Remember in this year’s Super Bowl when the Atlanta Falcons came out and took a 28-3 lead after four minutes in the 3rd quarter. Then what happened? They got greedy and continued to try and throw the ball instead of running out the clock out, which ultimately ruined their chance for victory.
Today, I learned that greed is not good on the golf course either.
Yesterday I had a full swing lesson and continued to work on my ball striking. Today’s round started off great at Rattlewood. I was nutting my driver, making good decisions, and working my lesson plan perfectly. I played the front nine with one bogey and one birdie and felt very much in control, and maybe a little bit cocky as we headed to the par-5 10th hole. I pounded a drive and left myself 215 yards uphill. Then the Kyle Shanahan in me took over. I forgot I was still in learning mode and elected to go for the green with a 3WD. I have never gone for this green in two but had never driven it this far before. What would you do? I knew the green was surrounded by bunkers and felt a greenside bunker shot to a middle pin position was no problem. Sure enough I landed in a bunker, but then chunked two sand shots and made double.
Feeling cheated out of a birdie opportunity, l stayed aggressive and tried to drive the green on the 11th hole which was playing downwind, downhill, and only 323 yards. I stepped on a driver but blew it into the lake guarding the right side of the fairway – bogey. On the par-3 twelfth hole, I clubbed down and tried to hit a 3-iron on a shot that called for a 5WD and pulled it left for another bogey. At the end of the inward half, I had carded a 10-over 46, and like the Falcons, left the course in a state of shock. Where did I go wrong?
I think it was the second shot on #10. I haven’t hit a bunker shot in a month. During my lessons, I’ve been focusing on full swing and no short game. I’ve had plenty of reps with my sand wedge from various distances in the fairway. I should have laid up to a good yardage and pitched on for a good birdie chance. The decision on 11 tee was flat out stupid. I could have hit a 4-iron in the middle of the fairway for an easy wedge or 9-iron to an accessible pin. The rest of the back nine was a combination of mental and physical mistakes that compounded themselves.
What’s frustrating is that I know not to get greedy and to play to my strengths, but I do it anyway! It happened to me and to the Falcons, does it ever happen to you?