Being in the middle of a swing change means lots of days are worse than better (also read worse then better).
This weekend was the former as I fought off two different courses.
All week I continued to work on my process and ended up being subject to pressure and unpreparedness. Playing different courses and conditions is good for your game. It’s tough to measure how well you perform unless you have a heightened sense of self-awareness, which only grows with practice.
Saturday I was playing pretty well but was handed a bunch of bad bounces early. I’ll admit I got dejected and it later affected my score.
My putting betrayed me, which is why I scheduled another lesson in July. Right now I believe touch and reads are holding me back. Putting on a different kind of green threw me, but that isn’t much of an excuse.
After the poor performance Saturday, I tried to let Sunday just be a fun outing without much pressure. I hit a lot of great iron shots, especially on the par 3s. Besides the snowman on 18, it was a much better round. Putting being my big weakness again. Let’s just say I had a lot of sympathy for everyone at the U.S. Open.
Writing about good rounds is easy. Telling you about bad rounds is rough. Regardless I’m sticking to my process as I feel there is a breakthrough waiting on the other end of this summer.
This upcoming weekend is another tournament event in our local tour. I’m excited to see if I can take my distance with me to another course while keeping the pressure of a new venue suppressed. Part of the reason for not playing my home course last weekend was to make sure I had uneven footing going into this event. It might sound contradictory, but I need to be okay being uncomfortable and wear my swing.
Wish me a good putting day and smart “big-number avoidance”! I’m off to practice!