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!