shot placement, and hopefully shaping a few as desired.

We all want to improve and at the end of the day, if you keep practicing the same way and getting the same results year after year, doesn’t it makes sense to change your approach?  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results sounds something like Einstein’s definition of insanity.

I will be adding a new menu section to the blog starting this week to provide transparency into my scoring and performance metrics and I’ll trust you’ll send me feedback if you spot some trends good or bad.

Hope your season is a great one; let’s get it on!

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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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7 Responses to Sunday Is Opening Day!

  1. Best of luck, Brian! Hilton Head trip excepted, my local opening day looks like it will be next Monday. Had a lot of similar angst, maybe more so, because I was 3 lessons into an overhaul before heading out on the golf trip. Except for the final day, when I’d checked out, I was pleasantly surprised how much carried over from the range to the course. Hope you have similar or better results. Also, rediscovered that it’s mostly about my putting anyway.

    • Brian Penn says:

      Now that’s a way to do a golf trip; right out of the gate at the end of winter! Hilton Head is beautiful but I haven’t golfed there. Did you enjoy the golf? I love traveling for golf and was fortunate enough to take two trips last season. First our annual buddies trip to Myrtle Beach and then in the fall to the RTJ Trail in ‘Bama. Due to a job change, it’s back to one trip this year (MB in June) but looking forward to that one. Thanks!

      • Yeah, it was awesome. The weather was pretty awful, by Hilton Head standards, but I couldn’t have been happier to have the golf courses all to myself. I played six straight days, as a single, and only got paired with someone the final day. I’m halfway through posting the round and course reviews. If nothing else, I’m particularly proud of having Harbour Town all to myself. Take a read when you have a minute.

  2. Gentlemen

    You both make me jealous! We still have 2 feet of snow on the ground and expect 10-20 cm tomorrow. I expect our opening day will be in July sometime….haha or is that aaaahhhhh!

    Brian, I could not agree more. If you never change your practice routine, do not expect different results. I am talking the exact same approach this year! Great minds think alike. We are close to golfing season, and there is an indoor range we plan to use soon (unfortunately I am away all next week). The after for sure. Anyway, great to see you are hitting the links.

    I agree that the first day of golf is one of the most exciting of the year! Hit them well and have lots of fun!

    Cheers
    Jim

    • Brian Penn says:

      Jim, two feet, really? Egad, you need to head down to One Beard’s stomping grounds or at least somewhere south of Mason-Dixon. Thanks and happy melting! Brian

  3. thebirdiehunt says:

    Can’t believe your season is opening already. It feels like this winter is never going to end in Chicago! Losing my mind.

    • Brian Penn says:

      I hear ya. We played on Saturday and I was able to get some short game work in Sunday morning and then another 8 inches fell. Just ridiculous. Just hoping the warm weather has it melted by this coming weekend. Thanks!

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