It’s been repeated many times on this blog and no doubt on several others that the old Albert Einstein adage about the definition of insanity definitely holds true in golf . If you repeat the same behavior, you’re going to get a similar outcome. Well, I was not guilty of repeating the same behavior in 2014 but still received essentially the same results as in 2013.
A quick review of KPIs shows my stroke average dropped from 80.25 to 79.97. Average GIR improved from 8.15 to 8.47, and putts per round dropped one tenth of a stroke from 32.35 to 32.25. Amazingly consistent performance considering all the attempts I made at game improvements. The logical conclusion is that my “game improvements” amounted to mostly WOOD band-aids. I’m sure others have tried the many improvement route only to bathe in mediocrity. It’s happened to me before and will probably happen again, so the overall body of work can be summed up as an average year with no surprises.
Three notable lessons were learned which is always a good thing.
Lesson One: I fell in love with the 9-shot drill early in the season after reading Hank Haney’s The Big Miss. Only problem was that it was hard to implement and when I finally figured it out, didn’t know what to do with it trying to take it from the range to the course. Takeaway: It’s best to not to make significant changes to your ball striking over the winter and focus more on conditioning. This is the second year in a row I’ve made the same mistake (the previous year it was my pitching technique – aarrrggg!!!)
Lesson Two: I fell in love with Tour Tempo by John Novosel in the summer and leveraged it to only one really good ball striking round and found it impacted my short game in a very negative way. Truly a WOOD band-aid that took some skin off on the peel back. Takeaway: (and I’m going to partially steal this from Vet’s last couple of excellent posts): Don’t fall in love with a swing thought and think you can repeat it from day to day.
Lesson Three: In mid summer, because of a job change and new daily routine, I started stopping off at the course for 10-15 minutes of chipping and putting on the way home. Takeaway: This worked extremely well in terms of getting a daily fix and feeling current and fresh with all short clubs. . .until the fruit was over-ripened. Worked great for about a month until I lost interest and had to take a break from the game. Lesson: don’t get into too much of a routine. Mix it up or your concentration will suffer and at worse, you risk burnout.
So there’s your tidbits for 2014. I’m spending December and January focusing on conditioning and getting healthy. Hopefully, by mid-February I’ll be ready to rock and roll. How was your 2014? Bullish on next year as well?