Normally the golf season starts in late February in the DMV and I attempt to peak my game for the important events on the May calendar. May 5 is the four-man scramble for the Jess Carson Charity Foundation at Queenstown Harbor, and May 30-June 4 is our annual Myrtle Beach 216-hole slug-fest. This year we have a dynamite course line-up and I am pumped to travel, but the physical demands of this trip can be daunting if your fitness level is poor or you are struggling with your game. Sometimes you can’t control game struggles, but this year I broke protocol by doing a poor job maintaining my fitness over the winter, and am playing catch up. Also, rather than dedicating two days per weekend in the spring for practice and play, I was limited to one mostly because of bad weather.
As I noted earlier, I’ve been battling a long running case of the chip yips and last weekend appeared to have it whipped. I managed to chip in again for the second time in four rounds and took great encouragement from the course despite my continued ball striking issues. Fast forward to yesterday and I hit 14 greens in regulation (did not see that coming), but the chip yips were back – ugh! I left the course a bit dejected after blowing a chance to go low by playing holes 15-18 bogey, bogey, bogey, double bogey. What drives you nuts in this game is that you cannot solve for one thing without something else going wrong. But my dejection quickly faded because I realized my ball striking was coming around and I finished poorly because my poor conditioning caused some loose swings late.
It’s hard to recognize that when you lay the sod over a short pitch, you are actually improving. Improvement is not linear and you are going to have setbacks and can only hope to see overall improvement that trends up slowly. So the push is on and I’ll continue to work on flexibility, dropping some more weight, and tailoring practice to the May 5th tournament. The scramble is all about driving, putting, and short iron play. I’ll practice on Saturday featuring wedges, drivers, and putting, and then play on Sunday. Hopefully it all comes together on the 5th. After the scramble, it will be back to the short game focus and working hard on conditioning.
When you’re a desk jockey, it’s difficult to see the forest from the trees; you want to do your best every time out, but when you only get one day per week, it sure seems hard. How is your early season coming?